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As a teacher, one thing I love about summer is the freedom to go on lunch dates with my friends. I enjoy trying new places and new foods. I look forward to spending time with the people I love. Needless to say, it can be a little disappointing when one of us has to cancel unexpectedly. Knowing how this makes me feel, I often wonder how God feels when we neglect to spend time with Him. I’ve been guilty of silently making the decision to spend more time with God and not following through.
We were created for relationships and just as the other relationships in our lives require our attention, so does our relationship with God. In fact, your relationship with God is the most important relationship in your life. And it starts with transparency. If you truly desire a more intimate relationship with God, be honest with Him. Be honest about where you are right now, anything you may be struggling with, your desires, etc. He longs to hear from you, no matter how far away you’ve gotten.
Not only does a real relationship require honesty, it also requires consistency. Seeking God on a daily basis increases your desire for Him as well as your understanding of His character. Through this relationship, God provides peace, joy, wisdom and contentment.
If you’re having a hard time making the commitment to seek God, I encourage you to start with prayer. Before you even unlock your phone, begin your day by communicating with God. Let Him know you’re thankful. Talk to Him throughout the day and be intentional about guarding your heart. Incorporate worship music and God’s Word in your quiet time. It gives you fresh perspective and clarity at the start of your day.
Make your time with God a priority. Just as you look forward to meeting with friends, God longs to meet with you as well. He is our source; the only one that can fulfill our every need. We were created to do life with Him. And apart from Him we simply wouldn’t thrive. Just as a beautiful flower must stay connected to its roots, we must also remain connected to our Father. He desires to spend time with you. Will you let Him in?
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”
John 15:4 NLT
Jheralynne is a 23-year-old from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is a recent graduate from the University of Alabama where she studied Early Childhood Education and English. Jheralynne serves at her church and is also a small group leader. She has been a Christian since a very young age, but it wasn't until she got older that she realized her worth in Jesus Christ and truly began to know Him on a much deeper level.
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No matter what your background is, what type of experiences you’ve had, or what mistakes you’ve made, your life is of significance. And regardless of what you may have grown to believe, God created you with a specific purpose in mind. Chosen For Such a Time as This was written to encourage and inspire single women, however, it addresses the issues that many women face today, no matter what their marital status is. This book places great emphasis on the truth that the most valuable relationship you can have is with our Creator. Through that relationship, we are made whole. This life is a journey that comes with blessings, frustrations, laughter and tears. Whether you are married or single, wholeness and contentment in Christ is essential. Despite the season you find yourself in, God has a plan for your life. And He can use you right where you are.
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