In its most elemental form, The 7th Year is a dream answer for life groups and Jesus-followers searching for 52 weeks of meaningful spiritual-formation-focused content, reflection, and discussion.
In its fullest form, The 7th Year is a movement of souls who—weary of a spiritual diet of event-to-event experiences—are devoting a year of their lives to the intentional cultivation of life-long sustainable nearness with God.
The 7th Year Movement is as ancient as the 7th Day and as new (and full of power) as today’s sunrise.
My name is Alicia (aliciachole.com). I’m simply one of an ocean of voices echoing through the ages sharing a common journey. We’ve devoted our lives to the belief that moment to moment intimacy with God is attainable and sustainable.
As a former Atheist, several phrases from the Book have consistently taken my breath away:
…the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day… (Genesis 3.8)
…‘who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?’ declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 30.21-22)
The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. (Exodus 33.11)
…they will call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7.14)
He appointed twelve that they might be with him… (Mark 3.14)
Living close to God.
It has to be meaningful for those of us who aren’t patriarchs or prophets or apostles… for those of us who live in a wired world where silence is an endangered species… for those of us with crazy traffic commutes and continual business conflicts and exams and lost socks…
And it is.
But it’s not going to happen by osmosis.
The 7th Year is a 52-week path toward sustainable intimacy with God.
All of us have a God-appointed space in our generations. Mine is as a strategic spiritual companion. The steps and movements in The 7th Year path are reflective of 30-years of intentional investment in others’ spiritual formation. It’s grounded in raw life. No fluff. No hype. Just a doable path.
One year. 52 weeks. Intentionality. It’s time.
Many have already begun to walk The 7th Year path. These dreams are based on their realities.
So, dream with me… of momentum.
What could happen if thousands of souls entered The 7th Year Path?
- Imagine the life-giving space (uncluttered from the unnecessary) that would open up in our souls.
- Imagine the sustainable (instead of insane) pace our shared lives would discover.
- Imagine the DNA alterations that would emerge in our service and leadership.
- Imagine the aching world if the community of faith wasn’t so absorbed in exhausting head-talk and endless junk-hunts.
As we walk on The 7th Year Path together… we’ll live lighter, love purer, see the Savior clearer… and the lost will taste the fruit.