Friday, October 26, 2012

Growing In Intimacy

Intimateassociated in close personal relations, characterized by a warm friendship, private and cozyan association, knowledge, or understanding arising from a close personal connection.

Shhhh...silence everything. Quiet all the noise. Get back to that place of pressing in and sensitivity. Once again, or maybe for the first time, forming a personal relationship with the Lord where you get to know God deeper and deeper as you get down on your knees and pray, laugh, and bring to life old and new conversations. This should be a time when pending thoughts and dreams that are sketched in your heart find themselves interconnecting and flowing through a pen onto paper. The cobwebs are blown off of journals and that cozy corner is embraced once more. Intimacy. The mere pronunciation of this word utters wholeness and drawing near. I picture two becoming one, loving another slowly, and the sharing of private thoughts. Lines no longer matter so there are no boundaries because it is a pure relationship worth more than gold.


If I had to put words to such a relationship Psalm 63 fits my heart's voice perfectly.

(Psalm 63:1-8) O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely. 


To grow in intimacy we must first begin. Here are a few tips on how to let your relationship blossom with the Lord so it can become a constant overflow of Worship, love, and intimacy.

{1} Pray. Little by little start pouring out your heart to God, abandoning any fears or insecurities, so that you learn how to get out your feelings. Hand over the good, the bad, and everything in between to The Lord, knowing that He simply longs to hear your voice as much and more than you want to hear His.

{2} Converse. Throughout your day talk with God. He's your friend. If you've never done this before then it'll be just like meeting a stranger only to realize that with time and many words later that stranger becomes a friend. Don't feel crazy because like His word says, God goes with you. Whether you're in your car, in the restroom, or at the mall talk to God. Include Him in the big and small things because He cares.

{3} Make Time. Having a relationship with God and making time for that is awesome but there comes a crucial moment when the door must close. A moment of privacy and silence where it's just God and you as one. No interruptions or distractions because there are things that are on God's heart that He wants to share with you and things that you need to say as well. Learn to make time for all these things: prayer, Bible reading, and conversation. It won't always be easy or perfect but starting off your day even with a simple prayer in which you offer God your schedule so that He can take over your day and align all that needs aligning.

{4} Get into the Word. The best way to naturally get to know God is by reading the Bible because there you will learn what God likes, dislikes, what makes Him laugh, cry, and you will discover the true character of the one who loved you first. Before doing this pray so that God can show you the things that you do not know and so that what appears to be intricately difficult will be plain as day to you. When you begin to do this God will start revealing new things to you through His word, a new lifesong that will direct you and transform your way of thinking. Meditate on God's word by breaking it down and relating with it. 


May your relationship with God grow each and every day, as each season in your life changes, so that your ears become more sensitive to the Lord's voice.


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