Hello and welcome to my blog.

A little about my blog name.

Jesus called himself the Way (John14:6).

Soon after Jesus left this world, his followers were referred to as belonging to "the Way" (Acts 9:2)
I love that!  It's so simple!  We, as Christians, belong to Christ who is the Way.

Paul says in Acts 24:14, "I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way."

Well....I admit that too! 

Walking with Jesus......is that a "Christian-eez" term?  Well,....I see where we get it from.  John writes a letter to "the chosen lady and her children" and says (2 John 4), "It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us."

So, here I am, like those children, walking in the truth......therefore.......Walking With the Way.😀


Ok, now, why am I starting a blog about Walking in the Way?  Well, let me tell you....

Most people who know me know that I can never give a short answer.  😁
But here is the long and the short of it, I am doing this blog to encourage Christians to get back into their Bibles, make discoveries on their own, and experience that excitement that comes when you do so.

So here is the long version:

I am trying to memorize a passage that really hit me.  (This is going to be the theme verse of this blog.)
Romans 12: 9-13
"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality."

I turned 50 this year!!  I have been a Christian for 35+ years.  By the grace of God, I have had a blessed life, but boy, has my "spiritual fervor" ebbed and flowed over the years!

I did ladies Bible studies practically every year, small groups, couples groups, MOPS,....you name it, I did it!  But, if homework was required I wasn't very diligent about it (confession time here). I felt guilt when I didn't put the time into the homework, but mostly, I felt irritated that the writer of the study was so excited about what she/he had learned, but I wasn't as excited at what they had learned.  And, believe me, I have heard every exhortation under the sun on what you can do to be spiritually disciplined!  Set a regular time, get up early, pray in a closet, pray for a half hour, start slow, build up,.... ugg!!  😝  I tried, but never got into a routine that lasted.

Happily, I can report that I have settled into a pattern of spiritual discipline that has stuck for a couple of years now!!!  Woo Woo!!  I have broken all my records!!!
It all started with a New Years resolution, believe it or not!  (Who actually does those?!)
Three years ago I decided I would read the Bible through in a year.  I got into a routine that I was able to keep (miracle of miracles!) As the year was ending, I was kind'a sad.  I didn't want to break my routine.  I was liking the reading....buutttt....I didn't really want to do the whole Bible again.  I feel reading Leviticus every other year would be plenty enough for me!! 😉

I found out that one can read the New Testament in 90 days if about three chapters are read every day.   That sounded so do-able to me!  But, what would I do after that?  Well, 90 days x 4 is one year.  I had my new New Year's resolution! That year I got hooked! I spent a lot more time doing my reading because I got excited at all the cross referencing my Study Bible offered.  I was feeling that same excitement that those writers of Bible studies were trying to pass on to me!

In my excitement, I would tell my friends what I was doing.  On the fourth time through two girl friends said, "I want to do that with you!"  Mind you, my routine that I was loving was to get up before my little guy got up, make my latte in my cozy robe, and settle into my very comfortable kitchen counter stool.  I didn't want to go anywhere, get dressed up enough to be in public and need to get child care for my preschooler. (Yes, if you are doing the math, I had a baby at 46!) 

So, the natural solution was, "Great!  I'll text you any thoughts I have on the reading and you do the same"  It worked perfectly!!!  These girlfriends got back into reading their Bibles and felt renewed because of it. 
I am realizing that people who have been Christians a long time can lose their spiritual fervor.  That is why the writer of Romans gave that exhortation!  I am seeing Christian friends, who I have known for 10-20 years, fading in their zeal.  They haven't lost their faith, but they have lost their energy.

When I read Romans 12:11, I realized me and my friends were needing the same encouragement that the Romans got!  Well, what better way to get re-energized than to have a big meal!  Food!!  Spiritual food!! A  good way to have a big, spiritual meal would be to eat/read the WHOLE New Testament!  I know it works because I started eating this spiritual diet myself a few years ago and I got my zeal back!  I didn't need to be in a structured Bible study with someone else telling me what they discovered.  I needed to discover things on my own!

I think anyone who likes to shop for a deal or go garage sailing understands that half the fun is finding the deal.  It's no fun to hear how other people got a great deal.  But when YOU find the great deal, doesn't it inspire you to keep hunting for more deals?  You know it does!!! You get a zeal for the hunt!  I think that is what reading the New Testament straight through can do for you.  You will discover things that you don't ever remember reading before or you will get the context of scripture that sheds new meaning on old familiar verses.

I really hope you become one of my friends reading through the New Testament in 90 days, and in doing so, renew your zeal.

I put a  90 day reading guide under the Spiritual Fervor tab. I am going to basically do, on this blog, what I have done texting my friends.   I will post something that impressed me, hit me in a new way, caused me to wonder, etc.....
If you make a commitment to this reading plan we will be doing the same reading! You can come to the blog to write something that caused you to think in a new way or comment on what I wrote.  It will be like we are in a Bible Study together, but in our own cozy home.

Come on! We all be Walking with The Way together!!!


Keri Sukut said…
Love that verse - it describes the transformed Christian life which is what Jesus wants from us. The last part is the verse we use for our Neighborhood Sunday Dinner ministry :) Just so you know I will be in in my dedicated prayer closet with my tea and soft throw...thought I give you a mental picture (an actual photo of me in the early a.m. may be too scary!)
Jasmine Hadley said…
LOVE THIS! Thank you for sharing everything on the blog!
Unknown said…
This is great Anita! Way to go in setting this up and encouraging others to feast on God's word.

I'm afraid I won't be able to keep pace...I linger slowing over scripture...and I'm slow. I'll be Walking Along the SLOOOW Way.

Either way, it's a feast...I'll be praying for you and everyone involved!
Unknown said…
This is awesome Anita!!! Ive used a plan to read through the Bible every year since 1987! it has become my lifeline!! Love that you are doing this and encouraging others!!!

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