Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Faith

I've been taking the time to reflect a bit on my faith lately.  This probably has something to do with the fact that my family and I have made our way back to the Church recently.  Typically we go to Church with Justin's Mother, who is a long time member of a Free Will Baptist Church, but we're attending a Methodist Church now.  Honestly, so far, I've not been able to see a difference between Baptist, Freewill Baptist and Methodist Churches.  I don't remember the last time that I attended a Baptist Church though.

After Prayer Meeting/ Bible Study (I'm not sure what to call it, as I've heard it called both) last night I began to wonder what the differences were between the different denominations within the Christian Churches.  I've researched a lot of religions, and I have an obsessive need to buy Catholic iconography anytime I see it in any store, but embarrassingly I don't know as much as I thought i did about the Christian faith, my own faith.  So I'm making it my mission to find out what the differences between Churches actually is.

The pastor, who is very new to this Church as he has only been there for 2 Sundays so far, had asked a question about something.  I forget exactly what he was asking about but it was either about what they usually did on Wednesday nights for Bible Study or what the adult Sunday School Teacher taught from.  I believe it was about the latter.  He said that he taught from books or magazines or something of that nature that he buys over at Johnny's Shoe Shop.  (My Aunt Shirley and Uncle John own the local Christian book store here in town, and my Aunt runs the book store part and in back my Uncle John ran his old fashioned shoe shop, for many many years, he was indeed a master of fixing soles while she was helping people enrich and nourish their souls, so it's a nice fit if you ask me!)  Apparently, whatever he taught from was Baptist, but as I said the Church it is taught at is Methodist.  The Pastor had said that he grew up Baptist, and was a member of the Baptist Church but come to find out his beliefs were more in line with the Methodist way of thinking.

I knew there were differences between the Churches, but I didn't think they were really all that different.  I mean, they are all Christian Churches so I just assumed they all believed the same things and the same way.  I was, apparently, wrong.  So I'm going to start asking the people who I admire most for their devotion to their Faith what the differences are, and other questions I have about that.

I love our Church that we have started attending, and I am so glad that we found it!  No I truly understand what people mean when they talk about their Church Family.  They have just welcomed us with open arms at the Church, and they are all so sweet to us.  They all thank us for coming each time we attend and tell us that they hope to see us back there again.  It's such a nice feeling.  It's the feeling of belonging somewhere.  I feel so content when I am there, I'm happy and smiling and I get so excited to go the whole day of I'm just so excited for Church!  I wish that there were more than 3 days to attend.  I was thinking last night and out of nowhere I thought that 3 days was too long to go in between services.  We attend Sunday, Wednesday and on Monday there is a youth meeting in the evening where they have two classes for older and younger children and they eat, learn and make crafts and such.

It's been so good for Aiden too.  Since his brother is right at 3 years younger than he is and he doesn't have very many playmates his age he doesn't get to play with other children all that much.  He has his cousins from my brothers family that live across the road, but they are much older than he is, Kain (the oldest of his cousins at 11 years old) does enjoy Aiden, and plays with him so well and I don't have to worry about Aiden when he's with Kain because Kain is so protective over his baby cousin.  Justin's sisters and their children, who were both born within the year after Aiden (Can you tell who the trend setter of this family is?  Moi, of course! =)live around 30 minutes or so away and we don't see them very often at all.  Aiden has been able to socialize more at Church, and it is so good for him.  He loves other children, and is very social.  He adores going and seeing the other kids and being able to be around them and play with them at Church, especially on Monday and Wednesday evenings, because it's a better time for socializing than in the middle of the Church service is.   I am so happy to be able to take them to Church and bring them up there as well.  I think it's important for children to go to Church with their families and learn about God and Jesus and having faith.  I think it teaches them morals as well, even though that is something that parents need to teach their children as well.

I'm sorry that this post is A.) So long.  I'm very verbose, but I am trying to work on that!  and B.) Was posted after I already posted today, but it was a short post (see, I am really trying despite my relapse here) so I don't know if that counts.  Either way, I'm sorry I am so long winded and have so much to say about so much.  (=

I'm going to try to get some Christian based movies or books for the boys.  Do any of you have any recommendations?  I was thinking of looking up the Veggie Tails movies and things, do any of you use them? I'm also going to order the Quest Study Bible (New International Version)!  Do you have any recommendations of books for my husband and myself to read?



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4 comments:

Kristy said...

Since you like history so much you should get the New International Version Archaeological Study Bible. I have a copy and I've never gotten the chance to read much of it, but it's huge and along with reading the actual bible it has tons of historical information to go along with what you're reading....so you learn a lot of history along with it and it helps put what you're reading into perspective. It's pretty cool you should get one...I got mine at Walmart a few years ago...I don't know if they still have them or not but you could probably find it on amazon.com

k80 @ onegirlsjourney said...

Hi Ashlee. Coming over via Girl Creative (my sis). I'm very intrigued by your post. There are so many little differences...my husband is an expert on that stuff...but it's cool that you are jumping back into again. Love it. For Bible studies, I have done a ton of Beth Moore studies and she is my favorite. A baptist but a wonderful teacher of God's Word...nothing crazy, out there!

I'll be following you...looking forward to hearing more of your journey. :)

Hannah Jo said...

Hi! I'm visiting from New Friend Friday...your blog name just captured my attention, I love it!

Glad to see you exploring and asking some thought provoking questions. Although I'm not someone who is attached to denomination for denominations sake, it is important to know what you believe. Keep studying and reading and I'd be happy to talk to you about it sometime!

Following you...

Hannah Jo said...

Hi! I'm visiting from New Friend Friday...your blog name just captured my attention, I love it!

Glad to see you exploring and asking some thought provoking questions. Although I'm not someone who is attached to denomination for denominations sake, it is important to know what you believe. Keep studying and reading and I'd be happy to talk to you about it sometime!

Following you...

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