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Sacred Pathways

Hosea pursued by the LordThe prophet Hosea used some strong language to make his point to his fellow countryman.  Hosea not only shared the Lord’s message, but he felt it.  He felt what spiritual adultery was like based on the human adultery he was experiencing with his wife.

The word ‘acknowledge’ is translated in the NIV for the Hebrew word yadah.  Acknowledge is found six times in the early parts of the book.  Yadah is more than a head nod to someone as they are passed on the sidewalk at the mall.  Yadah is knowing in a much more intimate, personal way.  More than a head nod, it is real interaction and real knowing.

In Hosea 6 yadah is found three times in close proximity.   Verse three is quite commanding in nature, “Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him.”   Then in verse six, “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.”

You see, it is all about relationship with Father- –   not the trappings of religious worship that dumb down the original purpose of those religious rites.  They usually start with good intention and focus on the Lord, but without the why, they result in lifeless duty.

I don’t want lifeless duty.  I want life in the Lord.  I want a life filled and a life fulfilled.  I want all I can be for a Heavenly Father who loves us and wants the absolute best for us.  I want to know Him and know how I was made to worship Him.

This past Sunday to further press into knowing how we best can know Him and know how to worship Him fully, we explored, ever so briefly, the Sacred Pathways idea by Gary Thomas.  We took an abbreviated assessment to further propel us into knowing how to best connect with the Lord.  We followed with some Small Group time to talk about some of the ideas and used some questions to prompt healthy, life-giving discussion.

If you are interested in doing the survey yourself, (which is highly recommended for growth in Jesus), it and other information can be found here.  Find May 5, 2013 and open the documents.  The Powerpoint presentation has all sorts of information about each pathway.

Also this link has a really good PDF on knowing more about your particular pathway to connecting with the Lord.

Shalom.

Prayer for our Kids Day 18 – Perseverance

“Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them persevereespecially to run their race with perseverance” (Hebrews 12:1).

I remember as a kid, my mom would talk to me about the importance of persevering through life’s challenges. At the time I had no idea the lessons she was trying to teach me.  It is always so much easier to just give up or quit when the going gets tough, but it’s a lot harder to grow when you don’t fight through those times.

It’s hard to see our kids struggle. It hurts to see them hurting. Ultimately we want them to grow though. Encouraging or sometimes even making them stick through a situation is what is needed for them to grow and be a stronger person. I don’t know of any parent who would say they don’t want their kids to grow physically, emotionally, and spiritual each and every day.

Learning how to persevere through tough situations at a young age is hugely beneficial. So many circumstances in life require us to stay strong and keep working at it. Imagine not having to focus on learning the skill of perseverance. Instead we learn to work on staying positive and maybe even enjoying those hard times. Let’s pray and allow Father to work in our kids and ourselves while we all fight the good fight together.

Guest post- Rachel Theobald