It’s December! and you know what that means …it’s advent season! Now before we venture off on our holiday plans let me first do a quick recap for November and say, Happy Birthday, Congratulations (newly-weds) and Happy Thanksgiving! If you are new to my section of the CFJ Fellowship blog, Welcome!! My name is Quawntashea – but you can call me “Q”. Here is where you will find monthly updates on my journey as I pursue a year of service with the Center for FaithJustice. While I navigate life, or as I like to refer to it as (adulting). As I simultaneously encounter, develop, and become a new version of myself. If you are a returning reader Welcome Back! & Thank you for your support.
As I mentioned previously, it is advent season, and if I am honest I have no idea what that means! Yet like many things in my life I am willing to embark on a journey, to fully discover the meaning and purpose of such a prominent season. So here is what I have discovered through research, according to the Merriam- Webster dictionary the term “Advent” is defined as ” the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians as a season of prayer and fasting”. Advent can also be defined as “the arrival or coming of something or someone.” This week during the reflective portion Soup & Psalms, Psalmist Martha Dudich equated advent to be an “adventure” where we recount the journey of the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. That term “adventure” aligned and illuminated my mind to think of the advent season as a personal journey. A time where I intentionally seek the creator not necessarily for answers, but for an intimate and profound relationship.
One way I can perceive this desire to manifest in my reality is through my fellowship. This year, on September 3, during my devotional time with God. I told him that I would seek to see him in my everyday life. For those who are unfamiliar with my language, I am simply saying that I will make it my responsibility to take time out of my “not so busy schedule” and observe his scenery. I have noticed that when I follow through on my promise, when unplug, talk to strangers, walking to or from my service site, reading a good book, or even reconnect with friends and family. I sense and feel God more intimately.
This month I am going to end this blog post with a challenge.
Challenge: I challenge you to ask yourself and your creator what can you do to grow intimately in your relationship this advent season.
Leave a comment below of your intention so that I can join you in prayer as we encounter, develop, and become new versions of ourselves.
P.S- Remember to live out your purpose not in your pain.- Q