First off, God never ceases to have us in mind, not even for a split second. If He did, the entire world and everything that supports it would cease. Knowing God is the primal element in all things, my suggestion is to make a concerted effort to establish a deeper closeness. A daily routine, where you can measure the effectiveness. Let’s make it a 30 day challenge and see what the effects and benefits will be.
You simply can’t go wrong anytime you invest in God, your faith, or advancing a closer relationship with your creator. The only thing you have to loose is your excuses for not having done so sooner. We have all heard the analogy that nature abhors a vacuum. It’s the concept that when you remove something, that something else has to occupy that space. This applies to physical things as well as mental things. If you are not occupying your mind with good and Godly thoughts the negative has an open invitation. A mind not focused or trained on the positive will inevitably wander off into rough terrain.
I propose a 30 day challenge of giving 10% of your day, every day to communicating with, studying and serving the Lord in all earnestness. This equates to approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes. No one is going to stand over your shoulder with a stop-watch. You’ll have to rely on your own honor system. It might be hard to carve out this time, but remember God is with us 24/7. You don’t need a special place to do this or have extra free time. Prayer is something you can do while you are doing other things, communicating with God internally, is something you can do while doing most anything. If you have a long commute daily, use this time to listen to the word of God versus reading it. (apps such a YouBible on your phone are good for that) If you prefer you can easily arrange for 15 minutes of reading at the beginning of your day or at the end of your day.
A few more suggestions for meeting your daily quota: How about finding one person, every day, that you can reach out to, in service. Maybe they need prayer, or maybe they recently were injured and you know they need assistance of some sort. Maybe there is someone you know of who is not right with God, how about sending them an anonymous letter in the mail, typed up that says something like this, “God loves you and desperately wants to have a close relationship with you. It doesn’t matter what you have done, God loves you and will forgive you. Love yourself enough to give that a chance.” Spend 1/2 an hour listening to Christian music, or Klove. Spend 20 minutes trying to list as many blessings as you can that you are grateful for. Start a blog or a facebook page and share scriptures for half an hour every day.
Engaging in this challenge truly changed my life. I would drive down the road, and literally mentally acknowledge each car on the road with me, asking God to bless them. Especially if I noticed someone with a car that was falling apart. I would say, “Lord, please bless them with a new and safe car, fully paid for.” I felt so strongly that God would and did honor these requests. The reason for that is a person in my immediate neighborhood who was driving an un-safe car, literally got a new and safer replacement within a few days. I never got around to asking, how or when or who, quite frankly it wouldn’t have mattered because I knew that it was surely arranged for by greater forces. I knew it was no coincidence that I always used to see this car out and about and no coincidence I drove by at the exact moment this person was having their picture taken in front of their new car (with a bow on it) LOL.
What I am suggesting is a form of tithing. Time is money right? Well, you might be blessed to be able to give both but if finances are tight, you can give your time. Afterall, this is what God wants most. A close. intimate, trusting relationship with His children. He wants to bless you and to show you His goodness, this is a great way to allow Him to do just that.
We waste so much of our day doing needless, mindless activities; checking our text messages, checking emails, browsing facebook, or the internet. Why couldn’t we utilize that time to incorporate the things of the Lord. It’s a simple adjustment but it does require mindfulness. What do we have to look forward to? Well, let me not limit that by merely sharing my experiences. Let’s just say that you will be blessed beyond measure and your investment in God and yourself will begin to pay off immediately. You might even decide to continue past the 30 days. You might decide that an hour a day is more manageable for you in your life (that is between you and God). The whole point is something is better than nothing. Once you experience this for yourself, you might decide that 2 plus hours isn’t enough. Again, each walk is unique and each person is gifted in different degrees BUT you can rest assured, you will be blessed beyond your small sacrifices.
Heavenly Father, just as I ask for your abundant Blessings in my life, for closer communion, wisdom, provision and unending joy, I ask also for all whom I know. I pray and trust that You will bless them, leading them forward and encouraging them. Working through their petitions, to deliver them from their worries, their hardships and their sadness. My prayer is that You will lead those to this who need You most and that you will also bless those who already seek You. Your goodness and Mercy goes beyond our intentions to areas where we are unaware. Help those who can not help themsleves and send Your Angels in the spirt and the natural to minister to them. Thank You Lord for answering every single prayer so perfectly and for reading my heart, caring for the things that are beyond my ability to convey. In grattitude and Love, I pray in Jesus Holy and socereign name AMEN!
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
with the firstfruits of all your crops.
when it is in your power to act.