Saturday, March 30, 2013

I Believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ

So this is the first of my ten commandments for self worth in faith.  here goes!

Happy Easter everyone! by the time I actually post this and people actually read it, it will be Easter in the US.  What a perfect day for me to write about Christ.
I like reading Google news... mostly because it pulls articles from all kinds of places, including conservative and liberal and libertarian sites.  which means i'm probably getting something more akin to the truth than someone who only watches Fox or CNN. But as I was scrolling through it yesterday, I saw an article that said "Christians around the world preparing for Easter." one of the lines in the first sentence caught my eye.  "Easter is the central holiday for Christianity"  Easter is the central holiday. Easter is.
But when you think of a Christian, you think about Christmas, don't you?  Isn't that the central holiday?  No. It's not.  Easter is.  We celebrate Christmas in anticipation for Christ's life and works and blessings... but Easter is when we celebrate it all being fulfilled.  Now Easter probably isn't as big a holiday because it's not as commercialized.  Sure, there's the Easter bunny, but he's not as popular as Santa.  Eggs aren't as fun as cookies, and Baby chicks are harder to keep up with than imaginary elves or flying reindeer.
But this is sort of what i want to talk about today.  Easter should be the central Christian holiday.  And it should be because it is the central doctrine around which everything is built.  it is the foundation for everything in the Gospel.
Again, i say i believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I don't believe in the Church of Jesus Christ, i don't believe in the followers of Jesus Christ, and i don't even believe in all the writings about Jesus Christ.  I believe in the Gospel.  I believe that my older Brother was sent to earth, the only begotten of the Father, to suffer and die and conquer death that we may all return to the presence of God one day.  I believe that my sins can be forgiven.  I believe that i am not perfect, but through the help of Christ as my adviser  advocate, and mediator, I can become perfect.  I believe that there is a heaven.  and that the vast majority of us are going there.
But most of all, i believe that my relationship with God is private, intimate, and personal.  I believe that no one can tell me my standing with God.  But that I can feel it.  I believe that no one is entitled to revelation for me except the servants of the Lord which are given such insight.  And I believe, most of all, that I can receive personal revelation from God as to what I should do, if I am forgiven, and what I must do to build the Kingdom and continue on my path toward Eternity.
First and foremost, I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I believe that there is hope, that there is light; that there is truth waiting for us in this life--and even more in the next.
I believe that I am a daughter.  That I am loved. and that I am precious to a Father in Heaven with infinite wisdom and love. And this is what I must never forget--lest I become wretched and torn about by the temptations, agonies, and vices of mortality.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Our Story Begins

I know, what you actually want to read is something about "Ordain Women Now" or "Prop 8 in the Supreme Court" But I really don't want to talk politics right now. Instead, I want to share some things that I've learned since I've been out here.
Now as some of you may know, I've had a hard time the last year and a half.  A really hard time.  And while some of this may seem a bit obvious, remember that there will be times in your life when it is not.  This is the start of a series of posts that will outline Cate's Ten Commandments of self-worth in faith.  I will list them here, and will write one post for each and then perhaps a conclusion at the end. I hope you can read along with me and feel what I'm feeling and I hope that maybe it will help some of you or just someone that is struggling.
So... without further ado... here we go!

1. I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ

2. I am not a bad person

3. I am good enough

4. Who I am is not defined by what people think of me.

5.  I am not being punished for my desires to be something more than I am.

6.  Happiness is exhausting, but well worth the effort.

7.  If I don't teach what I learned, then I never really learned it in the first place.

8.  No one can speak for me better than myself.

9.  I am not alone

10.  God has not forgotten me.

So be looking out for my next ten entries.