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From Cradle to Trust

November 4th, 2013 · 25 Comments

This guest post was written by Rebecca Siemens, a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

When we hear the overnight delivery cialis term “cradle Catholic” many of us have a stereotypical image of that term in our brains. It brings to mind those people who have been around the faith their whole life, who have been to church every Sunday for as long they can remember, and who don’t have those striking conversion stories that the majority of the rest of the Catholic population has. But is this true? Do those of us who are cradle Catholic simply have no story to tell? Do we stereotype ourselves with this term and, even worse, do we put ourselves in a box, disallowing ourselves to grow in our faith?

I have to say the buy generic levitra answer is probably yes, for the majority of cradle Catholics. And it is understandable to see why this is so. We were most likely taught about the faith before we learned the alphabet thus making it seem that we know everything there is to know about the Catholic faith by the viagra in bulgaria time we reach high school or college. And even though we think we are professionals on the topic of Catholicism doesn’t mean we are professionals on the topic of God. For it is when He steps in that we question if we ever did live out our “cradle faith” to the fullest.

And that is exactly what happened to me.

People would always tell me that I needed to have a personal relationship with the Lord. I desperately wanted this, even though I didn’t really know what it would look like. As I started to pursue this relationship I would take the suggestions of real cialis without a prescription others and try to visit our site carry them out in my own life. Praying the rosary, doing the liturgy of the hours, starting and closing the click now day with a prayer, reading the lives of the saints, offering sufferings up to the Lord, I tried it all. I wore the medals, owned the holy cards, highlighted the Bible. But it didn’t work. I felt no closer to the Lord after doing all that than I had before starting. I was confused. I gave up.

Does this sound familiar? Maybe you yourself have been struggling with this sort of “wanna-be” relationship. And maybe you are just as sick of it as I was. I want to take this chance to share my story with you. I’m not going to tell you how to acquire a relationship, I’m going to tell you my experience so that maybe it might grant hope where it is needed, for the Lord works in mysterious ways.

Let’s move to buy viagra online cheap us the summer after my senior year of high school. I was still your typical Catholic kid, still waiting to really have a relationship with the Lord, wondering if He would ever tell me what I was supposed to do with my life. I was struggling with life decisions, specifically where I was supposed to go to college. On top of that, my family was in the process of moving. Our house was on the market, my dad was out of permanent work, and we didn’t know where we were moving. The Lord was opening and closing doors quickly, and yet not very quickly at all. It became obvious where we were not supposed to be. We were still waiting for it to be made obvious where we were supposed to be. It was literally limbo.

And I was struggling so badly. Being the oldest of five children, there was a certain responsibility I felt towards them. I wanted to make sure my family would be okay, that they would be safe without me. At that time, there was no sense of that safety. I was helpless to help them, and so I began to viagra 6 free samples think of ways to help. Skipping the buy seroquel first year of college was a very appealing option. I couldn’t bear to move to a new college and cialis soft have them move to a new state at the same time. So, I began to pray, no, I began to beg the Lord. I needed Him to tell me what His plan was for me and my family.

A man once asked Mother Teresa if she would pray that he would have clarity in what the Lord was asking Him to do. She replied, no, she wouldn’t pray for that. She proceeded to tell him that clarity was the last thing he was clinging to and that she would pray that he would learn to trust instead.

When someone told me that story, it was as if the Holy Spirit came rushing into my heart and filled it. Overflowed it. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t realize I had never trusted Him fully with everything that was taking place in my life. But when I understood that that was what I had to buy taladafil viagra do, I gave it all to Him fully. And it was as if He smiled at me and said, “Thank you. Let me take it from here, my daughter.” And He did. As soon as I handed it to Him, my family announced they were moving to the state where I wanted to go to school. I didn’t have to worry about leaving them halfway across the country. It became so clear that I was supposed to go to Franciscan University; He removed all my doubts. And He took care of me every step of the way.

I know that each of online levitra sale us have something different that we need to work on when it comes to the Lord, and my relationship with Him still is not perfect. I know my problem was trusting, and still remains a challenge at times. Nevertheless, looking back on all those years of my “wanna-be” relationship, I see now that I didn’t trust that I could really have my own relationship with Him. I didn’t believe that He could be my best friend and that I could talk to Him as such. I cannot tell you how to have a relationship with Him, I cannot give you that relationship. But I can say this–if you trust that you can be that close of a friend with Him, if you allow Him to be such, He will become your best friend. Know that He wants to be so close to herbal alternative to cialis you, and trust that He will come if you let Him because He thirsts for you.

I welcome anyone who wants to post a comment. Whether it be to comment on my experience, ask questions, or just in need of a word of encouragement or a prayer, please feel free to post a Comment. May the Lord bless you always.

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25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Caroline // Nov 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    What a beautiful article. Speaking as a cradle Catholic myself, I have been at that point in life where you don’t really know how to even speak with God, much less form a relationship. And in our world of tangible thing, of this thing that I can see and that thing I can touch, it is so hard to simply trust something so mysterious as God. Trust. The author’s words “He removed all my doubts” were powerful and touching. Giving it to God. Trusting Him. That’s all it takes to break free of the fear, of the worries, of the doubts. I feel that this message should be one catered to all people, but most of purchase cialis next day delivery all the cradle Catholics, the Children of God who are just too used to church and cialis 20 mg canada God and prayer to generic viagra buy usa remember how much he loves us. What a powerful article and what a beautiful message.

