I am scrolling social media, and I see something I like. Maybe I double tap it to let the creator know I like it, maybe I save the post, hoping to review it later. No matter how much I like it, typically within seconds I am scrolling on to the next thing. The scrolling habits of social media have rewired the way I process information.
When I asked God what he wanted me to focus on this next year, he asked me to let him tell me who he is. To sit with the truth of his character. To avoid letting truth pass me by like an Instagram post. But to receive the truth and let it transform me.
God wants to reveal himself to me in a way that is lasting. I am reminded of the way Jesus opened up the scriptures and revealed himself to the disciples as they walked to Emmaus. God is calling me on the road to Emmaus this year, to reveal himself to me. My hope is that like those first disciples, this revelation will cause my heart to burn within me. That I will dwell in this truth and not rush past it for the next thing coming.
I will be dwelling on one truth about God each month. Attempting to memorize a bible verse that demonstrates the character of God and exploring ways to learn more about this truth and putting it into action in my life.
In the last 6 years as a mom, I have had less control of my schedule than in previous seasons. Sometimes this makes me feel disappointed, longing for the hours I once had to dwell in a thought. This year, I am finding creative ways to weave this practice into my current routine.
This could look like:
- Reading the truth and accompanying verse each morning as I brush my teeth.
- Creating a playlist of a few songs.
- Finding quick posts about a saint I can learn from.
- Choosing a virtue to practice that will help me respond to the truth.
- Having conversations around the dinner table with my family.
The goal here is to create something manageable, to tackle in small bites over time. To not rush on to the next thing, but sink deeper to allow myself to be transformed.
I will be sharing what I am learning and how I am exploring each of these topics on instagram @salt_stories as ‘the dwell project’. I plan to share as a way to record my own journey and create accountability.
If anyone wants to join in, there will be free printables and suggestions to join me in exploring these characteristics of God. I would love to hear what God is revealing to you in each of these areas.
Looking forward to seeing what God has in store for this next year.