Draw Nearer

I have a friend who is struggling to “get back on track”  with her spiritual life.  She is a Jesus follower and no doubt loves Him, but at present just feeling a little distant and out of her routines with Him.  When we haven’t seen a close friend for a while, the best way to reconnect in our hearts with that person is to call them or read something they’ve written like an old letter or email as a reminder of their love for us.  It’s the same in our relationship with God.  Call Him or pray, and read His word as a reminder of His love.  Here’s my exact response or advice if you will to my friend.  I don’t think she will care that I’m sharing.  You may find yourself in her situation at some point and this may help you as well.  It’s simple and easy.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you:) Don’t grow weary in doing good. Start in the Psalms and just read:) That’s always a good place to “get back on track.” Just close your eyes and say the word “Jesus.” Say it over and over if you have to. That always has a calming, drawing nearer effect for me. His name just brings peace and is a gentle reminder immediately of His presence:) And I also like to pray out loud. I don’t know if you would have a chance for that, but I always feel renewed and refreshed when I do that. Sometimes I do it in front of my kids if they happen to be with me. All out honesty with God about your feelings and such is a freeing release. Love you and hope this helps. YOU WILL get “back on track.”  He’s still there with you. He hasn’t left you ( Josh 1:9). His hand is on you. He’s not finished with you. He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it. “

5 thoughts on “Draw Nearer

  1. Rebecca says:

    It means a lot to me that you posted this Rivera, that you were thinking about me at 5am! That encourages me greatly! So much distance between us, but you’re closer than I give you credit for. I love you! Thank you for your prayers, they are PRICELESS! And thank you for the comment from JoAnn!

  2. riveradouthit says:

    Yeah…there was so much more I could’ve written on this like praise, worship and thankfulness….all things that draw us nearer. I just happened to write this around 5 am this morning and kept it short and sweet. YES God IS faithful:) Thanks Jo.

  3. JoAnn says:

    I am fond of journaling in my quiet times & find that reading back through my journals helps. Recounting God’s faithfulness in my life & seeing/remembering how He’s been so near even when I’ve felt He was distant or quiet is refreshing! God is faithful! The Psalms are awesome during such times because we see how David cries out- “where are you God?”, processes his feelings and declares God’s faithfulness & character in the end. God is God and we are not! He is big enough to handle all our emotions, questions, failures & just wants us to call on Him! He will never leave us or forsake us! Praise God for friends that walk with us during times when we are “off track” and continue to point us back to THE ONE who is why we live & breathe 🙂 We all have seasons in our journey and it’s not always a mountain-top experience- there are valleys! Each one helps us appreciate the other!
    “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud & mire; he set my feet on a rock & gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see & fear & put their trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:1-3
    I know I have come out of some crazy pits & God has set my feet on solid rock & put a new song in my mouth! I pray God will do the same for your friend! Amen-
    P.S. Sorry for the longness- it struck a chord for me 🙂

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