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Do you struggle to know God intimately when your life gets hectic and crazy? Find mom-time and get alone with God with these 6 power tips.
Do you struggle to find enough time to know God intimately?
Being a mom is hard and sometimes we get so busy that we forget about the things that really matter, like spending time with God.
It’s important to know him intimately because he knows us better than anyone else does. When we spend time with him, it gives us strength during our weakest moments and reassurance when we’re feeling the most unsure of ourselves.
If you want to be a good mom but don’t have much time, try starting your day by reading scriptures or praying before going into your morning routine.
You’ll feel refreshed and ready for anything!
But the question that I’ve been asking myself is, how do I really really get to know God intimately?
I don’t want a superficial relationship with God. I don’t want to go through life missing the point and focusing on the things that won’t matter 1000 years from now.
Are you with me? Do you want to know God intimately and in a deeper way than you ever thought possible?
If you do, stick with me as we both find some quiet in the middle of our hectic and crazy lives and focus on Jesus and seek intimacy like never before.
Why You Need to Know God Intimately
I know it’s not always easy being a mom. I’ve been there in the craziness of raising seven kids and getting food on the table that I cooked from scratch, doing 4+ loads of laundry each day, and homeschooling them, and living to share snippets of my life.
Sometimes, we don’t even feel like moms anymore, and sometimes the guilt is just too much. But there are moments when you really do feel like a mom – those moments where your little one reaches out for you or crawls into your lap, and touches your face.
Those moments are worth everything. The time spent on our children will never be wasted because they teach us so much about ourselves.
When we’re able to fully embrace what God is teaching us without feeling guilty or overwhelmed. Being a mom stretched and changed me but because the Holy Spirit worked on my heart the failures and victories of being a mom will leave an impact on me 1000 years from now.
Each mo lives by a personal system of values. My values may not be the same as yours.
What do you feel is the most valuable in your life?
When your life gets crazy, what solutions do you turn to? Whose strength do you lean on?
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 9:23-24
You can pour your life into the wrong things and if you don’t slow down and look at your life, you might die before ever discovering that your focus was totally misguided!
As a mom, you might love learning everything possible to help you be the best mom possible. You might be an expert on essential oils, healthy eating, and all sorts of things you need to know in raising your kids. There’s nothing wrong with that.
But if pursuing knowledge has consumed your life to the point that you have no time left for God, that’s what this verse in Jeremiah is warning us about. That is a way the phrase ‘boasts in wisdom’ can be applied.
The second phrase could be the ‘mighty mom’ who focuses most on doing all the things and stresses like Martha. Ouch!
As a busy mom homeschooling seven kids, I fell into doing all. the. things. Yes, I did those things for my family. Maybe you’re doing lots of things for your church too. None of these things are wrong unless our focus gets out of balance.
I like looking at what I’m doing and asking myself it will matter in 1000 years. I should have thought to ask this when my life was beyond hectic!
One of my biggest struggles, when I’m doing way too much, is that my thought process goes in the wrong direction. I start thinking why isn’t my daughter (or son) helping me or doesn’t my husband see that he should help me out?!
Meanwhile, if you’re like me, you are doing all. the. things. and thinking about how no one does it better than you!
If it won’t matter in 1000 years, it’s time to change your focus!
You need to know God intimately because He’ll give you the wisdom, strength, and might you need for each situation. He’ll help you refocus and live doing the things that will make a difference in the long run.
If you want to really really know God intimately and in a deeper way than you ever imagined, then stick with me and let’s learn what delights God most.
The Ulitmate Value in Life
What is most important in your life and holds the most value?
What does God take delight in most?
God takes delight in you. He takes delight in the humans he created. More than anything else, God wants to have an intimate relationship with you. A personal relationship.
The verses in Jeremiah 9:23-24 let us in on what God wants you to boast about. In other words, what will still be important 1000 years from now!
- Understand and know God!
- Know God’s STEADFAST LOVE!
- Know God’s justice!
- Know God’s righteousness!
My takeaway is that God wants you to take delight and love Him in return with all of your heart!
6 Powerful Reasons to Know God Intimately
Ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut of reading your Bible and even praying, yet feeling like you don’t know God intimately?
When life gets hectic it is easy to rush through your Quiet Time without really spending time with Jesus.
I have faithfully had my time with Jesus without slowing down enough to meet with Him as my friend. As the person who is the solution to my fails, overwhelm, and ever-present feeling that I’m not enough.
I know that I’m not alone in these struggles that I experienced as a younger mom. That’s why the Lord laid this on my heart.
You might even feel like God has abandoned you.
To know God intimately means not only learning about His Word but also getting to know him on a more personal level.
Here are six reasons why you should know God intimately:
1) When you seek God, you’ll grow closer to Him. The impulse to follow hard after God originates with Him, but the outworking of that impulse happens when we passionately pursue Him. All the time we are pursuing Him, we are already in His outstretched hand (Psalm 63:8)
2) You can ask God anything without fear (James 4:3). God is a person. We often don’t think of God as being a real person. He is not a distant deity but a close-by friend who is also God Almighty. In the depth of His mighty nature He thinks, wills, enjoys, feels, loves, desires, and suffers (A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, p. 13) just like you and me. That is why we can know Him in such a personal way. This is why we should follow hard after God!
3) You will know how much He loves you! (Psalm 139:14-16). You might feel inadequate or like an imposter because of your failures. Throughout my life, there have been times I felt it was impossible to go on because of sin or a huge mistake I made. When you pursue hard after God by reading your Bible, talking to Him throughout your day, and worshiping Him, you will start to discover and really know how much He loves you. You’ll start to hear His still quiet voice whispering encouragement when you’re most discouraged. You’ll begin to feel so loved!
4) Intimate knowledge of God brings peace and joy– Psalm 139:23 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart!” Knowing God well brings peace and joy! He wants us to get to know Him better so that we can experience His peace and joy beyond anything we can comprehend or understand. You do that by faithfully reading your Bible each day. Even if you snatch moments here and there. It’s like doing HIIT workouts in brief bursts for a few minutes, maybe ten minutes, three or four times a day. Try it and you’ll become intimate with God!
5) Intimacy with God helps us see our need for Christ! Intimacy doesn’t always look pretty. Sometimes it’s like Jacob wrestling with all night. When repeatedly come to Jesus, you’ll soon feel the heat of desire after God. Seek Him with all your heart day and night, even while you’re doing other things. Consciously keep God on your mind through a Bible verse you wrote on an index card or a journaling art picture you drew on printer paper. When you find Jesus in a deeper way than ever before, the finding will be all the sweeter for the long-time you were seeking!
6) Following hard will give you a burning desire for God. David’s life was filled with struggles and problems that he created and that his enemies inflicted. Yet, his life was like a torrent of spiritual desire as he cried and sought after God. Another person was Paul who had a burning desire after Christ. He spent his life seeking after his God for one purpose, “That I may know him” (Philippians 3:10). That was the goal of his heart that he sacrificed everything for (Philippians 3:8). Paul lost everything so that he would know God.
There are so many more reasons that we desperately need to follow hard after God. I’m sure you’ve thought of at least one.