Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Journey

I often write about our adoption journey to our sweet Baby O. I don't think that's any surprise to you!! As we walk the path to parenthood, Josh and I wait and pray and prepare.

And yet there is another journey. A journey far greater and far more precious than that of preparing for our 1st child.

What could be more important, you ask?

Today, as many of you know, marks the beginning of Lent. A time of fast, prayer, and repentance. A time to focus on the Savior.

I am no where near perfect when it comes to faithfully reading God's Word daily. There are days when I "skip". Days when my mind wanders. Days when I rush through it. Days when I just don't get to it........you get the point.

That's not how I want it to be....and it's definitely not how the Lord wants it to be.

Today, Ash Wednesday, is often when some people commit to "give something up" as a way to reflect on what Jesus has done for them. However, this year I am simply being led to spend more focused time in His Word each day. To really dig in.

When I woke this morning, I picked up my Bible and this book.....


For the next 40+ plus days -
1st thing in the morning - I hope to walk side-by-side with my Savior. I'm going to follow His journey to the cross to witness His incredible love and sacrifice. I pray that over the next month or so, a routine will be established that I will carry with me for the rest of my journey here on earth. I want to devour God's incredible guidebook.

As I prepare for the journey of motherhood, I want to give ALL glory to the One who is leading me.

As I prepare for the ultimate journey of eternity in Heaven that Jesus won for me, I want to serve and worship Him with all of my heart, soul, and mind.

The Lord has invited you along as well! Jesus has done all of the heavy work. He's earned your "ticket". You do nothing but hold His hand.

What a journey it is! And the destination is even sweeter.

"Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105

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One more thing.

I have an extra copy of this book......

It's a good read that encourages women to recognize how God uses His Word to encourage, to love, to guide, to correct, to comfort, and to offer a relationship with Him through the Savior.

Leave a comment (or 2 or 3.....there's no limit) on this post to be entered to win a free copy of The Bible is a Girl's Best Friend!

Sometime in the next 2 days, I'll use random.org to choose a winner from all of the comments.

Be blessed!

57 comments:

  1. that book sounds so wonderful!!

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  2. I am so glad you are doing this, and good luck with the morning routine. I can't think of a better Lent activity than committing more of your time to the Lord! :)

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  3. Love this post! ... and would love to win a copy of that book ~ it looks wonderful.

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  4. i've never done lent but it sounds inspiring and cleansing!!

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  5. I would love for a chance at that book! Your post also inspired me to pick up my bible or any of my devotional books I have a bit more often that I have been doing. Thanks!

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  6. The books sounds great! I'm in!

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  7. That would be such a great book. Would it be appropriate for me and my almost 13 year old to read toghether?

    Hmmmmm....

    Tracy

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  8. The B I B L E is a good best friend to have :)

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  9. Thanks for your encouraging post today, Rach. That book looks great :)

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  10. I pray that God will bless your time together as you seek him deeper.

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  11. I am giving up complaining for Lent. Our pastor recommended it, what a great idea!

    Praying you enjoy each morning as you meet with the Lord!

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  12. I started a daily routine on 12/29/08 which has been amazing! Every morning - FIRST THING - before coffee, contacts, shower - or anything I take my journal, bible and the book My Utmost for His Highest. I study the devo, read the scripture and journal briefly about what God has shown me for the day. It's been incredible!! It's about 1/2 hr of my morning.

    May God Bless you in your journey to seek Him more diligently! He makes it so worth it!!

    Can't remember my google password - so email me if I win! LOL cz4gsus@gmail.com

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  13. Thank you for your Lenten thoughts.
    The morning devotional books looks great. NPH????

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  14. I think this is a great idea for Lent...hopefully by Easter this will be a new part of your daily routine.

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  15. Thank you for reminding me that today is Lent!

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  16. I'd love to win the book, I've been looking for a good devotional.

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  17. I too sometimes feel "lost" in the Word. I just started the Beth Moore Bible study Beloved Disciple and LOVE it! It is really helping me understand and see things on a different level!

