5 true things about your spiritual journey:
- It has benefited from good mentoring and discipleship by godly women who came alongside me.
- It has not always been the priority I wanted it to be; I had to learn intentionality.
- In times of testing, the only resources I can depend on are the ones I have already acquired and developed. As Oswald Chambers says, you can’t wait until you’re in the battle to develop your weapons.
- That I, more and more, can say with confidence that God is faithful and trustworthy to keep His promises
- That this walk of faith is best done in community. I need solitude and private worship but community is where it is all tested and proven.
4 things that have influenced your spiritual development over the years:
- using a deep devotional journal alongside daily scripture reading
- a wonderful woman of God helped me see the need for discipleship over busyness
- hard times, disappointments, and even painful things surrendered to God have helped me develop a deep trust in the Lord and pushed me to a depth of faith that easier times did not
- Books have challenged me to to look beyond my own ideas and explore how God moves and works in other people’s lives
3 things that keep your spiritual life on track:
- A commitment to read a significant portion of scripture every day — I try for a minimum of four chapters a day. This keeps me in the word and deepens my love for God and my ability to see Him at work.
- Journaling — I keep a daily devotional journal and partner it with written prayers and a prayer list that helps me focus my prayers.
- Honest self-examination is hard but necessary! When I feel emotions that are not consistent with who I am in Christ, I make myself stop and ask why I might be experiencing those feelings. The Lord is faithful and helps me trust Him with even the things I would rather just ignore.
2 good news things you see happening in the Army right now:
- There is a hunger for knowing God in a real, experiential way
- There is a willingness to change, to honestly evaluate what we’re doing and how effective we are at fulfilling our mission
1 final thing you would say to encourage someone else on their spiritual journey:
- Keep persevering. The richness of a deep and sacred trust between you and the Lord is worth every effort and any sacrifice.
Major Tricia Taube is the Director of Campus Life at the College for Officer Training in Chicago. She regularly worships at the Norridge Citadel corps.