From my personal experience, I do not know what I would do without my relationship with Jesus. I have walked through some really dark days in my life, but I always knew that I wasn’t alone. The peace, hope, joy and love that comes from having a relationship with Christ has kept me going.
A few years ago, the most common questions I received via email were about Sean…and then, after a time, the most common questions I was asked were about infertility…but I would say that over the last year and a half or so, the most common questions I receive every single day are about my faith. So, in honor of Easter this weekend, I thought it would be a great time for me to answer a few of those questions here.
Here are some of the questions I have received in the last week alone…
1. How do I start my relationship with Jesus?
First, you have to acknowledge him and ask him to live in your heart. Just simply pray and tell him that you need him…that you want him to be a part of your life forever. Don’t wait until you feel like you have all of your stuff together and you’re on the road to perfection…Christ isn’t looking for perfection…he’ll take you just as you are. He’s right there waiting for you…seek him.
2. Now what do I do???
Thank goodness my friend Kelly wrote this amazing post several years ago about what to do after you establish you want a relationship with Jesus but don’t know what to do after that. I bet I’ve emailed this link out to hundreds of people. Click here to read Kelly’s “Now What?” post.
3. What version of the Bible do you read?
I really like the New Living Translation. If you don’t have a Bible, you can always download the Bible app for free! I use my Bible app all.the.time. Within the Bible app, you can pick your translation, get a verse of the day, do Bible studies, just read through the scripture…it’s 2015 and sometimes the best way to do things is the techy way and the Bible app is perfect for that.
It looks like this…
4. What Bible study should I do?
I like the daily devotional Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. I typically read the little one minute section every day before doing my actual study. There are so many good studies out there! Here are just a few I love…
Let’s All Be Brave by Annie Downs
Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel
Radical by David Platt
God is Able by Priscilla Shirer
Pray Big For Your Child by Will Davis Jr.
So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore
Breaking Free by Beth Moore
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
5. I want to start reading the Bible. Where do I begin?
I always encourage people to begin by reading one chapter of John a day along with one chapter of Proverbs. As you read, really ask God to help you understand how you can apply these scriptures to your life.
6. How do I find a church?
Ahhh….well, seeing that it’s the week of Easter, you’re in luck…this is the best time to try out a church! Sometimes, you don’t find the right church right off the bat and it takes some church hopping. When we lived in Detroit, it took us about 3 months of hopping until we found one where we just automatically felt like we belonged. We enjoyed the sermon, the music, and the other people there just felt like a match for us. Don’t get discouraged…and don’t give up. When we moved to McKinney, TX, we found the perfect church for us on the first try…you just have to get out there and try to find one.
7. What does your daily “quiet time” look like?
I did a post on my daily quiet time last year. Each morning, I sit down with my Bible, my Bible study, my coffee and prayer time with Jesus :). You can read that post here.
This week, as Christians come together to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, I hope that you too can have the peace, hope, joy and faith in the Savior of the world. If you have any questions not answered here or just need someone to email, please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org). As much as I love blogging about my life, my travels and my food…I spend more time communicating with people about my faith…and for that, I’m extremely grateful.
And because Easter is approaching…you know I have to share a few more Easter recipes :).