Something’s Gotta Give

I’m having one of those moments where I literally feel like I’m floating.

And no, there are no illegal substances in my body. Although, I did just eat some cotton candy grapes, and I’m convinced that there’s a magic ingredient in there, because those things are unreal.

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But I legitimately feel lighter than air.

Ever since my mom’s stroke back in December, family has obviously been top priority. We’ve come together as a unit and dug in for the long haul. I’ve been home from NYC for the last four months, and just this past week, my brother and his wife moved two houses down from my parents in the neighborhood we grew up in.

Talk about an amazing couple.

And so this weekend, my mom and I threw her a party to welcome her to the neighborhood.

That party was today.

And it was amazing.

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But not for the reasons you may think.

There were about, oh…20 young women there. Just starting families. I didn’t know any of them, as I haven’t lived in my neighborhood in close to ten years and it’s turned over since then.

But the incredible thing about this party today was how God showed up.

This was not a church-sponsored party. It’s not like my mom invited her friends from her bible study. This was the neighborhood. A mix of people from all over, who were brought together this afternoon solely by their houses’ proximity.

And can I tell you, just about every conversation I had today came back to God.

Yes, I talked about my faith in public.

And it’s not like I was on some sort of evangelization mission. Goodness knows that I am pretty bashful when it comes to talking about religion. But it just kind of came up.

And I learned a valuable lesson.

People want to talk about their faith. 

The cultural climate is such that faith and what we believe has become an off-limits topic. The intense scrutiny for political correctness and hyper sensitivity for being offended has created a society where we just don’t talk about what really matters … like God. Morality. Right and wrong. What we believe in.

And so we shut it down. Keep our faith behind closed doors or confined within the walls of a church, and our society is redlining as a result.

But newsflash, y’all: People want to talk about their faith.

could not believe the enthusiasm that these women had for the Lord. And I would have never known had we just passed at the checkout line at the grocery store, or waved in passing.

Faith is out there. And I think people are so hungry to share it, and connect with people on a meaningful level.

I mean, by the end of the afternoon, a neighborhood bible study had been planned for this summer.

And none of that would have transpired, had the topic of God not been brought into the conversation.

And it got me thinking – if this trend is true for the neighborhood…what about the community? The city? The nation?

What would happen if we all stopped walking on egg shells and tip toeing around certain issues, and just decided to be bold and speak up about our faith?

How would that impact our little corners of the world?

Because real talk: our culture is in a moral free fall. And not even morality…even just human decency. Something’s gotta give.

How would things change if people started to talk authentically about God?

Because if we don’t, then who will? If we don’t open up a dialogue, then things are going to keep being swept under the rug, or tip toed around, until eventually, it stops having a place in peoples’ lives at all.

We’re doing such a disservice to future generations by not talking about the things that matter. Living in such a way that we’re straight-jacketed into never uttering anything that has a moral point of view because it may upset someone…we are to blame for the vomit-stained state of our country. 

If we don’t start standing up for what matters, it’s going to stop mattering.

Think about that.

If we don’t keep God in the conversation, He’s going to become irrelevant in the eyes of the masses.

People want to talk about their faith. There is such a deep yearning for an existence that means something more.

And it starts with you and me. Starting a conversation. Making people feel safe to talk about God.

God is attractive. And this party today demonstrated that.

I dare you to talk about Him this week.

You up for the challenge?

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351 thoughts on “Something’s Gotta Give

  1. Totally agree. We got so used to being politically correct and being all-inclusive that we stopped sharing our faith. I live in a place where religion is quite strong but faith I feel is a bit lacking. I’ve also just recommitted myself to my faith after taking it granted for so long. I have a few close friends whom I discuss these these issues. And that has helped a lot in my spiritual life.

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  2. Hello Caralyn. This is the 3rd attempt to send a response to your post. Hoping it gets through.
    Hi Caralyn: Thank you for sharing this great time you had at the party. Thank you for sharing your faith, and your live for our Saviour Jesus Christ, so freely.That is so exciting, Holy Spirit jumped within my spirit as I read about it.
    And then, for a Bible Study to be in the planning stage, as a result of the party. WOW!!
    We are all to be sharing Jesus at every opportunity Holy Spirit gives us and leads us into. As you have done so well, we need to share Jesus Christ, our Saviour and God, and not just religion. Religion scares people away, but the possibility of having a personal loving, non-judgemental relationship with the God of the universe, draws people to the Truth, and the Truth is Jesus Christ.
    So many allow the spirit of fear to put a clamp on mouths and pens, but you are a great example to each of us in all you do. Thank you.
    You put a terrific challenge out there for us. There are so many ways to act in acceptance of your challenge, be it in face to face opportunities, or in this electronic age, there are ways to reach the masses at one time. (You prove this greatly with your fantastic blog. I haven’t seen any with the number of followers and comments as you have with every blog).

