Do You See the Love the Father Has Lavished on You?

FREE Scripture Memory Verse Printable and a Stress-melting Coloring Page

In this final week of Advent, we contemplate the love the Father has lavished on us! This week also marks the final memory verse for those of us who participated in the Scripture Memory Team. We have intentionally chosen and meditated on twenty-four verses this year. As we have read, studied, and stored these words in our hearts, we have grown in our experience of and understanding of God. I’ve chosen 1 John 3:1 as my last memory verse this year.

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The world (and me too if I’m not careful) can lose sight of what we celebrate at Christmas. The focus can easily become Frosty the Snowman, gift-buying, and over-indulging in special holiday treats. When that happens the hope, peace, joy, and love that flow from the appearance of our Savior can fade into the background. The world doesn’t recognize the real gift now just as it didn’t recognize it that first Christmas either.

My prayer for you is that you will experience Jesus this Christmas season, not as a religious icon, but as a real and loving God with you. It is my hope that you will see what great love the Father has lavished on YOU through the coming of Jesus.

When God humbled himself and entered into our world as a helpless, poor, and vulnerable infant he showed his willingness to sacrifice his place of glory so as to be Immanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23). And when he let the world reject him and crucify him, he showed the extent of his love for us.

He did on our behalf what we could not do for ourselves: pay the price of our sin. The one and only Son allowed himself to be alienated from the Father so that we could be reconciled to the Father. That is LOVE!

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May you experience and share that love this Christmas and into the new year.

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Melt Stress & Meditate on Scripture

Coloring is no longer just for kids. There is mounting scientific evidence it reduces stress in adults. According to Dr. Joel Pearson, a brain scientist at the University of New South Wales in Australia, concentrating on coloring an image may facilitate the replacement of negative thoughts and images with pleasant ones.

So if you’re feeling some stress this season, I’ve made you an Advent coloring page. Try it. Click on the image below and I’ll email you a copy.

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Behold the Glory of the One and Only Immanuel

Freebies Galore! Scripture Memory Verse Cards, Advent Coloring Page & Additional Study Resources!

With all the Christmas activity, I thought we might just take a few minutes to stop and reflect on the reason for our celebrations. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the gift-buying, party-hosting, and all the extra cooking, cleaning, and busyness that sweeps into our lives at this time of year and miss the miracle in the manager. The theme of Week 2 is Peace. And as it coincides with the week to choose my next memory verse for this year, I chose to focus on John 1:14. This verse beautifully expresses how we are made at peace with God.

Advent Week 2: Peace John 1:14

And I thought since it was such a beautiful day here today, I’d just step out on the porch and chat with you about what God brought to mind as I reflected on the words in this verse.

As I told you in the video, I’ve made several different freebies for you this week.

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Freebies Galore!

Digging in Deeper to John 1:14

If you like to meditate on the Word through studying and listening to sermons and more intellectual pursuits, you’ll enjoy the additional resources I’ve curated for you in this PDF resource guide, Digging in Deeper to John 1:14.

In it, you’ll find links to a couple of sermons on this verse by C.H. Spurgeon as well as some of the online word-study and cross reference tools I use.  Just click on the image or button below to request this PDF and it will be sent instantly to you. You can print it out, but you’ll probably want to view it on your computer or smartphone so the links will be live. Then,  you can click on the links and open the resource.

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Advent Coloring Page

If you like more of an experiential form of meditating on the Scripture, you might want to get the Advent coloring page I made of John 1:14. As you color in the words and pictures, feel your stress melting away and be aware of Immanuel this Advent season.

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Scripture Memory Verse Cards

If you’re participating in the 2015 Scripture Memory Team and want the 3 x 5 printables to make a memory verse spiral or just to have memory verse cards you can place around your house, get this freebie. Click the button or image below and I’ll instantly email you a PDF with all 23 verse cards we’ve been working on so far this year.

