5 Secrets to Quickly Connect with God (when you’re on the spot!)

In order to speak a word of encouragement (a prophetic word – what you sense God saying), we must connect to the Source of Blessing, the Living Word. When your mind is engaged in the task at hand, we want to sense His impressions. Here are five ideas on how to connect when you feel disengaged.

1. Enter into thanksgiving
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving Ps 95:2a

Thanksgiving invites God’s presence. The very act of looking for something to be thankful for sends endorphins into your system. Being thankful will change your attitude, because you are focusing on the positive aspects of your situation or the uplifting characteristics of God. Begin a storehouse of appreciation.

2. Bring a song to remembrance that feels anointed (Spirit of the Living God )
Let us shout joyfully to Him with Psalms. Ps 95 2b
Find your favorite worship song. One that always brings you into the presence of God. Some songs seem to have that effect no matter when they are played. I like the song by JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise “Spirit of the Living God”. The lyrics start this way: Spirit of the living God
We affirm your presence here…To heal us and to deliver us, To fill us and to change us,
Spirit of God.” What song comes to your mind that touches you deeply so that you feel immersed in His Spirit?

3. Smile and start laughing – Your spirit will respond
In Your presence is fullness of joy; PS 16:11
A smile is contagious. Our brains are wired for positive emotions such as love, joy and peace. When your smiling face is seen by another a 1-1 brain connection begins. The receiver’s expression will mirror yours. You will see a smile returned to you. This can result in a chain reaction, spreading joy to others. Our “attachment light” turns on when we notice someone is glad to see me. One of the first emotions a baby experiences is joy. “Someone is glad to see me!” Jesus is full of joy. “God has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” (Heb 1:9)

4. Practice Shalom for the body (relaxing breathing techniques).
Our body, soul and spirit are interconnected. What affects one, affect them all. You notice when you are tired or not feeling well, it’s harder to “be happy”. When your body feels strong from an exercise session or a swim, your face glows, you have a feeling of accomplishment and your spirit is high. Relaxing breathing exercises such as Shalom for my body affects your parasympathetic nervous system, which calms your body. When your body is at peace, your emotions calm down as well. Guess what your spirit does? It is open to peaceful thoughts from God.

5. Bring to mind a time you felt close to God
Many of you have experienced a time when you felt close to God. It may have been during worship at church. Maybe you were singing a song in private. Perhaps you were on a walk, enjoying nature and noticed the beautiful surroundings. Was it a colorful sunset? Was it fabulous cloud formations. Did you sense awe when you first drew near a huge mountain? It could be a newborn baby that gave you a sense that God was close. Find your scene. Picture it in your mind. Enter the picture and notice the details. What else was visible in the scene? Do you remember the sounds, smells and tactile sensations of the experience? Who else may have shared the experience? In this way, you increase the connection of God’s presence.

There are many more ways you can connect with God – through reading your favorite Bible passage, remembering a close friend, speaking in tongues, closing your eyes and picturing a loving God close to you, etc. When you connect, you will sense peace inside, a calm reassurance that everything is alright.

The next time you find yourself on-the-spot, give one of these secrets a try and then commit it to memory so you can retrieve it at a later time. You can build your own library of experiences and methods to re-connect with the One who loves you best.