    With your gift of speaking, writing, interwoven with good humour, real life experiences, I believe God is going to continue to open many doors for you.
    I am continuing to pray for you Caralyn, and with new horizons ahead, I am praying God’s continuing Protection over your mind, body, spirit and soul, with the covering of the Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus.

    Keep on sharing Jesus Christ, the only WAY, TRUTH, LIFE. Our Light and our Strength in all things, drawing us to our Heavenly Father.

    As Scripture says:
    Romans 10:13-15
    13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
    14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

    God’s continuing Blessings Caralyn,
    LUV ❤️
    George

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    1. Wow George, this brought a tear to my eye. Thank you so much for this beautifully kind and wonderful note. I love that scripture verse. There’s so much hope there. And thank you for your continued prayers. You are a great friend. Know that you are in mine too:) sorry this took a few tries to get through- im not sure why that happened, but I sure do appreciate the kind sentiments. Have a great evening, George. Hugs and love xox

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  3. What beauty and what light, from you upon your family!! You are so right. God as a subject has sadly become a taboo subject. Too many become too offended. Too many don’t want to acknowledge that He plays director of our everyday script. You are not only a great screenactor’s guild member but a great member of God’s guild, this world. Its sad that the rest of the world only wants to talk about press issues like politics, star gossip, social media yadda etc.. I am so glad to know someone like who talks the real talk. Hugs and Love always!!

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    1. Oh my gosh Migueltio. Thank you my friend. Wow I love that analogy of the director and the script! I’m actually on my way to an audition, so this is very timely! Thanks for the encouragement! Hugs and love xox

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  4. I love this! I agree that it’s so important to keep God in our conversations. Too many times people are afraid to offend someone but we need to be more open and proud of our faith! Shout it from the rooftops! As you know, I post a lot of my bible journaling. I started out just doing it on FB and decided to add it to a blog. Since then, I’ve had so many friends come to me with questions about God and devotional recommendations…all because I spoke about God out loud! Thanks for the post!

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  5. Amen! And even more-
    You never know who you are going to touch when you start talking about the Lord. I was simply at a friends house talking about homeschooling and drinking coffee when she mentioned a verse casually and immediately I felt truth and ever since then I’ve been building my relationship with God.

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  6. I have not visited your blog in quiet a while, and I must say that your new look is fantastically refreshing. . . so bright and bubbly, doubly lovely. . . As always your poster art continues to arrest our attention and bless us in immeasurable ways. Your commentary is also ever insightful. Keep up the excellent work and keep on doing what you do so well.

    Thanks so much for the recent like on Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe. You are a blessing indeed.

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  7. John 4 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. Wonderful post Caralyn. Thank you for sharing and allowing your siblings in Christ rejoice with you. … Be ready always to give an answer of the hope that is with in you…. As you share Christ sometimes it is like the fun wonderful party you have shared. Other times sharing Jesus will get you kicked out of the house and hurt you deeply within. God did not change but the readiness of the field is different. No matter did you do what God called you to do? Keep the faith no matter the result Joy comes in the morning of all those who sow seeds of hope from God.
    Strength, Blessing, and Hope to you Caralyn.
    In Christ,
    Denny

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  8. I think part of the depression on today’s society is because of lack of faith in God, they have trust in people who breaks it and then they try to seek else where.

    Whereas in God whichever faith ones belong, that attachment remains forever. More trust means you are dependent on the provider of everything rather than the means to the source.

    P.S: Every post I come, I observe 1k plus follower, you need to throw a party for this 😀

    – I love your neighborhood, so green open and vibrant. Makes the depression run away.

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    1. i think you’re really onto something there. Thanks so much for this thoughtful response. you’re right – He really is the provider of everything, and how blessed are we to be His children!? and haha thanks for those kind words 🙂 it really means a lot. big hugs xox

