The purpose of Raised to Walk is to further the Kingdom of God.  The topics are those that the Holy Spirit is highlighting for me at the time, either through studying his word, issues that are going on in our world, people that I encounter, or experiences of God.  In other words, it is a blog, an ongoing and contemporaneous conversation.  The topics vary, but it is always from a Christian perspective.

About Me

I’m a mom of three active girls and an Oregon transplant to Texas. Life is busy with work, church, and all my girls’ activities (need Girl Scout cookies? I can hook you up.) “Busy” took on a new definition in fall of 2015 when I was accepted to the graduate program in Cultural Apologetics at Houston Baptist University.

I once told a friend that if I could do one thing and nothing else it would be reading and writing. I don’t think I ever made that a formal petition to God . . . but obviously he heard the reading and writing part because that is what this program about. It is intense.

Huge amounts of reading and  having your writing dissected and critiqued for content, logic, and form.  It’s fun, exciting . . . but a little overwhelming at times.

Oh, did I mention my undergraduate degree is in Business? I’m in classes with people who are pastors, teachers, and current writers for apologetics ministries discussing Thomas Aquinas’ Five Ways for Knowing God. In my first semester, I took a Film and Visual Arts class with: a pastor, a teacher with two masters who had also been to seminary, someone who is now beginning a Phd in Humanities, as well as someone who has a Phd in Humanities . . . as well as a game designer . . . and who has also owned an art school in the past.  These are the people I am submitting papers along with while pretty much all the movies I have watched in the past 15 years have been by Disney or Pixar.  The “getting to know you” discussion was interesting.

There have been many times I wondered, “What am I doing here?” I listened to this song almost daily because it often feels like jumping in the deep end.

It is a heavy course load but the program has not been the only challenge. All during the year there have been challenges in my personal life as well as my business. Repeated, odd, crazy things, so much so that my friends ask, “WHAT is going on with you?” Obviously it is spiritual warfare, but even knowing that I’ve been trudging through resolving them.

But through it all, this verse has been highlighted by the Holy Spirit:

“ . . . For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

I don’t know where this path the Lord has me on will end up. Right now I’m taking it one project, one chapter, one school run, and one day at a time.

And I have people praying for me. Not just people liking a status update on Facebook or making a casual comment “I’ll pray for you,” but people who get down on their knees and specifically petition the Creator of the Universe to help me out on a paper in response to my frantic text after I lost my research in Scrivener for a paper that was due in 24 hours.

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He answers.

If you have a personal relationship with Jesus and would like to add me to your prayer list, I always appreciate more prayer power. My request is always for protection and health for my family, as well as greater wisdom and understanding. Also, that God keeps me focused on what he has for me and removes all other distractions.

We Are Raised to Walk

The name of the web site refers to Romans 6:4:

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

When we believe in Christ as Lord and Savior, we are transformed . . . We become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). While our salvation is in that moment and is complete with nothing left to be done (Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 7:23, John 19:30), the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives begins. As we walk with Christ, he changes our thoughts, mind, and attitudes (Romans 12:2, Hebrews 12:1-2). The more we submit to him, the more clearly the image of Jesus is seen in our life.

“Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” Luke 11:36

That is the focus of the site, learning to get out of the way to allow the Holy Spirit to do the house cleaning.

I write to Christians. If you are not a Christian, you are still welcome to participate in the discussion but some things just won’t make sense unless you are standing on the foundation of Christ as Savior. It is a different worldview, a different focus, and a different goal.

When You Disagree

The articles on this site represent my personal beliefs. My church, affiliations, and friends may not agree with me in certain areas. You may not either and are free to disagree. I just ask that if you would like to debate an issue that you provide a logical reason and document your sources supporting your position. A link to a Youtube video is usually not a source.

If you do want to refer to a video, please summarize the statement or position and provide a timestamp for where the reference is made. If the video creator is not a primary source, please include what source they are referencing. (If you can’t find their source, there is probably a reason for that.) Videos are very time consuming to sift through for information and I’d rather read my information than watch it. If it isn’t a video on healing or dream interpretation I probably won’t spend the time.

Thank you for visiting Raised to Walk.

Carla Alvarez