WELCOME to DAY ELEVEN! This has been a slower journey for me than I thought. I keep getting distracted by life. I SO want to be closer to GOD, but things are getting in my way…not bad things, just little distractions that eat up my time. Does that ever happen to you??
Today I am learning about friendship. Friendship with Our Creator. GOD HIMSELF wants to be my BEST FRIEND. Do you have a best friend? Someone who knows all about you, sees you on your “not so good” days and LOVES YOU ANYWAY! That is how GOD is. He created each of us. He alone knows our struggles, heartaches, triumphs, fears…He looks deep within our hearts…He knows it ALL. Good and bad, yet LOVES US ANYWAY!
It is difficult to imagine how we (as a finite, sinful human) can have a best friendship with an ever-present, Holy, Perfect, All-Powerful, Majestic GOD that we cannot see or touch.
How can we achieve this? ? Rick Warren tells us 2 ways.
THROUGH CONSTANT CONVERSATION: God wants to be included in EVERY PART of our lives. EVERY activity, EVERY conversation, EVERY problem and EVERY thought. Pray without ceasing means to be continuously conversing with GOD. All throughout the day, be reminded that HE IS THERE, LISTENING, WAITING TO BE INCLUDED.
I always thought I had to stop everything and spend alone time with GOD. When I failed (which is often) I would be disappointed in myself and then not try again for a while. The great news is that we can speak to GOD every day at every moment. Not just tossing up a “Dear God, help me with the mess I made of my life” but telling HIM about what is going on throughout the day.
THROUGH CONTINUAL MEDITATION: To think about HIS WORD throughout the day. Place Bible verses around your home, office, car, etc. It doesn’t have to be long, drawn out times of memorizing. Read a Bible verse and think on it throughout the day. GOD will reveal HIS PLAN for our lives if we FOCUS ON HIM.
DAY ELEVEN: THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE (Taken directly from the “The Purpose Driven Life” by Pastor Rick Warren, page 91)
“TODAY’S FOCUS: Becoming Best Friends with GOD
POINT TO PONDER: GOD Wants to be My Best Friend
BIBLE VERSE: ”Friendship with GOD is reserved for those who reverence HIM” Psalm 25:14a (LB)
QUESTION TO PONDER: What can I do to remind myself to think about GOD and talk to HIM more often throughout the day?
Here are the treasures I found from DAY ELEVEN:
Every relationship that we want to grow needs nurturing, like in my marriage, my husband is my best friend…but we got to this place because of TIME INVESTED. I need to look at my relationship with GOD as TOP PRIORITY.
Everything we do can be spending time with Our Lord…we just need to invite HIM. Be aware of HIM
These are a few index cards I have made to place in different areas to help remind me to think about HIM often throughout my day.
You LOVE me!
I receive your Grace.
I’m depending on You.
I can do all things with Your help.
I fear not, for You are with me.
Reference: ”The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren, 2002 Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, pages 85-91
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