“Our faith must rest on God’s identity, not His activity.” ~Beth Moore
We are on a journey of PRAISING the One True Living God. We have been using Beth Moore’s Whispers of Hope book as a guide along this time of drawing near to God. We connect weekly here on the blog with a quick check in, regardless of how faithful we have been.
” I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. ” Philippians 3:12-17
We are on a journey together, and like our Christian journey, it is one of practicing showing up, just as we are. No pretense. None of has this unseen life down to a format, or science. How could we? We serve an Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent God. A lot of big words and names which tell us, He is bigger, better and broader than we can ever imagine. I love how Beth put it on Day 35, “Your greatest reality in your greatest difficulty is an invisible, all-powerful God.” Wow. But, she goes on to say, “The test is whether or not you’ll seek His invisible face.”
I am very grateful that we started this journey in February and were well on the path for the start of Lent. Do you want to know why? Well, I am going to tell you! It spared me and freed me from trying to decide on a devotional for Lent, or another study or another anything. It has been ENOUGH to commit to this ONE THING. As a matter of fact, I communicated via e-mail with a Pastor I am interviewing for an upcoming post and book review. I apologized that I was not able to finish reading his book (although I just finished and have to say it is a must read, honestly!) as fast as I intended, because my reading apart from this devotional and my Bible has been all this season has allowed. He assured me those were the right priorities!
These 70 Days my commitment to meet Him first and foremost with my Bible and this Devo and PRAYER is my Lenten journey. Not side tracking with any other thing. Occasionally I have to meet Him at a later time and that is fine, but because of a morning commitment not a lack of prioritizing properly. My prayer has been to prioritize this ONE THING for 70 Days.
Are there distractions? Yes. Obstacles to overcome? Yes. Challenges I had not planned on prior to the journey? Yes.
This is why I asked for a handful of sojourners to join me. We go this particular path this day…we may not travel this way together again.
Let’s celebrate the journey. Let us encourage one another to stay the course.
So how are you doing with this week’s readings?
Did you have any favorite quotes?
What is God speaking to your heart?
As you can see by the picture above, my prayer journal is almost completely filled! I will be purchasing another of the same style for the second half of our journey this weekend when I head to Wal-Mart.
“When you don’t know what God is doing, you can find stability in Who He is.” ~Beth Moore
I am posting Saturday night, with the hope you will all check in!
Regroup, Re-Commit, Return to the path…no looking back, set out on the path, refreshed.