A few friends and I attended an incredibly powerful worldwide weekend tele-retreat called If: Gathering (perhaps some of you attended too!) There are several thousand women all over the world asking themselves and each other the same really hard questions. These are some of the things I jotted down in my journal, which have echoed through my mind ever hour of every day since last weekend:
“If I really, really believe that God is who He says He is, is my daily life testifying to his grace and love and glory?”
“Will I be safe? Will I be able to measure up against my enemies? What will be the cost of following Christ with my whole heart? Will it cost too much? Do I really want to go ALL IN?” Good God, have mercy on me and cause me to love your ways more than my own safety or security. I am asking the wrong questions!!! I want my heart, my LIFE to ask mach better questions than these!!”
“How can I get over my small-minded proclivities, and press into HIS everlasting, infinitely more beautiful dreams instead of my own. This is not MY narrative; it’s His. I am not the protagonist; He is. My happy ending is not the point here; His is.”
“What an inspiring epiphany that Joshua and Caleb beheld with their eyes the same obstacles that the other spies did when they scouted out the Promise Land together. And YET they were operating from a different storyline, as if they were in possession of some kind of supernatural sight that the other spies could not access because of their lack of faith. How can I daily, steadfastly set my mind on things above, as Joshua and Caleb did, and truly live as if the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and as if Glory of God is real and life-threateningly relevant? Because they are, people! If the Kingdom of God is inside you, these things are much more tangible than anything we could touch with mere human hands.”
All this to say, there is some very real growth happening among so many of us, and I feel absolutely compelled to usher forth a bell-ringing call for us to walk through these hard things together: to share our stories and know each other deeply and love each other unconditionally and relentlessly for His glory. Remember what Jesus said? “And they shall know that you are Mine by your love for one another.”
So many of us are in different seasons of our lives, but I believe with all my heart that we all have things to learn from each other. It’s flat-out impossible for us to all get together once a week at a certain time because we are all in just such different places, as far as when or even IF we have free time to indulge in these kinds of deeps conversations face-to-face. But I think, maybe just maybe, THIS could be a way to do it.
The If: Equip team, out of Austin, Texas has made it incredibly easy to form a community of women who pore over the Scriptures with each other daily and get real and raw on purpose, so we can become the soul-sisters we are meant to be within the Body of Christ.
Here is my commitment to you: I will post a link each and every day for the next three weeks of the study (the subject of which is Easter, suitably) and all you’ll have to do is come here, click on the link, watch the short video, read and meditate on the Bible passage, and then head back over here to post whatever insights the Lord has revealed to you. I believe this could be an incredibly beautiful thing!! If you are not comfortable bearing every nook and cranny of your soul to women you may not know, feel FREE to be a lurker as long as you need/want to. 🙂 Many of us have been burned by the people of God at some point in our lives, sadly, but let us push right on past that and help each other embrace the healing that is freely available from Him, and let us love each other like it’s never gonna hurt–to bring Him glory by acting like the people of God. That’s exactly what Jesus did and what we are called to do as his followers. You can be quiet and just watch for as long as you need to! And if you get behind and miss a few days, DON’T stress! Either pick up where you left off OR just start on the current day’s passage. Who cares???? Only the Devil!! Because you’d better believe he’ll try to use that to trip you up. Don’t let the Enemy tell you any lies about how irrevocably you’ve screwed it up if you get behind. He is a Liar and a Deceiver, and the last thing he wants in you, woman of God, is to be devouring the Words of Life. JUST DO IT!! 🙂
So I am about to post Day 1 now, and tomorrow morning I will post Day 2. Please comment and share your heart! So many of you have been absent from my life for so long and I miss your hearts so very much. It’s just three weeks! We can do anything for three weeks, right??