October 8, 2014 by admin
Hey friends! I’ve been participating in a writing challenge and thought I would share some of my work with you. The challenge is to write daily for five minutes, for 31 days. There are daily prompts or you can choose a topic of your own.
I’m the type of person who goes to a restaurant and modifies an entree to the point it almost becomes something else. No x or y, cooked to medium-well, dressing on the side, extra z please. I have taken a somewhat similar approach to this challenge. I write for 5ish minutes. I am a really really slow writer. If I were to just click publish after five minutes, you would pretty much have five sentences and no idea where I was going with them (because I wouldn’t have had any idea where I was going with them yet either).
Though I’m writing daily, I’m not posting daily. I thought it might overwhelm some of my lovely blog subscribers if I went from posting twice a month to posting everyday. I’m not about filling your inbox with “content.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to just waste on filler.
Because I like to think of Depth of the Riches as a place where we sit down and tell stories and look at scripture, I’ve connected all of the one word prompts to the first verse in the Word that popped into my head when I read the word. Hence, there’s a double meaning to Word Wednesdays.
Finally, I’m trying not to over-edit. I’m reading once through to check for any glaring grammar or spelling mistakes, but attempting to leave most of the piece intact. I’m taking a step in my struggle with perfectionism here, friends. If I can’t post something I don’t think is perfect, then I’m not going to post often, which means I’m going to be too scared to write often. So this challenge is helping me work through some fear of inadequacy.
Thanks for joining me on this journey! I’m hoping these short devotionals will be a blessing to you and a time to stop and reflect with me on how God is moving in our lives. Your presence here blesses me!
View- 1 Corinthians 2:7-10
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
10 these things oGod has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even pthe depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts qexcept the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now rwe have received not sthe spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
I remember being in elementary school and my mom asking one evening if any of us wanted to go to a Saturday evening church service with her. I decided to go. I don’t remember much of the evening, nothing of the actual sermon, but I do remember a specific moment in worship. During one of the songs I felt a strong presence within me telling me this is where I am supposed to be. It’s not that I heard any sort of audible voice, but it was something that I suddenly just knew.
I did my own thing for most of junior high and high school. We didn’t attend church. While dealing with the fallout of some broken relationships and feeling disoriented and alone in life, a friend invited me to a Bible study that her youth leader hosted in her home weekly. It was a warm evening in late spring and we all sat on a blanket on the front lawn. I was surprised to find peace there. In all of the chaos where I had been fighting to keep afloat, in that place I felt the presence again. This is where I am supposed to be. Again, I just knew it.
What are the hinge moments in your story? Have there been moments you couldn’t ignore for their profound significance? The Lord sees us. He has a greater view for our lives than we can comprehend. He speaks to us by His Spirit and reveals bits and pieces, breadcrumbs for us to pick up as we follow. Pay attention to your life. Listen for the Spirit speaking. God does not keep secrets from us to confuse or frustrate us, He wants us to understand the purpose of our gifts and gives us glimpses of His purposes for us on His timing. Have you experienced this?
May He open our eyes and enlarge our view of our calling.
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