Hi everyone, welcome back to Serenity in The Spirit!
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Now, for today's post we're re-visiting the idea of seeing God (the extraordinary) in everyday life (the ordinary). In Part 1 I spoke about God bringing me a revelation about prayer through an ordinary experience with my toddler nephew and in Part 2 I compared our walks with God to washing up (I promise once you read it, it will make more sense!)
I wanted to delve deeper into one of the points made in Part Two about having the appropriate tools to develop in our walks with God. Whilst seeing God in every day life comes naturally for some people, for others of us, it is a little more challenging. The way I changed my outlook in life was through prayer, journaling, reading the word and listening to worship music. I thought I would suggest some practical ideas of how these tools can be used to see God more. (I spoke about journaling in Part 1 so click the link to read about that).
God says ask and we shall receive (Matthew 7:8). God wants you to see Him in the everyday because He is there, He doesn’t want you to just limit Him to a nice feeling or big event/decision in your life. If you are a believer, the Holy Spirit lives within you which means wherever you are, God is. Whatever you do, God is there so converse with Him. He is always ready and willing to listen and He wants You to receive more of Him. As well as asking for God to move supernaturally in our lives, it’s important to recognise and thank Him for His presence and power when He provides the things we take for granted. These things include breath in our lungs and a roof over our head. Here is a prayer that you can start with:
Thank You for my life, thank You that You have provided for me in ways I barely recognise day to day. Open the eyes of my heart, Lord that I may see Your hand at work in my life every single day. Place a heart of gratitude in me and forgive me for the times I have taken You for granted. I ask, Father, that you help me to be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit within me. Please help me to see You in the beauty of nature and the beauty of Your people. It is with an open heart of gratitude I pray in Your name, Jesus, amen.
Additionally, you can pray scriptures into your life. This just means speaking them over yourself and asking God to make them a reality for you. In Romans, Paul declares that Gods nature can be seen in all that He has made (Romans 1:20). Ask God to open your eyes and heart and make this the case for you.
Reading the Word:
Filling yourself up with the Word of God is an essential part of growing more intimate with Him. The more intimate you are with God, the more likely you are to see things through His eyes each day as you’re living your life. By reading your Bible you can gain a better understanding of the almighty, powerful God we serve who created the entire world in just 6 days. Reading the beginning few chapters of Genesis will remind you of this and you will not look at nature the same. God created the beautiful sunset and sunrise that you can see each day, He created the picturesque countryside you see while driving on the motorway. God created us, humans that are so intricate in nature, we don’t even fully understand how we work. By living your life according to the Word, your outlook on life will change and you will start to see change in your everyday... He are some scriptures that you can start with:
Listening to worship music:
This one is fairly self explanatory but it can be challenging. Often we play music in the background without properly listening to the lyrics but worship music is made to give glory to God. By listening to lyrics that speak about God’s creation and His presence, we fill our minds with thoughts of the like and it becomes easier to see Him around us no matter what is happening. Below are some lyrics from a number of songs that may help you with this:
It’s your breath, in our lungs, so we pour out our praise, pour out our praise (All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord)
Let us become, more aware, of Your presence. Let us experience, the glory of, Your goodness (Jesus Culture - Holy Spirit)
Jesus in all things, I’ve seen a glimpse of Your heart (Love so Great - Hillsong Worship)
You are Holy, great and mighty, the moon and the stars, declare who You are (Cannons - Phil Wickman)
Heaven thundered, and the world was born, life begins and ends in the dust You formed (Unstoppable God - Elevation Music)
Of course there are many, many more and a quick google search will help you find some but this is a start! When listening to these songs, try praying beforehand to ask God to help you soak in the words and not just merely hear them. Focus on each word that is sung, and when there are no words focus on the instruments you hear - remember God created music as well.
So everyone, thanks for reading! I hope this post provided some practical help for seeing God around you. If you have any questions/prayer requests feel free to message us on social media and/or you can write them anonymously here.
Song of the post: So Will I (100 Billion x) - Hillsong Worship