I look forward to Thursdays when I can publish thoughts on my spiritual journey and hear the thoughts of others on a weekly theme topic. It has become a space for an encouraging and fortifying community to come together. We welcome anyone who would like to join us!
This week's theme is HE CALLS YOU BELOVED.
This theme topic idea came to me when I heard a spot on our local Christian radio station by Bob Goff. I have the MP3 sound bite - the radio station's Director of Programming sent it to me - but I don't know how to embed it on this blog. I'll have to paraphrase it. Bob says that Jesus whispers over your shoulder, and He calls you "Beloved," and if you're hearing names being whispered over your shoulder, and it's not "Beloved," then it ain't Jesus. I loved that. We sometimes get critical or down on ourselves, maybe hearing negative things about the goals we're trying to accomplish or dreams we're trying to reach, but those aren't the voices we need to be listening to.
Then, as often happens when I choose a theme topic, another message came my way. This time it was through Facebook. I follow Donald Miller , and he posted this encouragement.
Today, listen to God's voice when determining who you are! What other names, besides beloved, does He call you? I enjoyed this post by Judy Douglass on The Names God Calls Me.
For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you...
- 1 Thessalonians 1:4