“Take me deeper …” These words are from the song, “Oceans” by Hill Song United. When we go through wilderness experiences, we often feel far from the Lord. How do we become more aware of his presence so our faith grows stronger in those times? Here are a few suggestions — practices to adopt every day so we become more aware and grow deeper in faith:
- Begin each day with intentionality. Set the tone by viewing the day as an adventure with God as your companion on the journey. Start with a prayer like, “God, what could be great about today? Help me discover your gifts and give me your perspective as we walk together, so that you receive the glory!”
- Turn complaints into praise. When you find yourself prone to complain about something in your day, praise instead. In Isaiah 61:1-3 we learn God wants to give us “praise instead of heaviness.” So, rather than focusing on what’s wrong with your situation, find something you can be grateful for and then offer your praise to God.
- Turn suffering into surrender. Suffering will always be part of our lives here on earth. Look at those times as a place to surrender outcomes and acknowledge your need for Jesus to walk with you.
- Discover God’s presence in each moment. Every moment is one in which to discover God’s presence — not just at church — but even in washing the dishes or shoveling the snow. There are many “mindless moments” to your days – boring tasks at work, or routines you could perform with your eyes closed. Instead of “just getting it done,” invite the Lord into your experience and use boredom as a catalyst for worship. – Judi Brandow, Communications Specialist