Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Universal Body Of Christ

It was one month ago today that I tentatively entered the World of Blog. When we begin something new we have certain expectations of what the experience will bring to us and what we will bring to the experience. In my case my expectations were: 1) to make contact with others with the same interests and passions that I have; 2) a chance to share my thoughts with others; and 3) hopefully, to be able to share some knowledge I've been blessed to learn during my walk these many years. I was also hoping to make contact with people from a wide range of geographic areas, especially outside the US.

So how am I now feeling as I enter my second month? It definitely has lived up to those first three expectations. So far I have not made contact with anyone outside the US that I feel I have a lot in common with. I certainly hold that out as an expectation that will be fulfilled.

BUT the #1 thing I have been blessed to learn, and get a better grasp, is the Universal Body Of Christ. For years I have been aware of the importance of having a wider, broader view than just "our" individual church and/or denomination. In one short month this truth has been driven home to me with even a greater impact.

I live near Tulsa in what is called the Buckle of the Bible Belt. We are blessed to have MANY huge churches, Oral Roberts University and Kenneth Hagin's Rhema Bible College. We have more "big" nationally, and internationally known ministries coming to town than we can possibly attend all the meetings and conferences and still be the active, committed members of our local church we need to be. In the midst of this I think sometimes people here begin to feel we have an inside track on God. One month of blogging and reading so many wonderful posts and I certainly know that to be false. It is wonderful to realize and see just how very alive and well the living, breathing Church of our Lord Jesus Christ is. PRAISE GOD

I have been blessed to witness true honestly, searching and striving to become ALL that Christ intends for us to be. "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" II Corinthians 3:18 KJV "Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him." The Message It is so healthy to see such openness and shedding of the masks and phony facade.

It is with even greater anticipation and excitement than when I began that I look forward to my on-going journey. This journey of sharing, learning from others, getting to know you better and your getting to know me better. What joy and how you bless me. Thank YOU! :-)


Heidi Jo said...

I too am continuously blessed to share the different journey's and spiritual insights of the women I am getting to know. I started my blog as an outlet for was said by others to be a "talent" in the area of writing. I don't know if that's true, but I have enjoyed it greatly.

~ Amy ~ said...

I am so glad you are blogging! Your writings are so inspiring. I am eagerly waiting for some pictures. In my head I know how I think you might look, but can't wait to see how close I am.
Isn't it weird how people can have relationships through writings and talks only.

Penless Thoughts said...

Heidi - Thanks for dropping by again. What part of S Dakota do you live? Yes, you definately have a talent for writing. I've been amazed how very many people that i've read are really good writers.

Amy - You are tooo sweet! Thanks though really makes me feel good:)

I can't wait to learn to get my picture on my blog and then to be able to post pictures on the posts themselves. Our son is suppose to come over this weekend and try and show us what to do. My husband has tried and tried but it doesn't go on the page.

I hope you're not disappointed when you finally "see" me. You are such a beautiful young lady.

Yes, it's wonderful how we can develop relationships through writing and talks only. You were the first person to post on my blog so you are extra special to me!

Glad to see you post today. I was missing you and getting concerned. You know "Once a mother always a every body"!!!

Momma Roar said...

Thank you for sharing your observations. I live in a pretty conservative area of PA, Lancaster Co. (We have Amish neighbors Sometimes I think people here feel the same - that since it is a conservative area, that it is somehow "better."
I too have been blogging for just about a month. Even though I feel I don't have much exciting to say - I absolutely love getting to know people through their blogs.
Thanks for being willing to share your wisdom with us! I have certainly been challenged by many posts I read and it is truly a blessing. "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17

Penless Thoughts said...

Momma roar - Thanks for dropping by. That is one of my favorite scriptures and so very true.

Penless Thoughts said...

Momma roar - Have to did you come up with that blog name?

Anonymous said...

Susan, I'm glad you have found the joy in blogging that so many of us have found. I got into blogging to grow closer to a couple of moms who know one of my daughters. Little did I know that I would develope friends around the country who love me and my Lord such as precious Heidi. I now have the privilege of getting to know you and Amy as well. I've been trying to find Momma Roar's site, but not able so far :(
It is my prayer that we can lift one another up, grow as friends, and have some fun as we write our thoughts and daily happenings.

Susan said...

Isn't blogging a GREAT world??? I have discovered so many new "friends" and I, too, have a new picture of the church at large. I have actually met a couple of Christian blogging friends in real was SO COOL!!

May God continue to bless this journey.

:-) Susan

Just Mom said...

The number of people I'm starting to get to know is growing as well. I can't help but think we were all brought together for some higher purpose.

Penless Thoughts said...

Ginger - You've done it again with your post today. Inspired me to write about my 3rd child and 1st son!

Yes, I pray for God's plans and purposes as we all get to know each other better and fulfill his word to "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep." Romans 12:16 KJV "Laugh with your happy friends when they're happy, share tears when they're down." The Message

Thank you for the encouragement you have been to me as I've taken my baby steps in this new venture.

Susan - That is sooo cool!! I was thinking today, I may never meet any of these people here on earth, but I know I'll meet them in heaven and will know them instantly. Now that's cool, too!

Just Mom - Of one thing we can be sure......God always has HIS purposes and they are always higher and greater than ours. It will be exciting to see His purposes!

Anonymous said...

I could not agree more! I love the body of Christ and the blog world has made my view more spacious. What an unexpected blessing!