So if you read my post from yesterday, you'll understand the title for this blog. For the last three years I have backslidden in my faith. Yesterday, however, through the Grace of God, and maybe through the prayers of others, I decided to make a change and return to God, one baby step at a time.
The baby steps are going to be:
1. Spend 15 minutes every morning with the Lord. This could be in prayer, reading the Bible, reading a chapter of a book or listening to a Podcast that helps me deepen my faith, journaling or just having a cup of coffee and a conversation with God Himself!
2. Twice a week I will make a conscious effort to reach out to someone with a phonemail, a visit, a letter in the mail.
Well, it has just been 24 hours since implementing these baby steps and you're not going to believe that I have already felt, experienced and made a change!
Change Number 1:
Yesterday I began! I called one of my sisters who lives in Florida (I live in Minnesota) and we talked, shared and laughed together. I had sent her flowers recently for her birthday and on the card I added how "faith-filled" she is and she brought that up. We really had a nice visit. It always feels good when someone calls you and wants to spend time with you! I can be very selfish in this way but last night I made time for my sister and it felt wonderful! I felt so peaceful all evening after having connected with her! (Before, I would have made an excuse why I was too busy to call my sister to talk.)
Change Number 2:
Last night another interesting thing occurred. I received a text from another sister of mine asking if we could talk and pray together today. My first reaction was, "I have to work tomorrow, I won't have time, she''ll understand" And then it hit me... Wow, how selfish of me. My sister is asking for 15, maybe 30 minutes of my time to use in prayer and I am going to say no? OK Theresa, this is a perfect example of when you should say "YES" to your sister and "YES" to God. And I know that after I hang up the phone today with my sister, I will be spiritually on fire, Yet if I had worked through that time, I would never recall the emails I would have read or responded too. You just can't compare working for the Kingdom of God with the mundane tasks of this world, so when God calls as blatantly as He did through my sister, you had better act! (Before I would have postponed the talk and prayer time with my sister.)
Change Number 3: This is a BIG one! Over the last three years, I made excuses for why I could not write blog entries here and share my faith journey...but today...I made the time and it feels soooo good! Why does being in alignment with God and His kingdom always feel so good? (For 3 years I put off writing about my faith, but not today!)
Change Number 4: Today is one of my nieces's birthdays. I called her at 7:00 am (she is an elementary teacher so I know she is awake) and left a birthday message on her phone and told her how much I love her and how excited I am for her with all of the new things in her life, a new car, a new house, etc. It feels really good to do this! I know how good it feels when people remember me on my birthday and I hope my call made her feel good. (Before I would have thought about her, maybe thought about calling, but I probably would not have made the call.)
Wow, in just 24 hours with making a YES, God I want to come back to you, I am amazed at how I have changed, become more sensitive and caring and aware of opportunities to serve Him through little gestures. I feel a new peacefulness inside and I feel more connected to God than I have in a while! I don't think every act we do has to be talking about God or in the church, by simply calling someone, we are loving them, and God IS LOVE! We are emulating God by reaching out, making time for others.
So now I have a questions for you. Do you see opportunities in your life that you are not taking action on but that you know are in alignment with God's will for you? Are there people in your life, friends, relatives that you could call and have a conversation with and even pray with? If so, how and when can you make a change, just baby steps to bring God back into your life through reaching out to others and spending 15 minutes with Him every morning?
Theresa G. is fascinated by the topics of God, spiritually and the Catholic Church. As her faith and knowledge about these topics grow, her desire to write about them grows as well. Maybe you will be able to relate to one of her articles and maybe they will affect you in a positive way!