Christian's intending to live the long hard haul of the Christian life get beat up, knocked down, and sometimes find themselves holding on to scraps of historical relationship with God. They might know they are a Christian, but the fire is gone.
We know relationship happened, that God came in and strongly supported us, but we need a remembrance session.
Sometimes we can laugh at the turn of events and sometimes the turn of events are enough to send us home asking lots of questions.
I've known many Christians in later years become jaded and discouraged to the point of walking away from all that is called God. I've known pastors (unfortunately not one but several) that have blown up churches in their confusion and discouragement.
Being aware that this can happen, that none of us is immune to the possibility, I desire to end every year with a few 'stones of remembrances'. (Joshua 4:20-22)
During Christmas time this year I pulled away for a few hours to get alone with Him and listen to what He was calling me to in this new year. Two of the most powerful nudges I received were:
- *I need a silent retreat. I have committed to silence over the years every time I have had big things happening in my life. Well, I'm here again. I need total silence for days, not hours to hear Him. I have committed to spending 14 days in total silence beginning this Tuesday, January 7th at 7:00 pm. I will unplug from internet, turn the phone off, and the biggest temptation will be to talk to Ebenezer (I covet not to do even that - because there is just something powerful about choosing NOT to speak.) say what you want about it being weird, archaic, or mystic. I have done it and found it powerfully rewarding. I need to do it again.
- Memorize my 'stones of remembrance' and my promises. (Joshua 4:5-22) Over the years, through hard times, God has given me certain scriptures that have been words that soothed my soul and gave me a promise that He was there. These have been underlined, highlighted, starred, and/or dated in my bible. *This year I commit to memorizing one of the promises that God has given me over the years every month. The month of January begins.
Here is my first 'stone of remembrance' for 2013:
Psalm 911 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
I am excited about this new year of 2014! I look forward to intimate relationship with Him in ways I have never known. Looking forward to His loved days and months and years.
Your mutating missionary
with HoneyB and Ebenezer