Disclaimer:  Intentional Living is not meant to judge, persuade, condemn or change. It is merely a sharing of ideas, thoughts and decisions.

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When the thought presented itself to begin this Intentional Living series, I immediately knew that my first post had to be about my FAITH.  Every single decision I make as a woman, a wife, a mother, a friend, even a blogger, has pieces of my faith tied into it.  My intentional living springs from my faith – it feeds everything in my life.  And in turn, I am fed by it.

God so lovingly nudged me into this post, not once, not twice, but SEVERAL times over the past 2 years.  To publicly share one’s faith can be a scary thing, especially on a blog where that isn’t necessarily the “theme”.  It seems as though the world is going in so many different directions and choosing to be a Christian isn’t the norm.  I’m called to be OBEDIENT.  I’m called to share LIGHT.  So as an act of obedience to Him, I’m handing over this platform willingly, publicly and intentionally today.  This is a statement of my faith and a testimony of how much that faith rules my day-to-day life, thoughts and actions.  In this sharing, my intent is not to exclude or judge anyone else, but simply to share what I personally believe to be true.

So what DO I believe?

  • I am a Christian who believes in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
  • I believe the Bible (Old and New Testament) to be the true, living word of God, applicable yesterday, today and tomorrow.
  • I believe that Jesus is my personal savior and that by His blood on the cross, I’ve been provided redemption from my sins.
  • I believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, died on the cross, was resurrected three days later and now resides at God’s right hand.
  • I believe that we are called to have a PERSONAL relationship with God through daily prayers and conversations.
  • I believe in abiding by the 10 commandments and when I go against God’s word, I’ve sinned.
  • I believe that to receive God’s grace, I can neither DO enough or BE enough. It’s simply given to me.  It’s all HIM and it’s a gift that I’m ever grateful for.

A little bit about my walk with the Lord –> I grew up in a Christian household and I was saved when I was 11 years old.  I’ve had years when I was close to God and many years when I wanted nothing more than to hide from Him.  The thing about God is that He never, ever moves away from us – we move from Him.  I’d say that it wasn’t until I had children that I really grew to KNOW God, to grasp the depth of His love for me and to fully grow into an adult relationship with my Abba (or Father).

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How do I apply these beliefs to my every day life?

  • I regularly attend church (non-denominational).  Travis is the worship leader and I sing on the worship team with him.
  • I regularly read my Bible.  Side note: It wasn’t until 3 years ago that I finally read the entire Bible from cover to cover (using this plan, which I hope to talk more about come January.  Would anyone be interested in a 90-day reading plan?)
  • I talk to God several times a day, through prayer or just seeing something I’m thankful for and thanking Him for it.
  • I read a daily devotional (currently Jesus Calling).
  • I put God first in all of my decisions, whether it be where we send our money, how I treat my husband (Eph. 5:22), how I raise and discipline my children (Matt. 19:14, Proverbs 13:24), and how I treat my neighbor (Matt. 19:19, John 13:34-35).  In most of these endeavors, I often fall short.

Now listen, because this may very well be the MOST important takeaway from this entire post.  The list above are things I DO.  But doing them does not make me a better Christian, more pious, more likely to be “saved” or anything to boast about.  They are simply ways that I try to draw closer to God.

A works-based faith plan will never work BECAUSE GOD HAS ALREADY DONE ALL THE WORK FOR ME (Ephesians 2:8-10) 

When we place value on our OWN efforts, we fail to see WHO God really is.  We can never be enough or do enough for Him.  He doesn’t require that.  All He asks is that we seek and follow.  To put the World (possessions, lust, money, hierarchy, etc) aside and follow His path.  That’s it – so simple.  How freeing?!!?

So what about YOU?

Maybe you have an awesome relationship with God.  Maybe you’re an atheist.  Maybe you were raised in the church and have fallen away as an adult.  Maybe you feel like there’s something more for you but you don’t know quite how to get there.

I can’t convict you about your life and your faith.  All I can do is share what God’s done for me in MY life.

I write product reviews for companies all the time for this blog.  I *think* you guys trust me to be truthful when I like or dislike something –  heck, you might even go out and buy that product if I said it’s a good one.  I’m telling you today….

PLEASE know that there is a great God who loves you desperately, who sent His son FOR YOU, who fights for your well-being and will never forsake you. 

A God who knew you and named you in your mother’s womb. 

A God who is constantly trying to get your attention if you’ll just slow down and look.

It’s all written and explained in the Bible.  Some of it makes no scientific sense, but some of what makes faith so real and amazing is the actual FAITH it takes to believe in something you cannot see.  And actually, when I think about it, I see God in SO many things.  My children, my relationships, nature, answered prayers and even UNanswered prayers!

