I’m sure you all have noticed but I’ll state the obvious: Ive been on a long hiatus from posting on my blog.
Sorry, not sorry.
I’d like to shift gears a bit on this post and talk about some things that the Father and I do on a daily basis that keep me uplifted, encouraged and at peace. In this post, I’ll only discuss 2 things and each week, in addition to my “discovery” posts about my journey to the Father, I’ll post 2-3 more and go into detail, like I will below, about them and why they help me draw closer to Christ.
- I talk to Him. While this seems like a very simple concept, I’m baffled by the amount of believers who I see complaining about their day to day, their kids, their marriage, their house, their job and their overall morale on Facebook with their friends seemingly every hour but when you ask them if they have talked to God about
anythingall of those things, they are left with what I like to call, the um’s, uh’s and well’s. “Um, well, I mean God knows my heart.” “Uh, Kinda?” “Well, not exactly, but, to be honest, I just…” Talking to Him daily about your problems, concerns, heartaches, fears and struggles is the only clear way you actually come to know the Father’s true nature and character. And, I’m not talking about “God, I need this money to come through” prayers or the “God, if you would just do this for me this one time” prayers (though, there is nothing wrong with those prayers if you pray this way). I mean talking to Him…alone…you and Him. I’m talking about the airing all the dirty laundry (that He already knows about but you pretend like He doesn’t), all the junk, all of the questions, all of the frustrations, all of the discovery and curiosity of being with Him kind of prayers. I am so real with God that sometimes, I don’t even realize that I’m talking to someone who isn’t even there. I will, literally, carry on a 20-30 minute conversation with the Father and not even think about the fact that I’m using non-verbal gestures, laughing, smiling, crying with Him like He’s sitting right next to me. I fear the Lord but I’m not afraid of Him during these conversations. He’s my best friend and I treat Him as such.
- I “Be with” Him. Ok, let me say this before I get in too deep: Dear grammar/MUGS police, be at peace with how I phrased the first sentence of point number 2. Ok? Ok. When I say that I “Be with” Him, I’m not talking about physically. What I mean is that I am as present with Him as He is with me. The Father is omnipresent, meaning that He is always around, no matter where, what time, what place, what season or what mood you’re in. He wants to be with you and He proves it through simple things like giving you breath in your body and protecting you from things only He knows is coming against you. Because I am made in His image, I was designed to be like Him and how present I am with Him is vital to my growth in Him. If I’m too distracted by the cares of the day or what frustrated me an hour ago to be present with Him at all times, I’m not truly giving Him my all, and that’s a commandment from Jesus that we’re to follow as believers. “Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37 NKJV. Do I struggle with this 99% of the time during my “Be with” Him times? Absolutely. But, do I strive to overcome my flesh and cast my cares on Him because He cares for me enough to want to have them? Absolutely. The more time I spend pushing my flesh aside and have my “Be with” Him times, being open and completely present, the more peace I receive, joy I have and wisdom I gain from the Father. The Father wants so badly to pour into us but we block ourselves by not being present during our time with Him. I’m still mastering this and won’t arrive at “fully mastered” while I’m here on earth and I’m ok with that. The true believer never arrives at a particular destination in their walk towards Christ, they continue to journey on, learning new things along the way, until their time here is finished and the Father calls them into a new place where they begin a new journey, in closer proximity to Him.