Reflections, Changes, Passions

The past few days I have watched my Pastor and his family gracefully walk through the loss of a loved one.I have peered through the windows as many others have and what I have taken away from all of them and the loved one they lost is to live my life with greatness for the Lord Jesus Christ.

I have also been watching YouTube videos by His and Her Money and trying to figure out this thing called finances. In one of their episodes, they spoke about the habits of the rich vs the habits of the poor with Tom Corley. There were many things that jumped out at me, but one such thing is that the rich read at least 30 min or more to learn and they do what they are passionate about, not what they have to do to make a paycheck.

So with these 2 things I began to realize, 1 I am NOT living a life full of greatness and worthiness of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 2 I began to ask myself what I am passionate about and what others see in me as my passions. And 3, I have never willingly read to learn, I have always read for pleasure, enjoyment, and escapement from my reality.

In 9 days I will be 47 years old. Life is steady passing me by and time has been wasted that I absolutely cannot get back. I have lived a life of mediocrity, fear, and now of regret. Over the last 5 days I have begun to re-evaluate my life and what I am doing and how I am living, the example I have been for my children and the legacy I am creating for the generations to come after me.

To say I got depressed for a moment would be an understatement. I have literally wasted 47 years of my life not living up to my full potential, but more than that, not living up to the fullness and purpose that God created me for. However, this I know, it is never too late to begin. And as Joel 2:25, God will make up to me for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust, and the gnawing locust. God can do the impossible, including restore to me the years that I have wasted, given away, or that have been stolen from me.

Now for this half of my life, I must act with urgency and make the most of the time God allots for me. I have much to make up for and only God knows how long He has given me. I have things to change for myself, my children, and my grandson and any future grand-children.
I have to get out of debt and stop being a slave to others…which is essentially what debt does to you. I want to go after my passions and not just work to make a paycheck. Yes, I know that for now I must work to pay my bills, but I can also work towards learning all I can regarding my passions so that when I switch my career to walk in my passions I will at least know what I am doing and what I am talking about. I have things to change and I don’t have much time.

So with all of this, I began to question what am I passionate about? And how do I get out of debt? How do I live my best life now? What will I do to reach these answers?
How do I live my best life now? Keep seeking God and He will walk with me and equip me to live my life to the fullest. I have to be in the moment, live on purpose, and be intentional about all that I am doing.

What am I passionate about? Well, I felt that I was passionate about sewing and gardening, but to make sure that I was not biased, I asked a few people in my life that are pretty close to me and know me rather well; my daughter, sister and best friend. They all said the same thing….sewing/gardening, along with God, my family, my children, my nieces/nephews, clean eating, teaching others, and so forth. My dream job is to work for myself doing those first 2 things, gardening/sewing. So now that those things have been identified, I can begin to read for the sole purpose of learning those things as well as reading more to learn more about God and drawing closer to Him.

How to get out of debt? I have been watching His and Her Money & Alyssa Nicole on YouTube. I am writing out my vision and plans so that I can begin to implement them into my day to day financial life. I am noticing that some of the things they speak about are things I had begun to do while in Virginia and had no idea it was a strategy to getting out of debt. I just knew it was working for me and I was indeed slowly climbing out of debt. I was on the right path and had no idea it was a thing others were actually doing and using to become debt free as well.

Don’t ever think that it’s too late and time has run out for you to make changes. As long as God gives you breath, you have time to start now and make changes. You can still live your best life now, you have to be willing to work for it and you may have to make some sacrifices for it, but it IS possible. Don’t let another moment pass you by, don’t walk in another moment of regret. God has not called you home so live today like there is no tomorrow and you have a job to accomplish before He does.

A Big, Big God!!

God has really used the current situation with my Pastor’s niece passing to get my attention and I have been able to focus on the things that are most important.

