Searching for God- The Thirty Warriors #2

“I love all who love me.  Those who search will surely find me.” Proverbs 8:17

He was there all along, we just didn’t see it.  It’s like when you were in high school and the person you had a crush on drove a white truck.  All of a sudden, it seems like there were white trucks everywhere!  God was there all along, you just weren’t searching for him until now!

Is finding God like looking for a white truck-

How to search for God

  • Study the bible daily
  • Pray each day and throughout the day
  • Start a prayer journal
  • Go outside in nature
  • Go to church
  • Fellowship-Join a church group
  • Ask God to show you, then be still and patient
  • Show gratitude
  • Recognize that the Holy Spirit is in you, and in others as well

What does this look like in my Everyday Life?

Do I do all of these things everyday?  No, definitely not.  Would I like to?  Yes! Some versions of the bible say “those who seek me early shall find me.”  This could mean early, as in, before anything else or it could mean early in youth.  Since it’s too late to have started this in my youth, I think it’s safe to assume that this could mean early/before anything else/first in your heart and mind.

I’m a planner girl.  I actually have two personal planners, another one for business, one for my job and another one for taking notes and other misc. things.  It’s a bit of an obsession. (washi tape anyone?)

I know that for me, if something is going to get done and if it’s important to me, then it needs to be in my planner.  I have certain tasks that I try very hard to stick to each day.  I created a printable that you could print on sticker paper to use in your planner, or print it on regular paper and use washi tape or double sided tape to use in your planner.  The first column is for weekdays, the middle column for Sundays, the third column is for days when you are doing something with your church group- women’s ministry, bible study, knitting group, etc. and the final column could be personalized for your own needs.

search for god printable

To access the printable Click here.  I hope this helps you on your journey to seek God first!

 

Minding My Own Business

“and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: you should mind your own business, and work with your hands, just as we told you,”  1 Thessalonians 4:11

“those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”  Proverbs 13:3

This is super advice.  Absolutely true and very difficult to do.  I, for one, have at times, failed miserably at keeping my mouth shut.  I have gotten caught up in a moment and said something that I shouldn’t have.

Like the time I told my son that he was probably too big to be a race car driver- he’s 6’3″ and 220 pounds.  He was devastated.  I thought he knew!!

Or the time that I pulled an enormous hair off of my mom’s chin.  In front of about 8 people.  “Wow Mom, that’s huge!”  Oops.  Embarrassing.

Oops! I DID IT AGAIN!

Sometimes I just don’t think.  Thankfully, God forgives me (and eventually my mom did too).  But how can I prevent these kinds of missteps from happening again?

  1.  Fill my heart and mind with God’s word so that it comes out of me.  (ex.  stop watching the Real Housewives shows.  Talk about not minding your own business!) The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130
  2. Pray for God’s help. (ex. just because she’s wearing skin-tight, flesh-colored skinny jeans doesn’t mean that I have to tell her that’s a bad idea) May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
  3. Be gracious. (ex. don’t point out or pull out other people’s chin hairs in public) Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
  4. Look for and point out the good things that people are doing.  (ex. yes, it’s obvious they don’t know how to load a dishwasher properly, but at least the dirty dishes are in the dishwasher instead of on the counter RIGHT ABOVE IT!) He traveled throughout that area, speaking words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece Acts 20:2
  5.  Let the Holy Spirit be your guide, not posts on social media.  (ex. yes, that political joke was funny, but should you really repeat it?) This is what we speak, not in words taught by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining Spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 1 Corinthians 2:13

What strategies do you use to keep your words sweet?