Friday, June 06, 2008

Just a quick post here...

I reflected a bit further on the subject of intimacy. Even though I've recognized some patterns that I have, I'm not sure I've completely "crossed-over" when it comes to intimacy. In fact, I'm sure that I haven't but I'm getting there and it feels good.

I think the kind of intimacy I'm talking about is where one enters into a relationship with someone and is willing to withstand and share truth (even if it hurts)and submitting to conflict when necessary. Plainly, these things are very tough for me. With truth, I am often afraid there will come criticism that would wound parts of my already insecure self. With conflict, I'm afraid the relationship will end or be permanently damaged.

This is why getting to know Jesus and understanding our place in Christ is so vital. Since I am in Christ:

I am the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13)
I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14)
I am a branch of the true vine, a channel of Christ's life (John 15:1,2)
I am a join heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him (Romans 8:17)
I am God's workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)

Wow! I'm a lot of things! A whole new person!

I'm headed this weekend to my first retreat with the study group I've joined at my new church. I'm looking forward to it. Later on this weekend, I will be serving with my church at a local festival. We will be handing out water and offering prayer to the festival attenders. I'm looking forward to serving.

Have a great weekend!


Blogger Sarah said...

Checking in on you!

6:00 PM  
Blogger Gardenia said...

Just checked in and see that you are blogging again. I will be back and catch up with you after I see the eye examiner today - -

Yes, intimacy is hard to achiev, especially if we have been hurt in the past, our instincts all cry out to protect our heart. Maybe its best to just release a piece at a time and not try to get there all at once.

I notice here that it was a crazy dance - I would move to get closer, he would retreat, and vice-versa. Wrote a poem about it.

Anyway, may your dance of intimacy become one that becomes a perfect waltz!

4:47 AM  

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