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My faith is something I’ll never deny.

And it’s something worth sharing.  Intentionally.  And with passion.

splendid…lindsay

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P.S.  If you’d like to share YOUR faith story, please write a post and leave the link in the comments!  I’d love to read it!

P.S.S.  If you’re looking for a place to start when it comes to Christianity, here are some books Travis and I truly love:

  • The Bible (obviously) – I typically read the NIV.
  • Staci & John Eldredge’s Captivating
  • Francis Chan’s Crazy Love
  • Brent Curtis & John Eldredge’s The Sacred Romance
  • David Platt’s Radical
  1. Danica @ It's Progression says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this Lindsay. I’ve always believed in God and that Jesus Christ is my savior, but it’s taken me until now to truly know that I’m enough just the way I am. And while I’m working through that every day, realizing that has completely changed my life.

  2. Cherlyn says:

    Thank you for sharing your testimony. I long for the faith that you possess. I grew up in a ‘Christian’ home that used religion in an abusive way. Therefore putting my trust in the Lord is a struggle for me but something I am working on. All the best to you and your family!

  3. Jentry Nielsen says:

    I believe God has truly encouraged you to write this post at the perfect time, certainly for me and I’m sure many others! Your faith is one to I’ve always admired and looked up to!! Thank you for sharing this Lindsay!!!

  4. Brooke says:

    Well, you know I love this. Thank you for heeding His call and stepping out in faith! I know He will continue to bless you all!! And I’m excited for this whole series, as intentional living is something I’m really trying to work on. Days should not just pass, they should be LIVED, yes? His mercies are new every morning ❤️. Love you!!! (Oh, and those are some fabulous book choices! I’ve read some of them, the rest have been on my list…need tone intentional about reading them

  5. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola says:

    I loved reading about your faith- I agree that it can be scary putting it out there for the world on a blog, but how wonderful if God uses it as a tool to bring others closer to him… The very essence of loving your faith outloud! Do you use the YouVersion Bible app? I love it, they have the full Bible, daily versus and my favorite part more devotional than you can imagine! I am always reading at least 3 at a time (haha and I’m in no way affiliated with them, I just love the app and it’s really strengthened my walk with Christ!

  6. Dominique @ Eat, Pray, Lift says:

    Amen, and thank you for being bold and OBEDIENT and sharing your faith on the blog. The works vs. faith balance can be such a struggle for perfectionist [as I am, and I think you have mentioned you are too], and it is truly the sweetest freedom to walk and live in Christ’s redemption that is unconditional and NOT earned. Can’t wait to read more from your intentional living series!

  7. Jolene says:

    I ADORE your definition and relationship of your faith with God. Mine is so very similar, and it just warms my heart to connect with you this way. As I sit here gazing at my copy of ‘Jesus Calling’ – I smile. And it makes me want to connect more daily, with God, with my personal faith, and with you, and others just like you that share the same level of faith. This is beautiful! XO

  8. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says:

    I recently started in my very first small group bible study (we’re studying Ruth) and not having grown up in a family of practicing Christians, it’s all very new to me. I realized how little I know about the bible (like the fact that Ruth is even a book of the bible…) so I’m actually just starting to read the whole thing, or at least trying!

  9. Natalie @ Free Range Human says:

    Lindsay, thank you so much for sharing this. I do find encouragement and inspiration from your obvious faith when you’ve mentioned it on the blog even before this post.

    I grew up in the Christian faith, and I still very much identify myself in that way. However, as an adult, I’ve had a hard time finding a place within a church family because some of my beliefs don’t mesh with some of the major issues in the church. I’m hoping that changes for me some day!

  10. Christin@christinjoyful says:

    Love and hugs! Thank you for sharing your faith…it is so encouraging and refreshing to see amidst all of the darkness in the interwebs… :)

    Another great book I like to share with skeptical friends is Mere Christianity by CS Lewis…great for people who want a logical argument for Christianity. :)

  11. Linz @ Itz Linz says:

    you’re awesome. honestly, i definitely didn’t appreciate my judaism until my adult years. my siblings and i were all raised jewish and we celebrated at the holidays, attended sunday school, and high holiday services, but it really wasn’t until i met jonny (my jewish husband) that i realized how much my faith meant to me. i always said i didn’t HAVE to marry someone jewish, but i would definitely raise my kids jewish. well all that changed when i met jonny – i knew i HAD to marry him and our jewish faith has brought us closer together than ever!

  12. lindsay says:

    oh i love this and am so encouraged my your walk! God truly is using you Lindsay! I have a similar story and am so thankful for God’s Grace! I can’t wait to grow to KNOW GOD more each day. Surrendering to HIS WILL! Love love love you

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