I am so grateful that you’ve decided to take this 365 Days in the Presence journey with me!
I am confident of this, we will endeavor deeper into the Father’s heart this year, and I trust that we will come out with a better understanding of His love for us and a clearer vision of ourselves by looking into His eyes, and discovering our purpose on this earth.
For well over a decade now, God has been repeatedly telling me to write a book. My first step toward this seemingly daunting task was to begin journaling. I have done so for many many years now, some seasons more faithfully than others, but I’ve done it none the less. Then last year, once my kids were all school aged, I began to spend more focused time pressing into the Father and asking what He wanted me to write about. As things began to unravel, I saw that I was uniquely fashioned in my walk with Him to write devotionals. I find Him releasing visions over me almost daily as I run on my treadmill at home. It may sound odd, but it has become the most Holy of places for me because I know that He waits there for me to meet with him daily. Oftentimes, I wish I had a recorder of some sort to immediately speak out the wonders that I see when I meet Him there. He is a faithful and intimate Friend and Father. So, while committing to walk out a 365 day journey is intimidating and honestly quite frightening, I am confident of this…..He Who began a good work will be faithful to completion. (Phil. 1:6) This was His idea, so He will work it all out for me……
I keep seeing a rose when I pray about this journey. But the rose doesn’t just symbolize one thing. In one instance, it represents you and your heart. In another, it represents God in all 3 of His parts. And in yet another instance it represents our interaction with the world (or roses) around us.
I want us to look at this year as a rose, and throughout these 365 days we will be carefully inspecting each petal and all the different parts that make a rose so beautiful! From the texture, to the color, even to the thorns, and then allow us to stretch ourselves to see down into the dirt and inspect the roots that hold the rose bush in place and even draw in nourishment from the dirt it is dwelling in.
It is amazing that we can find beauty even in the thorns of a rose…..
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
In the following devotional post….Day 1….I want you to consider it, in it’s simplicity, to be us establishing the garden for our rosebush to be placed into. Before we can grow, we need a safe space to stretch ourselves or a word of freedom to set the compass of our hearts in the right direction, and to give us hope.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance! Psalm 16:6