21 Day Dare: Day One- Dare to Turn
Hello Sweet Friends,
I am so excited about journeying with you the next 21 days. I wait with great anticipation of what God has in store for each of us as we seek Him passionately together. While I will be messaging you daily, I encourage you to go deeper as you are lead and desire. I find that music moves my Spirit greatly, and I find much of today’s Christian music is written from scripture to further seed your soul with His Truth. When I am getting dressed, I am listening. When I am cleaning, I am listening. When I am driving, I am listening. We have far too many emotions tied to music, so I encourage you to fast secular music while you are seeking. A song like “Oceans Deep” will stir our desire to go deeper, but very quickly “Someone Like You” by Adele can send a brokenhearted woman back to pit. Guard your heart and keep your eyes on HIM!
For the next 21 days, we will be seeking to experience the intimacy with Christ that is promised to all believers. We all want our lives to align to the Word of God. We want to find the fullness of joy in His Presence and the love that our hearts have longed for. Commit fully to this journey, and I promise you that you will experience Him like never before!
Why 21 days? It is said that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. The intent is that over the next 21 days this becomes not the quickest way to Him, but rather a way of life; A life that flows from within living waters that leak out into a world that is in desperate need of a Savior!
Day One: Dare to Turn
God is love. He operates out of a position of love. He loves us all. Yet, some of us “find” Him in ways others do not. Some seem to have an awareness and manifestation of His presence in their lives while others struggle to live with the fullness offered. If He loves us all and offers us all this same inheritance, why do only some find it?
I believe that the difference in those of us who find Him and those of us who do not lies not with God, but with us. Those who truly love Him back are those that know there is no greater inheritance than this, and become life long seekers of more. Yes, He draws us into His love, but in an effort to allow us to live from free will, He gives us the opportunity to turn and receive it. He says,
Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. And we who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:15-18)
Today is your day to TURN. Jesus went to the cross to rend this veil of Moses that separated us from the presence of God. He sacrificed His life that we might live in intimate fellowship with the One who loves us most. As we turn, expressing our desire for more of Him, He unveils us. Unveiled we see clearer the Kingdom of God here on earth, as we should according to the way Jesus taught us to pray. (Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.) We begin to experience His presence. We invite the Holy Spirit to work in our lives believing that where the spirit of the Lord is there is FREEDOM!
We have all felt that inward longing to be an irreplaceable piece of something bigger than us, even when we didn’t understand the root of it.
Now we know that the longing came from a heart restless for Him, but where we go from here is up to each of us individually. You will get as close to God as you choose to be. Just five years ago, I was sitting where you sat watching and taking it all in having no idea that I would ever lead a women’s conference. How quickly He redeems time. How powerfully He uses our pain and our lives when handed over.
A. W. Tozer describes those that find Him best…
This week we will ask God to give us desire for His presence, desire for His Word, desire for Him to be the biggest thing in our lives. We cry out to Him saying,
“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee,
Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”
The first three days, I want you to focus on Psalm 63. You can use your favorite translation, but I wanted to share the Passion Translation with you because it is so moving. Hide these words in your heart. Speak them aloud with desire for David’s words to be your own. Father, give me a heart to cry out like David did lovesick for you.
O God of my life,
I’m lovesick for You in this weary wilderness!
I thirst with the deepest longings to love You more.
With cravings in my heart that cannot be described.
Such yearning grips my soul for You, O God,
I’m energized whenever I enter
Your heavenly sanctuary to seek more of Your power.
And to drink in more of Your glory.
For Your tender mercies for me
mean more than life itself!
How I love and praise You, God!
Daily I will WORSHIP You,
Passionately and with all of my heart.
My arms will wave like banners of praise.
I overflow with praise when I come before YOU.
The anointing of Your Presence
satisfies me like nothing else.
You are a rich banquet of pleasure to my soul.
I sing through the night under Your splendor-shadow,
Offering up to You my songs of delight and JOY!
With the anointing of a king I will dance and rejoice,
Along with all His lovers who trust in Him.
Psalm 63 (Passion Translation)
I am praying that God touches each of you in a way that moves you closer. I am praying that you look in the mirror on August 10th and ask, "Who is this woman I have become?"
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