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Trust Habits #8

Last week, I spoke about growing in consistently spending time with the Lord. This is such an important aspect in developing trust and intimacy in my relationship with Jesus Christ. If I want to see my relationship with our sweet Savior Jesus to experience growth, then, quality time with Him is a must.

I don’t know about you, but in my earthly relationships I can’t expect to have a relationship with others if I don’t speak to them (as well as listen when they speak to me). It is very much a two way street. We are urged to speak to our Lord as though we were speaking to a friend. Have you read Exodus 33:11?


Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Afterward Moses would return to the camp, but the young man who assisted him, Joshua son of Nun, would remain behind in the Tent of Meeting.

Exodus 33:11, New Living Translation

God isn’t fearful of speaking to us. While He isn’t, we often might be fearful of speaking to the Lord. While we are invited, and urged even, to have a holy fear of the Lord, our fear might not be out of reverence for His holiness. It can often come from someplace else. This begs a question:

What do we need to do, in order to develop this kind of beautiful relationship with our Lord Jesus?

As we consider our relationship with the Almighty God, may we think about the quality of our conversations with the Most High God. May we think about the quality of our conversations with God, and give them to Him. God is good. God is holy. God is all powerful. God wants to be our Best Friend. God wants to have the kind of conversations with us, as we would have with our closest friends – but with even greater intimacy than we could ever hope to develop with close loved ones.

  • God spoke fearlessly to Moses.
  • Moses listened and responded, willingly.
  • Moses conducted business with the Lord.
  • Joshua stayed put, because Moses had a specific plan in place. First to meet with the Lord, and secondly to serve while Moses was gone.

How are you growing in talking with the Lord as one speaks to a friend? How could you grow deeper in this area?

My prayer life is an area where I desperately need to seek an abundance of grace and growth. As I seek our Lord Jesus Christ, I want to learn how to speak to the Lord as one speaks to a friend. My prayer life can grow much in this area. With each circumstance I face, it is a new opportunity to hear from God and develop the communication abilities to experience my Lord as the Best Friend I could ever have. Just as we do with each name for God, we can experience Him as our Best Friend. He is our Good Shepherd who wants to show us His amazing love and grace in our lives. He is our amazing heavenly Father who wants to intimately watch and communicate with us, as we enjoy the good gifts He gives to us.

Unsplash Photo: Emanuela Picone

In Him,
Stacey

Trust Habits #7

I have been thinking on my inconsistency, regarding certain blog led Bible studies I have conducted over the years. And one day, I want to go back and *complete* the series I once begun.

Normally my Summer season is where it becomes increasingly difficult for me to sit, study, and write. It becomes difficult for many reasons, but this is the place where it seems as though I am being “attacked on all sides.” I don’t expect this Summer to be any different.

Right now, I am trying to spend as much time with my Grandfather as I can – while he is still on this earth. I am thankful for the way he has shown his love for the Lord Jesus Christ and his family. He has always loved us well. As I look to this week’s trusting habit, I want to discuss showing up when life is hard. There is something to be said when we work on our faithfulness, even when times get hard.

How are we prayerfully considering our own faithfulness, in response to the Almighty faithfulness of our great God?

As I prepare for this Summer, I want to be faithful. I want (and need) to keep showing up, even when life gets hard. I am not talking about showing up in a physical sense, but a spiritual one. I want to keep showing up, in terms of meeting with the Lord Jesus on a consistent basis.

Would I love to write this Summer through whatever happens? Absolutely.

But more than that, I want to have quality alone time with our Mighty God. I need to position myself to enjoy the practice of the Lord and all He has to offer me in the process of meeting with Him.

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Mark 1:35, New International Version

This Summer, I want to consistently show up in my time with the Lord. It doesn’t start six weeks down the road though. It begins now. It begins now, as I take the necessary steps to prepare my heart and body for Summer. Even amidst the much heartache occurring in my life right now, I need to consistently show up – by meeting with the Lord.

Tonight, this might look different than it will tomorrow. Tonight, this might mean sitting up to prepare writings. Whereas, tomorrow it means hardcore sleep. In each activity of doing or resting, the necessary thing is to show up in my relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.

What is soo amazing about our Mighty God is – He continues to show up. He continues to be faithful. His faithfulness doesn’t depend on who we are, but on His character. Our God is good and faithful no matter what is going on in our lives.

I will share more about our Summer study soon enough. I would like to get a bit of the posts scheduled first, especially since my consistency during hardcore trials could use a bit of work.

Unsplash Photo: Ben White

In Him,
Stacey

Trust Habit #6

Welcome, my friends, to our sixth installment for our “Trust Habits” series!

A trust habit is anything that will build up my trust and intimacy in my relationship with my heavenly Father.


Be still, and know that I am God!

Psalm 46:10a, New Living Translation

Lately, I have been finding myself positioning toward a “meditation pose”. I have been enjoying it for a few weeks now. It is becoming a more habitual practice in my life, as I walk through difficult things in my family life.

Envision this: legs crossed. palms open and stretched out. Focusing on God and His Biblical truth.


Admittedly

I realize meditation doesn’t have a great reputation in the Christian community. While this is true, it reminds me to pause my life, breathe in and out, and direct my attention to the Lord.

Meditation for me means focusing on my relationship with God and His Biblical truths.

