Friday Findings: Tired of God, Quitting Blogging, and Choosing Sides

Frieday Findings on Modern RejectThis week was a mixed bag for me–full of highs and a few lows. But God proved once again that He is faithful and stuff. You know, like we know He is, but tend to forget when things get ever so slightly uncomfortable. All that to say, I’m glad the week is almost over, but I’m looking forward to the next.

So here’s what I read and loved this week:

Tired of…God. Matthew Paul Turner wrote a post a few days ago that made me sigh deeply and nod my head in agreement. He’s tired of talking about God and not for the reasons you might suspect. I can empathize with him and have often felt the exact same way.

Blogging Sucks…Sometimes. This week was one of those weeks when I really question why I do this whole blogging thing. I joked on Facebook that I was leaving Modern Reject to start a DIY blog, which created quite a flurry of responses from you all. I was told I could never leave this blog. Ever. So thank you, but to serve as encouragement, Jason Boyett’s post over at about why Christian blogging ain’t so fun was just what I needed. If you have a blog, I think you will really relate to this post.

Christian Right or the Christian Left? Have you ever felt like you don’t fit in on either side of the Christian right or the Christian left? I have. I’m a bi-racial, homeschooling, tattooed, recycling, organic church leading, wife and mom of 3. Neither the left nor the right knows what to do with me. And let’s not even get started on my theology, which is just as varying and contradictory to both sides.

Well, Frank Viola wrote a post this week called 20 Reasons Why the Christian Right & the Christian Left Won’t Adopt Me. It is one of the best things I have read in a long time. I love this piece and I think Viola so succinctly captures what it is to belong to neither side, but rather to belong to the Family of God.

Porn, Raquel Welch, and the Power of Our Sexual Imagination. This was an interesting post in response to an interview the sex bombshell Raquel Welch recently gave, wherein she criticized porn for preventing people from forming their own ideas about sex and what’s erotic. Here’s a snippet: “Perhaps because women are considered less sexual, less visually stimulated, and less given to indulge our lusts, our sexual desires are not so heavily manipulated. However, we are not free to imagine what is beautiful about ourselves.”

Praying…or Not. Lastly, one of my favorite bloggers, Sammy Adebiyi wrote a great post called Why I Don’t Believe in Prayer. Sound intriguing? It is and it’s gooood. Turns out, according to him, I don’t believe in prayer either.

So there’s my faves from this week. A  lot of good reads. What did you find this week that you’d like to share? Any good blog posts? Your own blog post? Another discovery? Let’s hear it…

9 thoughts on “Friday Findings: Tired of God, Quitting Blogging, and Choosing Sides”

  1. Each week I read lots of posts, but some of my favorites were your post on Being Led by your husband

    A post by RagamuffinPC about absent fathers:

    A post about the SF Giants & their ballpark by my hubster:

    And that’s about it. I’m looking forward to reading the links you shared today! Have a great weekend, Nicole.

    1. Malisa,
      Thanks for the links! I just read PC’s. it was good. I had an absent father so it totally spoke to me.

      PS I’ll be emailing you back later today. I’m behind on my emails. Eek. Thanks for understanding. :)

  2. Nicole,

    I feel you on so many levels. Being faithful and committed to a blog, church, family, even God is a hot mess most of the time. Keep going, unless you have a better reason not to. God uses this space to consistently bless people. Hope your next week, even if its full of challenges, brings you to a place of worship and recognition of who God is, and that you find encouragement in that and in the support of people around you.


    1. Josh,
      Hello friend!I have been thinking of you and praying for you. I should have emailed. Sorry I haven’t. But thank you so much for the words of wisdom and encouragement. You bless me. And can I say how excited I am that you are blogging again. Hooray! You have way too much spiritual insight and wisdom to not write.

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