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A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Walking with God

Okay, this is the last time I'm going to harp on this verse:
"Enoch walked with God." (Genesis 5:24)

Last year, God brought this verse to my attention and I've been pondering just what "walking" with God looks like.
Like a mantra, these four words, "Enoch walked with God," have been streaming in and out of my consciousness.
And throughout the year, when I wake up in the morning I ask myself, what is walking with God going to look like today?
I checked out the study notes in my NIV Bible and it says," The phrase replaces the word 'lived' in the other paragraphs of the chapter (chapter 5 of Genesis) and reminds us that there is a difference between walking with God and merely living."
A big difference, I should say!
If I merely live in the same house as my husband, going about my separate business (his office is downstairs and mine is upstairs), conducting my separate life in the community and at church,
I think it would be safe to conclude that
I am merely living with my husband.
I have no relationship. I am not "walking" with my husband

But relationship involves:
talking and listening: Communication
doing for the other person: Giving
accepting "doing" from the other: Responding
Considering the wishes and needs of the other: Supporting
learning the ways of the other so that the relationship develops positively: Respect

Enoch must have been doing all those things with God in those very early days of mankind.
How lovely. Can you picture it?

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)


  1. Awesome post Dena. Much food for thought.

  2. Thanks, Diane. Some of the most tiny scripture verses pack the greatest punch.