Raised a Catholic in a blue-collar community, we did not read The Bible; it was preached to us.
When I have tried to read The Bible the past several years because I thought I should at least read one the most influential “works” to better appreciate the mythology and symbolism storytellers draw from, I struggled because the Old Testament is filled with a lot of violence, which stopped me cold. But over time, people like Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer helped me to try again. Particularly his books and her amplified Bible propelled me to see the beauty of The Bible, transforming me from someone who believed Jesus was born, but not much else … to a student of God through His Word, a believer and a follower.
For someone like me who has gone through the experiences I have, in part due to my bad choices because of my low Respect Level that was significantly shaped by my experiences of my childhood community culture, but also because of the oppression someone more different from most people experience, hope has been renewed as has been trust and faith, especially with words such as Joel Osteen’s “Sometimes God will wait on purpose (from lifting one up out of one’s desperate circumstances) not only so you know that it’s His power, but so your doubters, your naysayers, and your unbelieving relatives won’t be able to deny that God has something amazing in your life.” Osteen, Joel, Break Out! Page 133.
I know this is true and that people … my family, friends, geographical and web community will see also … because, like I did, they need to believe He is so much more than what many of us have been taught to believe, including wanting to work with us, as He is me, to fulfil the dreams He has put in their hearts too. In the meantime, I’m grateful for all the ways He is meeting my very basic needs while I wait on Him and the miracle He’s waiting to perform at what I believe may be His favorite time of year.
Special thanks to you whom He has used to help me through this time; most particularly my brother Phil and his daughter Maxine.
Wishing all of you a very special Christmas too this year!
December 20, 2013
Kaitlin A. Trepanier
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