It’s been a minute since I wrote a blog post, but I’m excited to announce that will be changing starting now! For the next 90 days, the NightWatch at IHOPKC is embarking on a journey of meditating on the words and person of Jesus together as a community leading up to the elections in November. We’ll be reading through and meditating on the Gospels, and we’ll also be reading and utilizing the study guide for John Piper’s book What Jesus Demands from the World while having corporate times of discussion every week to share testimonies of how God has moved in our hearts and/or wrestle with questions and things that don’t seem to make sense and that cause offense and frustration to arise in our hearts. It’s gonna be raw and messy, and it’s going to be beautiful.
Though there are a few goals for this study as a community, I’m personally committing to go “all in” for the sake of truly focusing on Jesus and allowing my meditation on Him and His word to propel me into dialogue with Him that transforms my heart and makes me more like Him. It’s so easy to fill our minds with ideas and opinions about anything and everything, especially in this election season, and I want to tune out all of those voices to focus on the only one that truly matters. I want my heart to be ripped open before Him, I want to be okay with not having all the answers and not being able to make sense of everything, I want to stop trying to figure things out, I want to come face-to-face with the things in my heart that aren’t in agreement with Him for whatever reason and wrestle with those things until I’m one with Him. I’m inviting and actively pursuing His work in my heart, knowing that it will be painful and offensive and messy and more challenging and frustrating than I anticipate it to be. And I’m doing it because I want to be more like Him. I want to know Him and love Him and be one with Him.
That being said, for the next 90 days I will be massively lessening my presence on social media. I won’t be interacting in any capacity other than posting links to my blog posts. My goal is to blog at least weekly with reflections of what I’ve been meditating on and wrestling with, and quotes from Scripture or Piper’s book that impact me. Because I am forcing myself to get out of my natural tendencies to think through and figure things out, I will be disabling comments on these posts to help me refrain from discussions that get me more in my head than in my heart.
If you’d like more information on our 90 day study including our reading plan and discussion questions, feel free to reach out via the Contact Me page, and I’ll do my best to respond within 24 hours.