It is the eve of a new year. I have been planning to start a blog for a while; today seems like a great time to begin. The Lord has been “rooting and grounding” me in His love (Ephesians 3:17). I have been a pretty unstable Christian as I have wrestled to extricate psychological thinking from my mind and to replace it with sound biblical thinking. It has been a long and arduous journey and I must stay vigilant to attacks and steadfast in my adherence to true doctrine and practice. I am uncertain about making this public, but it is my hope and prayer that others might be encouraged by my experience and hard-earned understanding.
At present, I am wanting to learn more about and to grow in forbearance. I have been a very exacting, judgmental and impatient woman. Lack of forbearance is shown by being “intolerant of others…especially…of those who have different opinions or ideas as well as those who have sinful weaknesses that [I] do not have,” says Martha Peace in her most favored book, Attitudes of a Transformed Heart. “A person who is forbearing is tolerant. In other words, they put up with differences and biblically bear with the sin and mistakes of others.” I praise God that He as revealed to me my heart in this area and is empowering me to change. I hate how I have been, and am loving learning to be patient and to lovingly bear with the differences and weaknesses of the people around me – especially my dear husband and children.
So for the first part of this year at least, I plan to keep studying, praying for and showing forbearance and kindness to those with whom I come in contact. And foundationally, I will continue to treasure, protect and enhance my precious, hard-won biblical thinking.
I look forward to growing together with you in Christ. Happy New Year!