The journey toward spiritual maturity encompasses many different topics. Perhaps the most fundamental reality is that this journey is all about knowing experientially God's love for us. Spiritual maturity - demonstrated by our willingness to surrender control of our lives to God, to surrender our plans in exchange for his plans for us - seems to leap forward with each new realization of the truth of God's love. ...continue reading "God’s Love for Us"

One of the stumbling blocks that has emerged on this path to successful blogging is... how do I start?  

The subject of this blog is like a river that has been flowing for decades, meandering through my life. There is so much that God has shown me about this journey with him. But, as the river keeps flowing, how do I capture that which has already passed through and moved on? How do I help others enter into this stream, where I am, take them with me into the future, and also share the incredible insights from the past?

I don't know.

Perhaps. . . all I can do is begin to share new insights as they emerge, or attempt to articulate that which God has already burned into my heart and soul as those memories arise.

Another option is to mine my journals that I have kept since about 1977. . . journals that capture my thoughts "in the moment" and have subsequently been sitting unread.

As the days go by, I will attempt to begin to share about this amazing journey that God invites each of us on with him.  It is a solitary journey, and yet we cannot walk it alone. . . an interesting oxymoron. It is this truth - that we cannot walk this journey alone, without wise counsel and guidance - that keeps me on this blogging path.

In my life-long journey with God, I have come to understand that our relationship with God emerges over time as a dance. At first we try to deny that a dance is necessary, or even possible, so we go it alone (so we think). Then, when we realize that we are not alone on this journey, we try to lead - to tell God what to do and how to do it - only to stumble because of our own efforts.  If we persevere long enough, we discover that we are, indeed, in the midst of a dance with the creator of the universe and the true lover of our soul.  But we were never designed to lead this dance.  Rather, we are made and called to follow as he leads.  It's only when we surrender to this truth that we begin the journey toward spiritual maturity.  This blog is about that journey.