“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.”
Honestly, I am the worst when it comes to this type of thing. I always feel the need to DO rather than BE.
A couple months ago I considered giving myself homework assignments related to the Bible and prayer to force myself to actually spend time with God. Why? Because that makes it easier for me.
Sometimes, it’s easier to fill out a worksheet or complete a journaling prompt than sit still, listen, or pray from the heart. BUT, that doesn’t make it better.
I’m not saying that exercises like those are bad. Devotionals, Bible studies, all of that jazz, a lot of them are really beneficial.
Side note: Just keep your eye out to make sure they follow Biblical principles.
Anyway, I AM saying that for those of us with perfectionism seemingly hard-wired into our core, those of us who are achievement-driven, or those of us who feel aimless when told to sit in solitude to be with Jesus, well... sometimes that’s exactly what we need.
David wrote, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.” Psalms 27:4
He could spend eternity simply gazing on the Lord’s beauty! Who doesn’t want that kind of passion for God?? I know I do.
Here’s the thing—that doesn’t come naturally all the time. It comes from cultivating regular time seeking God wholeheartedly, authentically, and with vulnerability.
Cry out to God, exude praise, ask Him the tough questions, and pray for your heart to be transformed to mirror His.
Eventually, after a lot of effort to sit still and truly delight in Him, you will notice your heart begins to grow with compassion, peace, wisdom, and truth.
Productivity is not always the answer. Instead of assigning myself a worksheet or prompt for journaling, I am working on the simple act of delighting in God. As He continues to draw me near, maybe my heart will look a little more like His.
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Jenn is a pun-loving gal from the Pacific Northwest with a heart for worship, lettering, and water (in a glass or otherwise). If she had a TV show about her life, you’d see her randomly bursting into made-up songs, designing websites from 9-5, and all-too-often indulging in another scoop of brownie ice cream. In everything, she desires to bring others closer to Christ through the power and beauty of words. Find Jenn on her website Lettering for Jesus or Instagram.
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