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Whatever freebie(s) you choose, I hope you spend some time reflecting on the amazing fact that the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us! Meditate on his glory as you wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ! (see John 1:14 and Titus 2:11-14)

How about you? What helps you meditate on the Word so you can behold the glory of God and experience his truth and grace? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Clear the Clutter Crowding Out Time For God

2015 Scripture Memory Team Verse 22

In the wee hours this morning, as severe storms thundered across the Dallas/Fort Worth area, my sister’s family awoke to the sounds of sirens blaring the dire warning of a tornado in their area. Lynette, Derek, the kids, and the dogs all made a mad dash to their tornado shelter.

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Thankfully, the threat was soon over. As she recounted their frightful encounter, I thought of our own tornado shelter and wondered if we could even get in it should the need arise.

You see, in the years since we had it built, we haven’t had to use it for its intended purpose. So, it has slowly but surely become more of a closet for our clutter than a safe haven.

What would happen if the warnings blared in the night and we had to run for cover? Would the clutter hamper our efforts? I bet it would.

And that got me thinking how extraneous clutter in our schedules—especially at this time of year—can fill up and crowd out our true shelter, our relationship with the Lord!

As preparations for the holiday season swing into high gear, the gift-buying, party-planning, guest-hosting swirl of activity can easily crowd out our time with Christ. I know I’ve succumbed to that trap in the past.

So the conversation with my sister was a great wake-up call for me. It’s time to clear the clutter in our house and in my schedule so I can shelter in the strong and safe presence of Christ.

If you’re participating in the Scripture Memory Team with me, we are on Verse #22. I chose Proverbs 18:10 (from the NASB translation) as a way to remind me to where my security and focus need to remain.

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I’ve made 3 x 5 Chalkboard Memory Verse Cards you can download and print out. There is one for each of the twenty-two verses we’ve covered so far this year, plus a cute cover featuring Psalm 119:11. I put mine in a little index card spiral but you might like to display yours in different places around your house or car.

Free Chalkboard Memory Verse Printables

If you’d like me to instantly email you the sheets with the Scripture verse cards, just click the image or button below!

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How about you? Do you ever feel like your schedule gets cluttered and it hampers your ability to feel God’s presence? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

What To Do When There Aren’t Enough Hours in the Day

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Recently, one of my readers, Pete, asked me for advice on how to get more done in the same amount of time. For many of us, the next few months are some of the busiest of the year. So, I bet Pete isn’t the only one with this question. If you share Pete’s concern, today’s post and resource guide should help!

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“Our normal, everyday activities now are very hard to keep up with,” Pete told me. Then he explained he and his family have activities and opportunities on the horizon that will add even more to an already crowded schedule. “I don’t know how in the world we’re going to manage all of it.” I heard similar thoughts expressed by those who responded to my survey about the challenges you face during the holidays.

I confessed to Pete I would have to answer from the perspective of a fellow struggler. Productivity is still a battle for me, though I’m better now than I used to be.

My strategy for getting more done is actually better expressed as getting the right things done as efficiently as possible. And there is both a philosophical and practical aspect to the strategy.

In addition to the overview given in this post, I’ve also created a free guide with a summary of the key ideas as well as some links to content curated from others who are much better at this than I am. You’ll find links to the books, blog posts, and podcasts I’ve found most helpful. I hope it helps you learn, remember, and apply these ideas to your own life. Click the image or button below to get your cheat sheet emailed to you instantly!

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So, what helps me determine what to get done and how to accomplish it as productively as possible?

Philosophically, a Perspective Change Is Needed

Until a few years ago, I habitually thought in the same terms Pete used when he presented his situation. “There are never enough hours in the day!” That scarcity thinking kept me trapped and overwhelmed.

However, the “there are not enough hours” belief is the root of my problem; and it’s a perspective problem not a sufficiency problem.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.”  —Genesis 1:31, NIV

God established time and set the boundaries on our days, weeks, seasons, and years. We all get the same number of hours in our day. Each one of us gets 24 hours and 7 days each week. No more, no less. And God designed our bodies, minds and souls to function best within the patterns of time our Creator established.

So, I don’t need more hours, I just need to exercise better stewardship over the ones he has provided me.

There are three key mindset changes you’ll want to make.

1. Focus on What You Can Control

If I focus on something I can’t change (for example, adding more hours to my day), rather than what I can change, (what I do with those hours), I feel helpless and overwhelmed. String together a few days like that and hopelessness sets in as well.

