I am peculiar, and thankful!

Something that some of my blog readers may not know is that I co-lead (more like co-moderate) a women’s Bible Study group.   This is something that I have had the blessed opportunity to do for over 5 years now, and it is something that I enjoy (mostly…now always, but that hasn’t always been the case….but enough of that :)).   Our group has changed dramatically in dynamics over the course of that 5 years, and I’m sure that God will change it more before He’s done with me in this position.   For most of that 5+ years, we have done Beth Moore Bible Studies.   She is an excellent teacher, an even more excellent student (of the Word), and she has a very lovely heart for women and women’s ministry.   Our group is currently doing the remake of one of her older studies on the live of David.    This current study is called “David: Seeking a Heart Like His” and has been a most excellent study!   I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the study, and none of it has felt tedious (yes, sometimes, some of the studies we’ve done have felt that way at times).  Anyhow, we are currently on week 6, and this week we studied the virtues of David (our text for this week spanned from 2 Samuel 7-10).   One of the verses that Mrs. Moore pointed us to was 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

The statement, and subsequent question that she asked is

According to 1 Peter 2:9, we are also a peculiar people on purpose and for a purpose.  Have you felt a little peculiar lately because of who you are in Christ?

My first initial reaction to this question (because of the word LATELY) was to say no, but then I was reminded of some recent conversations that I’ve had with the kids and with other parents.    My response was, Yes,  I do feel peculiar because of who I am in Christ.   You see, when I became a Christian 25 years ago, almost immediately after giving my heart to Christ the Holy Spirit began convicting me about the music I listened to and the books that I was reading.  Yes, I was one of those young adults that read very graphic romance novels, and while the music that I listened to wasn’t “graphic” (esp. not compared to today’s music lyrics), it definitely wasn’t pleasing to the Lord.   For someone that was VERY MUCH into her music and her books, this actually was a relatively easy thing for me.   I got into classic literature (partly because I was also in college and these were being assigned to me, but I found myself reading the classics for pleasure also), and started getting into Christian music too.     After having children, God really began convicting me on the movies and tv shows that we were watching, so again, another change.

Up until recently (the past 5 or so years) I haven’t really come into contact with many people that don’t hold the same convictions, so it really hasn’t been a topic of conversation or a point of disagreement.   But God has placed a number of folks in my life that sometimes I feel peculiar about this.  And that’s ok.  🙂

So I’d like to ask you,  my friends, family and blog readers, Do you feel peculiar  because of who you are in Christ?

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