It is my prayer that this week will bring you an abundance of joyful, peaceful, and love-filled moments. But, alas, even Jesus must have had one of those days. So, if you find yourself overwhelmed with stress, grouchy bosses, unruly children, or in my case, grief, do you have a strategy in place for coping? Jesus went to the mountainside to pray. Almost always by himself. Sometimes praying all night.
I am learning to look at my life as a book filled with chapters. And when the chapter of my marriage ended, I was encouraged to look at my life through a wider lens. I am starting a new chapter of what could be an incredibly beautiful journey of growth. Hard knocks do that to you. They change us, transform us, force us to take step one into each unknown, uncharted new day. Maybe I’ll develop a new passion, a whirlwind of inspiration for writing: it’s all mine to discover, but I completely understand my dependence on God for strength and direction.
Let me ask you a hard question. Do you have a formal spiritual discipline that you practice each day at a particular time? A discipline that will sustain you for one of those days. A ritual of spiritual nourishment that will feed your soul on those desert pilgrimages of loss?
Just starting out on the spiritual path or been warming a pew for a long time, God has a good plan for your life. You and I need to become students and willingly and openly seek daily His guidance. We’re on this spiritual quest together. Let’s develop an action plan. Love to hear your responses! What works for you, etc. I’ll be praying for you each morning right after my devotional reading. With coffee, of course.
Loving my spiritual pathfinders,