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In our spiritual journey, many of us have had mountain-top experiences and maybe some valleys, too. Mountain-top experiences are pretty exciting and can fuel us for a while, but I’m not convinced that our spiritual journey should be based on one great experience. But in those times in which you have grown the most spiritually, how did that happen to you? Was it a personal Bible study? Was it some sort of accountability? Was it through a small group? Was it listening to a pastor’s sermon series? Was it because of a traumatic event where you had to daily seek God? Was it the discipline of daily devotion?
But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
I have some spiritual hang-ups. Sometimes I have to go through some mental aerobics when I pray or when I read the Word. I have to remind myself of who God is . . remind myself that God is not like my angry earthly father was even before I can pray. It just does not come easy for me.
For those who have been through spiritual abuse, I think there can be similar obstacles. Some cannot pray, read their Bible, and many wouldn’t even consider stepping one foot in a church. Boy, do I get that. So, I’d love to hear from both those who have experienced abuse and those who haven’t. What has been most beneficial to you in nurturing your spiritual walk with the Lord?
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