No 7: Walking with Jesus

Jul 1, 2024

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Dear CLDI Family and Friends,

I heard this quote from a blog by Winn Collier a few years ago, and it always reminds me of the life we lead as disciples of Jesus. It goes:

Cairns tell us that we are not alone, that others have walked this lonesome path and that if we’ll just keep putting one foot in front of the other, we’ll make it – do not fear, we’ll make it. Cairns appear along the trail only enough to keep us from getting entirely lost; they are scattered, keeping us watchful, curious, a little uncertain, always scanning for signs of hope. Cairns don’t remove the struggle or the adventure; they certainly don’t map out the miles ahead. But they do tell us to keep on trudging. They give us signs from those who’ve gone before us, and they invite us to leave signs for still others who will follow. Cairns tell us the night will not devour us. Cairns lead us home.

Following Jesus is like walking a path that hasn’t been laid out exactly for us. We find ourselves with time in between knowing exactly where we’re going. It’s not like walking a trail where every step is guided for us. Instead, it’s about paying attention to those moments where God makes Himself known. He doesn’t lay out every step, but if we move slowly enough and pay close enough attention, we will see moments of His glory and goodness and know that we are headed the right way.

Right now, I would say that I am in a season where God continues to show up. However, I could easily get caught up in all the tasks that need to be done and miss Him. It would be easy to get stressed and overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done and overlook where He is working alongside me. I can either be stressed and overwhelmed or grateful for the ways that He is answering prayer.

Currently reading & listening.

In The Village Church sermon “The Posture and Pace of Discipleship,” Mason King emphasizes the importance of humility and patience in the journey of spiritual growth. He underscores that discipleship requires a humble heart, open to learning and correction, acknowledging our dependence on God. Chandler also stresses the need for a patient approach, recognizing that true spiritual transformation is a gradual process, avoiding the pitfalls of rushing which can lead to burnout. Additionally, he highlights the vital role of community and accountability, encouraging believers to actively engage in their church and small groups for mutual support and growth.

CLDI Monthly Snapshot

  • Please pray for the 2024-2025 intern class and the exact right people to be part of this crew of interns!
  • One of our Hannah House women decided to get baptized at the Fountain of Life Church. We had the joy of supporting her in this special moment!

Scripture to Meditate On

In John chapter 17, Jesus prays for the protection of his disciples, asking the Father to keep them safe from the evil one and to protect them in His name. This is the character of God: that he cares about you and loves you.

“Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” John 17:11

“I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.” John 17:15



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