Who Do You Turn To When Things are Good?

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When life isn’t going as you hoped or planned and you are hurting, where do you turn? I usually head straight to God. When things are so overwhelming I can’t handle it, I call on His Name.  I find it so comforting that I can go straight to Jesus with my pain, my fear, my hurts. I usually have no trouble reaching out to Him then.

It’s the times when things are going okay. I tend to fade out of our relationship. I acknowledge Him but don’t make it a priority to seek Him daily. I may make a conscious effort to do so…but never stick to it. How frustrating that must be for God. Just imagine your child. Only wanting to talk to you when they need something. Sure you are glad to help them out when they need it, but it would be also be nice to be able to have a real relationship with them. Get to know them and maybe for them to really get to know you. Be able to share things, both good and bad.

I am aware and conscious that my “good times” efforts toward a relationship with God are failing tragically. I want to get into the habit of talking with Him and reading His word daily. Even when things are going okay.  I know He forgives me when I fall short, but I am sure my life and our relationship would be a better one if I would put in a little effort.  What about you? Do you ever stray from God during the good times? Or are you able to communicate with Him all the time, regularly?

If you are like me and need a little structure to guide your relationship, I have come up with a few simple steps to help us get into a regular routine with God.

  • When you first wake up, say quietly in your head (or out loud), Thank You, Jesus!
  • Before you get dressed for the day, read 5 minutes of scriptures.
  • While eating breakfast, read 5 more minutes of scripture.
  • Before you go off to work or start your day, Pray for at least 5 minutes.
  • When you arrive at your first daily destination, thank God for getting you there safely.
  • Pray daily that He will use you to be a blessing to everyone you come in contact with that day, including and especially your family (we tend to have the least amount of grace for those closest to us sometimes).
  • Say a prayer before eating each meal.
  • At the end of the day, say a prayer of thanks for getting you through the day and for strength to do it all again tomorrow.

I know this may seem like a lot, but it is important for us to have God on our minds all throughout the day. These are just a few suggestions, tweak them as you need to suit your life. The main thing is that we communicate with Him regularly throughout the day.

I pray that each of us will learn to seek Him all the time and not just during times of trouble.  He is waiting for a real relationship with you.

Making Small Positive Changes Can Change Everything

Big or Small Changes?

Sometimes when we decide to make changes in our lives, we start out with the big things. Trying to lose 50 pounds. Going back to school full time. Cleaning the entire house. Buying a gym membership. Going to church 3 times a week.  All of those things are good, but often times we bite off more than we can chew and we find ourselves failing instead of succeeded. Disappointed instead of proud.

Perhaps we have been trying to do too much too quickly. I propose the concept of making several small changes instead of one or two big ones.  Think about what you want to accomplish or how you want to feel. What small changes can you make to jump start that? Let’s say you want to get into an exercise routine to get fit or lose a few pounds.  Do you need to pay for a gym membership? No. You could start small and do 10 sit ups every day. Or take a 10 minute walk every day.  That in and of itself may seem like it won’t do much to get you to your goal, but in reality it is setting you up for success. After a while the small things you are doing become motivation to take on more. Incorporate more positive changes into your life.

Another example is saving money. That is something I usually have a hard time with.  But this past January, I decided to do something different. I made a point to put a certain dollar amount into a savings account every time I get paid. It’s not a lot, but I have been able to do this routinely and it encourages me to add even more when possible. It’s nice to see the amount grow.  This isn’t a big change, but a small one that is making a positive impact on my life.

What Small Positive Changes Can You Make?

Here are just a few suggestions. I’d love to hear your ideas.

  • Make a point to be extra kind to at least one person every day.
  • Clean one surface before you go to bed.
  • Take a 5 minute walk daily.
  • Save all of your pocket change in a jar each night.
  • Set time for prayer or meditation.
  • Eat one extra piece of fruit or veggie daily.
  • Sing in the shower.
  • Make a list of to-do’s for the day. Check off when completed.
  • Substitute water for one of your other daily drinks.
  • Send a thoughtful text or email to a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Do this monthly.
  • Go to church or bible study weekly.

These are a couple of simple positive habits that can help to better or enrich your life and even give you an improved outlook on life. What ever you choose to do…do so fearlessly!