The other day I hosted my writers’ group and my biggest cheerleader said, “Two of my favorite things about your writing are missing from your website.”
As the bottom of my stomach dropped out, I took a deep breath trying to appear casual as I dared to ask, “What’s that?”
“The way you talk about hearing God like you’re in constant conversation. And the synchronicities that come out of that chat.”
She was right.
Just so you know, I talk to God all the time and I wouldn’t have wanted to pull a fast one on you by waiting until blog post number ten to tell you.
And what she calls synchronicities, I call God’s next words in our discussion, like this thing that just happened:
Out of all the preparations for the trip, I’ve been stressing about traveling through the West Bank on my own. I was okay with it when I booked my ticket, but then the friend I’m going to visit in Jordan said, “It could be tough getting through the West Bank with the added violence.”
I catch my departure flight in Jordan so I have to get there. “God,” I said, “You knew this before we booked the tickets. I’m freaking out.”
A minute ago, I got a message from my friend in Jordan. She has an appointment in Tel Aviv and has to come my way. Now we get to travel back TOGETHER on the exact day I was afraid to go alone.
This stuff is the real treasure.
So in preparation, I’d love for you to partner with me by expecting miracles. I can anticipate them on my own and so can you, but I believe that when we do it together, something more powerful happens.
What do you think?
To learn about blogging, I watched Problogger, a specialist, on Itunes. He had some great suggestions. Click here to check him out.
In one podcast he said, “You create meaning when your strengths and interests cross the needs of the world. That’s the place you’ll impact others.”
But, you wanna? If we partner our strengths and interests together and then cross them with the needs of the world, think about that possibility. If we take the puzzle piece of who we each are and connect, we make a bigger part of the picture.
How will we do that?
Problogger’s bite-size questions helped me break it down, like when he asked, “What keeps you awake at night?”
Ha! I’d been having trouble sleeping as I tried to figure out all the logistics.
As I pondered my why, why did I want to blog? I realized I wanted a place to look for more of God together, a place where we can talk about faith or lack of it, compare notes and wrestle, and hopefully find answers.
So every other Sunday night . . .
- We’ll take virtual field trips to places that hold significant spiritual importance
Like the Milk Grotto, ever hear of it?
It’s a Catholic chapel in Bethlehem where it’s believed the holy family hid out on their way to Egypt to escape the massacre of the innocents ordered by King Herod.
I had a fascinating experience there. Stay tuned and I’ll tell you about it in an upcoming post.
- Or we’ll interview people
I’ve got a German friend who’s lived in Jerusalem for years even though she bears scars from a suicide bomber. I can’t promise a post about that yet. The tough stuff is, you know, sometimes too hard to talk about.
In my time there, I witnessed lots of things that surprised me, like ironic relationships I wouldn’t have expected. So another way we can prepare for our trip together is for you to ask me questions or tell me what you’d like to hear about.
- We’ll also examine unique objects, like tear bottles
Psalm 56:8 says God loves us so much He’s collected every single one of our tears in His bottle, noted them all. He knows what makes us cry and cares.
In the market in the Old City of Jerusalem, I bought this tear bottle for $2:
And we’ll steer clear of a political battle.
Of course, we all have beliefs and we can’t avoid politics when we focus on the Holy Land. Without evading the subject—but instead of the interactions we see in so many other places—again, let’s partner our strengths and interests in constructive ways.
How might we do that? Well, we can . . .
- Listen with an attempt to understand differing views
- Ask questions, offer ideas, and share our experiences
- And expect those miracles, synchronicities, and for God to do what only God can
We all want the best for this crazier-by-the-day world, right? That’s something we can agree on. I love the idea of having a safe space we can bring our varying perspectives and care for each other respectfully. So for this reason, I’ll be moderating the comments posted on the blog, to protect our conversation, and keep it headed in this direction.
Who are we?
Whenever I lack understanding about a specific cultural group, I realize I don’t know enough people in that group. When I have a friend from another culture, the differences between us take the walls down. Understanding helps me care.
So that’s another opportunity we have, a chance to mingle with the kinds of people we might not have in our everyday lives.
I would love it if you’d leave a brief description of yourself below. Include where you are spiritually, your cultural connections, and those groups your heart is destined to love.
Here, I’ll start:
I’m a privileged, white American who moved to the Holy Land to learn about my Christian faith in Jesus who was born a Jew. Then I relocated to the West Bank to serve Muslims. Not because I wanted to, but again, I felt one of those God nudges. In the next post, I’ll tell you how that went.
Now you . . .
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