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Five Minute Prayers & Casual Thoughts

Some Thoughts

Growing up in the church I have heard my whole life that Christianity is “not a religion” but a “relationship”. I am not saying that this is a wrong thought – on the contrary. However, I do feel that the church has failed to teach children from a young age how to live out that relationship. I have been gradually realizing that this faith journey is about more than just “five minute prayers” and “casual thoughts” that are cast heavenward throughout the day.


Now this is not to say that I’ve been conscious about myself thinking this way. It is more likely a subconscious attitude I was not aware of.


In our fast paced world, the faith-minded person has increasingly less time to devote to prayer and other godly things. Maybe it’s more of an issue related to poor time management. However, there is no doubt that our culture is more busy now than in years past.


In any kind of relationship do you expect to only exchange a few words in passing and assume that you’re best friends? Of course not! We are all aware that to have a good friendship with someone takes time and effort. You need to have conversations with that person and spend time getting to know them in different contexts. Why then do we assume that our relationship with God would be any different?

You may be saying, “But God is all-knowing. He should already know everything about me. He should just answer when he hears my prayer.” Yes, God is all-knowing. however, he still desires a close relationship with us. He wants to hear from us. How was your day? What are your hopes and dreams? What are you struggling with? God wants to spent time with us. Although, he is omniscient, we are not. That is another reason (and benefit) to dedicate ourselves to deepening our relationship with him.


If any of us wonder why we are not moving forward, why we cannot hear God, or many other questions, the first thing to ask ourselves is: “how is my connection with God?” Now, I understand that even the most devote individual, will go through dry seasons. This is by no means a “step-by-step”, “one-size-fits-all” solution. However, these are some thoughts that I resonate with, that may help someone else out there reading this right now.

To sum it all up, this faith we are called to, needs to be lived in dependance on Christ and according to the truth found in his Word.

Digging Deeper

“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity 

“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts” – A.W. Tozer

1. God Is On The Move by 7eventh Time Down

2. The Proof Of Your Love by for KING & COUNTRY

3. Wake Me Up (Amnesia) by Group 1 Crew


The Beauty & The Struggle

stock-photo-hello-august-new-chalkboard-with-d-outlined-text-on-wood-285818717Welcome to August everyone! Okay, it’s been a few days into this month already, but it’s my first post of the month, so I say welcome anyways! Personally, I can’t believe how quickly the summer has passed by. And I’m sure some people are dreading the arrival of September, but not me; I’m excited about this new season!

Lately I’ve been examining myself to see if I’m happy where I am and where I have to make some changes. In these moments I often find that I have drifted off from where I want to be. I’ve become distracted by other things. There is a lot to deal with in life physically, in work, and school. Plus other interests like sports, (not my thing, but I know lots of people enjoy it), books, movies, and more. It’s all too easy to be pulled away from what’s really important. 

What really matters then? People. At the end of the day, my possessions, wealth (or lack thereof), and everything I accumulate isn’t going to matter. My family, friends, those relationships and people who have left an impact on my life, that is what’s important. As an introvert, sometimes it’s tempting to try and hibernate from the world. Of course, having time to yourself is good, but having a balance between social and alone time is more healthy. Nevertheless, I must confess that I write this blog post while sitting in a chair alone and listening to music. However, like I said, nothing wrong with being alone sometimes … right?

teacher-836767_640Recently I have also decided it was time to purge the needless things and whatever is holding me back from moving forward. Truly, it’s easier than I’d like to admit for me to be dragged down by things that are hindering rather than helping me achieve my goals. As I’ve cut things out, I am starting to replace them with the habits I need in my life now. One, bible reading and morning devotions is a daily habit I’ve wanted for a long time now. However, since I’ve never been a morning person, it was always a struggle to keep up with morning prayer and devotions. Well, one thing hasn’t changed…I still can’t say that I’m a morning person, but this time I’m sure of my determination. If this is truly something I want, then I will find a way to incorporate it in my life in a way that works for me.

I don’t have it all figured it all out and I know I won’t be perfect. But isn’t life a journey? It’s about the beauty in the struggle, striving for what’s important. We fall and get up again, then carry on.

Here is a song I am reminded of: “All I’ve Ever Needed” by AJ Michalka.