Prayer Is A 4-Letter Word

A 4-letter word for Prayer?  How about h-a-r-d? l-o-n-g? a  bore? a drag? a HAVE-to?
Is prayer supposed to be that laborious? It is a struggle or a joy for you? Let’s think about that. How do YOU explain prayer to a non-believer, or what is their concept of it? I expect a common explanation from a non-believer might be:
   “Talking to a non-existent spiritual being, who if He was present, couldn’t care less about us.  If there is a God, it’s an energy force. It God is a person, He doesn’t give a rip about us. He just created stuff & left the scene.”
Assuming God is personal and does care, we can communicate with Him. I sense we’ve heard this common definition of prayer:
..Prayer is talking to God.
How do you explain prayer to a non-believer?
Can I pray without talking?  Think about that possibility.
Recently I experienced one of the most beautiful days ever weatherwise.  The wind was brisk and refreshing. The skies were blue and then filled with puffy cumulus clouds. The temperature was cool and comfortable dry.  “What a beautiful day!” I exclaimed. I sensed the goodness of God.
We recognize God in the beauty of nature, but have we considered the possibility that He is communicating with us — possibly without words. Maybe he is stroking us with the wind like a mother would do to her lovely child.
Prayer to some is laborious, travailing, long, boring.
I’ve heard prayer defined as “Talking to God”.   Not bad.  What most folks do without hearing a reply.
Listening to a Christian radio talk show, I heard a guest mention that “When I pray I talk to God, but I don’t have a conversation the same way as when I talk to you .”  My immediate reaction was “How sad – Why not?”
Have you ever experienced meeting someone and the conversation was uncomfortable because that person did all the talking. You could not get a word in edge-wise.  Possibly you remember being so excited to tell an acquaintance your story, that after a while you realized you were dominating the interaction.   I wonder how God feels when we do all the talking and we don’t give Him a chance to reply.
If we only have a one-way conversation, it is indeed lonely.
One of the lost arts in prayer is listening.
Listening prayer. – A novel idea.

Three Steps to Conquer That Overwhelming Task

What is that one item on your “to do” list that you KNOW you should do,
but it keeps getting pushed down because it seems too overwhelming? It’s so BIG, that it’s fallen off your list, but lingers in the background, haunting you every day. Other duties and opportunities come up and they seem good, so you say “yes” to each one or engage in what’s in front of you, instead of what is most important. It’s called the tyranny of the urgent, which means you are putting the seemingly urgent matters first and neglecting what is really important.  What about the book you are supposed to write?  the blog you should start? the phone call you have dreaded to make?  the paperwork staring you in the face?
Here are three steps you can take to conquer that one daunting task. Give them a shot and see if you don’t succeed!
One:  Make those steps bite-sized
First review your “next” step toward that dreaded task and analyze it to determine if it is still too big.  Split this step into even smaller, bite-sized steps.  Your original “bite-sized” step may be too big.  In setting a goal, Michael Hyatt suggests writing down “The next step” toward accomplishing it.  Don’t look at the entire project as a whole, but split it into smaller manageable steps.  Let’s look at your very next step. If it were really manageable, you would have already done it!  Either it is too big, or there are other jobs connected to it that make it more complex. You might need to set goals for these sub tasks.

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But – you’ve already broken down your project into small steps, and you know the next step to take. Is your next step also too huge?  Can it be broken down even smaller? Even if it’s ridiculous, try making it smaller. For example, instead of “I will write 3 blogs next Monday”, try this:  “I will write one half blog tomorrow” or maybe “I will write the first paragraph of my book” this evening.
Two: Ruthlessly handle distractions
If you are not accomplishing your important assignment, what are you doing instead with that time?  One distraction might be checking your email and then getting sidetracked doing that.  Another could be Facebook.  Perhaps you started cleaning a drawer that became your distraction. How about watching videos – whether it be YouTube, Netflix, cable, or whatever.  To ruthlessly handle this issue, you might need to change your scenery.  Find a place without your common distractions, such as a coffee shop, library, restaurant, park, outdoor deck for your writing, organizing, etc.
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Third:  Start
This is probably the most difficult, if not the most rewarding step to take. You will find that once you start, things begin to flow because you have taken action.  If you are inundated with the stack of papers yelling for your attention, start with one.  If you haven’t written a word on you book, start with a sentence, or begin your outline. Jot down an idea. If you haven’t read the pile of books you bought, pick one and read the introduction today.  Beginning is winning half the battle.
There are other strategies to conquer that overwhelming task. What are your ideas?