Isn’t that what truth habits are all about?

Gaining intimacy with our sweet Savior Jesus Christ and learning to trust Him right where we are.


Process, Over Product

In Child Development classes, we quickly learned that the process of learning and growing was far more important than a replica of a teacher’s painting. Likewise, our time and relationship with our Savior Jesus is what this time is about.

As long as our time is focused on God and His Biblical truth, that’s all that matters. It isn’t about a perfect twenty minutes of focused meditation, regardless of how much of an achievement that might be.

This idea into meditation helps me to meet with the Lord one-on-one, in the middle of my messy circumstances. It is about bringing my mess into His light – as I choose to focus on Him quietly and remember who the Bible teaches me that God is.

Biblical truths like:

  • God is holy.
  • God is full of love, justice, and power.
  • God is faithful, even when we are not.
  • God invites us into His presence.
  • Sin separates us from God.
  • God sent His Son Jesus Christ to bring salvation to all mankind.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

During my time, I am learning to put on worship music.

I have too many things going on in my brain. So the worship music does help me to give my mountain of circumstances to the Lord.

Life is hard. And the Lord God is the only Way that I will make it through this really-really-hard-stuff.

If I can just give my soul a moment to pause, to breathe, and to remember to “Be still and know [He] is God” – then I will be far better off.

Unsplash Photo by Lua Valentia.

In Christ,
Stacey

Trust Habits #4

praying woman inside church

A trust habit is anything that causes us to have greater intimacy and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We will talk a bit more about prayer, as we go through this series. But, I wanted to start today with a prayer journal habit.

Prayer is the vehicle in which we will see our trust in the Lord grow the deepest.

“And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him (1 John 5:14, NLT).”

My Prayer Journal Routine –

As I begun this week, I knew the need for a different approach. It was the perfect opportunity to develop a new routine to stick to “most of the time”.

So when I headed out to the Dollar Tree with my mom, I knew I wanted to “splurge” on one of their notebooks. The reason why I wanted to go out and purchase one is this:

Just as I was intentionally purchasing this prayer journal, I would just as intentionally jot down my prayers.

At the time of writing this, I have successfully used it for six days – which is a victory.


Here are four reasons I will continue to prayer journal.


#1: Intentional

Using a specific journal for our prayers – causes us to intentionally turn to the Lord and sharing our needs with Him. I am bringing not only my needs, but the needs of loved ones.

As I continue to write down my prayers, I am noticing that I am trusting the Lord more – to handle everything!

#2: More Prayerful

When I wake up early in the morning, I am more willing to spend that time in prayer. Talking to my Sweet Savior about loved ones and situations on my heavy heart. The time is becoming a treasure and well spent.

#3: Growth

Having a prayer journal will allow me to see how my prayers have grown. Not only will I see how God has faithfully answered them, I will be able to see the development of my prayer life. Just as a baby goes through stages from holding up its head, sitting up, and crawling, I will be able to take note of how the Lord has grown me in my prayer life.

I will be able to see how I have ran to God in my times of need.

#4: Encouragement

We can find much encouragement through the prayers of others. Our Savior Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul. BarlowGirl. Countless others. Their prayers influenced many.

May we grow deeply in our trusting Jesus, as we write out our prayers.

16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. – Eph. 3:16-17

Assignment: For seven days, write down a simple prayer each day. Give God access to your heart. What is weighing heavy on your spirit? Share it with our Mighty God, even if it means letting walls come down.

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In Him,
Stacey


Trust Habits #3

Self Care

As we pursue habits that enable us to develop a greater trust in our Risen Lord, I want to talk to you about something important: Soul care. Now soul care is far more important than the traditional ideal of “self care”. It isn’t so much about vegging out in the front of a computer screen. It is about taking care of every part of us. It is choosing to place our spiritual needs, ahead of those specific and important physical needs.

Soul Care

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again (1 Thess. 5:23, NLT).

In 1 Thessalonians, we are reminded that the Lord will make us holy in every way. How can we put physical and emotional care ahead of our own spiritual needs? We need to come and sit with our Lord Jesus. “Come away with Me” is the message the Lord is giving us.

Come Away With Me

And He said to them, “Come with Me privately to a solitary place, and let us rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat (Mark 6:31, BSB).

An important part of trusting the Lord is surrendering control. It can become far too easy to hold a tight grip on the temporary things, and in the process, we miss the opportunity to cling even tighter to our Lord Jesus Christ.

What are we doing, friends, when we place “self care” as a much higher priority than our own souls?

What self care sorely lacks is the soul rejuvenation that is going to carry us through the hard stuff. We can watch our favorite show for countless hours and end up far more depleted, and all in the name of self care. Self care is not a bad thing. It is actually a very good thing. But, let’s make it a better thing. Like Mary of Bethany, may we choose the better thing that will not be taken away from.

“But the Lord said to her, “Martha, dear friend,] you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it—and I won’t take it away from her!”

Maybe, the thing we truly need is to change how we care for our entire selves, so one area is not lacking.

How can we better meet our soul’s needs?

Assignment: Evaluate your way of self care. How can it promote soul care?

 Maybe, you take a prayer walk.
Maybe, you just sit in God’s Presence
and allow Him to hold all of the anxieties you hold inside. 
Maybe, you talk with the Lord about your struggle with control.