An Incredible Journey

“Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time  forth and for evermore” (Psalm 113:1-2).

Creation declares the glory of GodThe towering evergreens which surrounded me were all pointing heavenward. Psalm 113 kept echoing in my mind. I was spending the week in the Northwoods of Michigan with a large group of young men. Our goal was to seek the Lord, to hear His voice, and to allow him to search our hearts and remove anything that would hinder His power working in and through us. We were on a journey, a Journey to the Heart.

God's mercies are new every morning “From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised. The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens” (Psalm 113:3-4).

"Early will I seek thee"I sat quietly in my kayak on Wolf Lake, watching the sun slowly rise and soaking in the beauty of God’s creation surrounding me. For nearly two hours we glided quietly through the placid waters, marveling at God’s creation and meditating on His goodness.

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

Sam enjoys studying the Word by the lakeGod opened up His Word to us and we spent hours reading and studying it alone by ourselves and then sharing insights together as a group. It became alive and real as we received practical direction for life situations.

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where  no water is” (Psalm 63:1)

A group study down at the gazeboAs we studied the bad heart conditions our team of eleven guys began to open up with each other and share struggles and defeats that we had never had the courage to bring into the light before. Then we prayed for one another and received the boldness to call and confess them to those who needed to know. As one fellow on our team joyfully The team together at Bond Fallsput it, “I feel like a burden has rolled off my back!”

“If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7).

There were so many memorable times! I will never forget how our day of delighting in the Lord started off up in the prayer tower, listening to That’s My King and spending two wonderful hours together in adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.

Each sweet recollection of God’s goodness during this incredible week is a motivation to continue walking closely with Him as we continue living the Journey back in our own homes and families.Arriving at the Northwoods Conference Center Brandon was a wonderful assistant leader Joe takes some of the guys on a tubing rideDarius was a blessing to the teamSyeva enjoys some time in the WordChad, Mr. Norvell, Evan, and Marty were an inspiration to me “Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name” (Psalm 63:3-4).Enjoying the outdoors!

7 Comments

  1. James July 28, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    The reports from your Journey were some of the most exciting ones I’ve heard since the Journey’s began. How awesome it is to see young men being completely sold out for God!

  2. Mrs. Gunn August 3, 2009 at 9:49 am #

    Our family heard a wonderful testimony yesterday in church from Jeremy S. who was on the Journey also! His testimony really challenged me to again examine my heart for any “competing affections” and never let anything be more important than Christ. I’m thankful for what the Lord did in your hearts during this time and praise Him for how it is already impacting others’ lives as well. God bless, Mrs. Gunn
    P.S. It is significant to me that you quoted Psalm 63:3 “Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee” for it is a very special verse to me. After being diagnosed 7 years ago with cancer I would wake every morning thanking the Lord for life, but it seemed that He was not quite satisfied with that–I was missing something–until one day the Lord showed me this verse. Now I’m looking past the gift to the Giver and I thank the Lord for something better: His lovingkindness! Praise His Name!

  3. Daniel Staddon August 6, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    That does sound like an incredible journey! I am happy for you Robert. It looks like God really rewarded your openness and willingness with His guidance and blessing!

  4. Mom August 11, 2009 at 8:50 am #

    I’m glad that you were able to go on this journey and excited to hear how the Lord blessed it.

  5. Amanda August 17, 2009 at 5:54 am #

    That reminds me of the verse that says “Call upon me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Sounds like you had an incredible time!

  6. Crystal August 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    So glad you had the opportunity to go on one of the Journey to the Hearts. May the Lord bless with continued fruit from your time there.
    Great pictures!

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