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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…

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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! 

Impact of a Relationship with God

Called to be Irreplaceable – 5 Steps

Sometimes we think of being irreplaceable as free stardom. We think of it as something that “ups” our self esteem, that makes us worthy of awards, recognitions, praise and prizes. We all long to be seen as irreplaceable because it makes us feel valuable and loved.

It’s a beautiful thing!

But, this is only half of the equation….  

Lessons from My Relationship with God

Called to Motherhood – Recognizing your worth in a vocation that seems thankless

I’m not going to lie, up until pretty much writing this post, I’ve resented being a mother. I see “I <3 being a mom” shirts and people tell me, “Just enjoy it, they grow up so fast” …but all I feel is jealousy and my blood starting to boil a little bit. I’m not saying I regret having children, because I don’t. I wanted them. I wanted this perfect little vision of children and motherhood that I had inside my mind.  I had visions of tea parties and family board games (without pieces flying everywhere).  I had visions of listening to my children laugh and play nicely together while I got things done nearby. I had visions of perfectly clean, little smiley angels who minded when I asked them nicely to do things as long as I was reasonable. I had visions of enjoying teaching my cooperative, attentive and eager little ones to read and learn about life, language, nature and God as they hung on my every word. I had visions of enjoying motherhood!

But I didn’t envision

Impact of a Relationship with God

Called to be Seen – The Impact of Recognizing that You are Loved

Do you see that face? Do you see that FACE?  It is the epitome of uncontrollable joy. It is a happiness explosion that reaches to his toes, just because I looked at him and smiled!

Have you ever been around kids?  All they want is to be seen. They can hardly do anything without an audience.

Why? Because it makes them feel worth our time and our attention.  It makes them feel important and valuable. It makes them feel loved!

My question is this, do we really change all that much when we grow up? 

Impact of a Relationship with God, Living a Relationship with God

Called to be Vulnerable – And 3 Steps to Get There

I can’t even tell you how hard it is to write sometimes… and yet at the same time it is impossible not to write. I feel called, pushed, driven to share the deepest parts of myself so that even one person might be edified, encouraged or lifted up in some way. But, what if the opposite happens? What if I only let my readers down? What if I am no different or better than anyone else? What if my writing isn’t any good? What if everything I feel needs to be said has already been said before? What if my thoughts aren’t expressed well? What if I let those who believe in me down? What if I let God down? After all, isn’t this supposedly His plan?

I am almost constantly plagued by these feelings of inadequacy (Read also: Spiritual Warfare). For example, out of fear, I have already failed to post four times this week alone! (Not to mention the dozen or more posts that are pretty much written but still unpublished.)

How can God work with me if I refuse to respond to His promptings? How can I grow if I’m not willing to make mistakes?

Impact of a Relationship with God

Called to be Filled – The Key to Receiving the Love we are Called to Give

We love because he first loved us.  ~ 1 John 4:19

I have been struggling a lot lately with being so needed. Anyone who is a mother knows this constant feeling all too well. You start to feel like your worth is purely utilitarian, like you don’t matter except when someone needs something – which they constantly do.  There is no such thing as free time, and when there is, you pretty much always spend it doing something necessary. With four littles now, the perfectionist side of me is ashamed to admit that I am completely at the end of my rope.

The thing is, it’s always when I get to the end of my rope that God teaches me

Impact of a Relationship with God

Called to Learn – The Secret to Recognizing Life’s Teachable Moments

The other day I was complaining at God about myself. Seems like I do a lot of that… (Read also – Why, God?))

I was complaining that I am insufficient for the job He has been asking me to do. I’m not a patient enough mother, not a good enough listener, not an understanding or respectful enough wife. I am too quick to jump to conclusions and tend to think I have all the answers, but really it just makes me seem clueless and inconsiderate. I’m somehow unable to ever finish ordinary household tasks before my husband comes home from work at night and he ends up picking up my slack.  (No, I don’t feel this is something I have to do, just something I love the idea of being able to do for him – trust me, it never happens).

Anyhow, I had a whole litany of my faults that I laid out at His feet to complain at Him for doing such a “poor job” when he created me.

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