What do YOU do when you find yourself too far away from God?
Several years ago I found myself with all kinds of questions about who God is…what I thought about Jesus, how the Holy Spirit worked in my life. And because I was raised and continued to be a very active church member, I was puzzled by my feeling so far away from a close relationship with God.
Perhaps you’ve been in a similar position. Perhaps we are not so unusual.
Frustrated that I couldn’t work out the answers on my own, it eventually dawned on me that I could go back to a practice or two that I’d heard of before, but only given half-hearted attempts – regular one-to-one prayer time with God, and a regular search for God at work.
12 When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. 13 When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your heart, you will find me. 14 I will be present for you, declares the LORD, and I will end your captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have scattered you, and I will bring you home after your long exile, declares the LORD. JEREMIAH 29:12-14
Surprised? How quickly these earlier lessons came flooding back to me! How thorough the affirmation that God is there for me! How definite the promise that no matter how confused I allow myself to become with the ways of the world, God will bring me home.
Since then, I have added the practice of beginning the devotional year with a new book of daily entries to prompt my thinking. This year I’m reading Daily Disciple by Gary Holloway. If you want to read along with me, you can find it online through World Convention or in print from Leafwood Publishers. We will explore our developing spirituality through daily readings and regular blog entries using the topics below as a guide.
I’m praying you’ll join in.
God and Self –Developing Spirituality Through Self Care Health, Education, Finance
God and Family – Developing Spirituality Through Relationship Spouses/Significant others, Children, Extended family and friends
God and Community – Developing Spirituality Through Building Unity Listening, Leadership, Empowerment
God and Future – Developing Spirituality Through Vision Casting Where is God taking us from here?