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Friday Reflections

January 9, 2015
Ohhhh, guys. TGIF amiright? It’s been a long week but the good news is that all of the moving boxes are now out of our house and I no longer have to scold Cleo for trying to build a fort out of them every morning at 2am. 
I have lots of fun things planned for this space next week, one of them being a review on my new Firmoo glasses. I have very strong feelings about these bad boys! There will also be a new Conversations with my Husband, as well as the start of my new Project 52. Today though, I’m linking up with Meagan from All the Joys for a little Blogger Love. 
From St. Lucia with Love, by Life +1. We’re all freezing here back in the states, and this was like a little warm-up šŸ™‚ Not to mention, some seriously beautiful views. I may or may not have been living vicariously through V this week.

I have loved reading all of your 2015 My Word posts. (I’ll be sharing my own on Monday.) Some of my favorites were from Amy [Give]Sarah [Fearless], Kate [Initiative], and Jamie [Intentional].
And a non-blogging read: 
Dear Church, Here’s Why People Are Leaving You” by John Pavlovitz. The title made me so uncomfortable and yet I had to read it. I have lots and lots of thoughts after reading it and was about to share them on here but decided to wait. I’d like to hear from you guys about your thoughts. Have you been disappointed in church lately? Have you been let down by a church? I want to hear about it. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving your story in the comments but would still like to share, feel free to shoot me an email, embergreyblog@gmail.com. I’m really curious as to how you all feel about this based on your own experiences, and would like to talk more about it in a future post.
I’m off to explore my new city today šŸ™‚ Head on over to Instagram to follow some of my weekend adventures. Wishing you all the most glorious Friday! Don’t forget about the weeklong Grateful Heart linkup, taking place right here bright and early Monday morning šŸ™‚

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  • Wow…I'm so flattered! Thanks for including me in your list! Looking forward to reading about your word. šŸ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

  • I just got to try a pair of glasses from Firmoo.com and I LOVED them. Can't wait to read your post about them. Great links! Thanks for sharing šŸ™‚

    Trish
    http://www.thetrishlist.com

  • I just ordered glasses from Firmoo as well and can't wait to receive them šŸ˜‰ Glad to hear that the moving boxes are out and cheers to the weekend! TGIF!
    charity
    lifeafterbaseball.net

  • TGIF is RIGHT, hope you have a great weekend!

  • I didn't do a word post, but my word for this year is "inspire" – which I hope to be! I am shaving my head for St. Baldrick's to raise money for childhood cancer and I am becoming a wish granter for Make-A-Wish! Those are my first two things I have done to inspire!!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • I'm so glad you shared that article on Facebook. I read it and found myself nodding along with the author. I have had my fair share of issues in finding a church that I feel I can really be apart of. I have yet to find one here in Missouri that I feel welcome in, where it seems the members and pastor actually WANT me to come back. My husband has had even more issues with church and acceptance. To preach about love and acceptance, but to snub anyone new that shows up to your service, to judge them on their appearance, to not encourage them to return and join in the fellowship of the Lord is a huge turn off for me. And then the author touches on the petty "wars" that the Church as a whole gets themselves into, rather than focusing on the bigger issues. I felt that hit the nail on the head. This doesn't mean I have given up on Church. I will continue to look for the right place for Hubs and I to worship, because as children of Christ we need that fellowship with others.

  • I need to read that article! The title also has me over here like WHAT?

  • Ahoy Kate

    Thanks so much for the shoutout šŸ™‚ I'm really excited to read about your word! Hope you have a great weekend!

  • I know, that's how I was when I first read it. I have lots and lots of thoughts about it though. I'd be curious to hear yours!

  • Interesting article….I grew up in a small town and church was someplace I felt ashamed and unworthy…I was making bad choices in my teenage years and instead of reaching out to try and mentor me, I felt everyone was pointing fingers. I have always believed…I just went through most of my life believing there was absolutely nothing I could ever do to earn back God's love…and therefore stayed away from what I knew as church. About 7 years ago….mainly because I knew I was failing my children…we found a church home and my perspective changed. We have a church now where I have never felt any better or any worse than any other member…any other member including our pastor. Have never felt ashamed and or unworthy and in the end it has made me want to be a better disciple. I do believe the main focus of a church should be outreach but I also believe we all have a personal responsibility to take charge of our own faith. You can be a believer and a disciple and never step foot into the church.

  • OMG Em, I just read that article and he literally has taken the words from my mouth. I cannot even begin to explain how much he has nailed his 5 points on the head. Hunter and I were so badly burned (along with others) by the church we were a part of because of those very reasons (and more ha!). 2014 was a HUGE learning year for Hunter and I in the sense that we began to see the difference between "Christians" and true, Christ-like followers. We'll have to talk about this more via text but hope your Friday is fantabulous!

