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  1. We’ve had very different experiences because the level of legalism you experienced was far deeper than what I can fathom. But I’ve seen that in the toughest moments in my life, the depression, the “my baby almost died and I don’t know what to do with that” moments, God is the only thing I can hang my hat on. Those times every morning in the Psalms were the only thing that got me through it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you for sharing your experiences! Depression is tough and sometimes it really feels like God can’t understand – but he CAN! It’s a lie from the devil!

  2. […] Introduction: some self-observations about legalism Part 1: what is “legalism”? Part 2: standing under the broken heart Part 3: hiding in shame, packing up my dreams Part 4: when you “trust and obey” but your heart still gets broken Part 5: when you’ve been hurt by legalism, hold onto faith Part 6: What do Brad Pitt, Josh Groban, and Sleepless in Seattle have in common? Part 7: perfection is not possible Part 8: finding healing and freedom in secular music Part 9: “I will keep believing that God still has a plan” Part 10: Plan A, 2.0 Part 11: Modesty: a picture of grace Part 12: Disconnect: when God just doesn’t seem relevant […]

  3. […] This verse in Hebrews (when read in context) isn’t just talking about taking Saturday or Sunday off. It’s talking about the rest that comes from entering into the “promised land” – which is a figurative description of what it means to be a Christian that has come out of slavery (sin) and through the wilderness into a victorious Christian life where he is dependent on God’s GRACE, not his own works. This passage is speaking of the beautiful rest that comes when we set down our own labour, our own good works, and depend on God’s grace and righteousness. (This is the very same chapter that ends with a reminder that Jesus is relevant to our lives and that we can come boldly unto his throne of grace.) […]

  4. […] that God still has a plan” Part 10: Plan A, 2.0 Part 11: Modesty: a picture of grace Part 12: Disconnect: when God just doesn’t seem relevant Part 13: Roses in the dumpster: seeing God in everyday life Part 14: Cheating on my church Part […]

  5. Marie

    I can relate to this: “But the God that I knew just didn’t really seem to fit in that hole anymore.” brought tears to my eyes cus of how I have felt recently… and even something I said to my therapist… we talked through some…. 😛

  6. Jonathan

    This is exactly what I’m going through. I pray and pray and still no help rescue or healing. I don’t really care anymore I feel like. God used to be amazing and with me, I don’t know how to come back. And I honestly have no desire to

  7. Jonathan

    I would like to believe in this, but circumstances say 100% opposite of what’s real in my life and future.

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