Encouragement, Enjoying God's Presence, Following Jesus

The Path of Life {Finding Life :: A 30-Day Challenge}

During my college days, my sister encouraged me to find a life’s verse in God’s word…a verse to hold on to that would be an anchor for the days ahead.  Psalm 16:11 became the frame in which the situations of life could be captured and viewed.

#WalkingitoutwithJesus has taken me down many paths in the last year–physically, emotionally and spiritually– as I have worked through the process of  grief and loss.  Little did I know,  the words in my life’s verse would become dominant themes during this season in which all things are not only  viewed …but literally walked out.

As I read that verse again today, I wanted to offer a prayer for our path of life as we walk it out together

My Jesus ~

May we look for You along our path today.  May we see your love etched in the sidewalks of life. May we walk and not be faint … and when we have to  run, may we  not grow weary.

Help us to be thankful for those who have gone before us… paving the way with their blood, sweat and tears so we could walk in freedom.  Let us not grow weary in doing good.  May our prayers be like the sweet fragrance of flowers that line the path for those who come behind us.

As we take up our cross and follow You,  may we remember that Your burden is light and Your yoke is easy and we can always come to You to find rest for our souls.

May the path reveal the gate that You’ve unlocked  for us — that one we’ve been praying for — that will open the way to a well of refreshing, living water.  And may those times of refreshing turn any bitter water  sweet.

May the Spirit speak tenderly to us in our wilderness journey but may the days come soon when You bring us home to the lush vineyards and allow us to see that our valley of trouble has become a door of hope for us and many others to walk through. May those times of refreshing be sweet to our soul to overflowing …leaving a pool of blessing and encouragement for others to drink from…as we all go from strength to strength.

What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
    who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
    it will become a place of refreshing springs.
    The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
 They will continue to grow stronger,
    and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.

Psalm 84:5-7 (NLT)

May we pay attention to the people the Father brings to us along the path and celebrate the gift of life they bring. May we listen to their stories and learn from their experiences and perspective.  As our lives intersect with others, may we be willing to join hands and walk together  for the journey  God has prepared for us.

And together, may we build bridges that others can cross to reconciliation and restoration and healing.

Jesus, may Your abiding love be our motivating force that carries us through until we all are safely home. 

Thank You for marking out the path that is right for us and giving us life and joy and pleasures forevermore in Your presence…

In the precious name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen.

Today’s Challenge:  

  • Take time to pray for your fellow travelers on the journey.
  • Join hands with others and walk together from strength to strength.
  • Forgive quickly.
  • Love deeply — even those who are hard to love.

I almost pulled up stakes and quit the 30-Day Challenge last night. Life seemed flat and the journey long.  God gave new mercies today.  The reshaping continues.  Let’s walk it out together with Jesus …

Only 8 days left … #Day22 ~ Finding Life :: A 30-Day Challenge


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