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Being a Christian without Jesus

Have you ever tried to be a Christian without Jesus? I've been doing that too much. I know the right answers and the deep questions, but my own life has been sucking because I'm not seeking Him personally, not laying things at His feet, not enjoying His rest and living in light of His sovereignty. I try to make my own solutions and deal with my own pain. Being a Christian without Jesus, without His power and His grace, is one of the most miserable things in the world.

And it should be. Thank God it's exhausting and painful. Thank God I become someone I hate when I do it. Thank God I don't have enough in me to keep going. As John said yesterday, when we talked about making idols of good things, "If you're frustrated, it's because God is frustrating you."

Because He loves me. Because He wants to be for me, to be my comfort and the lifter of my head, my strength and shield, my refuge and my fortress, my Savior and Redeemer, my Lord and my Love. Because my Abba wants to form Christ in me.

As fringebenefits said this morning, I'm thankful for new days. Days tend to be used up and dirty by the end. I'm so tired of everything and especially of myself by the end of a day. But today, today is new. This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.


hey now. get out of my head. that's my struggle, you can't have it too!


seriously though, i hear ya on that one.
Chances are, I had it first ;)

I love the way God works on us/in us together.

(see, sominfun? Sharing is good!)
My shoes, MINE!
Wow. This was very good. I can relate completely, and this spoke to me. Thanks for posting this.

May the Lord bless you as you draw close to Him.
He is. Thank you.

Loved/ing the discussion in your latest entry, by the way.
I'm pretty amazed at the response to that.

This one of yours is so much more substantive.
well put

Wow. This really speaks to me.
thank you for being so open. it is truly amazing how much God uses you in my life.
The real trick is if God can use me in my life. ;)
Boy, do I relate to THAT.
I can really relate to this. I found your journal through chestnutcurls... mind if I add you as a friend? My name is Molly; I am 16, a college student, go to a non-denominational church but am starting to lean more toward the anglican or maybe even R.Catholic side of things... and I just had jaw surgery yesterday.
Anyways, I really love your journal. So I'm awaiting your reply. :)
But of course you can add me—I'd be honored.
Every new day....
This is exactly what I needed to read at this very moment. :)
You'd almost think there was a plan or something...
Now you're just talking crazy.
Most of my life.
I don't know.

All I heard was, "Blah, blah, blah".

I don't agree at all.


OK of course I do I just get sick of saying it.
I need to start being more Protestant and stuff, don't I?
in totally unrelated news, today on the road i saw a truck (u-haul sized) from a company called "banzai ltd". so i took a picture with my handy dandy camera phone, then in my haste to change lanes so as to not rear-end said truck, accidentally deleted the photo.

so you'll have to settle for the story, and my promise that i'm looking out for the 'banzai' company truck for another photo opportunity.
We are everywhere.
I went through a time like that. I hope I never do again!