Good Little Church Girl

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on the swingI wonder if my story is a common one. 

My childhood included church. My family went to church. My relatives went to church. My friends went to church. Just about everyone I knew went to church. 

Through junior high I went to school at church. Six days a week I was taught lessons from the Bible. It was good. It was comfortable. It was easy. 

I attended a public high school, a huge public high school, but still all of my friends and most of my teachers attended church. 

After high school, I attended a Christian college. I met and fell in love with a pre-min. student. We married right after graduation. I taught at a Christian school. He attended seminary. We were following God, we were good, and life was good. 

I believed that if you followed God and lived a good life – life was good.


Just the way it was supposed to be. Just as I had imagined . . . loving husband, children, house in the suburbs, friends, caring church family – it was perfect. 

I was keeping my end of the bargain and God was keeping His. 

Okay, it wasn’t really perfect . . . 

I was a bit judgmental.
I was proud of my perfect little pastor’s family.  
I was easily frustrated with anyone who messed up the perfection.

BUT – I worked hard at keeping all of that hidden. After all, it was about how we looked and we looked good. Until we didn’t . . .

And I didn’t handle that very well. Not well at all. 

It was totally UNFAIR! I was a good girl, a good wife, a good mom, and a good friend who went to church and believed in Jesus. God was not cooperating.

So, what did I do? What any good little church girl would do, I tried to adjust my life to get God back on board. The funny thing is that began the journey that rocked my world. 

I’m curious, am I alone here or can you relate? Are you or have you ever been a “good little church girl” too?

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6 thoughts on “Good Little Church Girl

  1. I did not grow up with everyone going to church. But God found me and pulled me in his family.
    I love trying to follow his guidance and love while in awe at his Glory!
    We are never perfect but we try, don’t we?
    I try to remember that Satan gets intimidated by our potential to fulfill God’s Purpose. So Satan works harder to get us! AND Some times in our life may be hard because God is teaching us a lesson! Either way life may have hard patches but the afterlife is PERFECT!
    Thank you for sharing with us!

  2. I was raised in church, Lutheran. I was never a good little church girl. But I thought that’s what I had to be to get God on my side. So throughout my life I would try again to get back in God’s good graces by cleaning up my act. I was 40 years old before I admitted I could never do it and gave it up to God. I needed a new heart and Christ gave me one.

  3. Thanks Leslie, I am so thankful to be that God doesn’t give up on us. I had so much to learn, and truthfully waaaay more to go. But it is a beautiful journey especially when I am walking in His love.

  4. Great to hear from you Laurie. We have talked about our similar backgrounds . . . I love having you as a sister in faith. I think I was better at extending God’s love to others than I was at receiving it myself. So thankful He patiently worked with me and turned me around. Blessings!!

  5. Nice to meet you Tamara. I visited Go Fish Style. Great Site with a wonderful ministry. Thank you so much for visiting CMB and for taking the time to say hello. God bless you!!

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