This morning before work I was able to have my quiet time with the Lord. It was partly sorrowful as I prayed for the Pitts & Evans family and then there was much gratitude and rejoicing. I’ve gotten back in the habit of journaling this year and it’s freeing to write out my thoughts and prayers to the Lord and release them and let them go. I was able to look back on the ways I have wasted the last 365 days wallowing in self pity and depression over things that I did myself or circumstances I had no control over at all. I thought I learned from losing my mother and my nephew to not focus on the minors of life, but to keep my eyes on the major things in life; building relationships, making memories, living life to it’s fullest, and doing life like there is no tomorrow. I made a declaration after my great depression with the loss of my mother that I would live and not die, just as God’s Word says. But I, like most people, allowed life to throw distractions and obstacles in my way. My focus got off. I took off God’s glasses and began to look through my human eyes again.

Death is tragic and the Bible says we should rejoice at death and mourn at birth. However, we typically do it the other way around. I totally understand why we should mourn at birth….part of me does with each one. These innocent babes are born into this dark, dark world and they will be faced with oh so much. And when there is a death, that person has stepped into the presence of the Lord and the cares of this world are no more for them. They are in perfect peace, a new body. It’s hard to think that way though when you are faced with it in that very moment.

What death has done for me over the past 8 1/2 years was to shake me by the shoulders to realize that tomorrow is promised to no one. Every breath is a gift. Not to sweat the small stuff. Trust God with EVERYTHING. and to Lean on God for all things and in all things. To stop being in such a rush. To focus on the people in my life that are more important than the things of this world.

I just heard a lady explain this and I am floored because of the truth that she spoke. The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy. But the reality is he is not after our things, he is after our worship, and if he can get us to question God and accuse God for the things going wrong in our lives then he can say see they don’t love you and they don’t worship you God. But even in the loss of my Pastor’s niece, with the car accident and having to come up with the money to get the car fixed, with the delay in returning to VA, with a marriage that is broken and dead, with dreams that are dead, I will lift my hands and worship my Savior. He is worthy of my praise. My God is good even when all things around me are falling apart and I’m struggling with broken dreams, a dying marriage, delayed plans, finances down the tube, and questions swirling in my head. I serve a BIG, BIG God and He is in total control!! There is nothing He cannot do, there is no mountain He won’t climb for me, and no enemy He won’t fight for me.

You Get To Choose

Last night my Pastor’s niece went home to be with the Lord. It was unexpected and yet it wasn’t. Unexpected for the world and her husband and 4 daughters, but not unexpected for God. His Word says He knows our beginning from our end…basically He knows our birth, our death, and everything in between.
I sat in shock this morning as I learned the news. Devastated, as it brought back memories of the loss of my mother, father, nephew, and so many other loved ones I have lost over the years. As common as death is, you never expect the last time you see someone or talk with someone will actually be THE last time.
As I drove home from work,I listened to one of her many talks on YouTube and she said something that really stuck out to me. She grew up in the inner city of Baltimore, Maryland in a single parent household. She said it was drug and gang infested and yet her mother was adamant that God was taught, known, and served in their home. She could have grown up and perpetuated the generational curses that plagued her family, she could have not believed in a big God. Instead she realized that she was privileged to live and be the one to break generational curses for the next generation.
As she said that, I realized that I have been wallowing in self pity for an entire year, focusing on what I do NOT have instead of the great things I do have. One of them being the privilege to be the one that breaks the generational curses of divorce, poverty, drug abuse, alcoholism, and so much more from my life and family so that the next generations have a different legacy to live by and for.
We go through our day to day lives and forget that we are not created for self nor is this life we live about self. We were created to worship the creator Himself and to tell others about the one and only Savior who died that we might have life. We were created to give and bring Him glory. We were created to be a light in this dark, dark world.
Cherish every moment you have with those you love. You never know if that last time you say good-bye will actually be the last time you say good-bye. Hug a little tighter and longer. Laugher a little harder. Forgive more quickly. And realize you are privileged to live this life God has given you and you get to choose!

Rest in Heaven Wynter Pitts. Thank you for the example of God’s Girl! I am forever grateful for your life and legacy. Thank you for saying yes to God’s calling on your life. I will continue to keep your husband and daughters in my prayers. We say you are gone too soon and yet God said your job was well done. You truly touched the world and left a mark upon it and His people for His glory!!

FINALLY Letting Go….

It’s January 2018, I’ve been fasting and spending more time with the Lord this past week and enjoying His sweet presence and anointing. It has truly been missed. Not by anything the Lord has done but absolutely by me walking away and not trusting that He is my everything.

