Hello, my name is Sherri Woods and I will be your journey guide for Wednesday Wanderings. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, to wander means to move about leisurely without a fixed course or goal. The purpose of Wednesday Wanderings is to set aside time to allow Jesus to accentuate our creative minds and fill them with His truths. For Wednesday Wanderings, we will be journeying with Jesus into encounters to heal our mind, body, and soul. You may want to consider utilizing a journal to record what I have termed the “transformational conversations” of your venture.
Watch the Wednesday Wanderings Welcome.
Now that we have cleared our minds of the clutter, we can wander on the journey of examining what it means to Have a little talk with Jesus.
There is something unique about having a talk with Jesus. When we pray and allow Jesus to hold the sacred space for us, we can expect to experience transformation. Our thoughts are powerful and have a creative ability. The Bible is complete with truths and promises to renew our minds and penetrate our hearts. When you are ready, you may begin the dialogue with Jesus by stating:
“Jesus, I invite you to help me to wander aimlessly into your Presence where my mind, body, and soul can be transfigured. I welcome your truth and a holy encounter with your Word. Illuminate my spiritual senses that my eyes may see you, my ears may hear you, my body may feel you with me, and my heart may receive you.”
Psalm 139 is an invitation to wander on the path with God that leads to eternal life. David invites God to search his heart, reveal the hurts, habits, and hangups, and guide him away from his sin. The heart is where our hurts, habits, and hang ups are revealed. Our minds hold the thoughts but our hearts hold the evidence of the thoughts. Reading God’s Word alters our thoughts. Applying God’s Word, reconstructs our hearts. Seeking God’s presence and plan redirects our journey.
Psalm 139: 23-24 The Message
23-24 Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life.
PSALM: Just a Little Talk With Jesus
Cleavant Derricks, the song writer of Just a Little Talk with Jesus shares his transformational conversation with Jesus.
I once was lost in sin, but Jesus took me in,
And then a little light from heaven filled my soul;
It bathed my heart in love and wrote my name above,
And just a little talk with Jesus makes me whole.
PARABLE: Verse one introduces us to the four components of a transformational conversation.
- The Hurt – Hurts, habits, and hang ups that create sin.
- The Hope – Jesus rescues us and gives us the light of hope.
- The Heart – Jesus cleans our heart in love.
- The Healing – Our hurts are transformed from hurt to wholeness.
PONDER and WANDER:
Take a few breaths in and out. In and out. As you breath in invite your spiritual imagination to become activated. As you breath out, release the clutter of concerns and anxieties. Breath in and out.
When your mind is clear of clutter, and you are ready, take a few minutes to wander as you have a little talk with Jesus. If you would like, you may want to consider noting the responses in a journal.
Begin by inviting the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into the truths of the answers to the questions below.
Ponder these questions:
- “What is the hurt, habit or hangup that is interrupting my spiritual growth?”
- Note the hurt.
- “What hopeful truth would Jesus like to offer to rescue you at this time?”
- Request and welcome the hope of Jesus to bathe your heart in love.
- “Is there any blockage (shame, guilt, forgiveness, anger, etc.) that is keeping your heart from being cleaned?”
- Surrender your the blockage.
- “How will you respond to what Jesus wants to heal in you?”
- Receive God’s promise to rescue you, fill you with His light, and make you whole.
As you listen to the video recording, surrender your sin to Jesus. Transformation takes time. Invite Jesus again to rescue you. Let Him bathe your heart in love and fill you with His light. He promises that He will make you whole.
Listen to this closing prayer and enjoy a glimpse of the Mediterranean Sea filmed while I was in Jerusalem.
Now that you have emptied your mind of the clutter and wandered with Jesus, take a closing moment to offer a praise of thanksgiving as you let the work of your wandering transform your mind and the freedom and assurance of your salvation permeate your soul.
Then take the mindfulness of God’s presence cultivated in these last few minutes of wandering into the next ones and beyond.
Until next time, be Resonant.