True Freedom (Grace & Space - A Newsletter from the Deconstructing Mamas)
One of the hardest things about being more open in my deconstruction and evolving faith journey are the relationships that have struggled in the process.
I have found an overwhelming support from people I don’t even know, who have found comfort in knowing my story and that they are not alone. And that is a beautiful thing. But along with that have come some relationships lost. People who I thought knew my heart, who have walked away because of differing theologies. And that has been incredibly painful.
As I settle myself more into this journey, I find myself clinging to the relationships that I know are unwavering. The people who know my heart and soul and walk this journey with me regardless of whether or not we always see eye to eye. Those relationships remind my of what matter so much to me: this deep desire for everyone to know that we have access to unconditional love simply because we exist. That whether or not we are able to accept that love has no bearing on our ability to receive it.
It’s just the most beautiful story I’ve ever heard. One of unity and grace and acceptance and equality. FREEDOM. That’s the true gospel. True freedom in the divine arms of a God who loves us. That’s what keeps me going. Thats what drives me to be a better person. Not the shame of feeling worthless, not the fear of not getting to heaven, not the need to please those around me. FREEDOM to journey and a LOVE that never leaves me.
I am not perfect and I will never claim to be. I can be unkind and short tempered. But like many of you, I am doing my best, working on giving grace to myself and others. Thank goodness that life is a journey and we get to try again and again when we don’t feel great about the moments before.
--Lizz Enns Petters
Latest News: We are really excited about the next step we are taking to help you navigate your deconstruction journey. We've created a private and exclusive Deconstructing Mamas community on Facebook for those of you who want to move to the next level with us via our Patreon platform.
DIPPING YOUR TOES At this level, for as little as $3, you can ask questions, experience a safe and welcoming community with others who are deconstructing and receive special surprises along the way from Lizz and Esther.
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Resources (This Week: Children's Books) What is God Like? - Rachel Held Evans (ages 2-8) I Am God's Dream - Matthew Paul Turner (ages 2-8) When God Made You - Matthew Paul Turner (ages 2-8) Ruby Finds a Worry - Tom Percival (ages 4-8 and also anxious moms) Mother God - Teresa Kim Pecinovsky (ages 3-8) Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints - Teresa Kim Pecinovsky (good for 10+)
The Juneteenth Story - Alliah L. Agostini (ages 3-8)
Peanut Goes for the Gold - Jonathan Van Ness (ages 4-8)
From the Podcast
Lizz is the queen of headbands. Vote for your favorite from Season One. Click on the picture to see a fun Insta reel and MAKE YOUR CHOICE!! The one with the most votes will be enshrined in our Deconstructing Mamas Hall of Fame.
Also, if you need to catch up and haven't listened to her podcast episode yet, CHECK IT OUT HERE: NOT QUITE ENOUGH - Season 1, Episode 1
In case you missed the bloopers, which is our absolutely favorite part of editing the podcast, check them out here for Season 1, Episode 1.
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We want to again remind you that we are so glad you are here. We wouldn't be the same without you. You will always find GRACE for where you've been and who you are now, and SPACE for who you are becoming and will be.
Carry on, our new-found friends. Welcome to the twisty-windy path that's laid out before us all. Love,
Lizz & Esther P.S. Our song of the week for you: Everything is Holy Now, by Peter Mayer