Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Confession # 1 - Why I'm Dirty....


Before you get all up in arms assuming that this is some pornographic symposium, let me explain.... I label myself "dirty" as a means of expressing the "imperfect/sinful" nature of my heart.  As a Christian woman the blood of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has made me clean, but my heart continues to sin or remain dirty until I bath in the Lords forgiveness through daily prayer in confession.  My God is transforming me more and more each day as I draw closer to Him.  My hope is that you will find comfort in knowing that you are not alone in Christ; that transformation does not happen over night and that we sometimes  keep getting it wrong over and again before we learn to do it right. 

My name is Joanne I'm a forty-something year old living in South Florida.  My husband Vincent and I have been married going on seventeen years and we have a six year old daughter, Lexi.  In my professional life, my husband and I run a video production business and I also work part-time at my church.  But by far my passion is serving on the Women's Ministry team at my church and leading a weekly bible study for mom's.  I don't serve out of guilty obligation, but because the Lord has given me an absolute passion for ministering to the hearts of women and I consider it an extreme privilege to be able to serve God doing something I love.  It's also a privilege because in my "dirtiness" God still sees fit to use me.  I believe only God can take such a dirty, imperfect creature like me and use her to show His incredible beauty.  Praise the Lord!

So why blog?  So many times I fail. So many times I forget to say thank you, praise others for their hard work, and remind my family how much I love them.  So many days I become depressed, complacent, and defeated.  So many nights I have lacked faith and worried about out finances, our health, or livelihood.  I have sent people packing from my life that I couldn't forgive, I have failed to forgive myself many times too.  I judge others, and myself, and I rarely live up to the expectations I set up for myself.  It's this "dirty" that I will be confessing through blogging.  So if you spend your life feeling dirty join me in "confession" perhaps together we'll learn how to get it right. 

Proverbs 28:13
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
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