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  18. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us, I just found your blog and I love it and I belive you are a blessing to all the couples like you and your husband. The Lord says that he will give us the desires of our heart, so just keep faith. Your sweet baby will be here in His perfect time. God Bless!

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  19. I've been giving a lot of thought to Psalm 119:105 lately... and here it pops up again. Interesting!

    Let us all know how you enjoy your devotional!

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  20. Good morning! I made my way to your blog from Jackie at Our Moments Our Memories, and I just wanted to say I was inspired by your post. I started a new routine at the beginning of the year trying also to spend more time in the word and find myself struggling on certain days. But your post has renewed my desire to focus! Thanks for that!

    Tara

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  21. Great post! I would love to entered in to win!:)

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  22. What a great book to read for Lent. And good for you doing it first thing in the morning. I have tried to do that so many times and always fail!

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  23. WOW! What an inspriration! I so need to do what you are doing! I have been meaning to start a daily ritual and well like you said I seem to just "skip" it. Thanks for the post and I would LOVE the book!

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  24. i recently recommitted to being in God's Word faithfully...it has been amazing. i'm so thankful to have that desire again.

    i know the lord will bless your efforts too...

    i'd love to win the book!

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  25. Are you sure you checked the inside cover of that book because I could've sworn my name was written on it!! and that sneaky little Huse your Mama...
    Oh, well I'm pretty sure that fate is going to decide who needs that book more...
    I don't really do lent but this year I'm going to try fish on fridays. NO I'm not catholic, but I hate fish and I'm trying to get more in my diet...since fish frys are everywhere I figure I may hit a couple. DOes it count if I'm trying not to yell so much?

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  26. You're onto me, Sara! :-) Oh, look - I just entered again. ;-)

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  27. Ok, before I even saw your "blackmail" ;-) to get people to comment, I wanted to tell you that you very frequently inspire me to examine my relationship with God, and you are so encouraging sharing your relationship with Him with the rest of us. Thank you for that. I think you should very seriously writing a devotional book of your own... you are extremely qualified, and I would be your first customer!!

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  28. And to be entirely honest, I would really LOVE to get that book!

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  29. So, I think I'm going to have to play offensively here and get my name in a few times!

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  30. The competition seems pretty committed!

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  31. But, since I'm at work, I should probably get back at it.

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  32. Thank you for being an ever-present inspiration in my life. I hope some day we are geographically close enough so I can tell you that in person!

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  33. I need a book like this! Thanks for the opportunity and I am praying for your journey in adoption! I pray God provides the funds in an amazing way!

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  34. I just made my way to your blog from MckMama's blog. I can't even begin to understand what you and you husband have/ & are going through. May the Lord continue to bless every step of your journey! One more thing...thank you for sharing your journey...it's inspiration to seek the Lord.

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  35. I would love to win a copy of this book. I bet it's great!

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  36. I'd love to win this. Thanks for the chance.

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  37. What a great giveaway!! My mother-in-love shared your blog with me. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for three years now. We are trying to turn it all over to God and let him lead us to His plan of becoming parents. I wish you all the luck on your journey to parenthood. If you get a minute, I'd love for you to check out our blog. We are hosting a giveaway too!

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  38. This looks like a wonderful book.

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  39. Well, what a cool site you have, and what a timely and encouraging post! Blessings to you guys on your journey. I know my wife would love this book so we'll see!

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  40. this book sounds great! I too want to make that committment with you. I just got a mini devotion book called speaking mom-ese that i am reading. would love to win this one too.

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  41. I would love to win the book... Maybe it is a good thing for me to leave another comment.

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  42. I think the book would be a great adventure for me and my teen daughter....

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  43. Then I could re use the book with my younger daughter when she is older.

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  44. Just came across your blog and am so excited for what God is doing in the lives of you and your husband. As one who was blessed to be a PK (or a T.O., as we used to say... Theological Offspring), I'm thrilled that your child will be brought up in the ways of the Lord. And as a grandfather of four, all adopted, all from overseas, and all now PK's themselves, I can only pray a prayer of thanksgiving and praise for what God will be doing through you for generations to come.

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