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I am probably...



...a little extreme in certain situations.  I am very picky about my kids' diet.  I am the crazy mommy that feeds her babies organic and clothes her little one in cloth diapers.  I am the mommy who has bedtimes and actually sticks with them.  I am the mommy who has a hard time leaving her kids with anyone and driving away from them to have some "adult" time.  I am the mommy who wants her kids to obey with joyful hearts the first time... not delaying in obedience.  But, am I the mommy who is extreme enough in her faith?

This is Liam when he was very sick and I wanted to get a pic of his runny nose, puffy eyes, and sad disposition.
He looks like he's being persecuted. :)  No children were hurt in the taking of this photo.


I don't think following Christ always feels good... there will be persecution. 

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.  If they persecuted me, they will persecute you.” 
John 15:18-20 NIV

 In church we discussed whether or not your light is really shining if you are not being persecuted in some way.  You hear about people, like the young preacher in Iran, who are being tortured for their faith.  I mean, he is going to be beheaded.  Who even does that anymore???  I guess there are some people who still think that is a perfect form of punishment.  He was asked to denounce the name of the Lord and worship Allah, and then he could go home.  He didn't denounce the name of the Lord... and thus, he's about to lose his life and leave a family behind. And, yet here I am clicking away on my computer on my comfy couch listening to my hubby watch football on the tv.  Here's my question, do I let my light shine bright enough for people to even know that I am someone to be persecuted for Christ?  Do I stand up for Christ and take enough risk to be considered extreme for Jesus?  I love my church family.  I love that I am challenged by our church leader. I find peace in the thought that he will keep the flock challenged.  

I had to throw in a pic of a happy boy. :)
I am extreme in many areas, but I have a lot of growing to do when it comes to loving others enough to make my self uncomfortable for their sake.  I need strength to speak the Truth to those who might in turn persecute me, or my family.  I want to love Jesus enough to let my light shine... no matter the cost.


28 comments:

  1. I like this post. I also need my light for Jesus shine through just as other things I'm passionate about.

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  2. what a lovely post. and don't worry, it's okay to be picky about what your kids eat!!
    xo TJ

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  3. I believe there are certain things that can't be compromised:one being faith, another one the upbringing of your children. I'm with you ALL THE WAY! There are those who've called me "LOCA" when they see the type of things I feed my children ;)

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  4. Such gorgeous photos! I am SUPER picky about what my daughter eats, as well. It's a good thing. Just look at the state that most people are in... obviously, they are doing something wrong--and we need to be doing the OPPOSITE! haha
    Found your blog through the WLW link up :)

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  5. Love this post, because I struggle all the time if I'm showing enough of Jesus to my boys.

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  6. These pictures are so cute.
    I really liked this post... you are an amazing woman. :o)

    ♥Jazmin

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  7. Extremes are good, especially if they are good extremes. Thanks for sharing, I too need to show more of Jesus to boy children!

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  8. Very convicting. I am pretty consistent with my son, but with my faith I struggle in areas. Loved this post!!!

    Xx

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  9. Great post and what a beautiful reminder to let our light shine bright for Jesus!!

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  10. Great reminder for us to remember to let our light shine!

    I don't have kids yet but I'm sure I'll be a little picky with what they eat. ;)

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  11. Great post! I love the picture! new follower from followers fest!

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  12. beautiful!! thrilled to find this blog! xo

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  13. Hi there!. I'm so glad I found you and your beautiful blog. Following you from Follow Fest. Hope to see you around my place sometime too ;)

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  14. just found your blog! can't wait to keep reading!

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  15. found you from followers fest : ) I am your newest follower. Stop over and follow me too if you like!

    Kelli
    http://dailypolkadots.blogspot.com/

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  16. Very thought provoking, and something I need to personally think about.

    New Follower from Follow Fest.

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  17. I've been thinking about this same thing for a while. It's so easy to get comfy in our situations. It's so nice to hear the same struggles coming from other people. I'm so glad I found your blog from the follower's fest!

    <3 your newest member!

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  18. Found you through the blog hop! I am also a granola cloth diaper mommy :) I love that first pic.

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  19. beautiful photos! found your blog through WLW!
    newest follower!

    xxoo.

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  20. Just wanted to stop in from Casey's and say how cute your photo is for the link. Very clickable!

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  21. I am a new follower via the follow fest! LOVE your cute blog! come say hi sometime :)

    xoxo,
    Caroline
    http://www.sweetcarolinebumbumbum.blogspot.com

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  22. stopping by from the October Follow Fest! adorable blog :)
    Love finding sisters in Christ!
    Blessings,
    Sarah

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  23. such a great reminder! and YES, that whole thing with the Christian in Iran, totally was a reality check. so heart breaking but so real! i esp. love your last sentence...no matter what the cost!

    thanks for sharing, sister!

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  24. following your blog from casey wiegand's blog hop.you are gorgeous! this post is really great, too. i recently had a heated "debate" on facebook with a fellow christian whom i felt was taking her opinion to the extreme and being judgmental. i bet she felt "persecuted" by my disagreeing. oh dear!

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  25. Hi I'm hopping over from Casey's blog, new follower~ Hope you have a great weekend!

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  26. sounds like a good mommy...similar lifestyle here.
    found you via followers fest. lovely blog ♥

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  27. Sometimes we can be extreme about what is important to us, and your family seems to be the most important to you so of course you will put all of your energy into them.

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