Fully Submerged

During the last couple weeks I have really been working hard to keep a mind focused on prayer despite working these crazy work hours for the summertime! One thing that I have been reminded of a lot lately is to not get comfortable in the presence of God. We are each called to be more than ankle deep (or luke warm) in our walk with God.
We should constantly be surrounding ourselves with things that create a more spirit filled way of thinking so that we can continue to grow in our walk and put that way of thinking to work in prayer, in church, and in our everyday lives. We are constantly given opportunities to bring glory and victory to God! Whether it’s just lending a helping hand to a friend or coworker or speaking with someone about who Jesus Christ is! 


Now this also goes hand in hand with showing God’s love! Just as 1 John 3:17 says, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” As we work hard to grow in our walk with God we are placed around people to help encourage us and for us to encourage. We encourage by showing love and affection, as well as respect and integrity. I am so blessed with the people God surrounds me with because they encourage me when they see I’m doing good but they also aren’t afraid to speak up when they believe I’m doing something I shouldn’t be. God uses them to help me grow and make me a better person. 


My main point is that we need to surround ourselves with like minded people and strive to run at God with everything we can while living in a constant prayer state of mind! This is how we grow and eventually become fully submerged in The Holy Spirit! 

-Beki

Thrilled About God [part II]: Autumn Renewal

” 1  How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
 2  I long, yes, I faint with longing
to enter the courts of the LORD.
With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout joyfully to the living God.
 3  Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young
at a place near your altar,
O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
 4  What joy for those who can live in your house,
always singing your praises.    Interlude

 5  What joy for those whose strength comes from the LORD,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
 6  When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, [6]
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
 7  They will continue to grow stronger,
and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.”

-Psalms 84:1-7

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I wrote a couple weeks ago about being thrilled about God and I do not feel as I touched on that as much as I would have liked. This has been a thing on my mind for several weeks now and its something I feel I cannot shake.

Your relationship with God isn’t about simply getting to heaven. And I hear it all the time people talking about heaven and hell, which yes is a very serious thing, but I do not feel like it is the sole purpose of being a Christian. As a teenagers who attend to get their parents off their back or because it is something you “have” to do. I feel like very often this is what pushes so many youth away from the church. They see church as a chore and sometimes even a punishment! A relationship with God is not based on a set of rules or guidelines.

You can’t focus on rules,church, and religion. Our God is a pure, loving, compassionate, forgiving God; I think that is something to celebrate and adore! He has done absolutely everything for us.He is generous and kind.

As I have written about before I have been re-visiting all of my old prayer journals since the time I was saved in my freshmen year of high school to the present day! Today I found an entry from Oct. 13th, 2013 and it really seemed to correlate with everything on my mind lately so I decided to share it.

“God when we walk with you, I begin to get chills, I feel your presence and it thrills me to get a step closer to you and the goals you have set before me each and every day. I fall in love with you more and more each day; each time you help me out of an awful mood or help me appreciate how wonderful life is. I am stirred by how you continue to bless me even though I constantly feel as if I am failing you.”

I definitely can look bad and say that I meant every word. I am thankful for all God has done in my life and it encourages me to continue in his path and stay focused on Him always. I become more in love and more thrilled every morning that I wake up. My only objective is to show others that kind of relationship because it is incomparable.

xoxo,

Beki