Spending Time With God

It’s been way too long. I’m making it a goal in this New Year to be more purposeful with posting on a regular basis. I’ve done this before and surely I can do it again.

Without further ado, let’s get right into my topic. How do you spend more time with God or are you daily looking back wishing you had spent more time with God? I spent some time with God in 2016, but not nearly as much as I had hoped when I looked back over my year. What I don’t want is to look back over 2017 and wish I had again.

So what happens when we don’t spend good quality time with God? Though He never leaves us, He does seem distant from us. The relationship is not nearly as strong as it could be. Think of your earthly relationships. You have people in your life that you spend time with daily or if you’re single at least several times throughout the week. Yet you also have those relationships that you don’t cultivate nearly as often and though you still have some type of relationship it may not be as strong as it could be.

How do we spend time with God? He’s not physically here with us, so exactly how do we do it? We do it by reading His Word and getting to know Him (He already knows us) and through prayer (simple conversation). Some people do these things for hours at a time, some of us may only have 15 min. at a time throughout our day. Whatever the case may be, the goal is to do something.

Now this has to be meaningful time, not just something to check off of a list to say that you did it. You have to desire it. If you don’t desire it, it’s just going to feel like a chore that you have to do daily and chores can become boring to the point that you begin to dread doing them until finally you slack off doing them or they suffer to some degree when you do them.

I love God with everything in me. I desperately want to know Him and have Him as an active member in my life. I don’t want it to seem that the only time I go to Him is when I need or want something. So for me, it’s a desire that can’t be quenched. I want more of Him. And the more I get, the more I want.

So I’ve started my year out with a fast that tends to get me back on track with my hearts desire. I’ve created a routine for myself for Monday – Friday, the weekends are a bit more lax since I don’t have to go to work. Each morning I get up 15-30 minutes earlier to not only get prepared for work and to get my smoothie made, but to have at least 15 min. of quiet time in prayer and in His Word and then I’m out the door and off to work. Once I arrive home in the evening it’s shower, dinner, prepare meals for the following day, and I sit for an hour afterwards for a little down time; at least for now it’s down time. About 30 minutes before I’m ready to head to my room, I steep my tea so that it’s ready to drink when I climb in bed. Then it’s tea time and more quiet time in His Word and prayer. While I’m fasting, I’ve also gotten off all social media.

SAY WHAT????

Shocking huh? LOL, well for me it really wasn’t that hard. I’m not a huge fan of social media to begin with. I prefer quality time with people and talking with people versus social media. I also enjoy my sewing, quilting, and gardening time. 😉

So I simply make time for God. And I say simply because it is as simple as a choice. We make time for what we love. So choose what you want in this life. Choose what is important to you and prepare/plan a way to make it happen. In a sense, you are the captain of your ship (life) and you get to decide which way your life goes…to a degree.

I hope this has been helpful for you and that maybe it sparked something within your heart, a yearning, a desire for more of God!

Please share some of the ways you make time to spend with God.

See you in the next post!

10 Day Smoothie & Juice Challenge

I’ve been wanting to do this challenge for a long time and finally I decided to just do it! I’ve been waiting for things to be “perfect” and that will never happen.

So, Oct. 15 was day 1. I had a delicious banana, peanut butter, green smoothie for breakfast and lunch. Dinner was a yummy mango, pear, banana smoothie.

Today, Oct. 16 I made a tomato, orange, pomegranate smoothie for lunch. and I’m thinking for dinner I’ll have a green, peach smoothie.

I’m doing this for a couple of reasons, one to give myself a break from chewing. I LOVE food. I’m a foodie galore, but over the last few weeks, I seriously got tired of chewing. And though you are supposed to chew even when you have a smoothie, I’m not physically chewing anything. The other reasons is I wanted to refresh my palate as much as possible. I’ve been eating way too much junk food and processed food, so I just needed to give my palate a break and start over. I doubt I’ll have as many juices as I’d like because I don’t have my juicer with me. So any juices will most likely be juices that I purchase and not make.

Along with this challenge, I will begin working out again tomorrow. It’s been 2 weeks since I last worked out. I’ve been sick, busy, and just plain tired. However, those are just excuses and an excuse doesn’t give me results. My goal is to lose about 60 lbs. I’d like to lose that weight by the end of 2016, but we shall see. Anything is possible.

So what comes after this, I’ll continue to workout, but I will add food back into my body slowly with broths and soups. Then as I add food I will be leaving out breads, pasta, rice, and as much sugar as possible, unless it’s natural sugars. I will do this up until Thanksgiving end then those things will be consumed in moderation (a couple of times a month). However, I’m eating homemade sourdough rolls, wild rice stuffed squash, and mac-n-cheez for Thanksgiving Dinner. Hmmmmm, I think I need to make out my menu now. 🙂

What are you doing for your health and wellness?

God Sized Hole

In society we seek and search for things that will complete us and bring us satisfaction. We look high and low in the latest gadgets, movies, music, clothes, cars, houses, food, and other people. While these things bring us temporary happiness, they don’t bring the lasting joy we are truly seeking.

Our lives have an intentional God sized hole that ONLY God can fill. So what we try to fill this hole with can only be found in God.

I pray that you will seek Him with all your heart. When you truly seek Him, He will be found.
Jeremiah 29:13