Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Why do you call it Raw?

Ya know how one of those pesky-not-so-great memories comes to mind...one that seems to haunt you and you can't shake it? Well, I experienced that today and thanks to it I have blog material. (hehe, take that dumb memory).

To protect the guilty...someone saw my title and said, "Raw Christian huh? Yeah, cause we don't want any cooked Christians." Can you hear the dadadum ching? Okay, it is kind of funny, but it bothered me. Maybe I felt mocked?

So why Raw Christian? This is a two part, not too long of an answer. I am sure the Christian in my title is obvious, right? It isn't a warning that all of my blogs will be sermons or preachy...just identifying a HUGE portion of who I am and explains the general tone of my blog.

Now, why include raw in the title? Well, in 2010, I began the blog and it bore out of my frustration towards people (who will remain nameless) who just were not very real with me during some extremely difficult trials in their life and in mine. I felt betrayed by their indifference and their typical Christian answers that NEVER made anyone feel better.  

I felt compelled to share what God has brought me through in the most sincere and honest way. To not be afraid to be transparent or care so much about what others think. To offer a place where my vulnerability helped others understand that they are not alone. That life with Christ is NOT a guarantee that one won't suffer.
It was my hope that readers could feel like they were hanging out with a friend 
who wasn't judging them for a far from perfect life. Even if they didn't share my beliefs, that they felt accepted and loved.

If you are reading this, I hope you understand that this is my vision and that you are welcome to be you here!

Now part 2 of my answer is quite silly, but again, this is me being me:
     In college, a group of girlfriends and I created a non-official, not recognized underground club called, RAW which is short for Random Acts of Weirdness. We went to a wealthy private school, Texas Christian University and felt that it needed more weirdness in it. So we happily made fools of ourselves JUST to mess with people. 
   One of my favorite acts of weirdness was when we pretended to swim on some carpet in the student center. Yes, we did pretend cannonballs, dives and we even managed to convince a football player to join in. I am sure people thought we were drunk. We weren't! I promise. 

Another fun incident was when several of us rode into the food court reenacting the horse riding antics in Monty Python's Holy Grail. If you haven't seen the movie (I highly recommend it), well they pretend to ride on horses that are not there and a guy hits two coconuts together to make the trotting sound of horses' hooves. IT is not a movie that makes sense. You've been warned! I have to mention that my friend, we will call her "C" even ordered food from the food court for her plant! 

So the reason I included that is because if you don't know me then I have to tell you that I have a very silly, big kid side of me that emerges often without warning. It is random as our club title suggests. I can't help it. My mother is partially to blame, God rest her humorous soul.
 I am guilty of puns, sarcasm, and well just weirdness. I am animated at times and yes, I enjoy doing skits and dramas!

So, there ya have it folks, the real reasons I chose my title. Happy Monday!

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  1. I love your your title. I got it right away...the unvarnished and real truth of who you are! You go girl! :)

  2. Your honesty and transparency is one of my favorite things about you! Also ... I heard a lovely rumor about your family joining our church. :) Yeah! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing and Thanks for linking up to the Monday Meet up! I am your newest follower. Hope you will stop by http://www.garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/ and do the same.


  4. Great explanation, Dionne! I seem to recall pulling a few random acts of weirdness myself, back in the day.

  5. I LOVE the name of your blog because I always talk about being real and raw. Well at least in my head I do! I think as Christians it IS important to be as raw as you can because others do need to see that just because we're Christian does not mean our lives are perfect.

    I also love your story about Monty Python that had to be totally epic. I love how you put your heart out there for others. Anyone can just sit down and write a post not really about how they're feeling it takes someone very raw to post their true emotions!

  6. Well I love it and if someone doesn't like it well I hope it rubs them just a little RAW! Hehehe, couldn't help myself on that one. Love ya ;-)

  7. Funny, but I swear true statement. When I clicked over I read, "Raw Christian" and thought hmmm, great name. I bet she knows how to be real.

    Yep, yep. Totally true.

  8. Ohhh, and ps Grand Junction? We moved from Rifle, Colorado just a few years ago. Too funny!

  9. Just read this again, great to be reminded of our time at TCU. Hope all is well with you and the fam. Miss and love you my friend.


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