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Do you feel far away from God? Like He is there but inaccessible?  In your mind He exists, but He doesn’t really care? You’ve been trying, but failing, and an actual relationship with Him is starting to feel indistinct, inapproachable, and unattainable? Or, at best, like something “everyone else” will always have, but never you?

If so, this is for you.

Remember, we do not gain a relationship with God on the basis of sheer will power alone. We do not and cannot force Him to do anything, nor ourselves for that matter. So, its a good thing will-power, talent, and brute force aren’t required here. All we really have to do is show up like we mean it!

This post is about how to show up…

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Endurance, Grace and Strength, Quiet and Listening to God

2 Kinds of Peace – What is True Peace? & the Role of Holy Spirit

   Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor afraid. – John 14:27

Peace is one of those words that gets tossed around a lot, especially in discernment circles. It’s so simple people think it’s obvious, which means almost nobody actually thinks about it, and then everybody falls for the counterfeit. It’s quite an effective system, if you think about it, this plan of the Enemy. Infiltrate, change definitions, make everybody think they know everything so that they never seek more.

No one can learn anything they think they already know!

We need to shake things up. We need to rediscover words and the power of contemplation, so that meaning can once again touch our souls.

So, what is true peace? Where does it come from? Why do we need it? And, while we’re at it, what is the role of the Holy Spirit? (Hint – It’s HUGE!)

Quiet and Listening to God, Relationship with God, Seasonal Reflections

5 Practical Ways to Cultivate a Quiet Heart

Lord, give me a quiet heart that does not ask to understand, but confident steps forward in the dark guided by your hand. – Elizabeth Elliot

My word of the year for 2021 was “Silence” (which came hot on the heels of 2020’s, “Listening” – I guess God decided I didn’t get the memo the first time).

Needless to say, the concept of silence has become one of deep reflection for me for a while and I just now feel like I am barely scratching the surface. I’m almost sad 2021 is ending soon, but what better way to honor these two life-changing years on a life-changing lesson than to share a few of the things that I have learned.

Discernment, Quiet and Listening to God, When life is Hard

When it Feels Like God is Silent…

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.