Hi, friends! I hope your Wednesday has been great so far. I always love chatting with you guys and sharing what I’ve been learning lately. Before being on the creative team, I didn’t really share much about my Bible journaling with anyone other than my husband. Since sharing with you guys, I’ve gotten to have so many great conversations! That has brought me such joy. Let’s talk about what’s been on my mind and heart lately.
I’m 100% an introvert. My idea of a good time is getting to stay at home with my husband, watching a good movie, and going to bed early. I could literally go weeks without human interaction and wouldn’t really notice it much. As you can imagine, this has caused some issues in my social life. I have trouble initiating and maintaining friendships many times because my personality leans to that extreme.
This doesn’t only affect my personal life, but my spiritual life as well. God is not only my heavenly father, but my best friend. Any healthy friendship needs quality and quantity time together to thrive. Sometimes the introvert in me just folds up into myself and doesn’t let anyone, including God, in for periods of time when I’m feeling like I just need time alone.
Here’s the thing, though… that’s not okay. God deserves to be part of every part of my life – including my “alone” time. That’s probably the times that I need to be with him the most! After I go through a dry period where I’m not communing with God as often as normal, I feel like I’ve created a gap between the two of us.
When I feel myself creating that gap, I sometimes feel like it’s going to be 10x harder to get back into that close, personal relationship again. I was in one of these seasons about a month ago when I came across this verse in Psalms:
“The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.”
Let’s break it down quick: “the Lord is near to ALL who call on him.” What do we have to do to be near to God? Call on him. Talk with him. That’s it. When you think of him like your best friend, just picture yourself calling him up on the phone and having a conversation. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or thought-out. You should hear some of the random stuff that comes out of my mouth when I’m talking with God! I was discipled by a woman when I was in college who always started her prayers with “hey, God.” I thought it was weird at first to sound so casual, but that eventually showed me how comfortable she was talking with her father and best friend.
Call on him and he will come near. A couple other verses that speak on the nearness of God are James 4:8 and Psalm 34:18 if you’d like to read some more.
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