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What are we supposed to think when God is silent? If He truly loved us wouldn’t He speak? We are seeking desperately for answers, for encouragement, for consolation… and yet we are met with quiet. Why? Did I do something wrong? Does He not love me? Does He not care? Is He even listening?

Some of our darkest moments happen when we feel far from God, or rather that He feels far from us.

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Building a Relationship with God, Living a Relationship with God

Called to Quiet – Why and How to Overcome a Fear of Silence

As a pregnant mother of four, my days seem to be getting louder and louder with the spaces of quiet growing fewer and farther between…. the prospects of future quiet growing bleaker still. I have never in my life craved quiet more than I do now. At least once a day I have to hide away in an attempt to escape the noise. I know many mothers can relate to this.  But, this isn’t a problem only mothers face.

A lack of silence seems to plague all of modern society.

According to the Scientific American, the average modern household has three or more televisions and Americans are typically exposed to at least 6 hours of TV per day. It has become the centerpiece of modern homes and the almost indispensable background to the majority of activities including meals and household chores, not to mention nearly the entirety of people’s free time when in their homes. Other screens seem to occupy the rest of the time. If not screens, then busyness. Constant running here and there, never enough time to even recognize the fact that there is no longer any space for quiet in our lives.

Building a Relationship with God, Living a Relationship with God

Listening to God in a World full of Noise

I love listening to God. His voice is so calming, so comforting, so encouraging, so motivating, so surprising.  He is quiet, but then, all of a sudden, He speaks.

God is always surprising me with little things He says.  They are usually short and sweet and come out of the blue, but when He speaks, the world is made right. He can solve what seem to me like giant problems in two seconds or heal my heartbreak in three words. But He doesn’t just solve problems, He gives me advice when I need it, and speaks love to my heart when I can’t feel it. He even shares little details with me about the beauty of His plans for the future and sparks of humor to brighten my day.

The most beautiful thing is that no matter how our life changes or how busy we are, as long as we take time to listen, He speaks.

His desire to interact with us isn’t limited to a select few, or to those of us who are “holier” than everyone else.  He desperately wants a relationship with ALL of us.  We just have to be open to it!

Building a Relationship with God, Living a Relationship with God

Using a Prayer Journal to Listen to God

I have been using a prayer journal since 9th grade. I was never formally introduced to the idea of a prayer journal, it was more like I was encouraged to take notes during morning and evening prayer at the school I attended. I don’t know exactly how it evolved into what it is now, but my prayer journal has become something I literally cannot live without. Like, the answer to the “what is the one thing you would save if your house was on fire?” kind of important. I used to use whatever old notebooks I could get my hands on, but pretty soon everyone knew that for birthdays and Christmas, a new journal was all I wanted.

Now that I am married, my husband has taken to getting me the super huge leather bound ones from Barnes and Noble that come in the plastic case. I love them because it is the place where I keep all the things closest to my heart – a mother’s day card with an extra special drawing from my kids, a letter from my mom, any particularly helpful advice I have received, spiritual quotes, bible passages, inspirations, motivations, etc, but most of all, and most importantly, all my conversations with Jesus.

Building a Relationship with God

How to Know if you are Truly Seeking God in your Life

How do you know if you are seeking God or merely seeking to fill the “God-shaped hole” in your heart with something less than Him?

They say the hallmark of a successful blog is market research and writing what people want to hear. While answering people’s questions is very important, saying only what they want to hear is less so. Sometimes we need to hear things that challenge us, motivate us, encourage us to strive for something greater, something outside our comfort zone. That’s why this blog isn’t all about what people “want to hear”. This blog is about sharing what people need to hear even if they don’t know they want it or even know they are missing it. It is about helping YOU fill the deep, yearning hole in your soul that you have been trying to fill with everything else for so long.

Living a Relationship with God

How to Pray from the Heart – The Significance of Prayer Posture

…God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then God said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground. […] I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.” (Exodus 3:4-6)

If you have ever taken freshman level college classes you probably learned in Comm 101 that over 90% of communication is non-verbal. This means that facial expression, hand gestures, tone of voice and bodily postures make up the vast majority of all communication and comparatively little relies on the actual words used (incidentally, this 90% of communication transcends cultures and languages as well). This does not mean that word choice is unimportant, but it does suggest that there should be a post dedicated not just to what to say to God but how we say it.

Living a Relationship with God

Using the Our Father to teach us How to Pray and What to pray for

There are so many posts on how to pray and many great acronyms to help (P.R.A.Y. and P.R.A.I.S.E.) There are hundreds of pastors and thousands of bloggers, there are spiritual gurus, guides, prayer prompts, and prayer journals.  There is almost TOO much help out there on how to pray… because if you really don’t know, then how do you choose what advice you should take?

How about advice from the man Himself?

Building a Relationship with God

4 Attitudes Preventing your strong relationship with God

How do you know if you have a strong relationship with God or not?

If you don’t feel like you are growing in your relationship with God…

If you don’t feel like your prayer is changing you or making much of a difference in your life…

If you ever feel like God is cold, heartless or distant…

Then your relationship with God could definitely use some TLC. 🙂

Let’s see if we can diagnose what might be causing your difficulties…

Building a Relationship with God, Lessons from My Relationship with God

How to Invite God into Your Mess: Combatting Perfectionism

I have been trying too hard.

I have been trying to be the best mom in the world. I have been trying to have the most desirable website in the world. I have been trying to be the best wife in the world. I have been trying to make sure I have the best course in the world. I have been trying to make sure I know everything about everything in order to be the best I can be at everything.

But, my constant result is complete and utter overwhelm, burnout, exhaustion, frustration, and despair.

Every time I decide, today is the day when I am going to succeed, inevitably I fail.

It is time to recognize a reality. I’m not perfect. I’m just me. I can only do what I can do, nothing more.

And THAT’S OK!

In fact, it is GOOD! 

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