What keeps you from more of God? We all have sticking points. For me, I thought, need God, not me. Life would be boring, and I’d have no cool friends.
Boy, was I wrong!
But now, with God, I have the most eclectic mix of unique and special friends. Duh, it’s not about “being cool” and life with God is never dull.
We go on crazy adventures, driving across the country or across town for things like a sunrise service at Easter. (This one’s a good one if you’re in the Denver area, Red Rocks Canyon.)
Maybe You don’t attend church, but you’re spiritual.
And you’re brave even if you don’t think so. ☺️
Are you hungry for authenticity, true community, and a safe place where you can be vulnerable, share your stories, and listen? Or maybe you like to lurk in places where you cross paths with fellow travelers–in places where you seek and share and grow, in places you wonder with friends.
Do you long to love and be loved, even when wrestling with questions that don’t have clear and simple answers, maybe especially then. And you don’t mind a place to come in out of the rain and detox from the crazy world we live in. Who doesn’t mind that?
You won’t be fooled. You have much to offer! And you’re going to make a difference in the world around you.
You’re willing to weep with those who weep even though it’s much more fun to rejoice with those who rejoice and create with those who create. Whether it’s with a prophetic word or a yummy treat, you long to change your world with a spirituality that breathes life into the people you already love.
You crave meaning and you want your life to count, right?
But here’s the tension . . .
Admitting a need for more of God and being willing to yield to His ways costs something, doesn’t it?
It may be time spent building that relationship or angst. When we can’t sit across the table and talk, clearly hearing all God has to say, it can be tough.
We might wonder Why isn’t God talking to me?
Or, Am I making this stuff up? Is this really what God wants me to do?
And we’re not mean. Some of the things we feel nudged to do spark excitement. They’re fun and we can’t wait to see the unexpected outcomes, like when we surprise someone with a special gift.
But there are other times where needing God and following the way He leads isn’t what we feel like doing.
It can take laying another piece of ourselves down, giving up an “I want,” or going out of our way when we just want to want to go home, curl up, and watch an episode of our favorite show, but God has something else in mind.
And funnily enough, it’s usually only a little stretch. But still, it’s a struggle.
- Are you tired of the hamster wheel of anxiety?
- Don’t you just want to get on with it and make that difference?
- And wouldn’t it be cool if someone would bankroll you?
Can I tell you something?
Peace, purpose, and provision, all of those and so much more come with God’s presence.
The decision that changed my life
I was a party girl addicted to travel, always seeking something bigger than myself until I realized all the stuff I longed for was only found in God.
So, as you can see, I drank the Kool-Aid. I finally owned it:
I need God.
I came to Him selfishly; maybe we all do at first.
But somewhere in the process, in the amazing journey, where He loved me too much to leave me where I was, I started to ask Him to change me.
And He healed me.
He’d explain things inside. I’d be reading or watching TV, heck, I’d be sitting on the toilet and these prolific understandings would come to mind. I’d have to hurry to get to my journal, so I wouldn’t forget them.
Or, something would come out of my mouth in conversation, when moments before, I hadn’t even known that little piece of wisdom.
God makes you look really good.
And He gets us. You know how it is when you spend a lot of time with someone who knows you really well. They know how you think and what you’re going to say before you say it.
God knows us even better than we know ourselves.
He knows every single bit of my past, even the ugliness of the thoughts I sometimes have. So, that could be scary! But He LOVES us, real love like we’ve never experienced before.
When I asked God what He wanted for His birthday . . .
Do you know what He said?
“More of you.” This one who knows all my weird stuff, not only loves me but wants more of me.
Each time I ask Him that same question, His answer is always the same. It’s become an inside joke. Because I think I’ve given Him my all, but He knows where I haven’t, and we go another round.
But don’t let that freak you out as if He’s demanding, takes everything, more than we want to give.
He’s not like that.
But that’s how I often struggle with the request at first. For whatever reason, I think I know best in dealing with whatever it is.
