‘ Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you’ James 4: 8
I finished my post yesterday by saying that when we live in a fresh relationship with God, He changes us….if we allow Him to. This was the second topic I approached my group of ‘wise women’ for advice on…..how can we keep our relationship with God fresh? This is an important thing…..to do intentionally…..life gets busy…..we take things for granted……interruptions come our way…..
So…….here are some pointers from women who have been there, and done it, and are still learning…..
* Ask God to remind you daily that this earth is not your home. Ask for an eternal perspective, so that things of this earth come into true perspective.
* Prepare your heart, before you open your bible – try to just be still and open yourself to God, or bible study can just be another to check off your ‘things’ list.
* Keep in contact with godly people. Listen to their stories. Observe how they live. Ask God to help you see them as He does.
* Get outside and go for a walk. It’s possible to see God at work everywhere outside, no matter what the weather is. It reminds us of His majesty, power, beauty and incredible creativity. A change of scenery can often change perspective from worries and questions to wonder and worship.
* Pray before and after reading His word – asking how this can be APPLIED and LIVED through your life.
* For some, teaching others can keep your relationship with God fresh. It means you have to dig deeper into God and deeper into His word. Applying your mind to understanding brings newness.
* Learn to sit and be still….especially hard for the ‘Marthas’ among us, but necessary for times of calming down and listening to the Lord.
* For some people, a new and challenging focused Bible Study helps to bring a freshness. Especially when done with others – there’s that accountability there, and a new dependence on God’s closeness that comes.
* Music – have a song in your heart, and in your head….
* Keep your relationship with God a priority. Just like with your significant other.
* Keep ‘encouragement’ starters handy – books, statements, quotes, verses that really speak into your life.
* Try a bible study looking at the names of God.
* Have friends that you can be accountable to – encourage each other with Godly talk, before you talk about ‘other’ concerns.
* Attend seminars/ retreats where you can feed your soul without outside hindrances.
You know we’re fortunate enough to live in countries where we have fresh drinking water available on tap. That water goes through quite a process, before it reaches our water glasses in our homes. There is a dedicated, intentional process that happens to it, to ensure quality of product. I see our relationship with God as being the same – we have the Holy Spirit available to us, always, we have Christ right beside us, all the time, but to help maintain our closeness with Him, it helps to stay fresh. To refuse to become stagnant. The process has to happen in us first. We’re the ones who choose to move closer or further away from Him. He is always there.
‘What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we have in life? To know God. What is the eternal life that Jesus gives? To know God. What is the best thing in life? To know God. What in humans gives God most pleasure? Knowledge of himself.‘ – J Packer