Have I ever mentioned that I love my church? Like seriously, LOVE my church. There are tons of reasons why I love my church, but right now, the main reason is because of my accountability group. I know, I know, accountability group sounds kinda like "What have you been doing that you shouldn't be doing? I'm checking up on you to make sure that you are behaving and doing everything on the good little christian check list!" But not my accountability group. . . no way! My group rocks! Seriously. There are four of us and our mentor/leader and we have been getting together fairly frequently. (We try for weekly, but we all happen to have kiddos and be in a very busy season of life - but we try!)
Anyway, we are working our way through the book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. Last week our chapter was about creating intimacy with our Lord. The author talks about an article by Robert Boyd Munger entitled, "My Heart Christ's Home." In this article, Munger imagines Christ speaking to him about his quiet times like this:
"The trouble with you is this: You have been thinking of the quiet time, of the Bible study and prayer time, as a factor in your own spiritual progress, but you have forgotten that this hour means something to Me also."
This thought hit me like a ton of bricks.
Why, in all my years of "being a Christian" have I never looked at my time with my Lord as something that He cherishes. Something that He longs for and desires. Not something that He wants me to do to be a better christian, but something that He wants me to do because He wants to spend time with me.
So we went from there and talked about creating a drawing room. A comfortable, cozy, inviting place to spend time with the Lord. We talked about how this should be a relationship and not a ritual and how this relationship is just like any other. It will need to be nurtured, protected, and loved.
A lot like a plant.
I mean, what would happen to a plant if we never watered it?
So, on Sunday, one of the sweet ladies in my group brought each of us these plants. To place in our "drawing room." To remind us - in the most beautiful way. She attached to it the most appropriate verse.
See - I told you my accountability group rocks!
Thanks Lori for putting us together!