Seeking More

There have been times in my life, I know, when I have sought God and His presence in my life more than I have recently.

 Oh, there are lots of reasons (or excuses) I could put forth--

 *The grief of losing a close relative and the almost paralysis of the soul that can sometimes follow--

 *The challenges of a major surgery and all the ramifications involved--i.e. no energy, etc--

 *Getting caught up in the "busyness" of the holidays and all that entails--

 I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. Suffice it to say that I desire to be back in the mode of really seeking God each day of my life.

 Why is it that when we neglect the good spiritual disciplines in our lives that it is so hard to reverse the course--almost feeling like we no longer know how to do it.

 Today as I read the scripture below, I knew I had to do something about my lack of spiritual inertia, so this is very simple but is what I am focusing on today.

May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.  from Psalm 40

 I asked God to show me how to truly seek Him again--what would that look like today in my life if I truly did that.

 As I became quiet before the Lord, this is the thought that came to my mind--the first step in seeking Him--

CONFESS SIN

So I spent some time confessing sin--that is all I am going to focus on today--I did do my daily Bible reading and a couple of psalms just for the enjoyment of it--but today will be about focusing on the Holy Spirit convicting me instantly when I sin--and immediate confession.

 I would love for you to add comments of what "seeking God" looks like to you. 

Hopefully, I will add something each day for a few days that God in His mercy and grace will show me.

I hope to be back soon to the full spiritual discipline of searching for and seeking Him as I would for gold if I knew there was a stash buried in my back yard.

He is THE treasure to seek for and I never want to forget or neglect that.

Have a blessed day, sweet friends. I love you.

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Comments

Nancy said…
I think we all at various times in our lives fall into the same trap...It's so easy to let "life" get in the way of our relationship with the Lord.. There is an ebe and flow to relationships and I think it's true of our relationship with the Father as well....

The little book "God Guides" helps me so much in my seeking the Lord...Her premiss is Pray, Be still and Listen, and then obey what He says....When I do this, I am amazed at some of the things He says to me and I have to admit that sometimes the obeying part is the hardest....

You have really made me think today and I thank you..I will look forward to reading more of what you have to say on the subject.....
Sandy said…
I agree with you and Nancy. It is so, so easy to slip away from the disciplined life of seeking God. I am fortunate in that God keeps me on a short leash, so to speak, and I get very depressed if I neglect prayer and Bible study. I simply MUST pray as soon as I wake up each morning, then go to my devotionals, some online, some in book form, then I read a lesson pertaining to a devotional. Each evening I am listening to the entire Bible online at The Streaming Bible. I am enjoying this routine and know it is going to be so instrumental in my growth this year.
Love,
Sandy
Anita Johnson said…
it is so easy to fall away from the discipline of seeking God. I have a list of distractions too. I picked a word for this year...and I hope to share it on my blog soon. My word is INTENTIONAL. My desire is to be intentional about volunteering, time spent on the computer (Pinterest sucks me in)...intentional about my photography, but most importantly, to be intentional about my desire to know God more. Stopping by here, Dianne, always brings me back to my Creator...it's good to analyze what we do, but don't be too hard on your self...you are on the right track here! I wish we lived closer. I would intentionally grab you for a cup of coffee! (o:
elizabeth said…
Today I felt God nudge me to spend more time listening. It's so easy for me to fall into a "getting my Bible reading and prayer list done" mode and forget to nurture the relationship. When I read John 15:15 today it says that Jesus will tell us what the Father has told Him. I am craving to know "Papa" or Father God better. I'm going to have to start listening for this to happen.
Love to you my friend...

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