“So what’s A Divine Encounter about?” you ask.
Well, first let me tell you what it’s not about.
You see, something that delights my heart and refreshes my spirit like nothing else is encountering my Savior and lingering long in His presence. I’ve learned that when it comes to my time with my God, slower is better.
So this little blog isn’t about me inundating you with information. There’s certainly plenty of information pretty much everywhere you look these days.
It’s also not about me trying to convince you of something, or to persuade you to think like me, or to make choices like me, or to believe like me.
Because as God grows me, my views on things change. Sometimes a little. Sometimes a lot.
My heart is thankful and my soul is secure in those things that will never change–His inerrant Word.
Who He is.
How He loves.
How He sacrificed.
But me? I change a lot.
And I’m overwhelmingly grateful for that. For one thing, it’s proof that He is. Proof that He exists, that He’s alive, that He’s working.
Even better, though, it’s proof that He is in me. He is alive in me, and He is working in me. He is faithfully sanctifying me–setting me apart in a world ravaged by sin. And He is persistently consecrating me–making me useful for His purposes.
Yes, I’m glad He changes me.
And I want you to know that these rambling reveries and mumbling musings of mine are not ever, no never a judgment on you if you live out your faith differently from me. Because I am on a journey and you are on a journey, and neither of us is on each other’s journeys.
So why do I write in this space? For many reasons, really, but here are the most important three:
Why I Write at A Divine Encounter
1.)I write because I live with the awareness that God’s goodness toward me makes me a steward.
Of many things, really, but especially of the gospel truth God has entrusted to me for as long as I can remember.
I grew up in a Scripture-focused local church and attended Christian school there, as well, so my biblical training has been lengthy.
I’ve attended countless Bible studies and have had numerous strong believers as mentors throughout my life. I’m a voracious reader–especially of God’s Word–and in recent years have had the privilege of learning under such teachers as Danny Akin, Nancy Leigh Demoss Wolgemuth, Jen Wilkin, and Beth Moore.
This vast experience and education combined with the God-given spiritual gift of teaching compels me to share with others what I’ve so richly received.
I’m so thankful for the opportunities He has granted me to teach Bible studies in my local church, to speak at women’s ministry events, to influence multitudes of people through this website, and to serve Christ’s Church in the other ways He has qualified me and commissioned me to do.
That’s why I write. But there’s more…
2.)I write because it helps me define and apply what God is doing in me, and because I have come to learn that He wants believers to encourage each other to seek Him wholeheartedly.
To be still and know that He is God. To walk by faith and not by sight.
To set our affections on things above and not on things on the earth.
To store up for ourselves treasures in heaven. To care for the poor, the widow, and the orphan.
To seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. To love our neighbors as ourselves.
Yes, that’s why I write. But there’s still more…
3.)I write because He wants me to run with you in these things we know for sure, and He also wants us to love with grace in those things we don’t.
I realize that over the next months and years and decades I will change more.
Maybe my perspective will be more like yours.
And maybe yours will resemble mine.
So I ask that you read these words through a lens of grace and understand that ultimately, I’m writing for Him.
And I’m writing to you…not to manipulate you into believing just like me.
But to cheer you on as you pursue Him…
…chasing after Him with all your heart,
…spending time with Him so you can get to know Him and love Him even more,
…asking Him to show you truths in His Word and to show you how to live out those truths every day,
…and taking hold of the hands of others, and pulling them toward Him, too.
It’s not lost on me that there are millions of choices we have regarding how to spend each moment of our days. I humbly thank you for choosing to spend a few of yours with me.
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