Fear and depression. Somehow they seem to go hand in hand. They have both kept me bound and distant from God. Isolation, the greatest tactic of the enemy. Fear kept me believing that God will not do what He said He would do in His word. Fear that I would never get back to Virginia. Fear that my relationship with my daughters will forever be damaged. Fear that my husband and I will get divorced. Fear that God would not be all that He said He would be to me. Fear……leads to depression. Depression kept me in a pit of darkness. Depression kept me silent and unable to pray, let alone praise the Lord and worship.

Hope, deliverance, freedom, light. All that you feel once you are in the presence of the Holy One. Solemn assembly begins at our church the first Sunday of each new year. It consists of fasting from a meal or activities from that first Sunday to the second Sunday. Each day is a focus on something specific. I also listen to Warrior Nation each morning via Facebook or Instagram. Warrior Nation is doing a 40 day fast that began on the 2nd of January. For both of these I started on Monday the 8th. I will be fasting 40 days and consuming water, smoothies, and juices only. I’ll then transition to the Daniel Fast for 21 days. I am not on any social media at this time either, except for the 5:45 am prayer on Facebook/Instagram with Warrior Nation. It’s been liberating to just be in God’s presence. And it is His presence that has given me new hope and freedom. He has given me victory when all seemed lost.

And it is because of His presence, that I have finally let go.

I’m ok if He never restores my marriage. I’m ok if my daughters never move to Virginia with me. I simply want to live and enjoy life. Travel and see the world. Eat healthy and enjoy this lifestyle I’m diving into to be the healthiest me I can be. Living out my dreams and being joyful and full of peace.

This time with the Lord has put me in a place of thanksgiving. When I think of all that He has done, I can’t help but thank Him. I can’t wait to see what the Lord does to me, in me, and through me during the remaining 55 days of this fast. I am filled with hope, expectation, and praise. And all in all, I’m good, real good!!!

Struggling and being honest about it…

As Christian’s we see so many putting on facades and masks. Pretending that all is well in their world while struggling in silence and behind closed doors…alone.
I for one am tired of wearing the masks. I’m tired of pretending that I am more than human. I’m tired of painting on a smile when deep down the pain and hurt are real and it takes the very breath out of me.
How can we heal if we continue to “Fake It Until We Make It?”
I am a believer in Christ. I am a Christ follower. I struggle in my faith and in my walk. What does this mean? Does it mean because I struggle that it makes me any less of a Christian or any less saved? I don’t believe that to be the case.
If we look at Scripture, we can see that Moses struggled in his faith, Peter struggled in his faith, Job struggled, David, and many more. It didn’t make them any less Christian, but it did make them real and people that we could relate to.
Sadness, grief, loneliness, depression, they are all oh so real, and I for one am no longer willing to Fake it until I make it! It’s a nice little slogan, but it’s the very thing that can cause someone to commit suicide while they struggle in silence alone.

Hi, my name is Tasha and I am struggling. I Love the Lord, but I am struggling with reading His Word and praying. Sometimes the only thing that comes forth from my lips is “Jesus”. Sometimes I can’t say anything at all and the tears hold all of my words.

I’m struggling with depression. Depression over the loss of my marriage, depression that I am in a state I don’t want to be in and the lack of funds and job security to get to where I want to be. Depression that my son, my only son, just spent his first Thanksgiving alone, not by his choice, but by the choices I made.

I’m struggling with anger. Anger that I have no control over circumstances at times. Anger towards God for not changing things the way I think they should go. Anger that even when He sees us making the mistakes and knows we are willingly falling into pitfalls, He does not steer us out or away from them.

There are days I don’t wish to get out of bed. Days when it takes everything within me to even brush my teeth. There are days when my emotional eating doesn’t stop or days when I don’t eat at all.

