Eleven: Sharing Your Journey

It is Jesus’ joy to knit each of us into the family he is building in the earth.  As you learn to follow him he will bring others into your life that can share the conversations that will encourage each other to live in him more deeply rather than bog each other down with the dynamics of religious performance.

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  1. Laurie January 9, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Suggestions as to how I can engage my husband in to this type of conversation.  I know he has his own journey, but can tell it doesn’t include any real relationship with God or Jesus.   The more I am drawn in to my Father’s relationship, which is such a strong desire to have more and more, I feel I grow farther apart from my husband.  I sense I talk more religious when we have our discussions, which are few.  

    I am so grateful I was led to you, your books, your teachings, your way of explaining what it means to “live loved”.  Thank you.

  2. Laurie January 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Suggestions as to how I can engage my husband in to this type of conversation.  I know he has his own journey, but can tell it doesn’t include any real relationship with God or Jesus.   The more I am drawn in to my Father’s relationship, which is such a strong desire to have more and more, I feel I grow farther apart from my husband.  I sense I talk more religious when we have our discussions, which are few.  

    I am so grateful I was led to you, your books, your teachings, your way of explaining what it means to “live loved”.  Thank you.

  3. waynej January 9, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Laurie, I understand why anyone would want to have some fruitful fellowship with their spouse about these things, but it is best to let it come out in natural and real ways in their time, rather than try to force somethign from our end.  I don’t know anything about you or your relationship to your husband, but it has been my observation over the years that most wome who don’t think their husband has much of a spiritual journey are usually wrong.  Their husband has lots of thoughts about God and their journey, but sensing the wife’s judgment or religious pressure find it easier to shut down in that area than try to engage a dialog that is difficult.  If you find yourself talking more religious when you have those discussions, that might be why.  As God draws you into himself, you’ll be freer to let your husband have his own journey, respect it more, and begin to recognize where he is open to more conversation about God and his spiritual passion.  Your dialog will be far more  natural and less forced and when your personal well-being is not so deeply linked to your perception of your husband’s journey.  This is a process.  Ask God to show you the way here and then watch what he can do to draw you both closer together in love and respect for each other’s journey, even if you’re on different pages in the story.  Find those areas where you and your husband connect deeply and enjoy those.  As you do, you might seet he borders of that dialog expand in ways you’d never expect.  

     

  4. waynej January 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Laurie, I understand why anyone would want to have some fruitful fellowship with their spouse about these things, but it is best to let it come out in natural and real ways in their time, rather than try to force somethign from our end.  I don’t know anything about you or your relationship to your husband, but it has been my observation over the years that most wome who don’t think their husband has much of a spiritual journey are usually wrong.  Their husband has lots of thoughts about God and their journey, but sensing the wife’s judgment or religious pressure find it easier to shut down in that area than try to engage a dialog that is difficult.  If you find yourself talking more religious when you have those discussions, that might be why.  As God draws you into himself, you’ll be freer to let your husband have his own journey, respect it more, and begin to recognize where he is open to more conversation about God and his spiritual passion.  Your dialog will be far more  natural and less forced and when your personal well-being is not so deeply linked to your perception of your husband’s journey.  This is a process.  Ask God to show you the way here and then watch what he can do to draw you both closer together in love and respect for each other’s journey, even if you’re on different pages in the story.  Find those areas where you and your husband connect deeply and enjoy those.  As you do, you might seet he borders of that dialog expand in ways you’d never expect.  

     

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