My exercise program is going well. Three weeks in, and still feeling committed to staying the course. I’ve been asking the Lord to show me how to go deeper with Him this year: to know Him more, to discern His will in all things. I’ve begun reading a few supplemental resources as I consider this. I plan to slowly read through this book and this book in tandem in the next several months, with an emphasis on application. Just as I am learning to exercise my body, I want to exercise my mind and spirit through practicing the spiritual disciplines.
I am not sure how this will translate into my writing ministry. I’d like to just share where I am with you on a regular basis, and invite you to share with me anything this prompts in you. I hope to start a conversation about the practicalities of living the Christian life. Anytime you want to talk more about something I share here, please respond with a comment, email, text, call, etc. We do not have a shortage of ways to communicate…that is for sure.
It’s more about taking the time to connect.
We live at such a lightning speed. One of my intentions this year is to slow down, focus on what matters, and take steps toward a quiet life (inside and out). I’ve been meditating on this verse a lot lately:
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody (1 Thes. 4:11).
I feel my ambitions changing by the grace of God. There is a hunger for this quiet life that is growing in me. And He is establishing the work of my hands. I love that phrase by the way, “establish the work of our hands”. Moses prayed that in Psalm 90. I’ve adopted it as my prayer, and am being blown away right now at how much the Lord is moving in my art ministry. I had an idea – I believe from Him – to introduce “Take heART” parties this year. The basic idea is to bring the art to small groups of women, or events. To combine art with devotion, leading women in completion of a project and sharing on a spiritual level as we do. One of my friends said it this way, “Robyn is combining her love of the Word with her art” – yes! This is a perfect description. I’ve decided on a new tagline for Faith Miner’s Daughter to support this, “Inspiring women of faith to take heART and move mountains”. It has taken a decade for this to come together, and now it is really happening! I continue to be amazed at God: His grace, His timing, His extravagance.
More to come on Take heART parties in the next couple of months!
Richard Foster said something in his introduction that I thought best to share with you directly, “Superficiality is the curse of our age….the desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people. The classical disciplines of the spiritual life call us to move beyond surface living into the depths. They invite us to explore the inner caverns of the spiritual realm. They urge us to be the answer to a hollow world”.
Faith mining is going deep with God. That doesn’t happen unless we take time to connect with Him on a regular and continual basis. Did you know the word “Saints” means “dedicated ones”? This has challenged me to ask, how dedicated am I to you, Lord? What competes and keeps me from more time in Your presence? I’ve also been meditating on the Cross. As the lyric from the song goes, “where grace and suffering meet”. This morning, Fenelon said it this way, “When we pick up the cross of Jesus, and bear it in love of Him, His Kingdom has begun in us”.
The Cross is the doorway to the deep, and the way the saints go marching in.