On the other hand, when I focus my energy on the things I can impact, I feel empowered and hopeful.

What’s Within the Realm of My Stewardship?

I can control my attitudes, desires, feelings, and responses. I determine how I will give and receive love. I have dominion over my body and to a certain extent my material possessions. I can control what I believe, value, and think. These are the realm over which God has given me stewardship.

And he holds me accountable for how I manage the blessings he has entrusted to me within the borders of that realm.

Productivity increases when I keep my focus within this realm of stewardship.

2. Get Clear On Your What & Why

If I don’t know my goal (what I’m trying to achieve) and why I’m trying to achieve that goal, I work hard all day but don’t ever seem to accomplish anything.

I’m very “squirrelly”. If you’ve seen the movie Up and remember the squirrel-chasing talking dog, you’ll know what I mean. The least little distraction sends me wandering off the path of productivity.

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I’m also a recovering people-pleaser so saying no to the requests of others can be difficult. I’ve worked at developing the boundary-setting skills needed to do this. I now have a “healthy boundaries toolbox” that makes this much easier than it used to be.

3. You’re Guided by Your Why

We can set all the goals we want but our why is what motivates our actions. And our why takes us to the destination naturally associated with it—even if we consciously claim to have a different destination as our goal. I will be ruled by my why. So I better get clear on it!

If you want to know what someone really believes, look at their actions. Those more accurately reveal beliefs than words. They may say they believe in the golden rule, but do they consistently live like they really believe it. (We all mess up from time to time, but that is different from our consistent patterns of behavior.)

It works the same way with goals. Your why determines your actions. So spend some time honestly evaluating why you want to accomplish the goal you set.

Practical Application Tips for Better Productivity

Once you shift your mindset and know your true motivations, the following tips can help you steward your time and blessings more productively.

1. Design A Plan That Reflects Your Priorities

When you float down a river, the current causes you to drift to a particular destination. Likewise, your why produces actions aligned with your why and which lead to a destination or result aligned with your why.

Without a plan, you are basically drifting rather than purposefully fulfilling your calling.

If the why behind one of our goals is weaker than the why of another goal (even if we don’t consciously realize we even have another goal), our actions can become counter-productive. At best, we take a more circuitous route than needed to reach our intended goal. At worst, we end up somewhere we never intended to go.

For example, one of my goals is to lose another 30 pounds. However, the past few weeks have been very busy and overwhelming in terms of our family’s schedule. I didn’t do my meal planning, shopping, and other pro-active planning and follow-through related to my weight-loss goal.

So, even though consciously my goal remains weight-loss, the why behind that goal (better long-term health) has been weaker than my why behind grabbing fast food and ripping open a bag of chips instead of steaming some veggies (convenience and instant gratification). Without a good plan, my actions followed the stronger why and the scale drifted up instead of down.

A plan gives you a rudder and a motor so you reach the desired destination much faster and more efficiently.

A plan that takes into account the relative priority of each of your goals also acts as a map. So, when you reach a fork in the river the decision has already been made as to which way to go and you have the resources to take the necessary actions to move in that direction.

Rank your goals in order of priority. Knowing the relative rank of your goals helps when you have to decide between two good choices.

Recently, I had to choose between saying yes to a dream-come-true speaking invitation and watching my son’s football game. I wrote about that in a previous post. But essentially, it was easy to make the decision to go to the game because I had already clearly established my goals and why each goal was ranked in what priority within my plan.

2. Know (& Live Within) Your Limits

I regularly under-estimate how long tasks will take and over-estimate how much I can realistically and responsibly handle. Thus, I tend to stretch myself too thin and get burned out.

My peace and productivity goes up when I acknowledge and live within my limits and needs. How much sleep do I need? How much time do I need to nurture my relationship with God? My husband? My boys? My friends? And so on…

Michael Hyatt has some fantastic advice when it comes to productivity. In the cheat sheet, I’ve curated some links to his blog posts and podcasts I’ve found most helpful. One thing he says repeatedly is “What gets scheduled, get’s done.” And I’ve noticed that as I’ve become better about spending my time on paper first, I am happier with the results in real life.

