A Christian No More? Studying The Jewish Roots Of My Faith And Feeling More At Home And At Peace Than Ever Before.

Here is my husband’s most recent blog. He is sharing some of the research he has been doing.

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Trying to find where we belong

My husband has been searching for a church for us for quite some time. We were members of one in a nearby town until we questioned practices and were basically ostracized. This happened around Christmastime, when the church was planning activities to invite the public to. We thought that not doing all of the comfortable/typical/worldly Christmas activities would help us stand out as a church and do more for the Kingdom of God than decorating Santa cookies etc. The problem was, that the church leaders were not willing to let go of man’s traditions. They thought we were taking the joy out of life and being legalistic. We thought we were stepping away from the greed/envy/jealousy/stress etc. that the holiday season brings with it.

My husband has looked into so many different Christian denominations. Some are pretty close to what we believe and some are way off. Most recently, he has been looking into Judaism. Christianity hasn’t felt right, so he’s digging deeper into the roots of our faith. Jesus was Jewish, and followed the Jewish practices. Whether Jesus was or wasn’t the messiah, he was Jewish. If we’re supposed to follow him to the Father, shouldn’t we be following Jewish beliefs?

Worrying about what the right religion to follow is, has caused many sleepless nights for my husband. I am so grateful that he is our family’s spiritual leader, and that he really cares about our relationship with God. My constant prayer is for God to show us the path to follow, and how to be who He wants us to be. I think God has been answering my prayer through our religious transition over the past several years. We went from believing everything we were told to be true, to actually doing research and trusting our guts. When something just felt wrong we would do research and find our feelings to be justified.

Whether we convert or not, my husband found something very interesting in his research. He read about the seven laws of Noah. These Noahide laws are supposed to be a binding set of laws for the “children of Noah” which is all of humanity! These laws are said to assure those who follow them “a place in the world to come”.

Here is the list he found…

1. Do not deny God

2. Do not blaspheme God

3. Do not murder

4. Do not engage in illicit sexual relations

5. Do not steal

6. Do not eat from a live animal

7. Establish courts/legal system to ensure obedience to said laws.

We know we are far from perfect, but we are striving to be what God designed us to be. We want to set a good example for our children and set them on the right path. We don’t want to give them mixed messages, and confuse them about our faith. We are growing in our faith all the time, and learning new truths as we do. My oldest child is 12, and has experienced some changes in our belief system. I really want to find truth and our place soon, so the little ones don’t have to experience the confusion and stress of sorting through mistranslation, flat out lies and discrepancy.

A cruel April fool’s joke

This is just not right!

Seriously though, my husband had to drive to work in these conditions around 3:30 this morning. The roads had not been maintained well, and he went down a hill sideways in our SUV. He called me after it happened and I prayed right away to thank God for his safety. He still had quite a good distance to travel before he’d make it to work too, so I was a nervous wreck until he texted me when he got there. I’m sure the rest of his ride was stressful for him. Especially since the truck that was behind him when he slid sideways down the hill rode his bumper until he got to a passing zone. I don’t know what kind of fool would do that after witnessing what could have become a serious car accident. My husband was taking up both lanes of the road, so if anyone had been traveling in the opposite direction at that moment he would have hit them.

People are as crazy as New England weather! 

Update: My son measured the snow on the railing and deck. The railing had nine inches, and the deck had  ten and a half. The snow is still flying too. It’s a heavy, wet snow. Perfect for snowballs and snowmen, but my husband warned me that the snow thrower isn’t handling it well. 😦 He cleared a path this morning before going to work, but said the snow thrower was pushing it, so I will have to make multiple passes.

Evolving Faith

This blog was written by my husband. It shows how over time as we grow our faith and relationship with God our understanding of who He is, and who Jesus is may change. God wants us to know Him, and the more we read our Bible the more we will.

I know that the title of this blog contains the word evolution, but I’m not here to get into that. This is just a quick blog about changes in my beliefs over a relatively short period of time. A blog about creation versus evolution would just take too long right now so I’ll just leave […]

via The Evolution Of Faith — One of God’s Children Seeking the Truth

Here is a copy of my husband’s most recent blog post.

Matthew 7:13-14 is something we like to quote and it’s something we tend to use to show the rest of the world that we are on moral high ground. The verse is this: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter […]

via The Sermon On The Mount Makes Us Feel Good That We’re On The Narrow Path. But Are We Really? Are We Sure? — One of God’s Children Seeking the Truth

Whoopsy  Daisy 

I think it was a bit more than a whoopsy daisy, but it could have been worse.

I had a car accident 1/12/17 around 3:45am. I was on my way to work, and the temperature was above freezing when I left. Apparently the temperatures were fluctuating as I drove. I was being cautious,  since there were patches of fog and I was concerned there may be ice too. I came to a spot in my commute where there is often a patch of ice. It was there,  and I hit it. My car fishtailed one way, then the other and eventually I spun completely around. I went off the road and my driver’s side was pinned up against a tree. I was slanted in a ditch, but thankfully the tree kept me from flipping.

My only injury that was immediately noticeable was a “burn” from the seat belt on my neck.

I called my husband first, then 911. A man in a truck stopped to ask if I was okay, and if I called the police. I told him I was about to call and that I was fine. 911 sent an officer to the scene,  and he hit the same patch of ice I did. He almost went off the road too. He didn’t take an official statement from me, since he said it was obvious what had happened. The sander/salter came by while I was still in my car. (I’m pretty sure the officer made that request.)

My insurance company was having computer issues when I called, so they weren’t able to set up a tow. The police officer took care of that, and the people who came out were great. Unfortunately they told me my car was not drivable. 😦 I am expecting my insurance company to tell me my car is a total loss since it is a 2007. All I know right now, is that there is body damage, some being right around the front driver’s side wheel. If there is any suspension damage I know they’ll consider it totalled. 

My neck and back have been sore since a few hours after the accident. I had to work yesterday,  and the pain I had while working was pretty bad. I have a very physical job, and do a lot of lifting. It was pretty slow yesterday, so I only had to work 7 hours instead of 10. 

I have been resting, and taking ibuprofen. I’ve only used ice on the areas that are most sore a couple of times. The right side of my neck, along the back is the worst. Then I would say my lower back and hips are the next most affected areas. I know it could be much worse. Even though it was a fairly minor accident, if there had been a tree branch in that position where I hit it could have killed me. I had to drive by the scene on my way to work yesterday, and I noticed if my car had hit about a car length in a different direction I would have been in a deeper part of the ditch without a tree to catch me. If that happened I could have easily flipped over.

Right now I am driving a rental provided by my insurance company. It’s a 2017 Buick Verano. Way different than my 2007 Hyundai Elantra. It almost makes me hope my car is totalled, so we can upgrade. We were hoping to get another 2 years out of my car though. We aren’t as ready to take on a car payment as I’d like to be. We’ll work it out, and it will probably be in a new to us vehicle. No 2017, but newer than my Hyundai. 

I keep thanking God for my life, and opportunity to snuggle my family again.