My first child was 6 months old when I returned to church after three years of trying the “I don’t need to church to stay focused on God” journey. My life was messy. My self-esteem – small. My marriage and my lifestyle habits flip-flopped from good and respectable to risky and ridiculous.
As I watched the Praise Team sing their worship songs, I wanted to join them. They even had extended an invitation to me shortly after I arrived. I had prayed for God to lead me to a church where the arts were valued and music opportunities abounded, and here I was! But that little voice inside me said, “Really? You would stand up there and lead this congregation now? You think you’re living a good enough life for that?”
When I spoke with the pastor about this, he said something to me that has stuck with me ever since; something I have shared with others over the decades to come: just start from where you are. This simple sentence struck me as brilliant: just start from where you are. Of course!
My friends, you have no choice but to start exactly where you are today. So the obvious questions becomes….
Where are you?
JOURNAL ASSIGNMENT 1.1: Fill in the blanks below. When you are done, look back over your answers: Do any make you smile? make you cry? get you thinking? spur you to action? Record your answers and your thoughts.
- My most recent accomplishment is:
- My best current relationship is:
- What I most enjoy doing on a day off is:
- I appreciate when:
- Something I’d like to change in my life is:
- I could use help with:
- I’m really looking forward to:
- What I like best about myself is:
- My physical health is:
- If I had no restrictions, I would:
Remember, this is just a start! Also, please feel free to share your responses here. We walk farther and stronger when we walk together!
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please guide every person who is embarking on this journal challenge. Help them to be open to what you would have them discover over the next 10 weeks. Keep them safe and bring them joy. In love and Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
VERSE OF THE DAY: But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Psalm 5:11