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Renewing Myself: Improving My Relationship with God

Come near to God and he will come near to you. . . .  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
James 4:8a; 10

How do you have a relationship with someone? If you are married, how did your relationship with your spouse develop?

In my case, it was first meeting my husband at our 8th grade graduation. It was not an auspicious beginning. I sat in the row in front of him, and he straightened a hair pin and used it to thump me on the behind all during graduation practice.
A couple of years later we became friends in high school and enjoyed talking to one another. Wherever we happened to meet, we would stop and chat and talk about things that were of interest to both of us, chiefly sports back then.
A year or so later we had a couple of dates and had no trouble finding things to talk about. We learned more about one another. The next year we really became interested in one another, and sought each other out at every opportunity. We could not spend enough time together.

The following year we went off to college together and spent every single waking hour we could together. We fell in love. It grew naturally over the years as we spent more and more time together. Does this sound familiar? Relationships=time spent in the company of. It really is simple.

How do we improve our relationship with the Lord? The exact same way. We spend time with him: in prayer, in Bible study, in worship with other believers, and in serving others in His name.
How does He speak to us? He speaks through the Holy Scriptures, through our circumstances, through doors of opportunities opening and shutting, through other people, through His creation and through that still, small inner voice. Be aware that he is speaking in all ways at all times and be receptive to His call. Seek Him, and He will draw near to you. A relationship with God=time spent with Him.

Father, help me seek to spend more and more time with you! Amen.

 Pat Eppler

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