Today I have started my “More God” challenge. Last week I purchased an Invisible Clock (timer, stop watch, alarm gadget) that clips onto my clothes. I have set the timer to countdown fifteen minutes, vibrate and then repeat. My action? To praise, thank and be mindful of God each time the timer vibrates.
Why am I doing this? Because I want MORE!
More intimacy with Jesus.
More walking with Father God.
More Holy Spirit in my daily life.
Am I experiencing a particular challenge or obstacle in my daily life? No.
I am not sick, depressed or freaked out in any specific way.
I simply want MORE. OF. HIM.
I’ve heard the teaching that when things are going well we tend to forget about God. I personally don’t buy into that train of thought. Sure, it can happen. But let’s not teach people that it is normal to forget about God during any circumstance (good or bad). I live a life of thanking HIM. My biggest prayer is always, ‘Thank you…”
I wasn’t always that way. I think I would call myself a believer of God my whole life. But I definitely wasn’t a follower until I was 35. Becoming a follower or disciple of Jesus meant getting to know God, who HE is and what HE says. And surrendering the lordship of my life to Jesus and HIS ways. Wow! What a journey I’ve been on AND am on! It hasn’t always been easy, but it has always been good.
As I’ve grown to know God more I realize how much I don’t know. Daily. And how much more of HIM I want and need. Daily.
I find myself going through my day thinking of HIM regularly – but always? Intentionally, mindfully seeking HIM in everything? Truthfully, no.
HE has more thoughts of me than there are grains of sand (Psalm 139:18). I could return the favor at least every 15 minutes – can’t I?
I desire to:
- Seek HIM with ALL of my heart (Psalm 119:10).
- To soul seek after HIM like the deer pants for streams of water (Psalm 42:1).
- For my soul to cling to HIM (Psalm 63:8)
Jesus clearly stated what the greatest commandment is:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-39).
I desire to love God better and MORE.
What exactly does ALL my heart, ALL my soul and ALL my mind look like in this endeavor?
I can’t take credit for the ‘invisible clock – 15 minute – praise Jesus‘ idea. I actually heard it at a women’s conference as a help to someone fighting a disease or illness. The challenge was to do this for two weeks and see what happens. Knowing what I do know about Jesus, I would expect nothing short of miraculous!
That is where I am at today – expecting nothing short of miraculous!
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:3).
I’m not sure what I always believed about this verse. But I have come to believe that I am poor in spirit. Let me explain. The word poor is used many ways, but my favorite definition is: never having enough. With this definition a person of great wealth can still be poor. Someone well below the financial poverty level can be rich. Poor and rich certainly can pertain to finances, but by no means stop there.
I am believing that my spirit is poor in that I simply don’t have enough Holy Trinity in my life. I don’t know that I ever will – in this lifetime.
I want MORE.
I am intentionally seeking MORE.
I have committed to a 12 day journey. Starting this morning. I will keep you updated.
PS. Already, even typing this, I have been brought out of myself to Praise the one who made me. Thank you Jesus!