We are all on a spiritual journey. It starts when we come out of mother’s wombs and let out our piercing cries. As infants in the wombs, we were safe and closest to God than we can ever be here on earth.
I remember seeking God as a young teen in my bedroom. I prayed and worshiped in my dark room late one night. God entered and sat down with me. We communed and His love enveloped me with sweetness I can not begin to explain. This communion lasted months in the midnight hours of one summer, but then I stop seeking that special time with Him. It happened gradually through the years. I got too busy and overwhelmed with day to day living.
Now, I want that intimacy with Him. I crave it and need it as much I need oxygen. How do I make the journey back to Him? Where it lead me? What will I learn?
Welcome to my 31 Days October Blogging Challenge Series. What is the challenge all about? 31 Days is an online writing challenge started by home blogger, Myquillyn Smith (The Nester), and now hosted by Crystal Stine, where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day in October. I am also joining my friend Kate Motaung and my friends from the Five Minute Friday community during this challenge. Kate worked with community bloggers to develop the 2015 edition of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, Readers’ Choice Awards, a writing link-up in conjunction with the annual Write 31 Days Challenge. For the five minute, free write sessions, Kate encouraged bloggers to submit ideas for one-word prompts for each day of the challenge.
For the next 31 days, I will use the prompts as catalyst and inspiration for my own spiritual journey as I seek to draw closer to my beloved, Jesus. I want to walk with Him and feel His holy breath as He breathes on me. I desire to climb to new heights with Him. I want to reach the lost, the tired, the sick, the abused, and the sinner with His message of hope. I want to convince the skeptic that He is real and that He is our best hope. Will you join me?
October bleeds away into November as colors filled the trees, reds, oranges, and browns. I drive in my community and see Fall is peaking, but now winter waits. I am living in another change of seasons.
My writing seasons are also melding. I finished the Write 31 Days series on a solid note: 26 out of 31 days successfully posted. I had two days of computer problems that prevented me from posting this weekend. I failed to finish two of the five-minute prompts by Kate Motaung: almost and bacon.
It makes me sad in a way though. I almost finished. (Prompt 31) I almost made it. My computer, however, refused to operate this weekend. I ran diagnostics and tried to restore the computer to backup points but to no avail. I could not get past the opening screen. Suddenly, however, after running another tuneup program, Monday; the computer powered up and I was able to write and blog.
I strove to catch up, however, having to write scheduled book review posts. I felt compelled to finish these posts first because I felt I promised others, and I did not want to let them down.
Now looking back, I find pride in my accomplishment of blogging. I shared my heart and soul.
My series goal centered on reflections of God’s love in my spiritual journey. I wrote autobiographically about my faith when facing adversity as an abused woman but finding hope and real love in these posts:
- Day 6: With God All Things Are Possible
- Day 11: Finding Rest in Him
- Day 15: Laughter Brings Redemption
- Day 21: Power of His Waves
- Day 22: Never Doubt Your Value to Jesus
- Day 25: Living in Crash Mode
- Day 26: Whisper Sweet Spirit
- Day 27: Perhaps
- Day 29: Finding Hope in God’s Sea Tides
I also reflected on motherhood and family:
- Day 1: A Mother’s Calling
- Day 2: God’s Ideal of a Loving Family
- Day 3: Captured By Your Love, Jesus
- Day 28: Finding Hope in Celebrating My Daughter’s Birthday
My Write 31 Days journey also moved me to worship and poetry about God’s love and forgiveness.
- Day 7: Defining God’s Love
- Day 8: Purple Royalty Covers My Sins
- Day 10: Ready
- Day 16: Green : A New Movement for Christ
- Day 17: What Do I Offer Him?
- Day 18: What Makes Me Worthy?
- Day 19: Honoring God With Our Reading
- Day 20: Temporary Sufferings of The Persecuted
- Day 23 & 24: Silence in Joy
- Day 26: Whisper Sweet Spirit
I also took time to encourage others to support flood victims in my home state.
- Day 4: Embrace Victims in Prayer Tonight
- Day 5: What Happens When Home is Gone?
- Day 9: Trust Tested in the Storm
- Day 12: Surviving Storms and Floods in Life
My end destination reached, I hope this series has touched my readers.