Sunday, January 2, 2011


Had a lovely morning at church. When the worship music ended, which I thoroughly enjoyed, my pastor began a sermon series on prayer and it dug so deeply into my heart, with his love and compassion and encouragement, that I began to be reminded of yesterday.

While wandering around the house on New Years Day, I was invaded by a sense of intensity, a feeling that the core of my life -- maybe all our lives (?) ... is headed for overwhelming seriosity.

While listening to Pastor Don share the importance of prayer and how Jesus spent whole nights speaking to His Father, just as yesterday, my face became flinty ... intense. [BTW, the "Flinty" post is a bit lengthy, but spiritually informative and oriented.]

Do I know what's headed down our paths? No. ccc Do I know what the intensity is about? No. c But, do I know that when that hits, I need to be focused on the Lord -- and stay that way? ccc Absolutely, big time YES!!

So, just wanted to share. I'm not "resolution"-oriented. However, my desire is that I hope I will stay focused on my Father and His Son and not allow myself to become side-tracked by life's everyday interferences and interruptions.



S. Etole said...

Joanne?! Intense? Flinty? Focused? ... smiling ... because you are you and such a dear friend ... and intense and flinty and focused ... on the Lord.

Abundant blessings as we head into the new year.

Tricia said...

You know I don't do resolutions either, but I do give gifts to Jesus every Christmas and this year's gift was a heart purposefully focused on Him.

Whatever we are headed towards, may He do the work in our hearts that needs to be done so that we are ready. May He bless you this new year as you continue to follow Him.