I am human. It doesn’t change my standing with God. I am still saved and still a Christian. Even in taking off the masks, I know that God is still God and in control. He is the Master Painter of the masterpiece portrait of my life. He said in this world we would have troubles. Christianity does not negate the fact that we are a fallen people residing in a fallen world. Even when I’m struggling with depression, don’t want to do life, or can’t bring myself to utter a prayer or read His truths, He is still God, He is still good, and He is still for me. His best for me is still THE best for me. No matter what I want, I still don’t see as BIG as He sees for me. My desires, wants, dreams, hopes, are still small and in a box, compared to what He has in mind for me.

Live Every Day

People are born every day. People die every day. There is an appointed time for birth and death. The thing about that is we neither know the day, hour, or the how.

God has appointed us a time to be born and a time to die. It’s that in between time that we get to have some say so in. Many people would say live this time any way you want because you only live once. But I’d like to submit to you that this is a lie, trick, scheme, and tactic from the enemy himself.

The enemy would have you and me to believe that because we only live once we should live life however we please, doing what ever we please. Yet God is very specific in how we live life. I have had the most joy and fun with Christ as my Savior and God as my King, living a life of obedience to the best of my ability and following in the path that He has set out for me. Now this doesn’t mean I do it perfectly or that I am perfect. But I am ever striving towards His righteousness.

He says in John 10:10 that the thief (enemy) comes only to seal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. Many read this and think prosperity. However, abundant life if joy, peace, provision, love, hope, etc. Christ did not give up His life so we could live mediocre lives. He died for our eternal life as well as our abundant life.

Are you living today, just to get by. Are your circumstances dictating to you the kind of life you live? Find hope in Christ. Let Him circumcise your heart, mind, and soul and give you abundant life. You’re worth it! He died for you.

Tasha

Your Why

I mentioned in the previous article that you need to identify your why. Many times we do things because we see others doing it or it’s the new fad.

Dig deep, okay, well maybe not that deep. Why are you wanting to eat differently or try vegan, or change your eating habits, or exercise? What is your why?

I began to keep a journal of my day to day life…I just simply do not do well keeping a food journal. That’s boring to me and time consuming with all the other journaling I do. So I kept a life journal. How I was feeling. What I was feeling. What I did during those feelings. My conclusion was that I had a serious food addiction. I ate when I was happy, sad, depressed, angry, joyful, etc. I was an emotional eater, but I also ate when I was bored. It did not matter if I just ate and was full, I ate until I hurt. I simply ate. I also loved to cook and bake, so anything my heart desired I made it and I ate some more. So fresh baked bread, homemade tortillas, casseroles, cakes, pies, you name it, I made it all from scratch. Went out my back door and gathered fresh eggs, chickens, ducks, goats, lamb, fruits and veggies and we ate…. real good!!!!

And then…My best friend, my father, 62, died on February 2003.
Dead of a heart attack while singing lead to his favorite song in the choir stands at church. He had his first heart attack weeks earlier, but this one he would not survive. He complained about the turkey bacon he was told to eat, the oatmeal, the walking, and so forth. He said he’d rather die full and happy than eat cardboard and mush. He was still so young and so vibrant. And I began to think of his family history….his father and ALL his brothers died of the same thing. One of his sisters suffered over 30 strokes and several heart attacks before dying many years later (she was stubborn). 🙂

So we ate more veggies, but still all the other junk. Not a whole lot changed.

And then… My best friend, my mother, 67, died in December 2009.
Dead of a stroke during surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm.
She had tried to make changes in her eating, but still hung on strong to the meats, dairy, butter, and so forth. She too was still so young and so vibrant. And I began to think of her family history….she was a breast cancer survivor, and most in her family died from various forms of cancer.

So I began to take a really hard look at what was the common factor here. And my quest into what we eat and how it makes us sick began. I learned that dying of these diseases is not hereditary. It only becomes a life cycle if we continue to perpetuate all we’ve known all our lives. If Grand mama and them ate xyz and died, they taught mama and them to eat xyz and they died, and now here we are eating xyz….ummmm we will die too. Now I know God has an appointed time for us all to die and we neither know the day nor the hour, let alone the how, but if I can do something in the here and now to live life to the fullest, shouldn’t I at least try?

So watching both my parents die of diseases they MAY have been able to reverse by changing their eating habits was and is my why. But I would digress every now and then because I “missed” this or that so much.

