devotional life

Can We Talk?

I’m not saying it always happens this way, but recently I was really troubled by something. I am not saying “something” to mask what I was troubled about; the truth is, I didn’t know what was bothering me. I found myself feeling tight and unsettled and I couldn’t sort it out. I sifted through recent events, commitments and obligations and I couldn’t place what would be bothering me.

It is my practice to sit down with God in the morning with my Bible, Journal and Pen to talk to Him, listen and hopefully take some lessons to heart. That morning I began by writing, “Lord, I don’t even get it…”

What followed brought such relief. I read some passages from the Bible, I reflected, I prayed and I listened. I wrote in my journal what I was hearing and the counsel of the Holy Spirit was so direct. He impressed on me the root of my anxiety — what it was about. And He spoke to me about what He wanted me to do about it. It was like a Q&A that day. The instruction was so clear that it left no room for argument or doubt and the burden was lifted.

I was and still am so grateful! I am so grateful for a God who untangles, advises, enlightens and encourages. I am so grateful for True Truth in a confusing and conflicted world. I know I do not need to live with a cloud over my head in a state of unrest or in a place of darkness. Our God is the God who speaks! Always has…

If you have not entered into a “devotional life” I urge you to begin. Like almost everything we learn, it doesn’t just come naturally. It comes by trying and trying again. It comes with persistence and it is something that grows.

If you believe there is a God and He wants to have a personal relationship with you, a life-giving one, and the kind where you have a back and forth conversation…how is this to happen if you don’t begin to try to communicate with Him?

On His end, He is ready and waiting. What are you waiting for?

If this is a new idea for you and you want someone to walk with you, then reach out. It is your step to take.

Some additional Bible reading resources

There are also weekly Small Groups and men’s and women’s Devotions groups. Link up! It’s such an encouraging thing to meet with Jesus in community with others!

Teresa Klassen

Teresa
Klassen

 

And Now What?

Remember that beautiful day in September when we Barbecued and kicked off the new Fall season at SunRidge? Mike spoke about maturing in Christ. He talked about how, as in life, we grow spiritually from infant to child to young adult to a parenting role. All of these “markers” are natural, right and good. No one begins a journey with Jesus at a place of maturity; we all start at the beginning and go from there. We grow from there. It’s like we are always asking, “And now what?”

This past summer (remember summer? sigh) we had so much fun being together as a community at Green Bay Bible Camp. This is a tradition we love as a church community, and a part of that weekend is setting time aside to celebrate the step of Baptism. It is a step. It is one of those steps on the path of maturing; a very first step or maybe a step to catch up on if you missed it!

As we say at SunRidge, “Baptism is initiation, not graduation.” You don’t have to be far along in your walk to decide to be baptized. Baptism is simply a public statement of a private decision. It is one of the things Jesus asks us to do and it is a decision we can make early on when we understand what it is and why we would do it. It is one of those “maturing” steps. Maybe it is your next step. If you think it might be, reach out and get the ball rolling!

At SunRidge we are about “becoming”…not staying the same but tackling our issues, being set free, moving with passion towards the things of God….together.

Thank you to Chris Keller who served so lovingly, sewing the baptism badges onto our towels!

Teresa Klassen

Teresa
Klassen