DISCLAIMER-This post is about religion.
In just a half hour I will be leaving to go to church. My first time returning to church since Easter. I have become the type of Catholic my dad used to comment about. The holiday only Catholic's. Yup that's me!
Since I was little I remember going to church with my parent's every Sunday. I was brought up Catholic and attended a private Catholic school. Looking back on my grade school experience I can now point things out I wasn't able to then. We never read the bible. Ever. Sure we read the same stories, Moses and the 10 commandments, The feeding of the 5000 the christmas story, easter story and Creation. But as far as opening up the bible and studying it or really reading it, that is something we did not do. And we only had Theology classes about once a week.
When it came time to go to high school, my parent's wanted to get me out of the environment I was currently in. My grade school was very small and cliquey and I was picked on non stop. I had strict parent's and even though we had to wear uniforms, my uniforms weren't trendy, I couldn't wear make up, I didn't get my hair dyed, not to mention I had glasses and wore braces. I was a constant target.
My parent's knew they wanted to keep me in the Christian environment and decided on sending me to a Lutheran high school. There Theology classes were part of the curriculum. We had Theology every day. Imagine my surprise when I walked into freshman year Theology and the teacher started asking us random bible versus. I was the only one that couldn't respond. We also were actually going to read the bible. Starting from the beginning. It was great! I was hooked on the stories, the history and the lessons. It was what I had been missing during grade school. Sophmore year I also auditioned for our Concert Choir and got in. Part of the requirement was attending Sunday services with the choirs and singing at them. So every Sunday I went around to various lutheran churches in the area with my choir and sang. So I stopped attending my Catholic services. There is actually a big difference in the service. I started to feel that I was more Lutheran than Catholic. Come senior year, we got an amazing theology teacher. Who sat down and pointed out the differences between Catholic's and Lutheran's, along with other world religions since the theme of senior year was religion around the world. I decided to convert to the Lutheran faith but my parent's protested. I did not
Anyway graduation came and since I was paying for college and could not afford a private college, I went to the state university. I missed my theology classes and the christian environment but after time I slowly stopped going to church. I only went on holiday's.
Moving to NC also provided a challenge. Most of my friends here are Baptist's and don't go to church. I finally found a church on Easter that i really liked. I have been meaning to go more frequently but it was hard to get back on a routine. Now I am to the point where I know something is missing from my life and I need to do something about it. So off I go to church. There is one great Non-Denominational church in the area that people are always talking about. I have been wanting to check it out but am afraid to go. I know that sounds so dumb but after attending strict catholic masses for most of my life I'm not sure how I would feel about anything else. I guess it's a comfort thing over anything else. My husband is not religious at all which at times makes things very difficult
I have been researching this church though and just discovered that Sarah Horn, author of the book God Strong-The Military Wife's Spiritual Survival Guide is holding a conference for military wives at this church next weekend. I registered to go even though I'm not a member of the church but think it's the perfect time to go see Sara speak and to check out this church. Anyone in the Fayetteville area who has read Sara Horn's book should def go. Let me know if you want details.
In the meantime I am back to pursuing God in my life. Have a blessed Sunday everyone