I didn't grow up christian-why I'm grateful-post


  • Reply Sarah Ruszkowski 2017 at 11:22 AM

    I absolutely love your perspective!!! I love your heart. I grew up in a Believing family. It was wonderful in many ways but one disadvantage is that it made it harder for me to develop my own faith. I had to leave for a little bit so I could find Jesus in m own way. And when I did I came back and our family is stronger for it. I love your site. 🙂

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:23 PM

      Sarah, thank you so much for taking the time to respond to this post. I love to hear your perspective too. I think it’s important that we all find Jesus on our own, otherwise it’s never going to be something that we stick to it. If we’re not doing something because it’s what we know and love, then I don’t think we’re going to be fully invested with our hearts and we can easily wander.It’s good for me to hear what you have to say, it’s the same perspective my children may one day have too. Thanks for the love, I work on this site quite often to get it to a place that makes me feel like it’s a bit of home.

  • Reply Jolene 2017 at 7:14 PM

    Great post. I am from a Buddhist family but my husband is Christian. Now our kids are starting to ask questions about God and religion. You have a great perspective that I think will be helpful for me.

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:31 PM

      Jolene, I truly do hope there’s something in this post that you could use when teaching your kids. Being raised Buddhist and married to a Christian is quite interesting, and I can imagine your children have a lot of questions. Having open conversations and allowing them to freely speak is the best thing we as parents can do.

  • Reply Carlen 2017 at 11:05 PM

    You move a mama to tears. It is truly your “trenches” from the past that the kids will look to to find their grounding and path to God. It is easy to be a Christian when things are peachy keen growing up in a Christian home, but it’s when you are knocked off your feet but NOT off your Foundation that you deeply find life living through Him.
    Thank you for sharing your heart and your beautiful family ❤.

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:37 PM

      Oh Carlen, It’s absolutely my pleasure to share and make connection here. And you know the interesting thing is that I know my kids are going to get knocked on their butt, and I kind of hope they do. I feel like it’s only in those places that you can truly know that when you fall God will catch you. Those are the times that steady you and your faith & trust in God. It’s only the mama in me that hopes that they’ll never have to fall, that they can just ask me questions, and just know that God loves them. But I know that’s not how it works. I’ll share with them as much as I can in hopes that my lessons we’ll teach them too. Thank you so much, you’re words are an encouragement to me to keep sharing here, and making connections.

  • Reply Erica @ Coming up Roses 2017 at 12:32 AM

    I loveloveloved reading your perspective! I grew up in a Christian home and have always been grateful that I did, but I love that you can use your own experiences to help others along in their faith walk. We all can, but especially for those from a similar background to yours, you can relate to them on a different level.

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:41 PM

      Erica, you’re so right. Whether it’s in a Christian home, or a non-Christian home, God knows where we all are. He knows what we need, and He knows that our paths will be an encouragement to people of all different walks of life. Knowing that you loved your life, are still walking with God, and are grateful for the way you grew up, is an encouragement to me too. The only perspective I know is my own, but my kids will have a different one. So hearing from people who grew up in a Christian home as a comfort to me. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Caroline 2017 at 7:18 AM

    A really lovely read Jen. I grew up in a house were we believed in God but didn’t necessarily go to church. My 5 year old son is just starting to ask about God and how things on the planet came to be and I’ve loved teaching him about these things.

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:45 PM

      Caroline, isn’t it interesting how our children can bring us back to the basics of our faith, they can even ignite a spark within us that makes us want to grow so we can teach them. Whenever my kids ask me questions my response is, “I don’t know but I’ll find out for you”. Not because I want to be the mom who knows everything, but because I want to know for myself too. Keep learning & keep teaching, friend!

  • Reply Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome 2017 at 8:32 AM

    What a great read. It’s so important for us to reflect on our past and what we’ve learned growing up. It’s easy to look back and highlight the bad, what didn’t work, why we were unhappy, but to look back and find moments of learning and growth is so important. It’s wonderful that you can pass that on to your children, too.

