When we think of Christianity and going to church. Do we think of it as something that we want to do? Do we think of it as something we need to do? or Do we just do it out of routine?
When I was in church today listening to the preacher and the message that was preached, it was like God was putting something on my heart. Showing me that I needed to look at the reasons we do the things we do. He made me question my intent, my walk, my journey.
Do I pray enough? Do I read enough? Do I spend enough one on one time with the Lord and Savior of my soul? As I pondered, this just came to me. It wasn't as though I didn't know it before but really, I needed to reflect on it.
"If you want to know what your relationship is like with God, look at how much time you spend praying, reading the bible and spending one on one time with him."
Looking back, I noticed I have been slacking in these areas. I could spend less time on my phone, less time on Facebook, less time in many different areas and more time with God.
If you want to get technical any relationship you are in needs to have communication and attention. You need to spend time with the person you are having a relationship with and you need to communicate with that person.
The difference is with God that relationship should be the most important out of all the relationships. So, this was something I reflected on today.
Recognizing is only part of it though. Once we recognize something is wrong we must take action. We have to choose to continue in the wrong and know we are wrong or make changes.
I choose to change.
Hope this has helped you in some way.
God is not a created being like us. He is the Creator of life, all life! Sometimes it is hard for us (mere mortals) to understand how a Perfect, Just God can handle our tiny problems. I say tiny because of the FACT that compared to making something out of nothing it is tiny.
All our HUGE problems are just merely tiny nothings to God and his magnificence. Time and time again I ask myself how can God move in this or in that and I know that God is God and He has His own way of doing things and that way is better than we could have ever imagined.
Which brings me to two of my favorite verses "For my thought are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
God tells us in those verses we aren't going to understand him because his thoughts are so far above ours. Which should really humble us that such an amazing God and Creator of all things would love us so much.
Some times it hard to let God be God but I think that is part of the whole trusting in Him we need or at least I need to do more often.
Like a good friend once told me "it's just another bump in the road" but God has this. As long as we trust in Him and I mean FULLY trust in Him He will take care of the rest.
I hope this has helped someone out there and remember God is big enough!
Prayer is a weapon that we wage in the spiritual realm. It isn't just a weapon though it is to be used in our relationship to our Creator, our heavenly Father. Here lately, I have been discovering more about how I like to journal my prayers.
The reason I started journaling prayers was for me to see how God has moved in the things that I have been praying about. I don't always write my prayers out but it has helped me recognize how God has moved. Sometimes we forget how God has moved in certain areas. I tend to forget a lot until I re-read some of the older prayers that I have written.
Prayer is such a powerful thing. It is a step in humbling ourselves and it builds our relationship with God. The Bible speaks of our relationship to God as a marriage. What would a marriage or any relationship be like if we didn't talk to the other person? Well, it wouldn't be a relationship, would it?
My opinion is that without a prayer life there is really no relationship. This cuts me as I am writing it because I could be on my phone less and spend more time with the Lord.
Lord help me to spend more time with you. Help me to build that relationship with you.
I hope my rambling has helped someone out there.
Have you ever noticed that the seasons change? Well, of course, you know about the seasons on the earth like spring, summer, fall, and winter. I am meaning the spiritual season or the seasons in our lives.
I will admit that sometimes I don't realize until later that I am going through a different season. God is so amazing though. He helps us through each season in our life and each step as long as we trust in him. I have had times where there was lots of joy, and also times where I was being refined.
The refining process I think was the hardest and sometimes I have to go back through the refining process. For me, the refining process included me losing a lot of family/friends. I went through troubles, sorrows, and learning who was going to be there for me. It was a hard time but it was edifying.
I had seasons where I had close friends then the season for those friends changed. Some moved, and some slowly drifted away. I learned that God should always be first in my life then everything else would fall into place. My little family (husband and kids) have taught me a lot as well. They taught me to be less selfish (which was hard because I am an only child). I also learned how to love more.
I have a son who has high functioning autism which is another thing that has taught me a lot. I am still learning how to handle some of the meltdowns and some days it is really hard but I know that God is always there and I can turn to him whenever I am in need.
Seasons change and each season have its own set of challenges but if we put our trust in the Lord fully he will guide us through any hurdle we face. God is in control. Let's lay down our will and trust in God's perfect plan.
Hope this has helped you in some way.
Lately, I have been going through some spiritual warfare. I have had such a feeling of sorrow on my heart for some of the things I have been witnessing. I don't really know how to deal with it.
I have been praying and I know God is listening. I know he is there but I don't know his plan. I know it is great though because everything that God does is great. Even if we don't see it or understand his greatness.
Sometimes I don't know how God is going to use me. I sit and wonder what he wants me to do. I ask how do I witness to these people? Is it through my actions? It is through love? Maybe, I am supposed to be interceding.
I just want to tell people how much Jesus loves them. I want to tell them that no matter what they have done that the LORD of lords, Kings of kings, the Alpha and Omega loves them.
"but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 ESV
While I was dead in my sins God loved me. I was the lost sheep that he left the 99 to find. If he could love me while I was a sinner, while I did things I wasn't proud of he could love anyone.
He found me, he drew me to him and he opened my eyes. I was able to see. I saw him for what he was. The God of creation. I saw that by Jesus' blood I was redeemed. He washed my sins away. I want everyone to see Him for who he really is. My heart mourns for them O' Lord please draw them as you drew me to you, Lord.
I asked him "Why do they reject you, Lord? Why do they serve other masters? Why do they pray to the creation instead of you Lord? Why do they murder the children in their womb?" but I know the answer deep down. We live in a fallen world.
I also ask him to show me how to witness to them. How to show them that he is the cure for cancer in their soul. I trust in Jesus and I pray that when he wants me to speak, I will. I pray that when he wants me to move, I will. I pray that I can boldly proclaim Jesus where ever I go.
Without him we are nothing, we are lost, in a lost world. With him we have life.
Jesus loves you so what are you going to do about it?