“I wish I had your faith,” she said sadly. “But I don’t.” I shook my head. Everyone seems to think you have faith or you don’t as if it suddenly appears out of nowhere. But just like the guy with the great abs or the friend who is fluent in six languages, it doesn’t just happen. Faith grows as we exercise it. Some of those exercises are ordained by the Almighty but many of them can be practiced and are really no different than running a few miles every day so you can run a 10K one day. So here are seven easy steps for making room in your life for God. These are aimed at exercises you do alone, but I will try to blog more on group exercises in another post.
Make room by:
Surrendering your day to him each morning before you even get out of bed! Say a simple pray offering the day to him, asking him to guide you and order your day.
Quieting yourself so you can hear his still small voice. He can shout to you over all the activities in your life, but he mostly speaks to us in a still small voice. Psalm 46:10; 1 Kings 19:11-13.
Reading scripture. The Gospels are a good place to start, find a reading plan and begin to engage with God through scripture. Biblegateway.com has reading plans you can download to your phone or computer.
Connecting with God by focusing on a previous time when you felt close to him (five bar moment) or something that you are thankful for. While connected to him, let him speak to you.
Being honest with God. He knows it all so there is no reason to hide. Angry? Tell him all about it but then be willing to listen to what he has to say. Sad? He carries our sin and sorry, so tell him about it and then offer it to him.
Confess your sins to God. We do this every night. Ask him to show you your sins of omission (things you should have done and didn’t) or commission (things you ought not to have done). To read more about how we do this see https://aredeemedlife.wordpress.com/advice/parenting/family-confession/
Go to sleep thinking of all the things you are grateful for!
Let me know how you grow as you engage in these simple exercises!
Until next time!