Rise up, Walk

It is hard to believe that we have now walked through the first thirty days of January. How have these days been for you? What has the beginning of your journey through a new decade been like for you?

In Genesis 13 after God instructs Abraham and Lot to go their separate ways, God says to Abraham:

Rise up, walk through the length and the breadth of the land,

for I will give it to you. ~Genesis 13:17

This admonition to rise up, walk is an invitation to look at the landscape of our lives and live in the reality that life with God is both a physical and spiritual journey. When we do, we notice that the real journey is an inward discovery of God’s good graces.

The following is a list of ways to prayerfully rise us, walk:

• Express gratitude to God.

• Let go of worries, hurts, resentments, jealousies, and comparisons that hinder hearing from God.

• Refocus ofte on God through worship and Scripture passages such as Psalm 84:11:

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor.

No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly.

• Notice any plans, purposes, or prayers God puts before you.

Is there a recent teaching or conversation God brings to mind?

• Keep pace with God not the culture.

• Continue to look and listen for God’s promptings and whispers.

• Receive what God wants to give:

Hope, healing, wisdom, reassurances, a new sense of purpose, freedom…love.

• Praise God for the blessing of the physical and spiritual journey.

• Take time to journal meaningful moments with God.

• Persevere in prayer.

Lord, help us receive your expansive grace in the days and months ahead.

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