Good morning, New Women. This is the beginning of the second to the last week of our Summer Spiritual Spa. On Monday, September 1, we'll officially start the school year (even though some of you will already be up to your armpits in it by then) and I need some input from you on what you'd like the fall -- September 1 - December 1 (when we'll focus on Advent) -- to look like here on In Real Life.
These are some options for you to vote on, though please absolutely offer your own ideas as well. Last year we did this via a live blog party but it's becoming harder to find a time that works for most of you so we'll do it this way, yes? (Unless you REALLY want to do a blog party, in which case, please speak up.)
Options for an In Real Life autumn season:
a. Do Embers again, where we work our way through a certain section of the Bible (one y'all come up with) and I offer a verse for us to gnaw on and discuss and apply in each post. We would still do just twice a week instead of every day, which was almost impossible for anybody to keep up with.
b. Do another Journey with Jesus, similar to what we did in Lent in our Journey to Jerusalem. For those who weren't with us on that road trip, we actually put ourselves into the story as if we were there with Jesus and he was talking directly to us which, of course he was and is.
c. The Whole Christian Thing -- a look at how to go deeper than "Jesus is my boyfriend" worship songs and youth group pizza parties, into a relationship with Christ that informs your life where you are right now. I've always wanted to do this as a basis for a book, developing it here on line with you.
Will you give it some thought and prayer and get back to us in your comments. If you like more than one of the choices, will you put them in order of preference? If you don
t like any of them, please share why. (My feelings will NOT be hurt .. as long as you're gracious, of course) And if you have other suggestions, we want to hear them. This is YOUR blog. I want it to take you where you need to go.
In terms of today in our spiritual spa, I want to go back to a comment IRELAND made in response to one of last week's posts. She said:
"I have Jesus, and because of Him I am not alone even when it feels that way. I want to hug that truth around the nakedness of my soul and believe it with every fiber of my being. That is cozy. And that is unshakable. And that is what I want."
It brings up two questions that I'd like for us to ponder and respond to:
QUESTION 1: What does it mean in real terms to "have Jesus"? Ireland is absolutely right, of course. But what does that look like? Do you feel like you really DO "have Jesus."
QUESTION 2: What truth do you hug around the nakedness of your soul? Even if you're struggling with accepting the whole enchilada of the gospel (totally normal at this point in your life) what truth is incredibly real to you, so intimate that you want to hug it?
As always, I can't wait for your answers. Be as brief or as verbose as you need to be. There are no word count limits here!