For the next two weeks, I’ll be introducing you to guest bloggers because I’m in Slovakia attending a missions conference and unable to post. Today’s guest is Gina Unger, a gal I met at The Meeting Place ladies’ retreat recently. She glows with a love for Jesus. Thanks, Gina, for sharing your thoughts with us.
It’s difficult to admit, but I haven’t always craved a solid, connected relationship with God even though I know I’ve needed it. Putting that confession into writing makes me sad.
Someone once told me that God understands when we don’t spend time with Him. He knows our position as busy moms with toddlers, and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up when we don’t pray or do devotions. When I mentioned this thought to my husband, he quickly countered my words. He pointed out that our friends understand when we’re busy, but they don’t want to be shut out completely. God is no different. He understands our circumstances, but He still longs to spend time with us on a regular basis.
With that in mind, I’ve started being more intentional about my relationship with God. I try to keep things fresh, and I vary my spiritual workout by doing things such as…
* Memorizing verses from the Bible. Doing so exercises my brain and keeps me engaged with God. It also causes those verses to come alive with new meaning for me.
Once upon a time I memorized Colossians 3:12-17. Verse 14, in particular, has remained with me ever since: “And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” (The Message). After memorizing these words, I designed underwear with hearts on them so I’d be reminded of love every time I wore my “basic, all-purpose garment”!
* Reading a new God-centered book. Works written by authors including John Ortberg and Philip Yancey are always at the ready in our home.
* Writing poetry and songs to God. I also write devotionals that I share with my husband, and I draw pictures of what’s happening inside me. I present the finished products as gifts to God.
I know that being dedicated to and delighting in my friendship with God will have far-reaching effects. Making time for Him always pays off. In fact, it’s like a guarantee to help me get through the day! When put like that I think: Yes, of course I’ll talk to God today as a friend. I don’t want to leave Him hangin’ – wondering when our next conversation will be. Heaven knows I need all the help I can get. We’ve got a relationship to build here, so let’s get going!
I hope the same is true for you because God wants to be your friend, too.