(ANON QUESTION RECEIVED FROM GodfirstGodalways)
Hi there, I was just wondering if you could help me? I used to go to church a little just because I felt a pull to go but I never really understood much about Anything because I wasn’t brought up with religion but I stopped going a few years ago because I didn’t talk to many people at church and felt like I didn’t have anyone to talk to. I was just wondering if you could give me any pointers on how to reconnect with God and learn and stuff because I’m feeling a strong pull to do something.
Hey 🙂 I’m glad you felt a strong enough tug from the Lord to do something about it. Tumblr is one of the most encouraging places to be. I can relate so much because I also stopped going to church for a while then returned. I didn’t really talk to people either, because I was a bit uncomfortable. I discovered that I was very shy about opening up in church as in fellowship. Even though I am a Christian, I still struggle with trusting people because I’ve been a victim of abuse. I know it sounds like I’m using that as an excuse but I also don’t doubt my experiences of being hurt has a lot to do with my insecurity about opening up. I’m a lot better now because I’ve made a habit to write down things that I’m grateful for (usually at night) and praising God early in the morning. Journaling in general about the Lord and praying a lot about wanting to change for the better is what I did and continue to do. I specifically ask that He will help me be more compassionate towards other people, to have better understanding, to be a better communicator, to have more meaningful relationships, to be more focused on Him and on others so I don’t make it about myself so much. That’s how I was able to overcome avoiding church. I realized everyone attending church was pretty much like myself, wanting to change for the better, all wanting to know what God’s will is for their lives, all just wanting more of Him, to know Him more.
Everyone is just like me, I have a relationship with God, you have a relationship with God, everyone is responsible for their relationship with God and praying for yourself is just as important as praying for others. You can reconnect with God by praying a lot for yourself. It sounds selfish but it’s that important. I’m constantly asking Him to give me the confidence and strength I need to keep walking in faith, to direct me to the the people that will help me in my walk, to give me the wisdom to make the right decisions, to be reminded of how valuable I am to Him. You can print out Bible verses for guidance as reminders of His promises and put them all over your bedroom walls, and positive affirmations that encourage you to get closer to God.
Listen to podcasts or sermons on YouTube from pastors. I like Francis Chan, Greg Laurie, and Paul Washer to name a few. If you lived in my town, I would love to go to church with you. I’m guessing you most likely don’t lol. Anyway, Jim Crews pastors in Valley Bible Fellowship located at the very center of Las Vegas. His teaching style makes it so relatable, that’s why people feel so welcomed coming to this church. You can listen to all the sermons on their website for free…http://vbflv.org/home. There’s also Christian vloggers and they’re just growing in numbers. I also use YouTube to listen to Christian music playlists including instrumentals, it all depends if I’m getting up or getting ready for bed…I’m always trying to fill my head with positive messages from God. Read a Psalm or two every morning. 🙂 exercise has also helped me so much, I listen to positive Christian affirmations while working out. Start a blog like I did on WordPress…it’s called Heart’s Table and it has helped me so much in my walk. Try to be as transparent as you can, talk about your struggles, talk about what the Lord has done in your life that makes you want to deepen your relationship with Him. There is also a book I recommend, it’s called My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. This is the very first devotional book that I’ve taken more seriously compared to other devotional books I’ve read. It’s helped me to focus better on God and to understand what Christianity is all about. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren is another great one for new Christians in terms of guidance. The study guide and journal (which isn’t your typical blank lined journal) is usually bought together with the book. I may have a copy of them laying around somewhere in my house, and if I find them, would you mind receiving a free gift from me?
The Lord will pull at your heart again about the right time to go back to church, you’ve got to pray often about it, ask Him to prepare your heart and mind to take in the message at church and usually for me Saturday nights is a good time to meditate so I’m more receptive and spiritually ready the following day. I’ve noticed my heart is more engaging when I take time to pray the night before and early morning on Sunday. God already knows you’ve been hungry and thirsty and what He wants of you is faithfulness in seeking what ways you can obey Him to feed your soul, and you can do that through prayer and journaling. As long as you’re consistent on affirming that your desires match His, your meditation is in harmony and in agreement with His will. If you’re not sure about returning to a specific church, maybe you can check out some churches on Yelp and do some research on them. God gave each and every one at least one skill or talent, and hearing the Word whether it be from the Internet, from a friend, or from church (where you’ll learn and be encouraged the most because of fellowship) will allow God to make room for new desires in your heart, through which He will hone your gift(s), because it’s in His will that you use it/them for His Kingdom and His glory. I hope I’ve helped. This was an awesome question btw! 🙂 I’ll be praying for you sis. 🙂 Let me know if you think The Purpose Driven Life will be of any help and I will personally ship the books to you…for free. 🙂 I’m also working on an ebook about powerful prayers/praises that transform the mind and serve to bring people “closer” to God. You might be interested in that, so I’ll make a post about it and message you once it’s finished.
By His Grace, Sheela (Via godfirstgodalways)