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Skip the Stress #1


I’m so glad you asked to receive this series.

Having a relationship with God can be a wonderful experience. Or extremely frustrating.

There are land mines.

I remember the first year or so after asking Jesus into my life. I loved getting to know God. I’d spend hours in the Gospels, captivated by Jesus’ life and how he interacted with people. The more I read, the more I appreciated him.

But I also found myself reading things in the Bible that took me offguard. Certain actions were identified as *sins* that I had never viewed that way!

I also found commands like: “be patient, tenderhearted, forgiving,” which were far easier to read than to do.

In frustration, I thought, “It was much easier being an atheist.”

Then, over the next several months, I started feeling like I owed God payback for all the great things he was doing in my life.

I thought, “Now that I know God is there, I should be talking to him more. I should be reading the Bible more. I should be talking to my friends who don’t know him. I should be, I should be….”

Ok. Let me tell you — that is NOT how God wants us to live out our relationship with him.

He has not asked us to open our arms, brace our footing, and catch some enormous, cosmic to-do list.

He also is not asking us to prove that we are worthy to know him — we’re not! And he’s perfectly ok with that.

God has an entirely different perspective on our relationship with him.

Please click on this link. I think you will find it freeing:

Talk to you again soon.


Marilyn Adamson
director of