3. You CAN’T Do It All Right Now!

It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but it is healing medicine once you get it down. We are finite beings. We were not made to do it all. And thinking we can or are supposed to do it all is actually a scarcity mindset in disguise.

If we think we should be doing more and more all the time, it reflects an attitude that what we have and are doing is not enough. Recognizing appropriate limits allows us to appreciate the abundance and sufficiency of what we do have and exercise good stewardship over it.

My Scripture Memory Team Verse #21 is Ecclesiastes 3:1 which says,

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This may sound like a contradiction to what I just said about not being able to do it all, but it isn’t. It is actually the key to making peace with our limits.

God made seasons as well as hours, days, and weeks. We can’t do it all right now. When you’re in a season in which you are parenting young children or caring for elderly parents (or both), your limits will differ from an empty-nest season.

Embrace the season God has you in right now and live in harmony with it.

Putting It All Together

  1. Prayerfully discern what God is calling you to do (your goals) and clearly acknowledge and articulate why you want to accomplish each goal.
  2. Rank your goals in priority order based on the relative importance of the why behind each goal.
  3. Map out a plan that acknowledges your limits so you can be a good steward of the time and blessings God has given you.
  4. Say no to things that don’t fit your plan or your particular season of life.
  5. Work your plan to the glory of God. (see John 15:8 and Colossians 3:17)

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And here are a few of my other blog posts that touch on some aspect of this general topic.

How about you? What helps you avoid overwhelm and get the right things done? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Despairing of Hope? Let the Lord Fight for You!

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This past week marked the second anniversary of Making It Real Ministries. My team and I reviewed our past, assessed our present, and looked ahead to 2016. I must confess for much of the past two years I’ve identified with those who followed Moses into the Wilderness not knowing where they were going, how they would get there, or how they would survive the journey. They had to learn to trust God and move forward in obedience in the face of seemingly overwhelming obstacles. And you and I must do the same as we follow God’s calling in our lives. Have you ever faced a seemingly insurmountable obstacle or apparently hopeless situation? Are you in one of those predicaments now? Then read on friend and be encouraged!

The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent. Ex 14:14 NASB

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As part of our reviewing the past couple of years, my husband (and CPA), Matt, did the books and showed me the financial situation of the ministry. And let’s just say I felt like I was staring into the wide Red Sea with the clamor of Pharaoh’s chariots growing louder and louder.

At about the same time, a dream-come-true speaking opportunity was offered. Yet…

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The Importance of Authentic Friendship & Highlights from Women of Faith

2015 Scripture Memory Team Verse 19

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting a group of Making It Real Ministries subscribers at the Farewell Tour of Women of Faith in Dallas. The short little video below will show you some of the highlights of our experience. The importance of authentic friendships was evident in our interactions, the speakers’ talks, and the scenes all around us. And so I chose a verse related to this theme as my Scripture Memory Team Verse 19. If you’d like a set of Chalkboard Printables featuring the nineteen verses featured so far this year, just click here and I’ll email them to you.

1 John 4:11, NIV

In a culture in which the National Science Foundation’s General Social Survey revealed one in four people have no one with whom they can talk about their personal troubles or triumphs, it was refreshing to see, hear, and experience the benefits of real relationships.

So many people today have “friended” and been “friended” by a multitude of people on Facebook and other social media sites but lack many, if any real friends with whom they can authentically share their real lives.

There is a big difference between being friended and being a friend. And while it can be scary to reveal our true selves to others, the rewards of the abundant life awaiting you on the other side of that risk are worth it!

Get Real with God First

It is much easier to get real with others once we have gotten real with God. When we get real with God, when we understand and truly believe God’s love for us through Christ, we become children of God. (See John 1:12)

Our relationship with God through Christ provides us with a security from which we can risk sharing our true selves with others. When we know we are accepted by God, we aren’t as desperate for the approval and acceptance of other people. This allows us to risk authenticity with others.

And the more authentic we are in our relationships with others, the more those relationships bless us and others. We enjoy the fruit of truly knowing our friends and being known by them. We are able to offer our lives and our stories back to God as living sacrifices through which we can comfort others with comfort we have received from God (see 2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

I want to encourage you to bring your real self to God and find the acceptance and security you long for. And then take your accepted and loved self out into the world and love others with the same love with which Christ has loved you.

