Empty Efforts, Empty Relationships...
Updated: Sep 29, 2022
It’s hard to have a relationship with someone you don’t spend time with. It’s hard to have a connection with someone if you don’t come to them with your struggles and your fears. It’s hard to have a relationship with someone when you don’t pick up the phone and call them to share your joy and the good things in life. And its the same way with God…
Do you ever feel like you’re not “close” to God? Do you ever feel like you want to feel His presence so badly and you just don’t?? I know I go in and out of these feelings throughout life… I have to remind myself that just like any relationship, my relationship with God requires work.
The Bible tells us: “Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”
James 4:8 NLT
It’s hard for me and it takes work. I wish it was just like poof I said a prayer and now I’m in relation with God. Well how DO we get to know God better? Spending time in His word.
For about a couple weeks now I have been reading a chapter in the Bible right before I go to bed, and then I read the same chapter when I wake up. And I always see it differently than I did the first time. I have felt more peace and joy. I have seen God show up more. Or maybe I just see Him more in everything I do because I’m being faithful.
Here are some things that I practice to be intentional in building a relationship with God.
1) Download the Bible app! it is sooooo easy and convenient to pull in up on your phone and read a chapter in the bible! For me, a lot of the time my baby falls asleep on me and its the perfect time to read scripture. I do love and miss reading from my hard copy of the bible, but with kids it is so much easier to read off of the phone.
2) Read as a family. Oh. my. gosh. When we started reading the bible and praying together as a family I would get so emotional. To see our older son who is 9 years old, show interest and read the bible melted my heart. To hear him pray and the way he talked to God made me cry. It is such a special thing that really brings our family together.
3) Pray throughout the day. Develop a continual conversation all day long with God. Just like you share your day with the people closest to you, start practicing sharing your day with God. If it is hard for you to remember to pray throughout the day, start with making it a point to pray when you wake up, before meals, and when you go to bed and then build from there.
I pray that You and God together set your life on fire for Him.
God bless you,