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The Simple Marriage Prayer That Will Put Your Focus On God

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What if God Doesn’t Want You to FEEL Close to Him?

“And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19

“The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:8

Think about it like this: When we know someone well, we begin to grow in relationship with them and become friends, right? We begin to feel closer to them as a result of knowing their hearts, their characteristics, their ways, their desires, and ultimately–their love. But we have to take time to learn those things about them.

They can tell us some of those things through conversation so communication is important.

However, there are other things that we begin to see and learn as we interact with them, as we see them handle conflict, make decisions, and live each day. We get to know their hearts and character by observing their actions.

We can’t have one without the other if we hope to really get to know someone and connect with them as a friend. You can only know about them by reading their Instagram bio or asking basic questions. You really know them when we spend time with them day after day, listen to their heart, observe how they live, and do life with them.

The same is true when it comes to knowing God. It’s not just knowing about God that brings us closer, it means know Him–know His heart, as you would a friend or family member. It means opening up and letting ourselves be known. Vulnerability brings closeness in the very best way.

You get to know Him personally by communicating with Him through prayer, learning about Him and leaning into what He reveals in His Word but also by paying attention to His movements, seeing His actions, tuning into His silences, and trusting in His leading.

You get to know Him, you learn to love Him, by doing life with Him and more often than not, that’s possible by loving people that can’t love you back. Loving God is inseparable and impossible without loving His people because He has told us that when we serve and love the least of these, we serve and love Him.

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

I don’t know about you, but when I show up and serve others, I immediately experience a connection with them–even if I didn’t know them before.

Perhaps compassion driven by the heart of God creates connection with the heart of God that lives in the eyes of the blind, the beggars, and the broken.

Here’s the thing: You may not always get the warm fuzzies every time you read a Bible verse or when you pray, but I don’t always feel the warm fuzzies when I’m with my husband, yet I still choose to love him and serve him. I still get up and make dinner for him, I still ask him about his day, I still tune into his voice even when it’s not complimenting me or making me feel great about myself. We have to look at communicating and loving God the same way.

Life may not go how you like and every prayer may not get answered how you think it ought to be. But God is not your puppet and when we really know Him, we know that we wouldn’t want Him to be. We know that His ways are higher than our ways and we can walk in confidence of that, even when it hurts and especially when it’s hard.

You might feel really gross or guilty but when you know Him, when you walk with Him and invite Him into the darkest seasons and the driest deserts, you see how He handles our weakness and rebellion: with grace and mercy.

So, when your heart begins to wander, when you walk through hard seasons, or when your shame make you feel incredibly far from God, we have to remember that God is not a feeling but a faithful friend and Father. And true friends love at all times (Proverbs 17:17). Faithful fathers are never far from their children.

Friend, the God of the Universe is not too big or distant or mighty to hang out in your living room. He’s not as far as you think. He knows you and wants you to know Him. Simply feeling close to Him won’t cut it because feelings are fleeting. It won’t give you a solid, unshake-able faith like knowing Him will.

Because God doesn’t want you to FEEL close to Him. He wants you to BE close to Him.

Remember: When we are faithless, He is faithful (2 Timothy 2:13). He’s never far, even when we separate ourselves. Distance doesn’t exist in God’s Kingdom unless we choose to create it. You draw near when you stop drawing lines in the sand, drop your facades, and decide to learn, listen, and lean into observe and follow His lead.

Jordan Lee
Jordan Leehttp://thesoulscripts.com/
Jordan Lee is the creative voice behind the blog, The SoulScripts. She is passionate about seeing women set free by the love of Christ and works to bring them to that through sharing real, raw, and relatable stories and anecdotes with a creative spin. She launched her site in 2015 on a simple premise — to get real, to sort through the lies women believe, and to encourage readers in Truth while offering touches of comic relief along the way. She especially loves to keep it real by speaking openly into real-life struggles and offer encouragement through storytelling because she believes that our stories are the most unifying thing we have. The messy, broken, and imperfect parts of life are the threads that weave us together, reminding us that we are truly not alone. She understands the reality that we all have imperfections, brokenness, and pieces of our lives we’d rather not show. She recently published her first book, WholeheARTed: A Coloring Book Devotional, released this past spring. It is available for purchase via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Lifeway, and more. When she isn’t writing, you can find her with a coffee in hand as she dives into the Word, jogging through town, and traveling the globe with her husband. You can get to know her more on Facebook, Twitter,or Instagram.

The Simple Marriage Prayer That Will Put Your Focus On God

"When we pray these words, we are acknowledging that He is in control of us, and we are not in control of each other. It is offering our own will in exchange for God’s will."

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How do good parents miss child sexual abuse? It is simple.

Twins Found Floating Face Down in Backyard Pool. 6-Yr-Old Who Can’t Swim Dives in After Them in Bold Rescue.

“They were completely gone, there was no life left in them. They were blue. They were limp. There was no heartbeat. There was nothing."