Spiritual Journey 2018 Day 2

This day began with a rehearsal of where I have been in my spiritual journey up to this point and with a meditation on some of the  influences that have contributed to my spiritual formation. This rehearsal was not done in the privacy of my own prayer closet. It took place as a conversation over a meal.

It is interesting to me that this year’s spiritual trek is being done as much in community as it is being done in personal reflection. I have been practicing the disciplines of confession and guidance as much as I have practiced the disciplines of prayer, fasting and study. That’s new. That’s a change. That’s uncomfortable. That’s good.

The future…I think… is going to include a challenge to deeper transparency and connection that I have ever practiced before. I think this deeper level involves more than just me. It is a corporate thing for the whole church. That means the future is going to require more vulnerability and trust than I have ever practiced before. It’s honestly a little scary and then a little exciting.


Here is what I have been listening to in my opening prayer time.

I guess it helps me to know that Jesus knows all our stuff anyway and He still offers us an open invitation to intimacy.






6 thoughts on “Spiritual Journey 2018 Day 2

  1. Thank you. This is something I struggle with too. I find I can be more transparent with where I am now than where I came from. I don’t try to deliberately hide my past but I don’t openly share it a lot. That’s because people tend to focus on what I have been through rather than where I am now and how I got here. Allowing people to do that would be denying the miraculous work of God in my life. There are a few people who really get it though and make sharing worth the risk. Wishing you the best on your continued journey.

      • Thank you both, for these comments ! I always have some trouble knowing what to say to people. I will try to share more about what God has done, than what I have done. :).

      • Me too Deb. I hate it when I speak my truth and it drops a lead balloon into the middle of the conversation. It happens a lot when I bring up certain pieces of the past and so in an effort to keep others from uncomfortable conversations sometimes I just “bury the lead” if you know what I mean.

  2. Over the past few years, I’ve learned that I have no problem sharing with others about what God brought me through. I’ll be open, raw, and honest about struggles or heartache in my past (even if it wasn’t all that long ago) in the hopes that it may help someone else. BUT if I’m currently going through something? Then yes, it’s hard for me too! It’s especially hard for me to admit that I need support from others. It’s humbling to admit that you need council or prayer… I’m learning that one of the reasons for the church is to support each other though difficult times and that I won’t fully have that support if I’m not reaching out for help from those who love me.

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