Desires and Longings (Week 3)

Mar 7, 2023 | 0 comments

Greetings as we enter week 3 of our ten devotionals that will help you assess different parts of your life. Thus far we considered our roles and relationships (week 1) and spiritual gifts, talents, and temperament (week 2). In week three you’ll spend time with God exploring your desires and longings.

Here’s a snippet from this week’s worksheet: “The terms desire and longing can often be understood as merely whims and wants. While some desires can be categorized as such, this week we will explore the desire and longing that groans deeply within your soul. In order to build a rule of life, you must first acknowledge and name your longings, present them to God, and invite God into them for discernment. Discernment means noticing whether the desire moves you closer to God or further from him. Does the desire align with God’s will and kingdom vision? Does the desire bring you closer to wholeness and union with God? Will this desire bear fruit?”

Longings and desires change and are informed by location, stage of life, and experiences. If it’s been a while since you spent time with God thinking about your desires and longings, this will be a rich week. Even if you’re quite attuned to them, we invite you to read over the worksheet and then go on a walk and talk with God before putting pen to paper.

On Monday, March 13th we will have a zoom Q & A with me (Elizabeth). I’ll share how I got interested in a rule of life, what mine looks like, touch base with you on the three devotionals so far, and answer questions you may have.

We’ll meet from 9:00 a.m. EDT (factor in Day Light Savings in the US) and I’ll be there for an hour if you want to pop in with any question. Here’s the zoom link.

We’re praying for you!

If you’re new to this series, you can catch up here.

Elizabeth Forshee

Spiritual director. Follower of Jesus. Mom and Wife. Former cross-cultural worker. Enjoys a good book and a cup of coffee. 




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