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  9. Hi, Caralyn-
    Don’t know if you remember me, but I reached out to you before about how reading your posts has touched me over the past months of my own struggles. I’m deep in it. Have been since 1998. And its gotten so big. I had emergency hip surgery after fracturing my right hip at the end of March, just from walking. No fall, just walking. And it’s because my bones are weak. Spend up until this week recovering with my sister, who lost her husband to cancer while I was staying there. She’ s now the single 36 year-old mother of four kids under the age of 8. And I am the 34 (yesterday was my birthday) year-old widow of a clinical narcissist who killed himself after 8 months of marriage. My family has been through it. We need a break. I need a break. And not a literal one. But now, more than ever, I need a breakthrough. I had a follow-up appointment with my ortho on Wednesday and found out I’ve lost wight since I got out of the hospital for my surgery. And my parents have been the ones feeding me over these past 8 weeks of my recovery from the procedure, so my mom feels like she’s failed. She’s scared, I’m scared. God is all we have right now. But reading your posts has also been a huge help to me.
    I know you’re in the middle of going over the manuscript for your newly-completed book. A don’t know what your plans are for that, where you plan to publish it or if you have an editor. But maybe God brought me to your posts for a reason–to help you and to help me, both. I’m a writer and freelance editor. I also work with a publishing company called Indigo River Publishing here where I live in Pensacola, Florida. I don’t know if you’d be interested in pitching your boo to them or not, but regardless of that…if you need an editor, I’d be honored for that job.
    Let me know what you think.
    Liesel

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    1. Hi Liesel, thank you so much for this thoughtful response and for sharing your story. I will definitely keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. It sounds like you’ve walked quite the journey. And you know what, God is on your side and will hold you up through all of this. I’m glad my posts have been encouraging for you. And thank you for passing along that information about your editing and publishing connections. That’s absolutely terrific, and I am definitely interested in continuing the conversation! Perhaps via email? — beautybeyondbones@yahoo.com Thanks again Liesel. Hang in there my friend. sending hugs xo

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  10. I experience this even within the church. On Sunday mornings, in church, pastors are discouraged from taking a stance or preaching the Bible. What we don’t realize is that the world is so desperate for an anchor, a foundation. They don’t want to just “feel good”. This is so true. It encourages me to talk about Jesus uncensored!

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  11. What people need to think about is that God goes where he pleases. He doesn’t need a church or bible group and if he wants to encourage faith then he’ll do it through us. 😊

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  12. Wow. I did not expect this post to go this way. I thought the partys conversation would go to clothing or shoes. I’m very pleased you could openly speak of your faith. I’m also doubly pleased people you hadn’t could express an interest in God. Here in the Pacific Northwest most people cringe or shrink back when you talk about Christianity.

    This post has encouraged me.

    Thank you.

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  13. Hi BBB,

    Gotta love Godly moments. I pray you have more of these. People want to share, please help us to be ready to listen.

    In Christ,

    Gary

    On Mon, May 15, 2017 at 4:02 PM BeautyBeyondBones wrote:

    > beautybeyondbones posted: “I’m having one of those moments where I > literally feel like I’m floating. And no, there are no illegal substances > in my body. Although, I did just eat some cotton candy grapes, and I’m > convinced that there’s a magic ingredient in there, because those thi” >

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      1. Any time. Keep being that light to those around you. You are a great example that I would like to see my fifteen year old daughter, Autumn to emulate.

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      2. thank you again, Gary. Wow, I am humbled by that. that’s such a kind thing to say. With a dad like you, I know that Autumn is a special, kind-hearted young lady. And I love the name Autumn, by the way – very beautiful. 🙂 Hope you have a great night. xoxo

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  14. Great stuff, as usual. I’ve found this to be true as well. And people without any faith tend to find it really interesting.

    Keep it up!

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  15. John Stott suggested that our reasons for staying silent may be many but he suggested: “Either we have no compelling incentive even to try to speak, or we do not know what to say, or we are not convinced that it is our job, or we do not believe we shall do any good, because we have forgotten the source of power.”

    To the last phrase, I would add not only forgotten but become detached from. I believe that many Christians are running on empty – living out good advice rather than being energized by the Good News. And at the end of the day, you can’t give what you don’t have. I don’t write that as a harsh criticism but as a keen awareness of my own failing.

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  16. I hope I can add something without become a Debbie Downer (sorry to all the Debbies out there). As much as the Good News compels us to share God’s grace and as much as it is a privilege and amazing adventure to do so, it’s not going to stop the decay you speak of. The Bible reveals we are slowly moving towards the end of human sin and selfishness and an earth laid waste. We cannot solve the problem we have created. Come resurrection morning, we are going to be rescued from a sinking ship.
    There will one day be a new heaven and a new earth; the good Creation will be restored and our reconciliation with our Good Good Father will be complete as promised in Revelation 21-22. However, that means that all this mess will pass away first.

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  17. Yes and amen! Everyone I meet seems to be going through something and a compassionate person, willing to listen, and even offering to pray, never seems to be a bad thing or dissuaded.

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