My Faith, Unveiled

Since the birth of my blog, I have been questioned countless times about my faith. People are curious as to what I call myself. What religion I follow, If I consider myself a Christian, and who is my God?

So here it is…my faith, unveiled.

I want to first be very clear that I struggled with sharing this post and only did so because so many of you have asked. I am willing to share my point of view, however this entry is not meant to convert you to my way of thinking, and it is in no way meant to impede on any other persons belief system. I have friends who emanate a love so pure that it can be felt by everyone around them and they each have different belief systems. My faith is sacred to me. It is my foundation. It comes from a place of love that allows me to be my best self, as is probably the same for you and your belief system. Religion and spirituality are a hot topic…I am only sharing with you what I have been asked.

I was baptized and raised in the Catholic faith. I am fascinated by the teachings of various religions. It seems that as many religions as there are, and though their words may differ, the teachings are relatively all the same. In how many languages can you speak Love?

I study and try my best to live by the teachings of A Course In Miracles. A Course in Miracles is is a unique, universal, self-study spiritual thought system that teaches that the way to love and inner peace is through forgiveness. Although the language of the Course is that of traditional Christianity, it expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality. It is a universal spiritual teaching, not a religion.It’s teachings resonate with me. Through these teachings, I have learned to seekΒ  answers within my own heart.I have learned to love what is and trust in God’s plan. My journey through this course has been nothing short of miraculous and unquestionably beautiful.

As for my beliefs…I believe in God. I believe in one God. I see Him as a being of pure and absolute love. I believe that everything He created, He did so in His own image…meaning to me, that God’s pure and absolute love is found within all of His creation. I believe he created me exactly as I am, and you exactly as you are. I believe He did so in order for us to carry out a very special purpose, a purpose we have been carrying out our whole lives, most of the time unknowingly. I believe that life is divinely organized. I like to believe that God and I create my life together. He has my back, and I do my best to have His. I communicate with God through prayer and I believe I have learned to feel His love and ‘hear’ His guidance with my heart. Through this precious relationship, He has helped me to achieve what I only dared to dream.

When bad things happen, I do my best to see them as gifts. How often has something felt like a disaster that later turned into a blessing? No human being is perfect, it’s what makes us human. We make mistakes, and we learn from them. The best lessons are those we have learned in turmoil and disappointment. I do my best to see God in all things, whether they seem good or bad. God is everywhere. Miracles surround us every single day. We need only to pay attention in order to see them.

Every failure is a stepping stone to success; to relish the sweetness of success one must endure the pain of failure

I had always considered myself a Christian, however I’ve been corrected by others who follow this faith. Many have referred to me as “new-age-y”. I’m okay with either or none. I guess I don’t really fit into any particular box. No matter what anyone wants to call it, I know it as Beautiful. So now when people ask what they should call me, I simply answer them “my friends call me Sandy :)”

So many wars, arguments, and fights have erupted in the name of religion. As long as one is coming from a place of pure love, real love, does it matter what label or title we attach to their beliefs? What happens to people like me? People who don’t quite fit into any particular religion?

I know my heart, and God knows it too. When I die, I just can’t believe that God will look upon my soul and say “Well Sandy, you did your best and you spread as much love as you could everywhere you went. It’s too bad you chose the wrong the religion.”

And so there you have it…my spirit, my heart, and my soul…my faith, unveiled…only because you asked. πŸ™‚

I am always happy to hear your thoughts, I ask only that with this particular post, on this personal subject, that you respect my faith as I respect yours, even if they differ. As I said, my faith is very sacred to me. I am always learning, I am always evolving, and I look forward to continuing my journey in my own way. I would much rather live my life believing in all the beauty and love a heart can hold and die to find out I was wrong, than to live my life in fear or judgement only to die to find out love and forgiveness were always the answer.

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  1. I have to admit, I had anxiety about this one…I’m glad I summoned up the courage to share it πŸ™‚ Your comments are so appreciated, and encouraging πŸ˜€

  2. Absolutely beautiful! So well said! Thank you for trusting us enough to share this with us! πŸ™‚

  3. Agreed πŸ™‚ I feel that each and every faith’s teachings convey the very similar messages, almost like a different “language”….I wonder if it’s the language that resonates differently to each person’s individual spirit ❀ You know when you hear the same thing a thousand times and only when you hear it 'differently' you truly GET it? xoxoxo Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  4. Well said Sandy!! This truly is in so many ways a lot like myself πŸ™‚ Just because people have different ways of FAITH, does not mean we do not pray and believe in our own satisfying way. Thanks for writing this blog it puts things in to perspective. πŸ™‚ xxoo

  5. “The thread that weaves through the entire tapestry of life is that things happen for a reason and there is a higher power at the loom.” I love that, Dan! Thank you so much for your taking the time to share your thoughts and feedback of my post. I struggled with the decision to post it because it is so personal. I’m really glad you ‘stopped by’ for a read πŸ™‚

  6. Dan

     /  November 21, 2012

    As a newbie to the blog world, I came across your offerings thru the topic area of faith and self definition and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your candour, your insight, and your unabashed self worth. It was refreshing and easy to read. I took the opportunity to read other offerings and I will definitely be following your blog. Faith is a personal thing. It means different things to different people. The thread that weaves through the entire tapestry of life is that things happen for a reason and there is a higher power at the loom.

  7. Thank you Kim πŸ™‚ You are such a great friend xo

  8. Thanks Mom ❀ what can I say? My Momma and Poppa raised me right πŸ˜‰ xoxoxoxo

  9. Carolle Schroeder

     /  November 21, 2012

    Well said, once again Sandy! You make your Dad and I so proud. Keep writing.
    Love, Mom xoxo

  10. Truly another well written and thought provoking blog, Sandy! I enjoyed reading your thoughts. Thank you for sharing and for your honest and heartfelt perspective. This blog was you, your voice and your heart speaking true to itself.

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