This time, exactly a year ago, marks a very special week in my life.
It has been one year since I attended the Journey to the Heart—10 days I will never forget, and the serious beginning of my own personal Journey.
I started out the Journey excited! I had been wanting to attend one ever since they had first begun.
Saturday night, after hearing two powerful testimonies, our team leader asked us what we wanted to gain from this Journey. I answered:
- That I would let go of my fear that something bad would happen to my family members.
- That I would learn how to know God on a personal level in my own life.
- That God would reveal to me what my heart was really like.
To me, Journey to the Heart was about being “one on One” with God; investing that time to get to know Him on a personal level, seeking Him with all of my own heart. “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God” (I Chronicles 22:19).
It has been a Journey that continued on; it didn’t stop after ten days. It keeps on going if we purpose to be on board with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. “If ye will fear the Lord, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall both ye and also the king that reigns over you continue following the Lord your God” (1 Samuel 12:14).
God taught me so many things in those ten days:
- How to seek Him, on a level I hadn’t tried.
- How to be still.
- How he could work miracles in the lives of the girls on my team, and of others also on the Journey.
- How powerful times of prayer and crying out could be—I will never forget those times.
- He showed me just how much I didn’t know about myself.
It is hard to describe the extent to which God touched me, but this is true of Him:
“I could not do without Thee,
For, oh, the way is long,
And I am often weary,
And sigh replaces song,
How could I do without Thee,
I do not know the way,
Thou knowest, and Thou leadest,
And wilt not let me stray.”
~Frances R. Havergal
September 2008 Girls Journey