Pilgrimage of the Heart: a devotional book review

My Bible study group at church spent the past 8+ weeks working our way through this study by Catherine Martin entitled Pilgrimage of the Heart: Satisfy Your Longing for Adventure with God.

This book was originally published in 2003 with a second edition done in 2016. With that said, it definitely took me back to my college days! Many of the quotes were from books and authors that were popular then, such as The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldridge. She also quoted Tozier and Spurgeon often, which I appreciated. Another author she quoted who I feel like I should know, and who I definitely want to read more from now, is Hannah Whitall Smith. Good stuff…here’s an example:

It may sometimes seem so impossible that the Lord can or does save that the words will not say themselves inside, but have to be said aloud, forcing one’s lips to utter them over and over, shutting one’s eyes and closing one’s ears against every suggestion of doubt no matter how plausible it may seem.

Hannah Whitall Smith in The God of All Comfort

Besides nice quotes this study was heavy on Scripture. I have a background in Precept studies by Kay Arthur so I appreciate a meaty Bible study. I also realize some people run away quickly when they here “Precept” because it has a reputation of being time consuming and tedious. On the other end of the spectrum, I have done my fair share of “lighter” Bible studies, (Beth Moore, Lysa TerKeurst, etc.) And enjoyed those as well. This study, in my opinion, is the perfect go-between.

The 5-6 days per week of study material was enough to keep me engaged but not too much as to overwhelm. The lessons, as I said earlier, are packed with Scripture. Each week she covers a different Psalm in detail and includes bountiful cross-references, and outside resources. She doesn’t always give you the answer and she doesn’t ask, “How does this make you feel?” Phew!

It may be strange that I’m reviewing a Bible study written 20 years ago but it was so refreshing I thought it deserved to be shared!

[There are video companions to go with this study, but we only sampled those. They weren’t necessary but I’m sure they would be beneficial as well.]

So travel back a couple of decades and pick this study up if you’re looking for a deep dive into the Psalms and a little challenge and encouragement for your walk with God.

This is her website:

I’ve ordered and plan to begin the next book in the series in the fall: Walk On Water Faith: Discovering Power In The Promises Of God

Maybe we can do it together!❤️

Faith, Fitness

Daily Dig: 4/1/21

Scripture: James 4

We can be friends with the world or friends with God…not both.

Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 

Vs. 4

God wants us to choose Him.

Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?

Vs. 5

I like the next line:

But he gives more grace. 

Vs. 6

Unlimited grace.

  • Submit yourselves to God
  • Resist the devil
  • Draw near to God
  • Cleanse your hands
  • Purify your hearts
  • Be wretched and mourn and weep
  • Humble yourselves before the Lord.

Come close.

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

We never know what a day may bring forth.

“If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 

Vs. 15

He is in control.

Come close to Him.

Journal: Write a prayer submitting your day to God. Submit tomorrow to Him too… and the next day. Submit your plan to His. Let His will be your will.

Move: Get outside and go for a run today. 3-4 miles. Run/walk as needed.

{Beginner’s run #16: Walk 5 minutes to warm-up, then run 7 minute/walk 1 minute x4, then walk 5 minutes to cool-down.}

Praise the Lord and just show up.

Faith, Fitness

Daily Dig: 3/31/21

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3 and 4

1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.

2 “For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”

5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.

14 “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

  • preach the word
  • be ready in season and out of season
  • reprove
  • rebuke
  • exhort…

…with complete patience and teaching.

  • be sober-minded
  • endure suffering
  • do the work of an evangelist
  • fulfill your ministry

Fight the good fight.

Finish the race.

Keep the faith.

Journal: Write a prayer for endurance in hard times.

Move: Grab some dumbbells or soup cans…

Praise the Lord, and keep showing up.