Connect with God - the Key to Finding Your True Beauty!
Wherever you are on your journey, God is close by. He longs to have a relationship with you, but won't force you to spend time with Him.
Feeling Far from God
I have to admit that I went through a time a few years ago where I felt far from God. It felt like there was a wall between God and I. I didn't feel like praying and didn't feel like reading my bible.
Maybe some of you can relate to feeling that way. Maybe you're in that place right now.
For me, I had allowed some bitterness to take root in my heart and also some unforgiveness towards some people who hurt me. They were people I trusted which made it even harder.
Finally, I allowed God to come in to my bitter and broken heart. The first step for me was forgiveness Forgiving those that hurt me, asking God's forgiveness and finally forgiving myself.
Then, it felt as if that wall between God and I was finally removed! I truly had a desire to change.
This is when I felt like I wanted to talk to God again through prayer and reading His Word.
I actually felt like a sponge -- just soaking up my time with God.
What I've found out is that connecting with God has helped me find my true beauty.
In order to not be influenced by this culture and the media, I realized that I needed to spend more time with God than I was with the culture (including the media).
If you need some ideas in how to connect with God, I've included a few I have used below. It's not a complete list - just some ideas to get you started.
Think about this question - When do you feel closest to God?
Whatever it is that helps you feel closest to God, do more of that activity.
For me, it's prayer walks. For one of my friends, it is dancing in her room to worship songs. For someone else it might be listening to music, spending time in nature, being silent, etc.
We are all different, so connect with God the way that works best for you.
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Four Ways to Connect With God?>
1) Experiencing God's Presence
1) Experiencing God's Presence(A method by Thom Gardner)
a) Go to a quiet place & still your thoughts & emotions (Be still & know that I am God Psa. 46:10)
b) Meditate on a verse of scripture, saying it softly over & over to yourself until you can say it (or a portion of it) with your eyes closed. As you repeat the scripture allow yourself to see it with the eyes of your heart.
c) Take time to pray, saying to God what you have seen and heard from Him today.
Scriptures to use with the Experiencing God's Presence Method
See the scriptures on Thom Gardner's website here.
FEAR - I am not alone: Isa. 41:10, Matt. 28:20, Isa. 66:13, Psa. 121:8, Phil. 4:13, Deut. 33:27, Prov. 3:5-6, Gen. 28:15, Jer: 1:8, Isa. 44:8, Deut. 31:6, Josh. 1:9. Psa. 46:7, II Chron. 32:7, Isa. 43:1-2
REJECTION - I am accepted by my Father: Deut. 26:18, Rom. 8:16-17a, Isa. 43:1, Jn. 15:15, Rom. 8:31, Isa. 49:15-16, Rom. 8:35-39, II Thess. 2:13, Isa. 45:24-25, Jer. 23:6, ?>
WORTHLESSNESS - The Father approves of me: Psa. 139:14, Jer. 31:3, Deut. 32:10, Isa. 43:4, Isa. 54:10, Zeph. 3:17, Gen. 1:27, Psa. 100:3, Psa. 119:73, Psa. 139:13-14, Isa. 43:21, I Cor. 15:10, II Cor. 5:17, Eph. 2:10, Col. 3:9-10
SHAME - I am covered with Christ: II Cor. 12:9, Isa. 61:10, Isa. 43:25, Psa. 139:7, Rom. 8:1-2, Heb. 2:11, Col. 1:22, Psa. 32:1, Gal. 3:27, Isa. 61:10a, Rom. 13:14
INSECURITY - I am safe in the arms of my Father: Psa. 125:2, Isa. 40:11, Psa. 91:4, Psa. 27:5, Isa. 43:2, Heb. 13:6, Psa. 31:14-15, Deut. 33:27a, Psa. 3:1-3, Psa. 32:10, Psa. 34:7, Psa. 121:5-8, Psa. 125:1-2, Jn. 10:27-29
DEFILEMENT - The Father has cleansed and restored me: I Pet. 4:10-11, Isa. 63:9, Jer. 30:17a, Lam. 3:22-23, Eze. 16:9, Col. 3:12, Psa. 80:3, Jer. 30:17, Eze. 16:8, Amos 9:14, Nahum 2:2
HOPELESSNESS - The Truth about Hope: Jer. 29:11, Isa. 43:19, Isa. 58:11, Isa. 50:10, Psa. 18:28, Psa. 30:5, Phil. 4:13, Psa. 130:7, Rom. 8:24-25, I Pet. 1:3-5, I Pet. 1:13, I Jn. 3:3
3) Sitting in God's Presence...Centering prayer (A method from a book by Basil Pennington)
4) Daily Examen
Take ten minutes at the end of the day to prayerfully review your day. (When did God seem present or the closest to you? When did he seem absent?)
Things that can disturb Restoring BALANCE: Being too busy/rushing Re-evaluate time commitments & priorities Holding grudges prevents the flow of creative, healing energy Forgive others Anxiety, fear Take time to sit in God's presence Not enough sleep Use music as a therapeutic tool Not taking care of yourself (physically, emotionally & spiritually) Make one goal for each area Unresolved hurt Intimacy with God - Healing in His presence Accumulated grief Grieve your losses Negative attitudes Practice gratitude Lack of peace Pray the Serenity Prayer, Sit in His presence Find out the truth about what God thinks of you
Things that can disturb
Being too busy/rushing
Re-evaluate time commitments & priorities
Holding grudges prevents the
flow of creative, healing energy
Take time to sit in God's presence
Not enough sleep
Use music as a therapeutic tool
Not taking care of yourself
(physically, emotionally & spiritually)
Make one goal for each area
Intimacy with God - Healing in His presence
Grieve your losses
Lack of peace
Pray the Serenity Prayer, Sit in His presence
Find out the truth about what God thinks of you
Ideas that Encourage Peacefulness
Ideas that Encourage Peacefulness
Let your God Given Emotions Help
Each time you find yourself irritated or angry with someone, the one to look at is not that person, but yourself. Instead of asking, What's wrong with this person? Ask, What does this irritation tell me about myself? What's going on inside of me that this emotion is trying to tell me?
Book Resources to Help
Healing the Wounded Heart by Thom Gardner
My Healing Journey: A companion to Healing the Wounded Heart by Thom Gardner (workbook)
Biblical Healing and Deliverance by
Waking the Dead by John Eldridge
Other Ways to Connect With God
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