When I went to She Speaks this past summer, a word and scripture was given to me after praying at the cross, places on a little laminated card which I cherish and carry in my Bible. The word was "secure" and the scripture from Deuteronomy 33:12: "Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders." How fitting! I was on a journey towards becoming secure in God's grace and I can honestly say I ended 2008 secure in God's grace and truth. So what might 2009 hold for me? What might it hold for you? What word, as challenged by Yolanda, captures your heart for your 2009 journey with Him?
I purchased two books for my husband's stocking this Christmas. Only one arrived before Christmas. Lelia from "Write for the Heart" introduced me to Mark Batterson's book "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day". My husband is enjoying this book and I plan to read it when he is done. Mark Batterson's second book "Wild Goose Chase: Reclaiming the Adventure of pursuing God" came yesterday. So on this lazy Sunday afternoon, I opened it's pages for a sneak preview and I have been drawn in. I must however put it down and finish the book I currently am in but I found my word that I have been asking God for within it's title and first chapter. I feel it correlates well with my scripture of Col 4:2-6 for 2009.
Does that describe your heart, your desires, your life right now? Boy. I am there. Chasing the Holy Spirit, or as Mark refers to it-"Wild Goose", determined to know Him more. There is one descriptive word that comes to me over and over as I look at my relationship with God, His place in my life, my heart, my desires....it is what I anticipate in 2009-ADVENTURE--not just any adventure but Spiritual Adventure!! That is the word this author uses to describe what its like to pursue God. I am pursuing God more in all areas of my life, but specifically my prayer life. I sense an ADVENTURE ahead in 2009!! Do you?
Webster defines adventure as "an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks; the encountering of ; an exciting or remarkable experience". In briefly summarizing the key concepts I see being presented within Marks book, he describes spiritual adventure as:
1. pursuing the passion God has put in your heart (responsibilities)
2. trading in the routine for adventure
3. to stop living in assumptions
4. re-conditioning spiritual reflexes (guilt)
5. accepting divine detours and divine delays (failure)
6. playing offensively with our life (fear)
I'm looking for a grand spiritual ADVENTURE in 2009. A never ending chase! How about you?
I leave you with 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 (The Message) as you ADVENTURE into this new year:
[7-9] Just think—you don't need a thing, you've got it all! All God's gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.
Sweet, sweet words to my soul.
I would love to know your "word" or scripture for 2009. I am sure Yolanda would too!! Be sure to share them here and on her blog Higher Ground!!