If you stop and look around for just a few minutes, you will hear, see, encounter and experience lies in this world. You are bombarded with messages everywhere. Billboards, songs, TV shows, books, radio stations, Internet ads, commercials - scream for your attention, beg for your heart, allure your eyes and mind. And instead of telling you truth - lies will enter your heart. Unless you live in a cave all alone, the messages of this world will stare you in the face, day after day. Lies that say you need money, popularity, social status, and romantic relationships to make you happy. And if you are not careful, these lies will shape your mind, your thoughts, your actions, and your heart. Instead of lighting your heart on fire for Jesus, you will grow cold to truth. Numb to light and life. I've been there. Just a few years ago, all the things this world says you need to make you happy drifted out of my reach, I found myself in a desert. A desert of loneliness and disillusionment. And though my heart never lost sight of Jesus, I felt like the fire of passion that once burned in my soul for Him began to grow dim. In the desert, I realized that no amount of romantic relationships, earthly goods, or social status would ever make me truly happy. So I decided that I had to get to Jesus. I became desperate for Him. Frantic in seeking Him - He was all I needed. And I found Him. In a new way. He lit my heart on fire. And friends, I want you to know that kind of passion - the passion for God that surpasses the desire for anything or anyone else.
My dear friend - I want to share this passion with you. Along with my sweet friends Annie, Nicole, and Annie (yep, 2 different yet wonderful Annies!) I am going to share some perspectives and thoughts on passion for God. Initiated by Annie #1 :) this next week, we will be offering our hearts - sharing with you, our sisters, the ways we have fought for and found our hearts lit on fire for God.
We are not experts nor are we perfect. Yet, having walked through unique and different aspects of life, we would like to share with you a meager offering of encouragement - our stories and the lessons we have learned about a love that is stronger than death. A love that is bigger than what your "relationship status" is on Facebook. And surpasses whatever phase you may be in life. We will share with you how we've learned to pursue Christ in the midst of singleness, dating, breaking up, and marriage.
Monday, June 25: Singleness, by Annie of What She Saw
Tuesday, June 26: Dating, by Nicole of Bloom
Wednesday, June 27: Breaking up/Readjusting to Singleness by Erin of Sweetness Itself
Thursday, June 28: Marriage by Annie of Turning Pages
In these posts, we'll attempt to answer one simple question:
How do we pursue Christ in the midst of these stages?
Although we don't have all the answers, we desire to share our hearts with you all. And at the end of the week, we will provide a place for you to share where you are and how you pursue Christ's love fiercely. We hope you link up with us on Friday, June 29 - the link up will be on all four blogs (you will only need to link up on one blog and it will show up on all four.)
May we come closer to Jesus through this coming week of pursuing.
And may our hearts be set ablaze by the passion of His overcoming love.
Be blessed and Happy Friday!