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:50 PM

      Thanks Paula. I believe that we can use our broken past for good. Whether it’s learning what not to do, learning who to stay away from, or different ways to teach our kids, it can all be used as learning and teaching moments. We are who we are today because if every good, bad, and ugly that’s happened to us. If I’m going to stand here today and love myself, then I’ve got I love everything that brought me here today. Keep being awesome, Paula!

  • Reply Kristin Cook 2017 at 8:35 AM

    I can totally see that. I did grow up in a Christian home and even though I would not trade that, it kind of would be nice to have had a single moment where everything clicked for the first time and was obvious because of where I had come from. I am grateful that God brought me to him through a Christian family. But I totally get what you mean.
    You know what’s awesome though? God chose you, too! He opened your eyes and gave you the desire and ability to have that moment where you chose him back! And he had planned that for you from the very beginning! So awesome!

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:57 PM

      Kristin, that’s the amazing beauty of our God! He can use anybody, everybody, from all walks of life. Hearing that you loved growing up in a Christian home warms my heart. That’s what I want my kids to say one day. And yes, even today I am still looking back and seeing how God was with me in a moment that I had no idea He was with me in. Moments when I should have been hurt, confused, damaged…instead, He protected me. He gave me wisdom to speak up, and wisdom to stay silent when needed. Man, He surely is an Awesome God!

  • Reply Jessica 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Such a great post. I also grew up in a non-religious home, and actually just chose to become religious a few years ago before having my kids. I kind of feel like it gave me an edge and allowed me to choose which way I best identified with God.

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 10:18 PM

      Jessica, you get to experience God in a new and fresh way. I pray that you’re relationship with Him is personal and constantly growing. I pray your children will see the genuine love you have for Him, and want to have that too. Keep growing, learning, and sharing with you kids!

  • Reply Bailey | The Thin Place 2017 at 4:48 PM

    I absolutely love this. It’s amazing how the Lord truly redeems all things.

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 10:21 PM

      Yes!! ALL things. He can use ALL things to bring us close to Him. Then we use those experience, share them and help others to see from different perspectives too. There is no love that compares to His all knowing, relentless in pursuing love for us!

  • Reply Annie McGuire 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Love this! I wasn’t raised in a Christian home and didn’t come to Christ until I was 30, so I have had those moments of feeling left out of the club. When I was a babe in Christ I had some resentment toward my parents for not training me up in the way I should go, and so much shame for the sin of my past. But God has since given me a similar gratefulness for the life experiences I’ve had. I was taught about God growing up, not by family devotions or a Sunday school teacher, but by God himself as I can look back and see his hand of provision, protection, mercy, and grace, as he relentlessly pursued me. I learned about his longsuffering and lovingkindness as he waited for me to decide that my sinful and selfish lifestyle was no longer appealing. I’ve been saved for almost 10 years now, and I pray I don’t ever forget the pit he pulled me from. It gives me the ability to minister to women with similar backgrounds out of humility and understanding, with grace and truth, and not as a perfectly put together religious robot. I subscribed to your blog and will be following your social media as dailyhisdisciple! I look forward to reading more posts. 🙂

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:32 AM

      Annie, funny how we’re fed lies by the enemy that our past is useless, that God can’t use every piece of us as a living testimony. I’m glad to hear that you recognize that all of who you are is useful to God, and to others who walked a similar path. Thank you so much for following along, please jump into the conversations and add your thoughts. Followed you back!

  • Reply anne - onedeterminedlife 2017 at 3:24 PM

    It’s so great that you’re using your “past life” as a blessing and a way to teach your kids.

    • Reply Jen E. 2017 at 9:48 AM

      Of course Anne! God uses every piece of us, and if He loves all of who were are (while were were yest sinner, Jesus died for us) then who am I to question the life He gave me. We all have experiences that can be used for Gods greater good!

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