And then…My first nephew, 28, died in March 2014.
Dead of a massive heart attack brought on by undetected high blood pressure and obesity. So young and so much life ahead of him. A new son and a few weeks prior celebrated his daughters 4th birthday.

This is when things kicked into over drive for me and my why became even greater. What if what we are eating IS killing us sooner than our time? What if we are contributing to our death by what we eat? Is it worth it? For me the answer was and still is a resounding NO!!! I became determined to live life to the fullest and enjoy as much as I can. And I don’t mind at all changing what I put in my mouth on a daily basis.

So MY why is to be as healthy as I can and live life as long as I can and to the fullest. In my younger days it was to be skinny and sexy. To have that flat tummy and toned body and wear clothes that hugged my body. As I have matured, my why definitely changed. Over these years I have learned that not necessarily every thing good TO me is good FOR me, and I am grateful I still have the time to make changes and teach others as well.

So now the ball is in your court. What is your why? Why are you on this journey? Is it just about a number? Is it about living a long vibrant life? Is it about reversing diseases? What is YOUR why?

God’s bountiful blessings to you. I’ll see you in the next article. Praying you great success in your journey.

Tasha

Detoxing and a couple of ways I’ve done it

You’re fed up.
You’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.
The weight you are carrying has become unbearable.
You’re tired of being lethargic all the time, no energy to do the things you love, let alone the things you need to do. Or maybe it’s none of those at all. Maybe you are tired of the illnesses and diseases you have been faced with and have been told were hereditary and it was inevitable that you’d live with them some day. Or maybe you’re ready to transition into a healthier lifestyle, but you’re just not sure where to start.

I always recommend that a person starts by detoxing. Detoxing? What is it exactly? Detoxing or cleansing basically means cleaning the blood of impurities and toxins. The liver contains most of the toxins within our bodies, as it is the central point of where they are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin.

There are several ways a detox or cleanse can be done. There is no one way fits all, you must find the one that works best for you and one that you will adhere to.

For me, the first cleanse I did started out as a 3 day water fast, followed by a 10 day juice cleanse. The first 3 days were hell, as I had withdrawal symptoms from sugar, carbs, and so forth. I was lethargic, foggy brained, and had headaches, but I pressed through. I deliberately took the first 3 days off work and school because of all the research I had done and hearing people repeatedly say the first 3 days would be the worst. By day 4 my body began to have energy unspeakable and by noon that day I had my first juice. I could feel the life in the juice flow through the blood in my veins, a tingling sensation as the nutrients uninhibited began to get to where they were needed immediately. My thinking became clearer and my memory on point. I naturally went to bed by 9:30 pm every night and slept soundly through the night, which was a major blessing since I suffered from insomnia since my mother’s passing in 2009. I stopped setting my alarm clock to wake up as well, as my body naturally began to wake up bursting with energy between 4 and 5 am on the dot.

I also followed a smoothie cleanse just recently, by JJ Smith. I did not have that lethargic feeling as many in the Facebook group had, and I believe that may have been because I was already fully vegan at that point and did not have to deal with the body cleansing from sugars, meats, and dairy. Her cleanse allows for snacks in between and in MY opinion is more geared towards shedding a number of lbs. She gives you a set of recipes for the 10 day smoothies, along with approved snacks to have throughout the day.

If you are healthy and you can physically do it, I say jump in with a few friends and do the water/juice cleanse. If there are health issues involved, I say try the smoothie cleanse. You have to do what is right for you and only YOU know your body. I am NOT a physician or licensed nutritionist and cannot stipulate what is best for you.

I have contemplated doing a cleanse again and I can’t say that I will never do the smoothie cleanse again, but I know that what my body is needing on a regular basis is the water/juice cleanse. Do not get me wrong, both are excellent, but this is why I say YOU have to KNOW YOUR BODY and do what is best and fitting for you. My body thrived on the juice cleanse more so than the smoothie cleanse. Consult with your physician, I was hard headed….well, not really. I consulted with the Great Physician through lots of prayer and meditation and followed what He would have me do for me.

