Not HidingNew Every Morning | February 1, 2023
Pursuing wholeness has led me to freedom from a façade. I’m not pretending to have it all together anymore. Seeking wholeness has trained me to live in very authentic, organic, consistent ways. I live with integrity and can be my true self; I’m not hiding from anybody. I’ve discovered that God’s love for me is not dependent upon my productivity or my positivity. Because I am close to Jesus, I can be vulnerable, and my vulnerability might help others on their spiritual journey. There is no substitute for closeness with Jesus on this soul reset journey. He is the first thing, the last thing, and everything in between!
—Junius B. Dotson, Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.
—Psalm 25:5, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
God of new beginnings, help us to reset and reorder our lives around your love, grace, and goodness. Amen.
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I on’t know the answer to today’s question. I believe and will not let go of my belief. Without God I ca’t do what I am doing in the midst of an unbeliever. We are inching forward on our plan to move to the Poconos. It is a difficult endeavor with many variables and unknowns.
Thank You, Lord for the blessings of the day, safe travel, good skiing, bills paid, shopping done, the car washed, and a helpful nap. There’s the possibility of Communion this Sunday and a Lenten focused Bible study. Thank You, Lord.
I feel like I am ready to embrace authenticity in relationships here on earth. It can get heavy and be wearying, but I believe it is very much worth it. I strive for authenticity in my communication with my Heavenly Father. Always room for improvement.
Tomorrow I am meeting with my tennis friend. We have had some incredible authentic conversations. Coming up this weekend is her mom’s birthday and the anniversary of her dad’s passing. We will see where the conversation goes tomorrow over dinner. Early on, after we shared quite a bit in a short span of time, we joked about mixing in the frivolous stuff. I feel like now, that we are out of crisis mode, we have a good balance. I think we both trust each other with tender stuff, so we can just be spontaneous.
Physical therapy was unusually painful today. Glad to be home before dark and have some time before small group later this evening.