Is _______ worth asking one more time?
This might seem an odd question. Even as you read it you might feel an odd sensation run down your spine. You might feel a bit put off or offended at the inference.
What I know is that we all read that question with a different item in the blank spot, and a different take on what that question means for our circumstances. Perhaps for some, and I hope many, the question sparks a feeling of hope and ignites an expectant perseverance.
My hope is you will stick with me, even while you continue to chew on that question, as I extend an invitation to each of you and finally endeavor to fulfill a three-pronged goal by the end of our time together today.
First, I am extending an invitation to each of you to join me for a six-week purposeful and refreshing walk through the book of Ruth. Since I believe we learn better by interacting and dialoguing with one another, I would love for you to invite a friend to join us on this journey out of a famine season and into a harvest of trusting God one more time. (I'll include more details for the study at the end of this post)
Next, my goals for this introduction to our journey together are these:
- I want to encourage you. You are not wandering aimlessly alone in the desert of your circumstances. God will never leave you. He promises to help us and hold us by our right hand. And your sisters in the family of God are ready to walk beside you, to pray with you, and rejoice in the goodness of God's presence with us.
- I want to embolden you. You are able to turn your eyes to Jesus. You are able to choose to trust God. You are able to take the next step because our Father has invited us to come boldly before His Throne through Jesus Christ His Son.
- I want to help you become expectant for the goodness of God. Your prayers are heard. You are loved more than you know. You are seen by a loving God. And so together we can encourage one another to take these next steps expectantly.
So, let's begin our walk together by taking a closer look at this question because this is where I realized I had walked unknowingly into the middle of the desert. It is here that I came face to face with the truth that my family was experiencing a serious famine of relationship - first with God and then with each other.
"Lisa, is your marriage worth asking one more time?"
This is THE pivotal question, which served as my impetus for seeking a complete renovation of my heart, my marriage, and my family during the recent drought season of my life. The question was asked of me by a counselor right at nine years ago.