I'm not willing to align myself with any of the "groups" out there in internet-ville. I used to. I was all gung-ho. I was searching, I guess...
And it's not as though I believe these people (not just one group, many different sub-groups/ small groups/just one person here and there) deceived me nor led me astray. Not at all. They helped me find my way. I believe God has used each one to guide me.
I needed to go through the only-dresses thing. I'm mostly dresses now, but it's not all legalistic-crazy-like.
I needed to go through the quiver-full thing. I still may call myself quiver-full from time to time ~ mainly just to get my main beliefs about family and children out there quickly, although I doubt most of the quiver-full folk would accept me.
I'm super glad I found the anti-feminist groups, the homeschool groups, the women who taught me about godly submission to my husband, those who helped me understand how to *love* my children - yes, even while disciplining them. I feel VERY strongly about some of these issues, but it just seems wrong to sit around venting about it somehow.
Instead, I feel God calling me in a different direction ~ as though He is saying "okay Lori, I let you go through all that, I introduced you to so-and-so, you have thought through and talked through things enough. Time for living!".
Okay, God, I hear ya.
So don't get me wrong ~ I am *so* thankful for the more vocal groups out there, even the more "extreme" groups. I feel as though I picked through them with scripture, and found what God intended me to find.
I don't claim to understand it all or have all the answers now ~ hardly....but I feel like I have a good grasp on the basics. I have enough to get on with it already....
And if this doesn't make a bit of sense to you, that's okay. Smile and nod. Sure thing, Lori.....uh-huh. I guess perhaps it's just a blog about giving myself permission to not be aligned with any particular group, yet still feel confident enough to live boldly, with God firmly planted in the center.
Am I making any sense?