Women of PASSION
Within the concise, but commanding book, Stand – A Call for the Endurance of the Saints, Randy Alcorn writes about when he and his wife Nanci attended a thirty-year reunion of their church college group. He recorded that forty came and five of their original group had died. He hinted at the losses that many had experienced in their lives, yet there was beauty in that night as person after person shared about God’s faithfulness.
Some were unable to attend the reunion due to practical challenges like scheduling conflicts, distance, and poor health. Others intentionally stayed away because their love for Jesus had grown cold. Why didn’t these saints endure Randy asked. His answer? “Their hour-to-hour and day-to-day choices set them up for spiritual distraction and failure.”
The choice to sleep in or to set the alarm clock earlier than yesterday so we can talk to God will determine if we’re going to be women of apathy or of action. The choice to go with the flow of the culture or to move in what Eugene Peterson calls “a long obedience in the same direction” will guide us into casual Christianity or Christ-like living. The choice to just live life as it comes or to establish and persevere in spiritual disciplines will lead to warming the pews or feeding the fire.
We’ve focused on being women of PASSION that love God and serve Him by serving others. Throughout the year we intentionally added six spiritual disciplines to our heart’s fire.
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Study God’s Word. Make the day-to-day choice to read your Bible to learn how God wants you to live (Psalm 119:9).
Serve others. Make the day-to-day choice to serve others no matter what the task (John 13:14-15).
Interact with God’s people. Make the day-to-day choice to encourage one another in the Lord (Hebrews 10:25).
Notice God in the ordinary. Make the day-to-day choice to seek God and to take note of all the tender ways He cares for you (Jeremiah 29:13).
PASSION Step: Please don’t take a break from living the spiritual truths that He’s taught us through His Word and Spirit. Make the choice to remain a woman of PASSION!
We never grow closer to God when we just live life; it takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness. -Francis Chan
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