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Diligence – OneWord 2022 – August

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8



to make near, i.e. (reflexively) approach:—approach, be at hand, come (draw) near, be (come, draw) nigh

Purposefully, I seek the Lord. Purposefully, I draw near to Him. Purposefully, I want to be near to Him in this seemingly un-purposeful period of my life.

  • I have moved across three states to the Western Slope of Colorado where I knew one person, my cousin, eleven months ago.
  • I am awaiting a condo-building to be completed.
  • I am not in a church yet.
  • I am holding a lot of distrust towards many who call themselves brothers and sisters in Christ.

I need Him close because I am not walking alone very well.

So, ‘drawing near’ to God in a diligent way is my real purpose right now.

I continue to read the Bible with “Sweeter Than Honey, A 365-Day Devotional” by Patsy Burnette. I truly have been diligent since January 1st and here it is mid-August! Only the Lord can keep me on track!

I somewhat calmly await the completion of a four-story condo building in my new Colorado city. They are still placing completion between end of December to March, 2023. It is getting closer!

With almost a year now in my new city, I have decided to volunteer. I am going to be in a kindergarten class, beginning this week. I will be with a seasoned teacher (but she is at a grade level and a school that is only her second year). I will be there initially thinking I will be observing more than doing, but I actually know better. Five-year-olds will be my teachers more than the teacher herself!!

…let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Dearest God, As I approach You this day, I humble myself and ask for Your hand upon me, my moves and my heart. You know my every step before I even take them. You also know my circumstances and that which is in my heart. You know the aching body that I live in. Please hold it with Your love and Your healing touch. Father, I pray that You go before me in all I do and all I am. May this ‘diligence’ I have been learning this year be consistent with Your desire for my life. As I walk into this kindergarten class this week, please use me for these children and their teacher. May I be a light of Christ in their world, sharing His love, His openness, His calm, His caring. Thank You for this opportunity, for taking me over a few hurdles to get to this place, for this week’s new adventure. It has been a long time since I was in a public school classroom. Guide my hands and heart as You hold me near. I pray over these children for their ability to learn and for their safety. I pray these young minds and bodies be ready to soak up the lessons like a sponge, as this early age usually is! Thank You for the new friends I am making here. Please grow me, Lord, in community. I ask for Your guidance as I draw near and hold fast to You, my Lord. Help me not to waver in my faith, God, for You are faithful. Father, I lift up several relatives of my late husband, Kenneth, who are caring for my two elderly sisters-in-law…Terri with her Mom, Michelle with her Grandmother/Gary…his Mother. I pray for them each and all as I know this is hard. Please cover all precious givers-of-care in Your Grace and Mercy, my Father. I pray all in the Name of Christ, my Lord. Amen.

Diligence One Word 2022: photo at Pixabay; graphics added by me @ Pixlr photo editor

“Draw Near” Graphic/Photo @ Pinterest

Hebrews 10:24 photo/graphics @ Heartlight.org

One Word 2022: photo at Pixabay; graphics added by me @ Pixlr photo editor