I love it when God starts stirring the waters! It's time to let God "Turn The Tide".
To quote Henri Nouwen from "Way of the Heart", "Many of us have adapted ourselves too well to the general mood of lethargy. Others among us have become tired, exhausted, disappointed, bitter, resentful, or simply bored. Demands of this life are increasing and the satisfactions diminishing. Some are still active and involved...but in their own name."
So how do we "turn the tide". First things first. Here are 4 activities we will be utilizing to "turn the tide".
2. Treasure hunting
3. Great detective work
4. Solve the mystery
Here is your assignment for this week.
Set an appointment with yourself, put it on the calendar, and protect it as though this was a paid appointment that you are going to get your money's worth. Set it for several hours. Invite your Heavenly Father into this time. Then do the following prescriptions:
1. Listen carefully. For a long time!!! Not just 10 minutes, but for at least 30 minutes or longer! This is part of a practice of solitude.
2. Examine your life (do a lifeline--directions at the end of this post, examine your early dreams as a child, examine your life with Christ since you received Him as Lord, describe the present) This step make take some time.
3. Evaluate your motives in life. What motives drive you in life? What motives do you live life by?
4. Write down your concerns, what worries you, what seems to be elusive desires?
If you are unable to do this in one appointment, set another. Make it through the process!
Come to class ready to discuss what you discovered! Do not worry if you feel you cannot share openly, but if there are excerpts that you can, great! We will discover together!
I can't wait to hear your stories! It will be wonderful and inspiring! And, yes, we will spur one another on! Until next Thursday!
Grace and Peace,
(Instructions for lifeline: On paper, draw a line across the page. Begin by placing a mark on the line and write the significance of that mark with a date. Example: date of birth, 5th birthday because you got a pony, etc. until you come to the present. Be sure to mark everything of significance in your life, good and bad. Use two pages if you need to.)
"This is the way. Walk in it." Isaiah 30:21