**A big thank you to this week’s guest blogger, Jazmin, for sharing this powerful piece about being intentional in our relationship with God. Her ideas inspired me to try something new. I hope that you, too, will be inspired by her words.**
Connect With God
Relationships will fail if we fail to invest in them. We know that when it comes to connecting with our people, but what about when it comes to connecting with God? Being intentional with our people is easy. We just send a text, make a phone call, or set up a coffee date.
But connecting with God can feel like a whole different beast because, unlike our family and friends, God isn’t here in the flesh. He doesn’t live just down the street and He isn’t a physical form we can sit down and have coffee with.
That’s why it can be so easy to neglect our relationship with Him. Our schedules and our in-the-flesh people can trump our time with God, but the reality is connecting with God can be just as easy as connecting with our people; we just need to be intentional.
If you’re struggling to connect with God or you want to take a few intentional steps to invest in your relationship with Him, here are 5 out-of-the-box ways to spend time with the Lord:
- Take a nature/prayer walk. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (ESV). Nature has an incredible way of feeding our souls. There is something about natural beauty that helps our bodies and minds unwind. Just being outside can help us to connect with Him. So get outside. Walk around in this world He’s created. Learn to become aware of God’s presence as you spend time in His creation.
- Schedule a Jesus Date. Every once in a while I break my normal routine and go on a date with Jesus. I take a book or my Bible, go string up my hammock somewhere and just spend some quiet time with Him. It’s a nice break from my usual devotional time. There are no check boxes to complete, no ways I feel I need to perform for Him; I just get to spend some quality time with Him doing something I love. Try scheduling a day, an hour, or even just a few minutes on a regular basis to meet with God outside of your devotional time. Find a spot where God feels close and just spend some uninterrupted one-on-one time with Him.
(Also, if you don’t have a daily time set aside to read your Bible and pray, I challenge you to start that practice today. It’s a great way to continue building your relationship with the Lord. If you need some extra encouragement to get started, I’ve created the 10 Day Devotional Challenge to help you build this time into your day and help you find new ways to connect with God).
- Try Bible journaling. Reading and studying the Bible can often feel overwhelming, and if we’re honest, sometimes it’s hard to understand. Bible journaling is a unique way to connect with God and His word. It encourages you to focus on one verse or passage, to meditate on it. You don’t have to have any artistic ability. You don’t have to know how to paint or draw. Bible journaling is simply a creative way to dig deeper into God’s Word. There are tons of resources out there to get your started, so if you’re looking for a different way to study the Bible, this might be something for you to try! (Scribbling Grace is one of my favorite voices on this topic!)
- Write God a letter. One thing that frequently disconnects from God is that we don’t take time to listen to Him. We spend all our prayer time dumping our needs and concerns and forget that prayer is a conversation. If you’re struggling to connect with God, maybe it’s time to get quiet and listen. One of my favorite ways to do this is to write out my prayers like a letter to God. I address it to Him, write down everything on my heart, then I sit back and invite Him to respond. It doesn’t happen all the time, but often words will fill my heart—words that are not mine—and I’ll write them down as if God is dictating His reply to me. I know it sounds unusual, but try it out. Write a letter to God and ask Him to write one back. It may not happen right away, but as we take time to intentionally listen to Him, we’ll become more and more familiar with His voice.
- Fellowship with other believers. I know this one sounds kind of backwards. How are we going to connect with God if we’re spending that time with other people? Matthew 18:20 does a good job of answering that question: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (ESV). Some of my richest times of connecting with God have actually happened when I was with other people who love Him too. Our relationship with God is not meant to be done solo. That’s why He gave us the Church, so that we can have someone to journey through this crazy life with as we declare His life and love and grace to those who don’t yet know Him. If connecting with God has been a struggle lately, try getting together with some other people who love Him.
Are there other ways you like to connect with God? Is there an idea here that you’re going to try?
Connecting with God doesn’t have to be complicated and it is the farthest thing from boring. Treat your time with Him like any other relationship. Have fun, get to know Him, be creative, and most of all, be intentional.
Bio: Jazmin N. Frank is a Christian-living blogger and active dream-chaser. She has a deep passion for God’s story and helping others study the Bible for themselves. You can often find her curled up with a stack of books or creating hope-filled content for her blog. Learn more about Jazmin and her blog at jazminnfrank.com.