{August 22, 2021}

Heartland Community Church


Ancient Paths: Story

By Lisa Zulke

Old script. Stay out of the way. Seen, not heard. Simmer down. Better behave. I don’t fit. I’ve nothing to offer. Fade into the backdrop. Disappear. Play small.

Jesus flip. Mentors. Encouraging voices. Identity speakers. Belief of teachers. Speaking potential. Calling on what they see in me. Identity. Leader, not bossy. What do you think? You have great discernment. What do you see? Your perspective encourages me. You’ve something to offer here. Some were Jesus followers. Grandma literally prayed for hours. One day I came to see what Jesus sees when he looks at me. Humbled. Even through stumbles. Forgiven. (Really?) Yes, child. I am here. Jesus came near. (This may take years.) To trust, and believe, what you see in me, Jesus.

New story. It didn’t come smoothly. Kind of fits and starts. Like learning to drive stick. But I longed to learn how I fit. How to see, what God sees in me. How to be what I’m created to be. Had to deconstruct. Then reconstruct. Replace the voices in my head. Telling me no, that’s not you. Stop it. You can’t. But one voice was true.

My story is being written. By the one who intended me. He fashioned me a wayfinder, with a wicked sense of place. And space. And direction. And the memory of things I’ve seen. All these thoughts. They center me. He created me to shed light. To illuminate pathways. To help people see their own potential. See, how he took that old script? And flipped it? Take your place. Find your space. Fill the world with surefootedness. Standing on the certainty of who I made you to be.

He can do this for you. Start small. Name that old script. The one all the others see you through. Then, dare to ask, "Jesus, what do you see in me?" Watch and see him flip your script. Step into it. Try it out. Find your fit. It will be an adventure. Your new story unfolding.


{sunday 8.22.21}

Read Ephesians 2:10 TPT

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I love this version of Ephesians 2:10. He longs to re-create us. In my life, the scripts of the world were so loud. And so powerful. I needed the message of this verse, that as my original creator, Jesus is always trying to connect with me and to re-create me, to help me see what he intended. Where might Jesus be trying to re-create you? What message from the old script is he trying to deconstruct for you? What new story is he revealing in your life? How can you turn this into a story you can share in conversation with others?


{prayer for the week}

Join us this week in a shared community-wide prayer.

Jesus, would you help us see you more clearly? Help us be bold in naming the scripts we operate under, and help us see those that don’t fit. Jesus, reveal where you are flipping the script, inviting us to live a new story. Help us notice, see, hear and respond to the nudges you offer us this week. Amen.


{bible reading plan}

By Brooke Hodnefield

{monday 8.23.21}

Read Philippians 2:28-30

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you heard the term ‘person of peace?’ Kind of a churchy-sounding word (and I’ve honestly never been given a definition of this), but what I have experienced that is true of this phrase is that it is the effect a person may have on another, an instinct or feeling, that encourages, brings joy, evokes a sense of safety, and provides internal stability. The context of this verse would suggest that Epaphroditus was a messenger who was just that. He was a fellow worker that offered a welcomed presence that could be equated to peace. Is there someone in your life that you could describe as a person of peace for you? If so, encourage them by letting them know. If not, consider who might be someone you feel a nudge to be in deeper community with, and ask God for margin in your life to be open and aware to someone filling that role.

{tuesday 8.24.21}

Read Philippians 3:1

Observe, Reflect, Apply: There is a simple word that begins this short verse, ‘further.’ A few definitions for this:
…additional to what already exists or has already taken place, been done, or been accounted for.
…help the progress or development of (something); promote.

‘Further’ speaks to what has been done, and in this way, it is a calling to rejoice in the Lord because Jesus has claimed victory through His death and resurrection. We can find hope in this, however we are to continue to build upon this declaration, to continue to offer thanks, and celebrate/hhonor what has been done on our behalf. Take a moment today to truly celebrate and honor the goodness of God. Despite the trials and uncertainty we may feel, if we can turn towards gratitude and away from fear, we can be reminded and armed with the power that comes through the knowledge that we are never alone. Jesus is right alongside us.

{wednesday 8.25.21}

Read Philippians 3:2-4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you found yourself operating out of your strength? Striving to do something but also recognizing that you continue to work harder, but are getting nowhere. There is nothing to show for all the additional time invested, and the forced efforts. This can play out in a variety of ways. I’ve often relied on my confidence, drive, and my own efforts. I couldn’t see the pride I was harboring in my heart. Circumcision of my heart was needed so that I could be reminded of my human limitations and my deep need to be connected to the source of Jesus’s strength – not my own. Are there places in your life where you feel this tension? Where are you operating out of your own strengths? Tether those situations to Him and ask for renewed energy in HIS mighty strength.

{thursday 8.26.21}

Read Philippians 3:5-6

Observe, Reflect, Apply: We are broken, imperfect and messy. We will never be good enough. We ALL fall short. We seek right relationship because of Jesus, not because we know it is attainable. Romans 3:23-24 trumps this idealist perfection that we simply can’t measure up to. Jesus is the only faultless one that will not let us down and will always show up in the midst of our disappointment when we’ve again placed our hope elsewhere. Read Romans 3:23-24 here. Where do you fall short today and need his freeing grace?

{friday 8.27.21}

Read Philippians 3:7-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I love the depth with which you can feel Paul writing these words. Paul lost everything, stripped away, and was left in prison. The timeframe is unknown, but the general concensus is 2-5 years. Regardless, Paul speaks with such bold decisiveness. There is no holding-back in just how much sweeter it is to gain Christ, speaking from one who lost it all. Can we follow Jesus, AND have it all? When our lives are filled with many things and focused on all the things, there is little room left for Jesus. I type this, knowing my life reflects this conflict right now. While that is grim for most of us who are living full-to-the-brim lives, Jesus gives us ‘mercies that are made new each morning.’ He can help us reorient and choose Him FIRST, and prioritize and strip away what is not needed. We have to find a way to place our trust in Him as we carry on. Can you take a small step of faithfulness today by asking God to order your day?

{extra journey resources}

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