Confessions of a Lukewarm Christian

By Michele Ziemke

Biography & memoir, Comedy & satire, Art & photography, Religion & spirituality | eBook


Introduction It was almost noon on an ambitious Saturday morning. The holidays were looming around the corner and I had checked off almost everything on my ‘to-do list’. Coffee in one hand and my favorite magazine in the other, I nestled into my preferred chair enjoying the aroma of a freshly brewed pot of java. The peace was suddenly interrupted when my teenage son, David, began his frantic unrelenting cries, “Mom! Mom what are you doing? Why are you just sitting there?” It’s only fair to mention that David was waiting for me to finish cutting his hair. He sat on the kitchen stool with a towel draped across his shoulders, the left side expertly cut and groomed while the right side remained a shaggy mess. David had approached his list of chores to finish that day with a sloppy work ethic and this was my cruel attempt to teach him a lesson about finishing his work. “David, did I ask you to unload the dishwasher?” Of course, the whining and panicked tone in his voice continued, “Yes, now finish my hair, I have a game tonight!” “What about the dishes you left on the counter?” His sigh revealed disdain at my ignorance for semantics; the dishwasher was empty just as I had asked. The dishes on the counter showed his oblivion as to where they belonged. While remaining in my comfy chair and slowly turning the next page of House Beautiful, I calmly explained that when he figured out where the dishes belonged, finished cleaning his room by putting away his clean clothes, the bathroom was free from mold in the bottom corner of his shower, and the garbage found its way to the garage, I would finish cutting his hair. Technically, he did unload the dishwasher, he had made his bed and vacuumed the floor, wiped the toothpaste from his sink, and he did bag up the garbage from around the house. According to teenage law, I was supposed to be thrilled that he at least attempted to do his chores and was willing to be seen with me in public! My little experiment was meant to exaggerate my expectations for a higher standard of behavior. I wanted him to realize that mediocre compliance was not enough. Several years later I have come to realize that my own mediocrities and lukewarm approach to life has robbed me of much joy and happiness. “I know everything you have done, and you are not cold or hot. I wish you were either one or the other. But since you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of my mouth. You claim to be rich and successful and to have everything you need. But you don’t know how bad off you really are. You are pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.” Revelation 3:15-17. (CEVD)1 ...In this book, I reveal my journey to end mediocrity in my life and answer those unrelenting inner thoughts of self-doubt. Finally, I’m able to answer the question why I’m here, concluding that it is not worldly success that I’m searching for, but the possibility to live a life centered only in Christ’s love.


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Introduction It was almost noon on an ambitious Saturday morning. The holidays were looming around the corner and I had checked off almost everything on my ‘to-do list’. Coffee in one hand and my favorite magazine in the other, I nestled into my preferred chair enjoying the aroma of a freshly brewed pot of java. The peace was suddenly interrupted when my teenage son, David, began his frantic unrelenting cries, “Mom! Mom what are you doing? Why are you just sitting there?” It’s only fair to mention that David was waiting for me to finish cutting his hair. He sat on the kitchen stool with a towel draped across his shoulders, the left side expertly cut and groomed while the right side remained a shaggy mess. David had approached his list of chores to finish that day with a sloppy work e...


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Michele Ziemke Artist, Author, Educator, and Interior Designer A graduate of Bowling Green State University Bachelor of Arts; Art Education K-12 Master's Degree; Educational Administration Elementary Principal's Certification Partner of M.Ziemke Ltd.(Interior Design and Construction) My collection of stories have grown from experiencing God’s grace the hard way…several times. Actually, my only prerequisite for composing this book is that I’m human. My mission to be an author was evident when I read Proverbs 29:20, There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking (NLT). Writing offers me the opportunity to think and edit first! I’m married to an amazing man who somehow tolerates me. Together we have four wonderful children, three son-in-laws, a future daughter-law, six grandchildren, and a Labradoodle who sheds! I currently reside in Huron, Ohio, a picturesque small town along Lake Erie, but spend my summers on the tranquil island of Manitoulin in Ontario, Canada. I’m extremely blessed to be an Art Teacher for Sandusky City Schools since 1995, and hold a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Bowling Green State University. Before teaching, I owned a business in fashion design and tailoring, marketing my skills as a seamstress, allowing me to be an at-home mom. I also consider myself the “Color Whisperer” in interior design. I’m blessed with the ability to turn a color tragedy into a new harmonious palette. When I’m not exhausted from teaching, I enjoy landscape painting, which is merely my humble attempt to communicate God’s beauty in this world.


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Michele Ziemke Artist, Author, Educator, and Interior Designer A graduate of Bowling Green State University Bachelor of Arts; Art Education K-12 Master's Degree; Educational Administration Elementary Principal's Certification Partner of M.Ziemke Ltd.(Interior Design and Construction) My collection of stories have grown from experiencing God’s grace the hard way…several times. Actually, m...


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