Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Am I in Awe of God?

I grew up in a Christian home and asked Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of my life many years ago. I practically live at the church since I work there and since my husband and I serve together in the youth department at our church.  I do my best to spend time in God’s Word and in prayer each day.  I strive to teach important Bible truths to our children and I have a deep desire to know the Lord more.

I do not list these “accomplishments” to brag, but to show that even if we are doing “the right things”, our hearts can still be filled with all the wrong things.  And, even if our hearts aren’t FILLED with bad things, are we really in awe of God? Do we treasure the fact that we get to read His Word each day, or do we feel like we have to do it so we can check “read my Bible” off of our lists? 

Sometimes I feel like I am missing the point as I try to spend time with God.  I know I need to read my Bible because God reveals Himself through His Word.  But, I feel like I’m not coming into His presence in awe.  We flippantly open our Bibles, pray a quick prayer, and think we have done a good deed.  Is this really what God wants…for us to feel proud and to flippantly approach His Word, like He should be so honored that we have chosen to spend time with Him today?  

Friday, August 10, 2012

Spiritually Dry

It’s such a great feeling when you can feel the Lord’s presence.  Nothing else in life seems to matter.  I love the times when I am reading my Bible and I just don’t want to put it down.  But, what about the times when you feel spiritually dry…the times when you feel like God is a million miles away? What do you do when you feel dry spiritually?

We all go through different “seasons” in our spiritual life, and we all experience dry times.  Of course, we would all rather skip past those times, but God can use times in our life to strengthen our walk with Him.  Here are a few things we should NOT do, but are tempted to do, when we experience spiritual dryness in our lives: