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Spend the Day With God

June 12, 2011

Today, as a special treat to yourself, I invite you to spend the day with God.  I don’t mean separate yourself from the world and live in 24-hour silence.  I am suggesting we focus a day where we invite God into every aspect of our lives.

As a child, I was taught the importance of prayer.  There were steps to prayer – even a song that taught me how to bow my head, close my eyes and fold my arms.  When it was time to say bedtime prayers, I was taught to kneel.  I can’t tell you how many prayers ended in me falling asleep at the side of my bed.  But I think God understood the intention of my heart.

While we didn’t use recited prayers in my family, we had specific ways to start and close the prayer and a pattern to fill in the middle.  I’m grateful for this teaching because I learned to love communicating with God.  I knew I was heard when I said those special words.  It gave me a foundation to build my relationship with Heaven.

Now that I’m grown, I’ve altered my prayer patterns.  I may not be as precise in the method.  But I communicate more regularly.  If I have a thought in my mind or a question in my heart, I’ll have a conversation with God.  It may be a few seconds or it may be an hour or more.  I may be driving, filling the dishwasher or taking the dogs for a walk.  It doesn’t matter the conditions I’m in or if I’m speaking out loud or even just thinking the prayer, God is always there.  He answers questions on all types of topics and He explains things I don’t understand.  He comforts me when I’m struggling. He encourages me when I’m fearful.  He laughs with me when something funny happens.  He empowers me when I’m feeling weak.

With this new understanding, spending the day with God because more natural.  We don’t have to stop when we’re doing or alienate ourselves in a vow of silence.  It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.  God just asks for us to need Him and call on Him.  Isn’t that a cool relationship?!  The more we reach out and involve Him, the more He’s there.  He doesn’t wear out.  He doesn’t get tired of helping.  He doesn’t have other things that are more important than you and me.  He’s always there.  He’s always ready.  And He wants the best for us, no matter what!

I need more of that relationship in my life!  I’ll admit I’ve been so busy and distracted the last couple of weeks that, even though prayer is normally a natural part of my life, I’ve been disconnected.  I miss our talks.  I miss feeling the support, love, compassion.  It’s right there and I’m ready to ask for it.

So that’s where our day with God comes in.  I need it and I suspect you may, too.  I’m making a conscious shift in behavior today to spend more heart time with God… to express my love and my thanks, to receive His unconditional love and strength.  It’s a day for my soul to rejoice.

I invite you to join me.  Please share your thoughts and experiences.  I’ll do the same.

Until next time friends,

Tara

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