• Dana L. Butler

WHY I DO WHAT I DO: My World View [And — A Blog Party? Count Me In!]

Howdy friends, new and old!  So happy to have you here today.  Genuinely.  For real. 🙂 So I wanted to share something with you…  It’s a little raw and still needs some tweaking… but…  … I’m taking this writing course online.  In it, we were encouraged to define and clarify our worldview, the premise, truth, or perspective based upon which we write.  It took me several days of processing. This is what I came up with. All of my writing flows from this:

World View and Core Message

of Moments and Invitations

God is continually pursuing our hearts.  All of us.  All the time.  In everything. He is veiled, waiting beneath our life circumstances and daily moments –  in these places where, much of the time, we least expect to find Him. He hides, not to keep Himself from us, but in order to engage our hearts in the mystery and anticipation of learning to discover and respond to His pursuit. The passion of His heart is to make Himself known to us in the midst of ALL of life:  The mundane, the beautiful, and the gut-wrenchingly painful. His loving attentiveness to us – to even the smallest details of our hearts, desires, lives – is constant. Incredible truth: His attending to us is not dependent upon our attentiveness to Him.  He adores and attends to us whether or not we acknowledge Him.  (Check out Psalm 139 if you haven’t lately.  Read it through the lens of noticing how He tenderly attends to our every detail.) When we begin to “attend to His attention to us,” to learn to discern and respond to His nearness, His invitations to us within our every moment and circumstance – we discover what it means to walk intimately with Him on a day-in, day-out, moment-by-moment level.   We learn to know Him daily, experientially.  To see His passionate, loving pursuit of our hearts in everything.  There is NEVER a moment in which He is not seeking more of our trust, more of our heart.  There is NO circumstance in which He is not present, desiring to make Himself known. And knowing Him like this?  It brings….

  1. Joy in the midst of pressure.

  2. Peace in the midst of pain.

  3. Righteous responses to those events in life that just make you want to yell and pull your hair out.

Knowing Him like this changes the way we experience our lives.  It transforms the entire. way. we. live.

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. -2 Peter 1:3

(And let me just say – I’m SO not claiming to have “arrived.” This is a journey, a process we’ll be in till Heaven.  I’m in the midst of it.  I’m learning to submit my life to these truths.  Learning and failing and getting back up and trying again.  But I know in my CORE what we’re invited into, by grace.  By the power of the Gospel.  And it is this level of intimacy, this level of walking WITH Jesus, that transforms every facet of our lives, down to the practical, nitty-gritty stuff.  Everything changes as we walk with Him like this.  Everything.)

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