  • Happy Friday Emily! I read that article about Churches on your FB wall. I agree with it 100%. I think the Church needs to update its views and philosophies to reflect the world today. I think a whole post could be dedicated to this! All of my daughters were baptized and received their 1st Communion. My oldest opted not to get confirmed. We talked to her extensively about it and she had great view. Her thought was that being confirmed was the step of her choosing the church and with its modern views and opinions she could not support it and did not want to choose to follow it. We respected her opinion.

  • Dance With A Dolly

    I haven't read the Church article yet but plan on heading over there next. Personally I am not religious but I have this one Church story that happened to a friend of mine that always sticks out in my mind. She was extremely religious, attended her Church regularly, was lead in all their Church productions, her husband also very involved as was her mother. They were almost at Church everyday. No exaggeration. It was time for her to get married and she couldn't afford to get married in her Church. With all the charity the whole family did for their Church it should have been whatever they could have afforded. But no she had to get married in reception hall as pastor drove up in his brand new Mercedes. Something is,really wrong there.

  • Umm… I am sharing my word Monday! Can't wait to see yours šŸ™‚

  • ps: LOVE the photo and cheers to no more moving boxes!!!!

  • I might have to read that book! The last church I was a regular participant of REALLY let me down in such a hardcore way that I had some nasty, nasty feelings about church people in general! Luckily I found a community, open platform style group that has more than made up for it. šŸ™‚

  • XO!

  • Glad to hear this, Trish! šŸ™‚ I'm going to head on over and read your post!

  • yay!! Can't wait to read your post and to see which ones you decided on šŸ™‚

  • You too, Whitney! šŸ™‚

  • Steph! I want to read about all of this that you're doing, are you going to post about it?! I think it's amazing and very inspiring.

  • So glad it hasn't made you give up on finding the right one. I have SO much to say about the article… trying to collect my thoughts for a post that isn't a million pages long šŸ˜‰

  • Thanks, lady!! šŸ™‚ Happy weekend to you too!

  • There is so much I want to say in response to the article… I'm hoping to have my thoughts collected for a post on Tues šŸ™‚

  • we need a phone date for sure. (I think I'm going to post my response on the article on Tues, fyi)

  • Wow, just the fact that she really thought about it like that… how serious it is and where her heart is with it. That shows major maturity. (A whole post could totally be dedicated to this for sure!)

  • Just as there are people who need to change and grow, there are people within the church who need to change and grow as well. That's really unfortunate that she had that type of experience, breaks my heart.

  • Can't wait!!! šŸ™‚

  • (haha! Thank you!)

  • Seriously, girl. I never want to see boxes ever again EVER šŸ˜‰ (can't wait for your email, xo)

  • oh it's not a book, girl- just an article. I'm SO so happy to hear you found such a great a community, Kelly!

  • I thought that was a brilliantly written article. I've had some pretty bad reactions to churches in the past – either always touting for more donations (and then spending them on refurbishing an already beautiful nave or entryway), or preaching in a very non-relevant-to-today way. Also, I've had bad interactions with churches where the members are just not welcoming – coming across as part of a clique even.
    To me, I go to church to reflect, be reverent, try and connect with God, and I need the music and sermon to foster that. Ideally I'd want to connect with other churchgoers too. I haven't had much luck in finding somewhere that I really FEEL God's presence and that sense of community yet. :/ It's so tough to find a new church!

  • Well you are definitely not alone!! In your experiences and in what you're looking for. It's not easy to find a new church that really feels like home, but IS possible. (I love my parents church so much – I wish I could have taken it with me to TN. I watch the sermons online each week and will keep doing that as we search for one here. The messages are the absolute best I've ever heard. If you're ever needing/wanting a good message on a Sunday, or any day, check out Traders Point Christian Church online. Obviously we're all different, which is a good thing!, and have different tastes so I do realize that what I like may differ for others, but I feel 100% comfortable in referring people to their sermons) šŸ™‚

  • First of all, thank you so much for the kind words. I'm glad you're enjoying my posts! As much as I love to travel and have adventures, it's been so nice to get back home!

    I'm desperate to read this article about being disappointed by the church. I'm half asleep though and need to catch up on my sleep. I'll read it first thing tomorrow.

    Should be interesting as I left church many years ago because of my growing disappointment in the religion, the people and the institution. Can't wait to read all these comments below.

    Very compelling topic!

  • I can't wait to hear about your Firmoo glasses! I am just picking mine out…

    Thanks for linking up, I hope you had a fun weekend exploring! (and please share so I can pretend I am there too) šŸ™‚

  • ā€‹I agree – phone date!! Lol! Gah I cannot wait to read all about it šŸ™‚

  • Excited to see/read your Firmoo review! šŸ™‚

  • It's definitely not a surface topic. I'll be posting my response in the next week šŸ™‚

  • I'm really sorry you had those experiences, Kacie. It's not an easy road, searching for a church. I'll be praying for you guys as you continue your search. I plan on posting a response to the article on here in the next week or so.

  • Yes! I will be posting about it over at http://www.shedreamsofhope.com. šŸ™‚