I look forward to Thursdays when I can publish thoughts on my spiritual journey and hear the thoughts of others on a weekly basis. It has become a space for an encouraging and fortifying community to come together. We welcome anyone who would like to join us!
For the next couple of months, we are writing about each other's One Little Words. Please join us! If you have a One Little Word this year and would like to explore the spiritual aspect of it, let me know, and I will add you to the schedule! Today's OLW is Leigh Ann Eck's word, INTENT.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12
I'm writing this on Ash Wednesday, which seems like the perfect time to write about INTENT. I came from Ash Wednesday services, in which our pastor talked about the habit of giving something up for Lent - chocolate, sugar, Facebook, etc. This is a good practice, he said; it shows discipline and sacrifice. However, he went on to say (and I'm paraphrasing), our faith requires so much more than giving up chocolate. It requires giving our whole selves - our lives - to Christ.
Wow. That's hard. To give our whole selves over to Jesus? But what about what I want?! Can't I control my destiny? Don't I know what's best for me? How about I just give up some chocolate and call it a day!
January 14: Carol Varsalona - BELIEVE
January 21: Margaret Simon - PRESENT
January 28: Michelle Haseltine - SELAH
February 4: Justin Stygles - (Blind) FAITH
February 11: Leigh Ann Eck - INTENT
February 18: Irene Latham - DELIGHT
February 25: Violet Nesdoly - MINDFULNESS
March 3: Julieanne Harmatz - ADMIRE