Admit Defeat,Then Soar in the Spirit


Christian spirituality, inner transformation, and contemplation are not at all what I first imagined them to be.
I initially began the inner journey striving, depending on my discipline and will power.
JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER HUMAN, l failed miserably.
Striving to transform spiritually into a person of Love and Light is sort of like an ant straining and trying to turn himself into a human

When I admitted defeat, God had an opportunity to save me from myself

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When I depend only on myself, I am in a sense wasting the work done on the cross; I am stealing God’s job because i am trying to save, purify and sanctify myself with my energy, strategy, and effort.
When I gave up , exhausted, I untied God’s hands; I gave Him permission to redeem me.
When I let go of control and quit trying to understand the inexplicable, miracles started happening, real miracles.
When I opened my  deepest core self to His Spirit, I started to watch God work in and through me as He saved me and all those around me.

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There is  utter simplicity and therefore freedom when we give up, let go of control and let God be the Lord in practical, nitty-gritty details of our life.

Then, we live in joy as children of God.

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We really must be reborn in the Spirit and truth and that is not a job for me but the Spirit of God in me. 

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10 thoughts on “Admit Defeat,Then Soar in the Spirit

  1. Melanie, a while back I posted a question and because of the way I worded it you may have thought I was trying to bait you. But I really want to know what drew you to Catholicism from the Charismatic movement? I was raised Conservative Baptist with a little Episcopalian mixed in (I love liturgy) until I was 12. Then my mother got involved in the Charismatic movement (in the 1960s, which began in the Catholic church), so I was involved in that through college & my first marriage (nominally for those later years). I’ve been happiest with a group of people I met at the local PCUSA (liberal presbyterian), but the current minister is not my cup of tea–more politics & book reports rather than sound teaching. So I’ve been in what I laughingly call a “crisis of faith” for about 20 yrs. I’m kind of floundering around “religiously” (but less so spiritually, if you understand what I mean). I’d really love your perspective on this. If you have something you’ve published that tells your story, please let me know. Thank you. w

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  2. well, I was raised in the Presbyterian Church, filled with the Spirit with the Jesus People, and became a Catholic while part of Catholic Charismatic Prayer group, under the direction of a Jesuit priest.
    The best way to start is to direct you to my “conversion posts”and then I would love to dialogue with you

    https://melaniejeanjuneau.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/surprised-by-god-into-the-heart-of-the-church/
    https://melaniejeanjuneau.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/10-facts-about-my-faith-journey/?relatedposts_hit=1&relatedposts_origin=17977&relatedposts_position=2

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  3. How Do you know you are crucified with Christ? I read your previous posts those words just kind of stick. Explain what you can. Thanks for your art and stories , uplifting , transparent, real stuff!

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    1. It is a process, again and again we choose to let go. Again and again we must say the words, ‘accept you as my Saviour”, I allow you to save me, I let go of my ego, thinking I can save myself, I humbly crucify my pride

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      1. nah- I will try again tomorrow- the more we surrender, the mote Light flows in, the more Christ lives in us- “No Longer i the lives but Christ who lives in Me”. It is not a fairytale, it is not just for the saints, this is the normal Christian life

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