We are into day six of the Journal Challenge and truthfully, this space has been heavy on my coronary heart.
How uncooked is your quiet time with God? Meaning, are you straight trustworthy with God?
“God, I am afraid that I will fail.”
“God, I am afraid that I won’t be enough for my husband and children.”
“God, I am afraid that I will be single my entire life.”
“God, I am afraid that I won’t have anywhere to live and I will be stuck on the streets.”
“God, I am afraid for my children’s health.”
“God, I am afraid that I am going to divorce like my parents.”
“God, I am afraid that I will be embarrassed if I step out on faith.”
I’m AFRAID GOD!
Do you understand that HE can work with these sort of prayers?? He can work with somebody who says, “I don’t know what I am doing, I am trying to figure it all out and I feel like my life is a hot mess.”
So, we go into our quiet time, utterly performed up. We attempt to pray the place it sounds tremendous fancy and we really feel like now we have no connection to God.
Honey, God is your HEART. What good is it to wish or repeat fancy prayers whenever you refuse to get to the foundation of what’s going on in your HEART?
Lets not “over spiritualize prayer.” Let’s not attempt to impress Him with massive phrases and no matter else. It looks as if we could pray for time period after which .. oops, we acquired a textual content message. Or, crap, I forgot to pay that invoice.. our minds are EVERYWHERE. Then, you find yourself making breakfast, or on social media for the subsequent hour and also you assume, nicely, I’ll simply attempt to pray once more tomorrow.
I really like Deuteronomy 6:5 it says, “And it’s essential to love the Lord your God with your entire coronary heart, your entire soul and your entire power.”
Can we truthfully say that we love God with all of our hearts?
I at occasions fear about issues in ministry. I’m not even gonna sit up right here and fake prefer it’s all good over right here as a result of it’s not. As I fear and ponder a plan B that by no means occurred within the first place (ya’ll understand how we pre-worry.) I hear the Lord inform me to cease specializing in what I can see and deal with HIM. On HIM and HIM alone. NOTHING ELSE. If I really like God with ALL of my coronary heart than I belief HIM. That signifies that regardless of the end result of “whatever, I trust Him to work out these things for my good as I live for Him.” When we deal with our issues greater than we deal with God, our issues grow to be a lot greater.
So, after I run to my quiet time, I’m trustworthy with God. “I am stressed OUT JESUS! You literally have to help me. This and this is wrong. I know my weakness is perfected in your strength and I am so glad because I’m a hot mess right now.”
Prayer is solely speaking and the way we join with God. I’ve realized to easily take pleasure in God in my prayer time. I ask Him “How are you doing?” “I don’t understand how you know everyone and you still don’t just throw away the whole earth, how are you so patient?” And, HE truly responds! I don’t deal with my “special prayers” I deal with GOD by way of Jesus Christ. If I’m in search of to attach with God and have a relationship with Him by way of the Holy Spirit, then it have to be mutual.
Meaning, I don’t simply speak: I pay attention too. At occasions, we run down our whole laundry listing of all of those “things” to God and we then we stand up from our prayer and go about our day.
My prayer time sometimes seems to be like this:
1. Turn on my worship music
2. At occasions, I could pour out my coronary heart to God right here earlier than I get began. Casting my care onto Him as a result of He cares for me. (1 Peter 5:7)
three. Pray within the Holy Spirit/English for about 20-min or nevertheless lengthy I’m led.
four. Then, I begin to Journal. This is the place I begin it off with “Dear Daddy” and I LET IT RIP. Whatever is on my coronary heart, no matter I’m feeling, I pour it out to Him. This can be the place I ask about Him. “Daddy, how is your day? Is your heart sad? What can I do to make things better?”
5. Then, I pay attention. I get quiet and I write down regardless of the Lord is telling me to do.
6. Then, I learn and examine scriptures based mostly on what I’m going by way of or how I’m led by God. I additionally write out scriptures lengthy cling right here on observe playing cards.
7. I keep on this place for about 45-1 hour.
Now, there’s occasions the place I might be spending 2 hours with God. I don’t observe the time a lot as a result of I earn a living from home however I needed you to see a fast instance of my prayer life.
When we pray to God, come anticipating, come weary, come unhappy, come depressed, come joyful, come grateful, come mad, come nevertheless.
I really like James four:eight, it says “Come near to God and He will come near to you.”
Sounds to me like you could have an element to play in coming close to to Him. We come “near” to what we need. What are you needing? Porn? Sex exterior of marriage? Discontentment and complaining? You’re coming close to to one thing. If you’re feeling removed from God, somebody moved and it wasn’t Him. Sin separates us from Him. Rebellion makes us really feel removed from God. Choosing our personal method and ignoring His hardens our coronary heart towards God.
Above, I discussed going to God joyful. At occasions, we could not run to His toes when issues are going nice however I would like you to do not forget that He needs to have a good time the nice occasions with you – not JUST the dangerous occasions. What sort of relationship is it if we solely run to Jesus when issues are arduous? For instance, have you ever ever been utilized by a buddy? The ONLY time they arrive to you is after they “need or want something.” Although God is our FATHER, He additionally needs a relationship with us past our emergencies. He loves you. He needs intimacy with you. He needs to be near you. He needs you to run to Him in each method potential.
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Love at all times,
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