There is a restaurant in the Black Forest on top of a mountain. You can get great Wurst, and Cheese cake, and Black Forest Cake (filled with a ton of alcohol), and of course German Beer.
I myself loved to go during the grape harvest season and get a flat pizza type bread covered with Quark cheese and onions known as Zwiebeln Kuchen. It was delicious.
Seasonal celebrations were a part of the culture there. The Germans live by them.
After living in Germany as a missionary almost ten years, one thing I came away with was an understanding of noticing the seasons and celebrating the year's passing.
January 2018 comes to a close in two more days.
Some of you have made commitments, challenges, New Year's Resolutions for this new year 2018. And some of you threw away the concept of commitments and challenges and New Year's resolutions a long time ago.
I stood in that camp for many years. But I learned something valuable from the German culture. Germans say, "Schritt für Schritt." [Americans say, "Step by Step."] This concept works for every commitment, challenge, and resolution one will ever make.
If you are like me you are celebrating the ending of the month of January and the beginning of the new month of February. Frustration or exhilaration come on the heels of the first month of the year. Either you have given up on your Resolutions completely, or you are reworking Resolutions into your daily life.
These commitments, challenges, resolutions are nothing but daily changes made in our habitual moments day in and day out.
How do you write a book? It all boils down to one word at a time.
My writer friends and I encourage each other to sit down and put some words on paper. Then some more words, then some more words. Until, low and behold in a few months, we have a manuscript. Next, we have the opportunity to enter into the second stage of the process: Revising the manuscript we wrote from the first word to the last. And we celebrate the process.
But only talking about those words being written leads to failing once again at the end of the day. The only way we can become an author is to write one word at a time.
Our relationship with God is somewhat the same. We can talk all day long about getting closer to the One True God. Or we can take steps to enter into relationship with Him daily. Granted we might fall down, but as long as we get up again, we are moving forward.
No matter what our situation the desire of most Christians is to have a deeper relationship with God over time. To go deep with Him means that we are taking steps to get to know Him daily. We try and we will fail. We get up, we fall down. And in our getting up and in our falling down we learn daily to depend more and more on our LORD Jesus Christ. But how? Through His words.
Reading the bible He gave us.
He gave us His words to allow us to know Him.
As we enter into this February, the second month of the year 2018, I challenge us all to deepen our relationship with God. When we come to Him and surrender our lives to the Great I AM, we enter into a life filled with adventure.
We have released the place of control in our hearts and have offered that control up to our LORD. We are on a wild adventure that only He knows the ending to. I know that I have been to places I would never have imagined living, working, sharing and offering ways for people to know and be known by God.
It is my heart's desire to create a space where He alone becomes the focus for others.
How? By bringing myself into Him daily.
How? By reading and meditating on the Bible.
Nothing really fancy.
Nothing really earthshaking.
Just the daily habit of stopping and reading and meditating on His Word.
Schritt für Schritt!
It is a moment by moment life. A growth that He leads me into. An adventure.
The step by step life of reading His words and praying daily is that wonderful growth He gives through His Holy Spirit.
Available to every child of God is relationship.
To know and be known by God is the greatest relationship known to mankind.
You have available to you a friend waiting patiently to enter into your world and change your heart 'Schritt für Schritt.'
Here on this website, we have set about to make the word of God available in community. We have strategies to help meditate on the bible for anyone in our community on a daily basis. Those that have joined us are finding a wonderful Schritt für Schritt relationship deepening with our Sweet LORD.
We will fall down, we will get up. And we will do it together.
To know God and to make Him known is the call of the adventure of the Christ Follower's life.
May you take the steps you are being called into to know Him and to bring others the opportunity to know Him as well.
Be blessed this week.
Because He is the I AM, i am
Robyn & Biff Cox
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