Practicing the Presence of God – Part 3

Life is busy, isn’t it? We have a list of things to do a mile long and we go from one thing to the next trying to get it all done. Then there are those things on our minds that we are not even aware at times. Seems someone always wants our attention: our kids, our bosses, our spouse, our friends. All this busyness can lead to anxiety, stress, fatigue and a host of other symptoms.

The mind and the body were not built to handle so much on a daily basis without regular periods of rest, relaxation, and solitude.

People in Jesus’ time had stresses of their own. They had no modern medicine or conveniences such as we have today, and were, for the most part, poor and uneducated. Jesus himself experienced people wanting his time and attention quite regularly. So when things got hectic and the crowds clamored for his attention, what did he do? He went away to be quiet and spend time with the Father in solitude, prayer, and meditation.

As I talked about last time, prayer is an important component to maintaining my peace and connection to God. Being alone with God is the third way to practice the presence of God.

When I make time to be alone and meditate, I clear my mind of all the clutter that has accumulated. I make space to hear God’s voice because I have shut down all the other voices. I’ve been told I think too fast and too much so it is even more imperative for me to slow stop and clear my mind.

How often you do make time alone with the Lord? Do you make it a priority? How has it helped you maintain your connection to Him? Drop me a note and share your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you and in the meantime, keep looking up!

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Hearing From God – 1

Do you want to hear from God? Do you need guidance and direction in life? Are you searching for your purpose?

Well then, read on. In my upcoming book, I talk about all these, but today I want to talk about hearing from God.

Many of us want to hear from God. I know I do. From time to time, someone asks me “How do you hear from God?” or mentions that I seem to have a “good connection”. How does one develop a “connection” with God?

Let me suggest that developing a connection with God is very similiar to developing a connection with someone down here on Earth and we all know how to do that, right? What’s the first thing you do when you want to get to know someone? You spend time with them, of course.

Getting to know God works the same way. In order to learn to “hear” from God, we must get to know Him first by spending time with Him. There are way too many voices and choices out there clamoring for our attention and trying to distract us to prevent us from spending time with God.

Just like any new friendship or relationship, we must make a conscious choice to be with God so we can get to know Him. It might help to think of God as a person, instead of some nebulous force “out there yonder”. God is closer than we think, and it really is not rocket science to learn to hear His voice.

Until next time, let me know how you spend time with God and in the meantime, keep looking up!

Hearing From God – 1

Do you want to hear from God? Do you need guidance and direction in life? Are you searching for your purpose?

Well then, read on. In my upcoming book, I talk about all these, but today I want to talk about hearing from God.

Many of us want to hear from God. I know I do. From time to time, someone asks me “How do you hear from God?” or mentions that I seem to have a “good connection”. How does one develop a “connection” with God?

Let me suggest that developing a connection with God is very similiar to developing a connection with someone down here on Earth and we all know how to do that, right? What’s the first thing you do when you want to get to know someone? You spend time with them, of course.

Getting to know God works the same way. In order to learn to “hear” from God, we must get to know Him first by spending time with Him. There are way too many voices and choices out there clamoring for our attention and trying to distract us to prevent us from spending time with God.

Just like any new friendship or relationship, we must make a conscious choice to be with God so we can get to know Him. It might help to think of God as a person, instead of some nebulous force “out there yonder”. God is closer than we think, and it really is not rocket science to learn to hear His voice.

Until next time, let me know how you spend time with God and in the meantime, keep looking up!

Cleansing Rain

The skies opened up this morning and a strong summer shower descended like a million drops from heaven. As I watched the downpour, I was tempted to run out in it like a child enjoys running through a sprinkler. If you’ve ever done this, you know the joy I’m talking about.

Just as the earth needs to be cleansed and refreshed so flowers and fruit can grow, so our spirits need to be cleansed and refreshed, too. God’s holy spirit is the rain that cleanses my soul and allows his fruit to grow.

But we, like the clouds, have to allow Him to break through.

How do we do this? How do we improve our connection with God so that His Spirit can fill us so we will be fruitful?

What am I learning is simple yet hard to do – slow down. A lot. Being a single parent so many years, my daily pace was constantly on fast forward. Many of us find ourselves running at this pace. I even know 80 year olds who have not slowed down enough to spend time with God. The news is: a fast pace is not conducive to connecting with God.

The choice is ours. Which will it be? Our fast-paced hectic lifestyles full of stress, tension, and anxiety or a life of joy and rest connected to our Lord. It’s up to us each day. “Lo I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life….” (Deut. 30:19) Next time it rains, take a few minutes to go out and run in it. Feel the joy and be cleansed!