I experienced the blessing of a group of encouraging and prayerful friends the other day. We were telling our “God Stories” and for some reason I was compelled to tell more of my ugly past and the beautifully redeemed story of my life then I usually share. God has a way of doing that. The story was met with love and encouragement to continue to tell others about the many ways in which God has transformed my life. There was no shame or recrimination in the process- just grace and exuberance for how God might use what he has done and how he might use me. I left feeling loved and lighthearted. Continue reading “Walking in Grace”
We have all done dumb things that can easily be forgiven and forgotten. There are times though when we do that thing that no matter how sorry we are, the injured party can’t get over. They hold the grudge, they stir up negative reminders, and for whatever reason they can’t get past the injustice to forgive. It is heartbreaking for all parties involved. Continue reading “Forgiveness Withheld”
We have had some strong rain and wind storms come through the area. Nothing too crippling. Just enough to make it messy and to leave us wanting a good rain to wash it all away.
Life gets like that sometimes. Continue reading “Muddied Paths”
Is your walk just a walk or does your walk have a deeper meaning for you? Is your walk your purpose? Are you in pursuit of something more then what you have today? Are you guided by something supernatural (perhaps God?) in your walk? Are you seeking a higher ground on your walk?
For me, my walk is my journey to grow closer to God, to see him more clearly in nature and in the environment around me. My walk is to open my eyes and ears to the world in which I live and share what I experience that others might also be encouraged to seek out more in their lives. Each time I walk I do so expecting the unexpected.
Some may equate “walk” with “calling” and living out their ministry as a “God-walk.” I believe that we must first walk and spend some time just being, before we can run into our calling. Far too often we believe we have heard God directing us into a ministry or a mission field and we are so excited to just get going, that we forget to prepare for the road ahead. Sometimes the walk alone is a calling, as it is for me right now.
And sometimes we become so consumed with wanting to meet the expectations of those in our community or family that we walk into ministry as if reporting for duty. It becomes like another job and we aren’t even sure if it is really want we want to do or are called to do. It becomes all about the doing and the showmanship and less and less about hearing and seeing what God wants from us and for us.
Maybe you are familiar with the Bible story in Luke 24 about the men walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus after the Crucifixion of Jesus. They were devastated and didn’t know what to do next with their lives. They were just walking and talking when they were joined by another man who asked what they were talking about. They told him of their loss and their disappointment that Jesus was gone. They had lost their faith and were walking in a fog because things didn’t go as they had expected. The new walker told them stories about the coming of the Messiah and what scripture said about him. And still they could not see, because they were not open to see, that the man walking and talking to them was in fact the risen Jesus. When they weren’t even looking; God showed up. A simple act of breaking bread opened their eyes to the truth and they realized that all along Jesus had been walking with them. Even when they weren’t looking, he was there. Ever have that happen on your walk?
Let your walk be an adventure of self-examination and awareness. Don’t try too hard on your walk to have the great breakthrough. Just be in the moment, enjoy the surroundings, and let God speak to you when you are ready to hear. And maybe in the midst of that walking, alone or with another, you too will discover a calling that God has placed on your heart. Take time to sit with it and to let it blossom in your very inner soul until it you feel ready to run into action. And even then…walk forward, a step at a time, pacing yourself for a journey that could be life-changing and maybe even life-giving.
Even if you don’t have that revelation for self, keep walking. And when you do receive that vision, keep walking and listening. Let it become what it needs to become for you in your life. Walk on my friends – walk on!!
What does it mean to be on a seeker journey? Is it a spiritual journey of discovery for you? Are you looking for some level of enlightenment? For some it means finding a calling, a vocation, or even a sense of purpose. There is no cookie-cutter approach to hearing from God; however, there are some tried and true ways to help you get started.
One such way is to walk the walk with someone else. This person may have a number of names like soul friend, guide, or spiritual director. These are people who have gone on the journey before you, who are still on the journey, and are trained in listening to help others to make sense of the quiet (or loud) voice they are hearing. These are the people who will help you to discover your true self and to live out a purposeful life–however that looks for you. Continue reading “A Seekers Walk”
It has been a few years now since I retired from a job that I thought I would never leave. Leaving was stepping into a new world. It has taken me a good while to finally accept that my life has changed from the dream I imagined. There is nothing about where I am today that I ever conceived for myself.
I guess I have been looking for a new place to belong and a new sense of family ever since I retired. It seems every-time I thought I was there, I wasn’t. The problem is I have been looking for others to accept me, to welcome me into their group, and to make me feel I matter. I have been searching for a healthier way to be seen, but I couldn’t even see myself. Continue reading “Walking Forward a Step at a Time”
More and more women are posting the hashtag on Twitter and Facebook. The number of women admitting they have undergone sexual abuse or harassment is disconcerting. On the positive side, we are no longer standing alone and together we are shedding light on the enormity of the situation.
For those of us now banding together by claiming the abuse, we feel pain for one another. We feel the shared shame of hiding this secret. We also feel stronger in knowing we are not walking alone anymore. We now know who we can turn to and that we will believed and understood by someone. Continue reading “The Shame Walk of “Me Too””