Following in His Footsteps



There have been times in my life, I know, when I have sought God and His presence in my life more than I have recently.

 Oh, there are lots of reasons (or excuses) I could put forth--

 *The grief of losing a close relative and the almost paralysis of the soul that can sometimes follow--

 *The challenges of a major surgery and all the ramifications involved--i.e. no energy, etc--

 *Getting caught up in the "busyness" of the holidays and all that entails--

 I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. Suffice it to say that I desire to be back in the mode of really seeking God each day of my life.

 Why is it that when we neglect the good spiritual disciplines in our lives that it is so hard to reverse the course--almost feeling like we no longer know how to do it.

 Today as I read the scripture below, I knew I had to do something about my lack of spiritual inertia, so this is very simple but is what I am focusing on today.

May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.  from Psalm 40

 I asked God to show me how to truly seek Him again--what would that look like today in my life if I truly did that.

 As I became quiet before the Lord, this is the thought that came to my mind--the first step in seeking Him--

CONFESS SIN

So I spent some time confessing sin--that is all I am going to focus on today--I did do my daily Bible reading and a couple of psalms just for the enjoyment of it--but today will be about focusing on the Holy Spirit convicting me instantly when I sin--and immediate confession.

 I would love for you to add comments of what "seeking God" looks like to you. 

Hopefully, I will add something each day for a few days that God in His mercy and grace will show me.

I hope to be back soon to the full spiritual discipline of searching for and seeking Him as I would for gold if I knew there was a stash buried in my back yard.

He is THE treasure to seek for and I never want to forget or neglect that.

Looking out our master bedroom window towards the back yard--the bushes over against the fence on the left are almost as tall as the fence--we have yet to see how bad the damage is to them--they are spirea bushes--
Have a blessed day, sweet friends. I love you.

Looking out a bedroom window the morning after--no heat--brrrrrrrrrrr!
4 full days later for us--power was restored
6 full days later for my son's family
others still without

I have never seen so many huge downed trees--

Hard to believe something so beautiful could cause so many million dollars worth of damage and demand thousands of man hours to clean it up--

*above post was edited from past pages--This was one of my first posts from 2012.  And it is my prayer starting 2013--to know Him more, to do better at studying God's Word and to share what He teaches me--

© all photographs and text property of Dianne Hogue unless otherwise noted

Comments

Sandy said…
It is my prayer too, Dianne. Today I started the Bible over again with of course Genesis 1 and I hope to continue daily and complete the entire book by year's end. This year I am highlighting more, taking more notes, pausing to reflect on what I wrote in previous years, etc. I hope to grow closer to the Lord and know Him better than I ever have.
Love you~
Debbie Petras said…
Dianne, if I didn't have a consistent morning quiet time I don't know where I would be right now. With all that's happened in my life in the past few years ...oh my!

He has been so faithful to walk me through many valleys. I haven't even been able to put words on my blog to fully explain. But seeking Him each morning has enabled me to have His strength to deal with much.

I am currently going through a study by myself in the mornings called "A Heart that Dances" by Catherine Martin. It is about satisfying our desire for intimacy with God. I love it! Studying about Moses' personal relationship with the Lord was so helpful. Next will be David.

As I grow during these quiet times, I am so much more aware of His presence throughout my day. I can pause at times and simply be thankful for a moment I would have taken for granted in the past.

May we both grow in this relationship with our Lord in 2013.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

PS. Amazing snow photos for me to see as I live in Phoenix.

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