JOIN ME: 31 Days of Soaking Dry Bones

Cracked clay landscape in the Atacama desert.

Today I’m doing something quite crazy in my mind… I’m committing myself to a 31 day experiment.

When I left for the retreat last week, I need to tell you the truth: I was OVER it. I was over cleaning, and serving, and volunteering, and washing, and doing, and answering, and feeling like a puppet. I was over being exhausted, lonely, and feeling overlooked. I was dried up on the inside and dying (praying!) for the time away to light me up.

As I shared with you yesterday, the time away did renew me. The hard part about that, though, is that it didn’t renew me only because it was all fun and roses. (Sometimes we think fun will solve all of our problems, don’t we?) No – the deeper reason I came back renewed is because I did something I had been struggling not to do: face the Truth my hard heart was the reason for my exhaustion. As we opened the Word and shared our stories with one another, minute by minute, brick by brick the wall of bitterness separating me from the Truth came down until, all at once, I saw clearly: I wasn’t doing what I was called to do.

I am called to be a servant – that’s just what it is. I am married, I have babies, we have a life that requires my 100%… yet, I had stopped seeing it as a get to and turned it into a ‘got-to’. I had been running from “servant”, fighting against “servant”, hating the word “servant”… yet, on the very last day of our time together, one of the sweet gals handed me a printed word and said, “I’ve been praying for you… and as I prayed I asked the Lord for a word to share with you. He gave me this word…”

I reached out – excited to see “powerful”, “leader”, “strong”, “courageous”… yet, you know what she handed me?

SERVANT.

I didn’t know what to say in that second (especially since disappointment was coming on fast like a tidal wave), so thank God she continued. “… and here’s the verse this word for you flows from. I held back the tidal wave, looked her in the eyes, and she read to me Matthew 11:28-29: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.”

I wept. Like, I couldn’t hold it back kinda cry. It was like Jesus has stepped down from heaven in the form of my sweet sister, grabbed me by the shoulders and said, “SERVANT – LEARN FROM ME. SERVE LIKE I’M ASKING YOU TO AND YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOUL.”

It was a life-changing moment… that moment standing by Priest Lake with Jesus and Truth.

Now that I’m back, the challenge begins. Change doesn’t just happen – we have to MOVE in the direction we want to go in. And, me? I want to go in the direction of green pastures, still waters, and joy in the day-to-day of my actual, everyday, very real life. It’s where He’s calling me – to learn what SERVANT looks like so that I can life free, and full, and bright like He did when He walked this earth.

Studies show that the best learning happens when we engage ALL senses. This means for the next 31 days…

Here’s the plan:

Each day I will wake up with a new Truth to meditate on; a Truth that will help me get my focus off me and back on Him. I will read it with my eyes, speak it with my mouth (2 senses)… and then I’ll also assign myself an activity for the day that will reinforce what I’m meditating on (hopefully engaging touch, taste, smell).

I don’t know how this is gonna work – I’m literally thinking of it as I go and praying for inspiration. All I know is this: in the valley of dry bones, the only thing that can bring life, and form, and wholeness back is His Spirit pouring into us.

This is where I’m at… with dry bones that need a good, long soak.

What do you say… join me?

If so, come on over to Facebook and Instagram where I’ll be posting my daily verses and activities. Also, please tell me: what sucks the life out of your bones? Hearing what you have to say will be great inspiration for where to focus this journey. We’re in this together, you know – and I’d love to walk hand in hand as we pursue His heart.

5 thoughts on “JOIN ME: 31 Days of Soaking Dry Bones

  1. Good, strong and wise words, Elisha. Way to be brave and follow the prompt from Jesus at the shoreline.
    He has some experience there bring both leader and servant.

    I’m thrilled to follow along.

    Terri

  2. Good strong, wise words. Way to be brave and follow your prompt from Jesus on the shoreline.
    He has some experience there as leader & servant.

    I’m excited to follow along Elisha!

    Terri

  3. I wanted to comment on your post above. I have pretty strong feeling about the S word – and not in a good way. It’s just too negative of a word for me – and especially toward woman. I think more woman would accept the S word (with regards to religion) before any man would. If you think about it, how many men have you ever heard that are spiritually based or religious in some fashion that have identified themselves as an S. I could probably count them on one hand – when all my finger were cut off. They will call themselves missionaries, or I ‘mission.’ But rarely, if ever, the S word. So, then why is it more acceptable or acceptable at all for woman to us the S word? Words are powerful weapons – very, very powerful. Not only when you say them out loud, but also the words that you say to yourself in your head. You know the saying, the pen is mightier than the sword. [Coined by Edward Bulwer-Lytton – 1839.] Well, it is – and not only in a positive way, also in a negative way. (So double-edge sword comment there – pun intended!! :) HA!)

    I would like to think that people are not S’s… at all. They are workers. They have jobs to do. Why be an S? If we are going to use a label, why not use a word and be something that means more and is not a negative word that historically has a negative gut reaction to woman, minorities, etc. Why not a word that identifies a person that affects daily lives in everyone around them. A person that lifts someone up, is kind and loving, and with that, influences others to do the same. A person that lives by example. Someone that gives unconditional love, teaches unconditional love, and shows unconditional love – as Christ did. A bright light of grace and humility in all that they do and everything they say?

    I think a better word would be ….. “light worker.”

    • Thank you so much for your words! I, too, have had issue with the word “servant” because of all the things you mention. What the Father spoke to me at the shore of the lake, however, is ‘servant’ is GOOD… it is pleasing to HIM when lived out as HE asks us to live it out. As Mark 9:35 says, “Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Jesus is the one that uses the word “servant”… and that’s what I’m leaning in to. My heart in challenging myself these 31 days is letting HIM re-define ‘servant’. As Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Hence, this challenge. I need to be transformed in my mind about what “servant” is… and, when He accomplishes His good work, I will find rest for my soul and discover His good, pleasing and perfect will.

      I so appreciate your perspective – thank you for taking the time to join me :) But, hey, I’m a REBEL – if ‘servant’ is rebellious, I’m in.

  4. Elisha- Love this- and your post about Priest Lake! I too have been struggling with similar things, some issues you mention here and in your other post. We just need to get together in person – we are practically neighbors. Been wanting to for a while, since connecting virtually after FCWC. My dear friend Ashley was on the same retreat you were on, and said she among a few others had invited you to FCWC. And, this looks like a great series. I had thought about doing 31 Days but just cannot right now. Will follow and cheer you on. Staying connected- Cornelia

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