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When I got saved 17 years ago, I was hungry for the presence and word of God. I could not get enough. I read the Bible from cover to cover about 3 times that first year of giving my life to Christ, and every single book I could get my hand on, I was reading. My life revolved around my relationship and it was some of the best times in my life.
Over the course of 17 years, that hunger has waned. I won’t lie. Life, jobs, running a small business, and taking care of a family can take a toll on a person to they get to the point that they feel like they don’t have time to spend with God anymore and that relationship takes a back burner to everything else vying for your attention.
That is one of the worst things you can do to yourself and those around you. Ask me how I know this.
2016 was one of the most hectic years of my life. My business grew, my husband’s grew and our life was on a full speed track running at top neck speed.
In November, when things finally started to quiet down, I found myself on the edge of burnout, so I did the only thing I knew to do — pray. I prayed and asked God, “What’s going on with me? Why do I feel so burn out with everything?”
God spoke to my heart and showed me how I had not been cultivating my relationship with Him at all and this was the #1 reason I was feeling so chaotic and out of sorts in my life.
During the holiday season through November and December, I started praying more and asking God to show me how to find that balance again in my life — to put Him first and slow down some. My word for 2017 is PRIORITY because God showed me that my priorities were out of line and it was time to put them back where they needed to be.
It was then that I remembered the 3 most important things in my life during when I felt the closest to God. The three tools I used over and above everything else to draw me into a deeper faith with God.
It’s those 3 things that I want to share with you today.
3 Tools to Help You Dive Deeper In Your Faith
The MOST IMPORTANT tool you will need to help you dive deeper in your faith is your Bible. You cannot grow closer to God without reading His love story to you.
Your Bible is God’s instruction booklet to help you get through all that life throws at you. When you choose to stay away from it, then you lose sight of what God wants to say to you to help strengthen and encourage you.
#2 Devotional Books
The second most important tool for me is having devotional journals available. What this does for me is it offers me a few minutes with God when I am running short on time. I stopped the excuses that I just don’t have time.
With a devotional, it literally takes about 5-10 minutes of your time to read one and let me just say this — that 5-10 minutes will make all the difference in the world when your life feels like it is topsy turvy.
My third favorite tool to help dive deeper into your faith is journals. My journal is my life blood. As a writer and constant reader, I have thoughts, prayers, and more flowing through my head on a daily basis. I use my journal as a place to write those thoughts down.
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My favorite journal is full of quotes from books I have read, sermons and podcasts I have listened to and more. When something strikes me as something I want to remember, I write it down.
The fun part about a journal is going back through after a few months and reading how God moved in your life, and the things and thoughts you were feeling during that time.
The best part is seeing when God answered one of your prayers.
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Now that you know my 3 favorite tools to help dive deeper in your faith, what are your favorite tools to use?