As I yield to His invitation and carry on in the next leg of the journey, He teaches me even more about myself, gives me the desire to ask Him to make me more like Him. That’s when divine appointments, tears, and goosebumps abound.
Those are my confirmations that I’m on the right track.
We’re going to have hard times in this life. There’s no way around that, but when we choose to invite God to join us, it’s life-changing.
Wouldn’t you like supernatural help?
That’s why I can’t stop sharing my stories.
Because maybe you or someone you know wants more of God?
When I lived in Jericho and worked with Living Bread International Church handing out food and clothes to the locals, I met a lot of Muslims.
They believe Jesus is going to judge us at the end of time. So, I used to ask, “Well, then don’t you want to get to know Him now?”
For me, I’d heard people talking about this personal relationship with Jesus Christ, so I just assumed He’d chat and I started a conversation in my mind. I know some people probably think I’m nuts, but I hear answers with that wisdom I was telling you about.
I know when I didn’t come up with something.
The Bible says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20, ESV).
That’s been my experience. God and I hang out and come to think of it, I’ve become quite the foodie, maybe that’s why.
I always planned on getting right with God on my deathbed. You know, live life my way, but snag that one-way ticket to heaven everyone talks about on my way out.
Thank God I didn’t wait until then. I’d have missed out.
For so many reasons, God rocks.
So, if you want what I’m having . . .
I’d be glad to share my treasure map with you.
My stories hold the lessons that I’ve learned. And wherever you are with God, there’s always more.
Or maybe you’re not sure any if this is real and secretly you think God doesn’t exist and all this is a bunch of baloney . . . but in some small way, you want to believe.
I love that you’re here! 😁
And if that piece that wants to believe dares to give it a shot, it’s my privilege to take hold of your hand and do it with you, but only if you want.
Can I tell you something?
Way more than any desire we have for God, He wants to hang out with us.
And He promises, “As you seek me with all of your heart, I will be found!” (Jeremiah 29:13)
So, I’ve got a plan . . .
. . . or at least I’ve got a relationship with a God who has a plan, a personalized adventure for each one of us.
I won’t deny it. He surprises me all the time. Like with this post, it wasn’t what I was going to write about. I planned to write about Lent and fasting.
See, God is full of good surprises. Who wants to fast, right?
Where do we go from here?
To go deeper with God, we need to communicate with Him. So, here’s the golden question:
How do we hear God?
You know that’s our superpower, right?
And before some of you get all freaked out thinking I can’t do that! I’ve got something for you.
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Now, the critical question of every fairy tale . . .
And maybe our own story, too, is . . . what’s at stake? Like here, what if we don’t want more? What I found out is that when I lived for myself I missed out.
Sure, I got my own way and felt like I had control over a few things.
But now that I follow when the God nudges, I love how often people say, “That was exactly what I needed to hear.”
I feel God’s blessings and those around me feel them, too.
It’s only through God that we make the difference we’re hoping to make, with a splash we can’t make on our own, and far-reaching ripples we won’t even know about in this lifetime.
So, here’s a real bummer.
When we, no, I won’t point a finger at you, when I don’t follow God in the wild adventure He has for me, not only do I lose out, but so do the people around me.
I hate to think about the God-ripples we’ve missed out on when I haven’t followed.
God’s way cooler than anyone said.
So yes, once I found that out, I’m not here because I need God. I’m here because I want Him.
When we hang out with God, life gets better. And He does have a unique adventure for all of us . . . but we have to want it.
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And if you don’t want more of God, that’s okay.
Of course, you’re still welcome!
I just wanted to tell you why I write, you know, be honest and authentic like we talked about.
And I would love, love, love to hear why you don’t want God, not so I can twist your arm, I’m just curious. As I said, I didn’t want God before, but now that I’ve had such a cool time with Him, I forget what that’s like.
I would love for all that to be part of our conversation.
So, what keeps/kept you from more of God?
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