Goodness Gracious! It’s been an entire week since I posted. Four days since I updated Twitter. What have I been doing? Besides being sick in bed since Saturday afternoon. I’m up and about this morning, although I did sleep in til 8:15. I’m really shaky this morning. Kind of hyper. I ate lots of comfort foods (soups, toast, tea and a donut or two) so it’s certainly not lack of food. Maybe anxiousness over still not feeling great and having so much to do. I know already that I’m going to need to nap later. I am totally wiped out.

My memory verse for this week is Galatians 2:20.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

This was not the verse I had planned on memorizing this week. It is the verse that God planned on me memorizing this week. It is the verse that God led me to this morning before I even opened my devotional to this week’s study. It was, for me, a random verse. To God, however, it was all planned.

When I sat down for my quiet time this morning, I began the way I usually begin…by journaling. I always write the date in the top right corner and usually the time and sometimes the day of the week or even a one-word weather report. Lol. Don’t judge me…it’s just what I do! This morning, I wrote the date. Under it I wrote what popped into my head God put on my heart:

A New Beginning.

Interesting.

I remained quiet and allowed Him to plant a few more thoughts on my heart.

A new relationship with You, Sweet Lord.

A new relationship with my husband.

A new relationship with our children.

A new relationship with our home.

A new relationship with my Self Susan.

To further pound this theme home (I love when He does this because I rarely get it the first time around), I flipped open A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People. Not to the page marked with an index card, which would be today’s study. No, the Retreat Models section opened. Page 362 to be exact. The Theme? New Beginnings.

I’m no longer surprised by the mysterious ways of my God trying to get my attention.

Along with the scripture readings list (none of which jumped out at me to read) are Readings for Reflection. I scanned the first two, not really pulling anything from them. The third, however, caught my eye and as I read it, I knew it was for me.

The Christian life involves more than growth and development. It involves conversion and transformation, a radical turning of the Self toward the God who made us and who continues to sustain us. Christian faith is about an inner transformation of consciousness resulting from our encounter with the living Christ. (Page 363, A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People.)

Bingo. Flashing Green Neon Sign.

The next sentence was a scripture verse that I read over and over again.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I know that I am not only just to memorize this verse…I am to live this verse. Beginning today.

I can’t wait to get started.

Love you guys.

Susan

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  1. Oh wow!!! How cool is God?? This is awesome Susan. And, I absolutely love this verse.Hope you are having a good day!Hugs~Fran

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  2. It has been over two weeks since I posted, I don’t know what is wrong with me. Glad I’m not alone. Love this post, I’m so glad He lives in me…I really can’t do it myself!

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  3. Love you back.And so glad God is speaking so clearly–don’t you just love that? Even when it’s hard? Just knowing he’s speaking directly to you–on purpose, with purpose?J.

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  4. And isn’t it interesting how your Monday devotional fit in with Day 35. I love that!

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  5. Cool. 🙂 I love when God does things like that!

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