Drawing Nearer to God

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Lately, my heart has been telling me I need to spend more time focusing on the Lord. Two years ago, I spent ninety days reading the Bible in its entirety. And then didn’t pick it up again. Admittedly, reading that much in that little amount of time was a big thing. Heck, I was proud of myself for sticking to it, AND for sticking to it while my Gma was sick, and through her death. If I missed a day, I’d make sure to read double the next. As you might imagine, a plan taking that short of time involved long readings daily, so double the reading was quite tedious and long, but well worth it, of course.

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But I slacked off after that. I would read verses through the Bible app on my phone, randomly pick up a devotional book I have, and read verses others have posted. I just never picked up my Bible. There’s something about holding the Bible, isn’t there? Mine is highlighted, in a rainbow of colors (the highlighters are made for Bibles, and honestly I wish I’d stuck with one color for that reading plan, so I could then use a different color for a different plan should a new verse strike my fancy, but it’s too late now), and there’s just something I love about turning the pages.

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I’ve also felt I haven’t been talking with God enough. I try. I’ll talk at night, but I usually end up falling asleep. I’ll talk during the day, but I’ll get distracted with life too easily. I always see various bloggers I follow talking about prayer journals. Journals are something I can get down with, because I love writing, and it’s honestly more like a diary than anything else, when you think about. So, I began a prayer journal. Right now it’s in a red notebook with seventy pages. And I love it so far. I.LOVE.IT. Honestly, I don’t know why I hadn’t done it sooner. It’s so freeing, to write out what I want to say to God. It isn’t just prayer requests, although those are in there, but rather me, talking, and thanking Him for my life. Because my life is pretty dang awesome.

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I started a new reading plan for my Bible (this one is chronological and lasts a year, so no stressing out as I go through it), and I’m writing verses that I enjoy from that day’s reading at the bottom of the page of that day’s prayer page. Not  the entire verse written out, just Gen. 1:1 for example. That way I know what was read that day, and I can go through and see those verses if I wanted to.

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I’m also a verse-highlighting addict. So, I got out a yellow seventy page journal and I’m writing out the verses that I love. This way, they are easier to access, and I won’t have to flip through all the pages of my Bible. The inside cover has John 14:27 written on it, because that is my favorite verse, and was my Confirmation verse as well, making it even more special than it already is.

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Honestly, I’m excited for all of this. I feel like a weight has been lifted. I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing; what God wants me to do. I’ve also been thinking of making some other changes, and praying about them, and those will be kept secret until I receive an answer regarding them. 🙂

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These are some verses I wrote down in my Scripture Book that I thought I’d share with this post. They seemed fitting.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded. -James 4:8

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! -Psalm 27:14

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. -Romans 15:13

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