As I write this post tonight I cannot help but be so grateful for all God has done for me and given me. He is truly amazing!!! The current Bible Study I’m doing with Proverbs 31 OBS is What Happens When Women Say Yes To God!!! It has already opened my heart to wanting a much deeper relationship with God.
One thing I need to work on is really being aware of God’s presence as I go through my day. God created us to fellowship with Him. He created us in His image. He wants to hear from us. Lysa mentioned a phrase in the book where she says, “We have become so familiar with God, yet so unaware.” Wow, this hit me right between the eyes. I think we have become so used to just going through the motions and activities of life that we forget God’s power and His ability to help us. That’s where we do things ourselves and not give God any credit.
Have we forgotten? (I am including myself as I write these words.) God is so much bigger than anything we face each day. He longs to hear from us. How can we be more aware of God’s presence each day?
For me, having a heart of gratitude for everything makes me so much more aware of God. I just watched a beautiful video by Ann Voskamp on an attitude of gratitude. Oh, how this is so important! Thank God for even the seemingly little things that you think don’t really matter. As you’re doing your housework, or when you are sitting at a red stoplight, just thank God for allowing you to be right where you are. Thank Him for waking you up each morning. Before I even step foot out of the bed in the morning, I say a mental prayer to God to help me throughout the day. I ask Him to make me aware of Him and not forget Him as I get busy with life’s activities. For me, having an attitude of gratitude makes me so much happier!! It really does make a significant difference.
Spend time with God each day. Wherever and whenever you can find a quiet place to just sit and be still with God, do it. He deserves this time each and every day. Read His Word. Spend time in prayer talking to God. I have started a prayer journal and I can tell you it has helped me tremendously to keep my focus when I pray. So many times when I start to pray, I have so many things to say to God, that I get going on bunny trails. When I have a plan, and an intentional list of what and who to pray for I can focus so much better.
The bottom line is we MUST be intentional when being aware of God’s presence. These are just a few things that have helped me. “Dear Lord, I want so much to acknowledge You every day as I go through my busy schedule. Help me to focus on You, and not get distracted by other things. Help me to pursue a deeper relationship with You. Help me to be “God-Focused” as Lysa mentions. My heart is longing to be near You always. You give grace when I don’t even deserve it. Your love is unconditional, and You give freely. Help me to mirror this is my relationship with others every day. I love You, Jesus. In your precious name I pray, Amen.”
Deuteronomy 6:5 – “And thou shalt love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”