Highlights from Women of Faith in Dallas

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If you’d like to make your own copy of the 2015 Scripture Memory Team verses I’ve been working on memorizing, just click the picture or the button below and I’ll email you a PDF which features a 3 x 5 card for each of the 19 verses we’ve tackled so far.

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How about you? Did you attend Women of Faith in Dallas and if so what were some of your favorite highlights? Or, what Scripture are you currently working on storing in your heart and mind? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

 

How to Store More Scripture in Your Heart. Free Printable!

2015 Scripture Memory Team Verses 17 and 18

In January, I decided to focus on memorizing twenty-four verses this year. Scripture memorization doesn’t come easily to me. However, I’ve experienced the power of having some key Scriptures committed to memory so they are right there when needed. And as I have built up my memory verse bank, I’ve benefited more and more as God’s truth and grace rolls easily off my tongue in the moment of need.

Free Chalkboard Memory Verse Printables

By starting off with just two verses per month, I have been able to make significant progress without feeling overwhelmed. I know several readers are participating along with me (even though they are shy about participating in the comments).

Free Chalkboard Style Printables

I love sharing my memory verse printables with you so you can make your own spiral. Of course, you don’t have to use the same verses I am using, but if you want them, I’ll be happy to email you a PDF with all 18 verses I’ve been working on this year. Just click here to request the free PDF.

You can print these out, cut them into 3 x 5 cards and:

  • post in visible spots in your house or car
  • put them in a 3 x 5 index card spiral
  • slide into a photo album to make a memory verse notebook
  • put some in frames (magnet refrigerator frames work great)

Really, you can use these in whatever way works best for you to keep God’s Word in front of you.

Scripture Memory Team

The plan has been to post a new verse on the Monday on or after the 1st and 15th of each month. I doubled up and did Proverbs 3:5-6 as SMTV (Scripture Memory Team Verse) #16 and 17 back on Monday, August 24. But then I forgot to post the link for Verse 18 back on Monday, September 21. So, today I’m getting us all caught up.

Here are the graphics I made for all of these verses:

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Your Back-to-School Insanity at the Intersection of Truth & Grace

Plus a FREE printable of 26 Scriptures on which to anchor your (and your kiddo's) soul during this stressful time.

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This is a guest post by my good friend Davi Nabors, M.Ed., LMHC, NCC. Davi is blessed to be the married mom of two teen boys, parenting coach, part-time triathlete, popular speaker, and writer. She’s on Pinterest and shares parenting tips and encouragement on her blog at www.TriParenting.com.

As I fly around town with two shopping lists of school supplies in one hand and a mile long list of To Dos in the other, my mind races in a zillion directions. The pressures of back to school make me feel like I’m the one back in the classroom – learning new rules, handing in papers, and fielding an onslaught of questions.

Sports physicals are due to the athletic office today. Are they still sitting on my kitchen counter??

            Will last year’s lunch boxes survive at least the first few weeks of school?

            What time do we need to wake up to get to school ON TIME this year?

            Whose class is the Nut Free Zone? Oh dear! How will my boys survive without PB and J?!   

            Don’t forget about the new rules for car line… Um, what were they, again?       

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There is so much to think about, I start another list.

At least these questions have straightforward answers. Like fill in the blanks on a quiz, with a little research, I’ll be able to cross them off my list one by one.

But then the barrage of worry-based essay questions begin. These don’t have definitive answers and usually lead to a string of more concerns.

From the time my sons were in preschool, these questions have had the power to consume me, if I let them. My reasons for fear have changed over the years, but they never go away completely. Now that the boys are in high school, my mind fills with concerns related to the safety of my oldest who drives himself to school and plays varsity football with really big guys. And for my youngest. He’s entering his high school freshman year… Need I say more?

My mind is spinning as I continue to run errands. I try to invent solutions to all of my concerns- most of which have me in the driver’s seat trying to control each and every issue. Sadly, that translates to trying to control my kids with nagging and helicoptering. Not the parenting approach I desire or recommend.

Shopping, driving, list making, worrying, controlling … the art of multi-tasking takes on a whole new dimension. My head is pounding. I need an Advil.

