Into the Beautiful~ Determined Hearts

How lovely is your dwelling place,Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home,and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young—a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. Psalm 84: 1-5

I love the word pilgrimage. I’ve decided it’s because that word reminds me of things like discovery, perseverance, and determination. A pilgrimage isn’t an outing to Walmart. (Thank God! ;)) It’s not a two-hour excursion. A pilgrimage requires a decision to commit for the long haul, through the ups, the downs, the lack of understanding and the questions. It’s a decision of faith our heart makes to keep trusting and to keep holding on when there is only enough light to see the next step.

About once a year my husband and I pack up the car with our beautiful son and our stinky dog and make the 11 hour trip down to North Georgia to visit my husband’s family. On the first excursion about 9 years ago when my son was only a couple of months old (and we had two stinky dogs instead of one in the car) my husband looked at me and said something that we now say every year when we pull out of the driveway to make the long trip. “Okay…let’s agree on something right now…we will still be married when we get there.”

I sometimes think we should have this same conversation with the Lord the moment our eyes open in the morning and before our feet hit the floor.

Okay, Lord, no matter how rough this road gets today, at the end of the day…I still choose You!

The pilgrimage with Christ isn’t always easy. Sometimes, it’s a beautiful grace-filled mess.

We’re heading Into the Beautiful again today. Grab the button and come join in! I can promise you one thing…it’s a heck of a lot better than going to Walmart. 😉

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16 thoughts on “Into the Beautiful~ Determined Hearts

  1. Caroline

    I think I need to write this on a sticky note and put it by the bed to read and pray first thing in the morning: “Okay, Lord, no matter how rough this road gets today, at the end of the day…I still choose You!”

    Can I pray that before I go to bed too for the night? (says the sleep-deprived, but crazy-blessed momma) 🙂

    And, yes, a “beautiful grace-filled mess” indeed.

    “Beautiful” and “grace” always go together, don’t they?

  2. Tracy

    Hi Eileen – I absolutely love this post. It is such a great truth. No matter what, I still choose God. Not so long ago I told the Lord, I would rather be going through this thing WITH YOU, than WITHOUT YOU! Can you imagine how much worse it would be without Him?
    God bless, great post

  3. Rachel @myheartsmission

    Once again Eileen, I read your post and hear an echo of my own heart. You are such an encouragement to me during this season. I love how you beautifully conveyed the necessity of seeing our walk with God as a pilgrimage. A journey of slowly acquiring knowledge and understanding as we walk as Jesus walked. As we submit ourselves freely to His will and live in obedience to His Word.
    I just kept on thinking as I read this- Lord, keep my heart tender toward you and passionate about your Word always. That my affections and desires will be for You alone.
    God bless you, my friend.

  4. Shelly Miller

    This post reminds me of Eugene Peterson’s book “Long Obedience in the Same Direction.” Yes, this pilgrimage is that isn’t it? Thanks for all our encouragement Eileen, appreciate you.

  5. Jenifer

    We take a 22 hour drive for our family vacation each year, so I totally get your vacation statement! 😉

    Yes, we should apply that to our walk with God. No matter what we face, no matter what is thrown our way, I will still choose God! Beautiful, Eileen!!!


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