What I “Learned” this Summer

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation 0 Comments

Hi Friends,

I missed writing here but the time away was needed for healing.

The quotes around “Learned” in the title signifies my learning is ongoing.

Here’s a peek at my process.

1. There is power in saying aloud, “I trust you, God” even when I don’t feel it. Likewise, when I speak aloud biblical promises God has given me, God shows up.

It isn’t dramatic. Sometimes, it creeps up on me slowly the way the sun rises, imperceptible at first, until light overcomes darkness.

For example, I’ll notice at the end of the day that my spirit is no longer dragging as I spoke God’s promises to myself in the morning.

Somehow, God’s Spirit uses His living Word (link to J. Camp song) to speak life to my soul, spirit, and body.

Okay, not to confuse you, but here’s the link to Jeremy Camp’s other song “Word of Life.”

Giving thanks for God’s holy and powerful, living Word.

2. I am learning to claim God’s promise before I see it fulfilled. (This isn’t a linear process.)

For example, during one of my darkest times, God impressed Psalm 92:4 on my heart in the middle of the night (literally and figuratively on July 15, 2017):

For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work;

at the works of your hands, I sing for joy.

The  phrases: “glad by your work” and “at the works of your hands [emphasis added].”

When I felt my weakest, it was going to be okay, because it was He, not I, that would do a mighty work.

My gladness and joy all stemmed from God’s works and not mine.

It reminded me of the purple pansies blooming in a blue cobalt pot in our yard. I didn’t plant them. They appeared  (probably self-sown seeds from last year’s pansies).

It was a gift and it made me smile.

My part this summer (and always) was to be open like the soil: open to the work God wanted to do in me, even when it involved pruning and weeding. (Who knew so many weeds were there???)

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Open to the Spirit’s leading

Open to see God and myself in new ways

Open to painful truths

Open to glorious truths

Open to embrace new dreams

3. If you begin with a lie, no matter how far you search, you won’t find the truth.

I woke up on June 15, 2017 with the above thought. Photo of a bike in Amsterdam.

The Holy Spirit reveals truth to us if we’re open and we ask. I’ve been listening to Meredith Andrews song,

I’ve been listening to Meredith Andrews song, “Spirit of the Living God” over and over, her song, “Soar,” and “Extravagant” (about God’s love). So good.

4. God’s mercies are new every day and I need them each day. Begin. Again. Anew.

(see Lamentations 3:22-25)

God allows situations that humble me, reveal my brokenness, and areas that need His redemptive touch, not to shame or condemn me, but so I can partner with Him in my transformation. Our recent family trip provided ample opportunities in this area. Ouch.

But the silver lining? I experienced again (in a deeper way) my need for the gospel: God’s grace and love.

5. Real transformation is often slower and more painful than you’d prefer, but the result will also probably be more glorious than you expected.

Why?

Because our God is good, gracious, and loving.

So if you’re in the wilderness of growth, don’t give up.

Keep holding God’s hand even if you’re whining and crying. Don’t let go.

God will not abandon or forsake you (Heb. 13:5).

I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,

but the LORD helped me.

The LORD is my strength and my might;

he has become my salvation. (Psalm 118: 14-15 NRSV)

6. I would love for our family to figure out how to celebrate and observe Sabbath together.

I pray we can begin a dialogue as a family.

Listen to Ruth Haley Barton talk about when she was run over by a car and what she learned about Sabbath keeping: here.

Please tell me: what did you learn or “learn” this summer?

Thanks for being here! May the God of all hope sustain you with His Presence and His Word.

P.S. Remembering and praying for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Here’s World Vision’s info and donation page.