Thursday, January 29, 2015

Spiritual Journey Thursday - TURN

The bloggers at Spiritual Journey Thursday 
are writing about the spiritual focus of the 
community's One Little Words. 
This week, we are writing about
One Little Word:  TURN.

Leigh Anne created a blog that is dedicated to her OLW for the year.  It's a special way to track her spiritual journey throughout the year.  I love the red background on the header of her blog because it makes me think of hearts and the importance of TURNING our hearts to God.    

The theme for our women's conference this past week was taken from Jeremiah 31:33:  
"... I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people."  When we TURN to the Lord and write his law in our hearts, we experience the joy of walking with Him, becoming His people and knowing Him.    

During this week, I found myself humming the chorus to the Shaker song, "Simple Gifts:"  

When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.

Even though some see the reference to turning in the song as dance instructions, I like to think of these words as applying to our spiritual bow and to bend as a reflection of submitting our will to God, and that turning (or repenting or changing) will become delightful to us as we reconcile ourselves to God and eventually come 'round right (the journey of a lifetime).  


  1. What a perfect reference - the chorus to the Shaker song, "Simple Gifts." Isn't it amazing how these OLWs seem to come to the surface during their weeks? I love your last line!

  2. Ramona, how wonderful that you LISTENED this week to Jeremiah's words this week and made an application to Leigh Anne's word, TURN. I am seeking the round right phase of turning so I can be one with God.

  3. I love this song. Turn toward the light. Know that God is always there to make things right.

  4. When we turn to Him, we have the joy of walking together with Him! I will carry these words with me!

  5. I am so late commenting - and it was my week! I love the words to bow and to bend and the thought of turning as repenting or changing. Turn has been such a blessing so far this year and I thank you for sharing in my OLW this week.