Brandees Photo featuring "my" Clementine........ :)
oh and Jesus, of Course! ~ Anjie
LOVE MY BRANDEE.......let me introduce her to you, this is her rendition of who she is: "Brandee Shafer is an English instructor turned SAHM to the 3.5 children for whom she records her life and thoughts, through blogging. She, her husband Jim, and their children live in a log cabin in Powhatan, Virginia, where she writes, teaches Sunday school, and tries, daily, to diminish toppling piles of dishes and laundry"
This is MY rendition of who she .........one of the best all around people that reside in the town of Powhatan County! She has a love story or two in her past and a few most awesome children in the world, a funny , luving family that has its "characters" that I can relate too on many different levels and to top all of that off she is a NON PERFECT CHRISTIAN ......(oxymoron i know) and has more faith in her little finger that I have in my entire body. I look to this young person in bewilderment and really don't know how she does what she does except to say ......."SHE LOVES" ....... thats what sums it all up........ I am proud to have the author of SMOOTH STONES as my blanket friend and guest poster today......ENJOY HER as I do!...... she is an ispiration ....no matter what your faith is / or your journey I think you can appreciate hers....
"Overdosing on the Church"
By: Brandee Shafer
I've discovered: if I'm not careful, I can overdose on the church. It's scary to think it and scarier to admit it, but I'm learning: as long as I don't speak in anger, the Lord uses me best when I speak my scary truths.
Most everyone I know and read--especially on facebook and in the blogosphere--claims to be a Christian. So many of them clamor on about different things, thinking their religious actions and affiliations, even their political views, make them stand out as the real deal. I rarely find myself confused about where I stand on any given issue, just annoyed. I asked myself why the annoyance until I determined: people have agendas. They aren't just blathering on; they're trying, all the time, to convince others--me!--to climb up on their bandwagons.
I wish I were referring to Christians' earnest efforts to win souls, but their words add up to something much darker and more complex. In fact, their cumulative, persuasive efforts form a shouting match in my brain. I feel like my very own Jesus is being crammed down my very own throat, and from several angles all at once.
I start to wonder if there's something wrong with me because I don't appreciate so-and-so's eight scripture "status updates" per hour. What if my efforts in the name of the Lord, I wonder, aren't enough? What if I'm not focused enough? What if I'm not righteous enough?
Then I start feeling judged for behaving or thinking differently than other Christians.
When that happens, it becomes critical that I put on the brakes. I'm overdosing on the church. God may well be calling so-and-so to the foreign mission field, the haunts of the homeless, the abortion clinic, the drive-thru on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. He may well be calling such-and-such to stand on a street corner or march in a small-town parade and howl for souls. It's not really my business until it's my business, and, right now, it isn't. I need to concern myself with those things the Lord has called me to do.
I'm a small fish in a big sea, and that's alright. Maybe my ministry will grow as my faith grows, or as I become kinder, wiser. In the meantime, know this: I really, really love Jesus, and He loves me. We have a relationship, and it's like any other in that it has its ups and downs. I've learned: inside and in spite of my relationship with the Lord, nothing--nothing!--is safe or guaranteed beyond my very soul. It hurts, sometimes, when things don't go the way I'd like. I grieve; I rage; I break into countless pieces, in countless ways. But over and over again, I find: when I lift my head and wipe my wild eyes, He--having never left--is with me, still.
Sometimes I overdose on the church, but I can never quite get enough of Jesus.
AND IF THAT ISNT ENOUGH SHE HAS ADORABLE KIDS......SHAMELESSLY LIFTED FROM FACEBOOK.....
here's her blog........ SAVOR THIS