And then I see it.

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Find PEACE and Win Your War on Worry

You've got 24 hours to watch the broadcast on Periscope!

I’m doing a little series over on Periscope to help you find PEACE in your War on Worry. I did my very first broadcast with this topic in mid-August. That broadcast was an overview (and a bit of a chaotic hot mess with it being my very first broadcast and not knowing what I was doing). But this topic really resonates with the Making It Real Ministries community, so I’m going to do some short scopes (that’s what we call periscope broadcasts) that dig in a bit deeper to the various concepts.

I’m working on a way to archive these so you can watch them later, here on my blog. But for now, you’ll need to join me on Periscope. My Periscope handle is @LauraNaiser. Not sure how to use Periscope, read this. You’ll have 24 hours to watch the broadcast, but jump on live if you can. It is so much fun to interact with you live!

My plan is to broadcast on Fridays around 11:45 am CDT but that may vary a bit depending on my family’s schedule.  Be sure to turn on notifications when you follow me on Periscope and you’ll get notified when I go live so you won’t miss it. I will also post reminders on Facebook and Twitter so if you follow me on either or both of those, you’ll get those, too. If you’re on the Periscope broadcast live, you can interact with me via the chat box and ask me questions.

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I’ve made you a step-by-step guide to find PEACE in the war on worry. And on the second page, I’ve listed the armor of God and some thoughts about each piece and how it helps us in our fight against fear. Download the cheat sheet anytime. Just click on the image or button below and I’ll instantly email it to you.

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 And if you want to make a spiral of memory verses like I use, you can download my printables to get you started.

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Thanks for joining me today and I hope you’ll email me or leave a comment on my blog, Making It Real Ministries Facebook page, or send me a Tweet and let me know how you’re doing in achieving PEACE!

 

How to Strengthen Your Relationship with Christ

in Ways that Work with Who You Are and Your Season of Life

Recently I asked you to tell me what results you most wanted to achieve. By letting me know the topics you want help with I can create posts to support your progress toward those desired outcomes. The most requested topic was how to strengthen your relationship with Christ in ways that work with who you are and your season of life. So, if you can, grab a journal or note pad and let’s start working on that topic right now! And if you can’t stop now to make notes, just print out the cheat sheet I’ve provided and work on this when you have some quiet time to reflect.

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God Didn’t Use a Cookie-Cutter to Make Us

I used to think I had to relate with God the same way my spiritual mentors did. Unfortunately, they had totally different personality traits, learning styles, and lifestyles than I did. So when I forced myself to pray, study, worship, and serve the way they did, I never quite got the same results. For example, I had one mentor who was very contemplative. He could draw intensely close to God through things like prayer walking. But when I tried it, my mind wandered and I ended up frustrated and feeling farther away from God.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and no one can come to the Father except through him (see John 14:6). But Jesus is a person not a system. We come to our Heavenly Father through a personal relationship with Jesus not a religious style or set of rules or traditions. Finally, I realized if God made each of us with our own unique DNA and fingerprints, it seems like he probably designed us to relate uniquely with him as well.

Our relationships with our friends and family are unique. I don’t relate to my husband the same way I relate to my best friend. Yet there are still some fundamental aspects of all relationships that must be attended to if the bond is to be healthy and strong. For example, there must be:

  1. Communication
  2.  Respect
  3. A certain level of understanding, and
  4. Some tangible demonstration of our love and commitment to the relationship.

The same is true when it comes to our relationship be with Jesus. While my relationship with him won’t look exactly like your relationship with him, there are some basic ingredients required and they mirror those four components of our human-to-human relationships.

There are at least four aspects of a relationship with Christ that everyone needs to nurture:

  1. Prayer
  2. Worship (privately as well as corporately)
  3. God’s Word (the Bible)
  4. Obedience (living out the truth and grace you’ve been given)

Keeping this basic framework in mind, let’s look at a process you can use to strengthen your relationship with Christ in ways that work with who you are and your current season of life.

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I made you a little cheat sheet to help you walk through the process. If you’re a visual learner, you will especially like it!


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Now for the steps to strengthening your relationship with Christ…

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