So, you want to detox. You have a couple of examples above, or maybe you’ve done your own research…which I am a total advocate of. You’ve come to the conclusion of which detox is best for you. What should you be prepared for? Within the first 72-96 hours be prepared to have headaches, achy muscles, feeling like you’re coming down with the flu, runny nose, chills, lethargic and no energy. If at all possible, start on a Friday morning so that day 3 falls on a Sunday. If you can take off a Friday and Monday, great, start on a Thursday morning and be prepared to sleep the rest of the time. Stay hydrated no matter which cleanse you choose. Lots of water is key to flushing out the toxins and keeping yourself hydrated. You will develop a white coating on your tongue, your breath WILL stink, this is the toxins being released from your body as well. Invest in a tongue scraper which does not have to be overly expensive. Brush your teeth often. Seriously, the key will be to let your body dictate what you do. I don’t suggest any exercise in the first 3 days. Reserve all that energy and allow your body to do what it needs to do to eliminate the junk. And in all honesty, you’re body is really just going to want to sleep. Sleeping is when our body begins the healing process. You nod off, but your body is just getting started in healing and restoration. Once you feel your energy rev up, start back your exercise routine on a modified basis until you feel you can go harder or farther. The key here is to listen to your body, don’t push it.

After your detox is complete, do NOT rush into eating solid foods. Your body is not ready for this and it can cause serious harm. After ending a cleanse, if you are transitioning into a vegan lifestyle, I recommend starting the 21 day Daniel Fast. (Daniel 10:2-3). If you do not plan to go the vegan route, then the first three days after your cleanse should consist of broths and smoothies for breakfast/lunch, with a light soup or simple salad for dinner with a simple dressing of lemon juice alone or a simple vinaigrette. On day four you would have broth or smoothie for breakfast, with a light soup or salad for lunch and then for dinner introduce other fruits and vegetables back into your system. After day 7, you should be safe to introduce meats back in.

How often do I detox? I do a major detox at the beginning of each year. This consist of the 3 day water fast, juice cleanse, and 21 day Daniel Fast. I no longer do this for health or weight issues, but to draw closer to God and give the new year to Him. I follow up with a cleanse every 3-6 months after that, depending on what my body needs and then I do it for only 3-10 days in length, again listening to my body, but mostly going before the Lord and letting Him guide me.

What to expect? Some, if not most, will experience weight removal (no, not weight loss. We aren’t losing it and we do NOT want it back). This weight removal may be in pounds and it may be in inches. Do not compare yourself to someone else who has done a cleanse. My first cleanse, which I will discuss at a later time, resulted in me removing 100 lbs. The most recent cleanse resulted in a 15 lb. removal. Each person’s journey will be different.
Your taste buds will change and you will begin to desire healthier foods and options. You won’t want the sugars and when you do have them, they will most often be too sweet. If you have an overgrowth of candida yeast, you will notice this will be diminished if not completely reversed. Try not to reintroduce the junk back into your life. And during your cleanse, begin to ask yourself what is your why? Journal what you’re feeling throughout the cleanse and how your body is reacting to each new day.
For me it was better health, long life, energy, and living life to the fullest. How could I share the gospel of Jesus Christ and be an example of His goodness in the grave?

And throughout my posts you will see my one major theme is educate yourself.
Hosea 4:6 – My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

While cleansing I recommend watching several documentaries. Most can be found on Netflix or Youtube. Netflix offers a free trial period. Just be sure to set an alarm the day BEFORE your trial ends so you can be sure to cancel it if you don’t plan to keep it.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead I and II
Forks Over Knives
What the Health
Food, Inc.
Super Size Me,
Food Matters
Fed Up
Hungry for Change
Vegucated
Cowspiracy
King Corn

I love the quote by Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
It wasn’t too long ago that we as Americans held true to this and it’s time we get back to this. Your doctor most likely will NOT educate you on this or advocate it for you. There is zero money in their pockets with healthy people. You have to educate yourself and press forward.
I fly to D.C. to visit a plant based doctor, because I know he advocates what I stand for. The dollars spent on plane tickets are absolutely worth it, my life and health are worth it. And it’s a blessing and bonus that he accepts most major insurance plans.

God’s bountiful blessings to you. We will chat soon. Praying you great success in your detox journey.

Tasha

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!