Connecting with God means taking steps to GROW closer to Him. Spending time with Him is the only way to do so.
But sometimes you can use a little advice on how to spend time with God. We all do at some point in our lives and we are always learning new ways to draw near to our Lord. First and foremost is to have a relationship with Him. The more time you spend in a relationship, the deeper it gets; same is true with our relationship with God. He LONGS to spend time with you--He already knows you through and through, but He desires for you to know Him; to understand His extravagant love for you. He wants to give you abundant life--and life eternal. If you do not know Him as your Lord and Savior, that is the first key you must unlock. Contact us if you have questions or want to begin a life with Jesus--we'd love to talk with you!
For those who do know Jesus as Lord, but would like grow in that relationship, there are some key principles you can do to open yourself up to Him. These are called "Spiritual Disciplines" but don't let that word scare you...it just means it is something you do and continue to practice until it's second nature--like the daily discipline of brushing your teeth, exercise, eating right, training for something, etc.... The two that are most essential are prayer and Bible reading. Every believer in Christ should set time aside daily for these practices, but the way you connect and grow will not necessarily be the way your friend or family or pastor does, so discover a new key!
Keep in mind, these practices don't save you--and you'll not be better than anyone else if you do them--but they can grow you into a better person as you strengthen your walk with the Lord and develop a deeper connection to Him.. Think of each practice as a key to a life-long journey of learning, growing and knowing the Lord and becoming more like Jesus. Because as we connect with Him, we will be changed.
As you unlock these different methods, decide if you want them on your life's "fob" and what works best to unlock your heart connecting with God. Let these thoughts inspire you--don't be discouraged or dismayed if they don't come easily--sometimes it takes time; don't get frustrated and give up--if you need help--ask; don't feel as if you if you're not "doing" it right--these are just suggestions; and don't think you have to do all of these at the same time or the same degree or even at all. And what doesn't work now, might be wonderful in the future. Spend a month trying something out. Remember, these practices, or disciplines, are not just something to merely do to mark off a list and get a gold star. It's a means to what really matters, which is time with the Lord. When you do, you can't help but grow!
(Please be patient...more will be added soon)