  • 2 Rebecca // Nov 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement! It definitely is a challenge to completely give it to God! But think about this—we are so inclined to trust everyone here on earth, but the last person we want to trust is God. And yet, many people here have broken our trust…and God never has! This logic is backwards, not trusting the One who will never break it! Just something to think about, and something I must remind myself everyday :) God bless you!!

  • 3 Kristen // Nov 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    This article is a great reminder of the God’s longing to work in our lives. He’s the one holding us in existence, yet we still try to grasp at our own plans, rather than trusting His. Thank you so much for your beautiful words and testimony!

  • 4 Maria // Nov 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Rebecca, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story! I really liked the sentence;

    “And even though we think we are professionals on the topic of Catholicism doesn’t mean we are professionals on the topic of God. ”

    That is so true and it’s something that we as cradle Catholics need to watch for, as we can fall into the danger of thinking that we are black belt Catholics when in reality we have so much room to grow.

    I also really liked what Caroline says about being at that point in life where you don’t really know how to even speak with God, much less form a relationship. I’ve definitively been there at one point in my life. Thank you for sharing your story, Becca!

  • 5 Reigan // Nov 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    A beautiful remindet that our relationship with God is a true and full expression of love, longing, hope, doubt, fear and fulfillment. As in any relationship, it is not something we take for granted but rather grow from and within. I love that you went from a “wanna be” to a full God loving, God trusting Catholic. Beautiful testament!

  • 6 Mimi // Nov 5, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Amazing article and a special from the heart reminder that it is what we are struggling for, each one of us, the finding of use levitra that closeness with God and His Son, Jesus. God does find us in our most vulnerable moments and digs through all the fear and doubt to open our hearts to viagra prescription Him in a very personal way. Letting Go and Letting God work in you opened you to that loving relationship within. A most beautiful and loving gift. Wonderful testament!

  • 7 Charles // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Wow, What a great article. So many cradle Catholics think all they have to do is say they are catholic, and as you said.

    “Do we stereotype ourselves with this term and, even worse, do we put ourselves in a box, disallowing ourselves to grow in our faith?”

    That is what they are doing. What some Cradle Catholics don’t see is they don’t just get to be holy by saying they are catholic, they have to be a disciple of Christ, following him and and trusting him with all they have.

  • 8 Rebecca // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you everyone for your comments! I agree wholeheartedly with all of your points about just handing it to God, and letting Him strengthen us, for we cannot strengthen our relationship on our own!

  • 9 Jennifer // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Rebecca, this brings tears to my eyes! You are such a beautiful daughter of God! I, too, have heard the story of Mother Teresa and it was a new beginning for me in my struggle with trust! Thanks for sharing your story and reminding me and other CC’s to hope in His promises of love, mercy and the constant pursuit of our hearts!

  • 10 Rebecca // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Ah! yes! For He is always in pursuit of our hearts regardless of best price generic levitra how much we are distancing ourselves! And that makes it even more beautiful, for no matter how far away we run, He is always pursuing us, begging for our trust which He will never break!

  • 11 Bethie // Nov 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Hey Bex, that was lovely. You’re such an amazing person and you have the grace I’ve always wanted – having God shine through you. I’m glad that I know you because you have such a beautiful faith in God. Love you sis <3

  • 12 Rebecca // Nov 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I love you, too, Beth!! Thank you, and all the praise goes to the Father! It’s all because of His grace and cialis canada online pharmacy love and faith in His flawed daughter!

  • 13 Sarah Frederes // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I have never heard the Mother Teresa Story before. I can relate to that a lot. It’s easy to say, “Lord, I want to give you the control of my life and let you lead me where you want me to go-but just tell me what we’re doing here first.” And what an amazing testimony to God’s intimate attention to our daily lives that God was just waiting for you to surrender the need to know before he showed you his plan.


  • 14 Grace // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Becca!! Thank you for sharing this with me. Your testament is wonderful and so beautifully honest… and so inspiring! I am so Blessed to have you in my life!

  • 15 Grace // Nov 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Yes!! So many times I make myself believe that I have put ALL my trust in Him, but then something happens that makes me realize that I am no where close! It is a daily commitment we must make, and how wonderful it makes you feel when you live it out and truly let Him take control!

  • 16 Sarah // Nov 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    It is kind of ridiculous that we as humans have such difficulty trusting God, since He is the Person MOST worthy of our trust. Yet we try to struggle on ourselves, saying, “If I just do this, if I just do that, voila, I’ll have a relationship with God”, when in reality, it begins with trusting a Person enough to let Him lead you closer to Himself. Thanks so much for sharing, Becca! :)

  • 17 Robert // Nov 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I have heard that the definition of intimacy is “In to me see.” Your post is a beautiful testament of that. You are allowing yourself to be seen for what is moving your heart and to see Christ for who He is not what we construct Him to be! Honesty, transparency, vulnerability…the bedrock of viagra sales france a relationship. Your post is a window into your heart and a testament to what happens when we allow God to sneak into that place. I am so proud of you and will continue to pray for the grace to be vulnerable and intimate with your Heavenly Father.

  • 18 Shannon // Nov 10, 2013 at 10:41 am

    This is beautiful. Thank you. Leaves me speechless each time I read it. May your heart always be open and tramadol no prescription fed-ex supple to the Hands of grace.

  • 19 Christina // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    What a beautiful story! So wonderful for you to share!

  • 20 Nick // Nov 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Outstanding post! I really enjoyed your story about your conversion, it’s definitely inspiring.

  • 21 Rebecca // Nov 13, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you so much, all of you! I never thought that my story would have that much of an impact, but God uses us all in His own wonderful ways. All praise to Him!!

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