The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Good News Of Intimacy



“I wonder if this is how people always get close: They heal each other’s wounds; they repair the broken skin.”- Lauren Oliver

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” - John 4:13-14

Intimate: “characterized by a close or warm personal relationship” - The Free Dictionary

Intimacy is always important. We all need it. We all want it. But we don’t always give it. I remember the day my wife Whitney and I got married; how nervous I was in the morning and how excited I was to be her husband. Somehow everything smelled differently and better that day. The colors were a little bit brighter. The love a little bit stronger. It’s a day that changed my life. We all have days like that. Days we look back on as being pivotal in our being and who we are. For many of us those days involve a sense of intimacy; with a friend, a wife, or a parent. Graduation day! A big birthday! A wedding day! They’re events in our lives that drive us to make new events. They drive us to protect the legacy that is our lives. They drive us to new horizons with a sense of cheer in honoring our past. Anniversaries, reunions, even memorials harken us back to those moments of intimacy. I remember friends asking me what the most important decision I ever made was. The answer was easy, and it may be surprising to you. But the most important decision I feel I ever made was to start writing the Daily Self Growth Journal. Why? Because it brought me into intimacy with the source of intimacy. It’s brought me closer to God than I ever thought it would. I didn’t start out writing to be close to God. But I knew I couldn’t exclude God from it either. And the thing about God is this, if you let Him be intimate in a little part of your life, He will start to be a part of all aspects of your life. Being intimate with God gives us an even greater capacity for intimacy in all our relationships. He’s the source of intimacy and He desires to be intimate with us. Furthermore, He created us to be intimate with others. He said of Adam, “It is not good for man to be alone.” - Genesis 2:18 So He made Eve to be with him. And just like Adam, it is not good for us to be alone. We’re not all meant for marriage, but we all need somebody. And somebody needs you. Don’t let your love go unused. God gave it to you for a reason. He gave it to you to share. And here’s the thing about love. It can’t be spread thin. It doesn’t run out. Rather, the more we use it, the more we give it away, the more we have. The more we have to give and the more we have in our hearts. Physically that doesn’t make sense. A cup of water if poured out will run out. But a heart of love if poured out will overflow. The Bible says the things of the Spirit are spiritually discerned (see 1 Corinthians 2:14.) Love is of the Spirit. Love and intimacy are of God. Maybe that’s what Jesus was referring to when He offered the living water to the Samaritan woman in John 4. Maybe that’s why later in their conversation He told her, “The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” - John 4:23-24 Intimacy is something of the spirit. It is created through love in relationship. It was created to heal and console. And its greatest form begins in a loving relationship with our Heavenly Father who sent His Son to be intimate with us in a healing relationship. Reading from Isaiah, Jesus proclaimed at the beginning of His ministry, “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recover of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” - Luke 4:18-19 That “Good News” is made true and palpable through an intimate relationship with God.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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