Thursday, September 30, 2010

Apprenticeship: Week Two (1)

One aspect of the Apprenticeship is that each cohort has an online discussion group. In this context, the members of the cohort interact with the learning assignments, ask questions and share what they are learning. I thought I would share with you some of the posts from this week. Very encouraging to see what God is doing in only the second week!


I'm checking in today as excited. I think I'm finally starting to get this listening thing... Tuesday I felt the Lord urging me to get up in the mornings to spend intentional time with Him; so that's what I did Wednesday morning. Wednesday around noon I found myself responding to some frustrations differently... more Christ-like.

...if you would have told me a year ago that I'd be able to literally quote what God was saying to me, I would have said you were nuts (or that I went nuts).

I had a revelational conversation with someone earlier this week, and it really opened my eyes to the ideas this group is trying to teach - having an "intimate conversational relationship" with the Holy Spirit. I have been viewing scripture through the lenses that I was given growing up, and it is amazing what you can see when you are given new lenses.

I feel like this is the first time in my life where I actually turn to God first when I need Him and it has brought a great amount of peace to me as I do. It's really been an amazing experience amongst the turmoil in my life.

This journey is definitely something I have needed to be a part of. Especially right now in my life I am experiencing lots of distractions just with how busy things have recently gotten. Having some type of structure and a CO2 partner like this will help me to seek God's heart in clearer ways and a more disciplined way.

I too have learned to appreciate Scripture much more since learning to hear directly from the Lord. I would also add that Scripture means more to me now that I'm regularly checking in with my own heart. Scripture was always meant to interact with the real-life struggles, fears, and joys of the heart of the believer. Divorced from interactions with the real workings and condition of the heart, Scripture becomes a lifeless book of rules.

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