14 Creative Ways to Engage with God

14 Creative Ways to Engage with God

It's more than just reading your Bible and praying.
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Spending time with the Lord is a vibrant, rich communion. When we take the time to come before God in prayer and scripture reading, something happens. We begin to experience who God is as we spend time in His presence. Our hearts begin to change to look more and more like Him, and we even want to become more like Him! How beautiful it is to dwell in the presence of God.

However, sometimes these experiences with God run dry. We try to read our Bible and pray daily, and over time we are simply going through the motions. We get stuck doing the same ritual day after day after day, until our busyness keeps us from the Lord altogether. Is communion with God supposed to feel like a chore? It is inevitable that sometimes it will. Still, I believe this is because we fall into a predictable routine and expect God to show up in predictable ways. Maybe we just need to change up the ways we spend time with God!

Regardless of whether we are having a mountaintop experience with God or if each day is a struggle just to pray for five minutes, here’s a list of 14 creative ways to engage with God.

1. Write a letter addressed to God telling Him something. Find a creative way to actually mail the letter.

2. Find a passage of scripture that speaks to you. Go on a walk or run while repeating the verse to yourself over and over again.

3. Choose a worship song to rewrite in your own words. Use different colors, patterns, and pictures to represent what the song tells you about who God is.

4. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and have a conversation with Jesus. Out loud.

5. Write a list of areas from your testimony where you have seen God’s faithfulness and sovereignty at work.

6. Hold your own worship service by singing along to a playlist or playing worship songs with an instrument.

7. Read Galatians 5:22-23. Draw each fruit of the Spirit (without using words) in a way that represents how you have exercised that fruit in your own life.

8. Spend 20 minutes sitting in silence. Listen to what the Lord wants to say to you.

9. Have God write YOU a letter, telling you the things He treasures most about you (you’ll have to be His scribe).

10. Find a photo filled with people you love. Spend time thanking God for those people and what they have meant to you.

11. Write Psalm 27 in your own words to include your own specific circumstances.

12. Make something and give it to God as a gift. Ideas: Write a song, plant flowers, knit a scarf, bake cookies.

13. Before starting a task or doing homework, dedicate the first 10 minutes of your time to prayer in order to prepare yourself for this task in order to bring glory to God.

14. Pray in a new posture. Kneel, bow, open your hands, or assume another position in order to humbly preset yourself before the Lord.

These ideas are simply ways in which you can breathe fresh air into the time you spend with God. Never get too comfortable in one spot, because God is in the business of using new things to grow and change us. Try doing one of these ideas for the next 14 days, and see how God shows up.

“But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” - 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.
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Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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I've had short bursts of motivation as a last expedient to seize control of the downward spiral I have endured. But mostly they have diminished along with any motivation I have left.

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Recently, I have noticed how much happier I have been, and feel as if my life is back on track and it's future in my hands. This has allowed me to work an upwards of 50 something hours a week, see and manage friends, read and keep up with hobbies, as well as give me peace of mind and time to relax with loved ones.

I am grateful for the role that organization has played in my life and suggest that everyone incorporate some type of underlying structure in their lives, to realize that anything is achievable with proper organizational preparation.


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