Favorite Thing Thursday: Big Daddy

Who's your daddy?

The only answer should be God, the ultimate "Big Daddy." My favorite thing pick of the week today is God. YES, as in the one theological being that created everything.

DISCLAIMER: I don't always talk about my faith here, but it is a big part of me. I don't like to cram religious ideas down peoples' throats; however, days like today I feel refreshed and inspired by God, and it's only natural to share something that moves me. Whether it be Justin Timberlake, chocolate, coffee or God, I have no choice but to share what makes my heart beat with utter joy. And seeing as God created ALL of those things, I think he deserves his own post. God is a favorite thing of mine.

I'm not going to ramble on and on about theology, doctrine, rules and regulations; rather, I want to talk about the very core of my religious belief. That being, I've found that a life without God is no life at all.

A favorite pastor of mine, Erwin McManus, has a quote that perpetuates that thought. He says, "We weren't created to exist, but to live."

In other words, too many of us are the walking dead, accepting to only exist in a mundane cycle we call life. I fall back into that cycle all too often.

The true breath of life lies with God, and I'm trying to breathe it in.

To end, here is a song that somehow fits in with this post and my ideas about life and God. Enjoy :)


  1. I would definitely put God on my Favorite Things list as well. :) Love this post. So inspiring!

  2. Oh, thank God! I thought this post was going to be all about Robert Smith. ;) ... although, I might be able to argue that a life without Robert Smith is no life at all. Ha.

  3. God ALSO made Robert Smith :) :)

  4. This is an encouraging post, Ashley. You hadn't brought up this topic in a while and I was beginning to wonder if God was still a regular part of your life.

    The part about merely "existing" really resonates with me because I, too, have been thinking about the difference between just living and living for God. The latter requires commitment and intention because it is much easier to just exist (but not better, in my experience).

    I have a hard time expressing my faith to others. I heard a pastor say the other day that one of the best ways to talk about your faith is to tell your own story - for example, how much God has done for you and how He has changed your life... Kind of like what you did here.


  5. A very inspiring post. It is easier to exist than to live, but living for Christ is much much deeper.

    I also agree with D and say, for many, including myself, talking about one's faith, is a very difficult task.

    I think what makes it so hard for some Christians to talk about our love and to reach out to non-Christians about Jesus' sacrifice is the fear that we will either be rejected or we will be considered those zealots. What I've been realising in the past few months, however, is the fear that we feel is from Satan.

    I feel that other sects and other religions are *louder* than we are in expressing our faith, so posts such as these are so encouraging to me as it shows that there are other Christians who not only love Jesus but also live a fun and crazy (in a good way) life.

    Thanks for this.

  6. Personally, my daddy is my actual daddy I guess, since I was raised in an eternally damned and pagan family. ; ) But it's cool to hear about your daddy!

  7. emily--I would never call you eternally damned! I like to hear about other views on religion and beliefs. :)

  8. Amen! You are so beautiful! love your heart.

  9. wonderful post.

    i must find more stuff by her.