Six Tips for Staying Close to God

The hamster in my brain is doing a major workout; thoughts are circling and my fear is increasing.

Like a caged animal pacing back and forth, I wear down a path around the kitchen island.

What is wrong with me?

The doctor doesn’t know what’s going on. He suggests we try this, or try that. I grit my teeth and mumble under my breath.

Really God, you know how long I’ve been sick. Why can’t you heal me?When things aren't happening the way we want, do you run towards or away from God? Here's six tips to keep you aligned with Him. Even in the hard seasons, you can be sure He's walking with you.

Things aren’t happening the way they are supposed to; the way I had planned.  I get on my knees thinking that by praying from here I will get more acceptance with God.

I try bartering with Him, this for that.

Again I ask, please heal me.

Does God see me? Does He care?

I have to figure this out because God isn’t moving fast enough.

The situation will turn out how I want, so I take control.

I put on my running shoes and run away from God.

It becomes worse, because I’ve taken control. Hopeless.

“I wait patiently for the Lord to help me and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.” Psalm 40:1-2 (NLT)

David spent a lot of time in the waiting room of life.

As a young boy, David was anointed King of Israel but he didn’t sit on the throne until he was 30 years old. Refugee David lived within caves in the wilderness for years as he hid from being killed.

Weary and hopeless many times, David put on his running shoes, but He dashed back to God. David knew where the best reprieve from the heaviness of life was found. God was still in control and watching him.

God turns the heaviness into blessing when we come back to Him.

“He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. “Psalm 40:3 (NLT)

Six Tips for Remaining Near God:

  • Immerse yourself in His Word. Daily.
  • Put a foot of faith in front of the other. Faith is believing, when we can’t see.
  • Choose to believe that healing is coming. God’s timing, not ours.
  • Pray for strength sometimes minute by minute. Intentions become habit.
  • Remember that healing isn’t only for the body. but for the soul also. Character over comfort.
  • God promises rest and relief, we need to recognize these come from God.

 

Prayer: Father, I thank you for being a constant in my life. I get impatient and want life to happen the way I see it. Help me in faith remember that you have my best interest at heart. Hold me back and infuse me with strength and confidence when I’m getting frustrated. Remind me that you are in control, and only you can provide rest and relief. In your name. Amen

What are you doing while you wait for healing?

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11 thoughts on “Six Tips for Staying Close to God

  1. Reminds me so much of my battle with PTSD. I now look back and see God’s goodness in holding me there a little longer, teaching me to cling to His Promises and keep turning to Him each time I “felt” like running away. It has taught me a lot about my thirst for control and God’s desire to free me from its crippling hold. I’m still learning how to let go, but He used PTSD to unmask its crippling hold on me and that was a huge light bulb moment for me. Yes, character above comfort: because He loves us so much more than we could imagine!

      1. Thanks, Julie. I’ve been declared free of PTSD. My therapist was astounded at how quickly I got through it. I am now learning to walk through life differently than I had been for twenty plus years…it’s a learning curve, but God is faithful and patient.

  2. Amen! So beautifully written and I know all to well that worn path around the kitchen island! Great reminders! Thank you for linking up with #jesusandcoffee this week. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  3. Love your writing style, love your words – I have the hamster wheel syndrome at times too and if I had an island I would for sure have done this lol. It is timely because I am writing about how we are in an odd place where my husband lost his job the day before we were supposed to buy a home after renting for a decade, so we are living out of boxes. All the while my dear friend has a chronic illness and I have been trying to be there for her, and sometimes find myself saying cliche things even though I am a Christ follower. Thank you for sharing this, I am going to reread it and possibly share it with her. Prayers & blessings. Your neighbor @ Jesus-Coffee-Linkup

    1. Meg- thank you so much for stopping by. I said a prayer for you. Strength for what you are going through in regards to living arrangements and the Holy Spirit’s increased presence as you minister to your friend!
      Your sister in Christ,
      Julie

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