We seem to spend a lot of time on our phones or tablets these days. We grab our phones to check the weather forecast only to realize several minutes later our focus has been hijacked. Suddenly we realize we’ve been scrolling Instagram and lost track of time. We may have even forgotten to check the weather at all!
Installing apps to help our spiritual life may seem like a stretch, but this can be an incentive to spend some time with God, in prayer or in the Bible rather than browsing the web or Facebook. But how?
Instead of vegging on social media or Youtube, we can go for our Bible app or another spiritual app when we grab for our phones. Then we can redeem the time by giving that time to Jesus and our spiritual growth instead.
Tip: “Hide” the apps that distract you most! Put them in folders or on a home screen view several swipes away. Then move a faith app or two to the first screen you see instead.
Below are seven free apps I have used and recommend for your walk with God.Continue reading →
How we prepare for time with Jesus can affect the quality of that time. Our pre-prayer preparation matters, in both posturing our hearts and preparing a place and plan. In this article, I share about the practical side of organizing our daily devotional time.
These tips require us to plan ahead. Don’t wait until a few minutes before your quiet time, but ready everything beforehand. Continue reading →
Our fascination with Christ’s heart can increase daily. As we ponder His sacrifice of love, we will grow in love for Him. As we reflect on the beauty of His character, worldly cravings will fade. Seek Him consistently and you will find yourself longing to be with Him more and more.
This is surely easier said than done of course. There are battles to face as we spend time with God, namely, distractions!
Dealing with Distractions
Distractions are a part of daily life. Our quiet times with God are a challenge when distractions fill our minds. Often more time is needed to experience a deeper connection with God.
Whether you are in a season of the fireworks of God’s love or a time when you seem unable to feel His presence, here are some keys to experiencing His presence both tangibly and supernaturally!
Key #1: Heart Posture
Our ability to engage with God in relationship is most influenced by the posture of our hearts before Him. Are we willing to set aside time to tend the garden of our life with God?
Often we are preoccupied with action and progress as we gauge our growth with God, but this is not the most important. The inner life hidden behind our faces—our hearts, minds, and wills—is where God desires we first pursue Him and is the source of every word we speak and every action we take. Continue reading →
I think so often the Lord is waiting for me to come to Him, to find myself lost in Him. I fight distractions a lot.
Today I tried so many times to get alone with the Lord in the midst of visiting family as I am needing His refreshing, and each time when I would just get settled in something not ignorable would get in the way.
I’m exhausted. I have been fighting migraine-ish symptoms and a random leg strain I awoke with all day, and I feel overwhelmed.
I am only writing because it helps me release things so I can clear my mind. I have recently realized that worshiping through music and being creative is a gift the Lord gave me that helps me let go of burdens and refreshes me.
I am needy for the Lord, wanting to feel fulfilled in every way needed by Him and His love. Finally… some time, just before I fall asleep, and I pray He will reveal His presence obviously to me.