3 Practical Ways to Draw Closer to the Father

sunset

first loveDo you remember a time when you fell in love? You had a skip in your step. When the phone rang, it only rang once. Faults? No way. You couldn’t spend enough time together. After all, you were in love!

When my husband and I began dating 28 years ago I’d just cut my hair to a length I’d not worn since I was eight-years-old. Yep, it was short. As the relationship progressed, I realized he preferred longer hair, and lucky for him, I did too. Allowing my hair to grow back to its normal length made me feel that he would be more attracted to me, that he would somehow love me even more than he already did. It seems silly now when I look back, but when we love someone we desire the person’s attention, and ultimately their love in return.

But even the strongest of loves this side of heaven can fail because we are flawed. And yet, there is a love⎯One love⎯that is unlike any other, for…

There is nothing you can do to make God love you more.
and
There is nothing you can do to make God love you less.

How could we not help but want to draw closer to this kind of love, to this kind of Father?

Today, I’d like to share three practical ways we can do just that. I hope you’ll share one of your favorite ways, too.

Drawing Closer to the Father

 Coffee in the morning
{Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10} 

Practice Psalm 46:10: Pour a steamy cup of coffee and head outside just as the sun begins to peek over the horizon. If you’re not up for a morning time of worship, practice the same at sunset. It’s simply about remaining still, soaking in God’s magnificent creative power, and recognizing Him for He truly is…and who we are in Him.

 

Artist brushes

{C. S. Lewis writes, “My own eyes are not enough for me, I will see through those of others.”}

See art as an act of worship. Visit a local museum, go to a poetry reading, watch a potter at work. See through their eyes. Then set aside some time to create your own art as an act of worship. Sing, write, color, paint, take photographs, try your hand at poetry. It’s just you and your Father. Enjoy!

 

Donate

{“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40}

Donate. Time, food, money, clothes, cars, blood. The list of things we can give to others is endless. I need to do more of this but there’s no doubt that when I do, I sense God’s presence and perhaps that’s no coincidence when we consider Matt. 25:40. One idea that came to mind while gathering goods for a local missions group recently was to pray for those who will receive the items. We don’t know who that person will be, but obviously, God does.

 

Cathy Baker

Cathy Baker is an award-winning writer who delights in observing God at work in the nuances of life. She is the author of Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotion Guide for the Beach. Her work has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Upper Room, Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family, etc. Her award-winning poetry has appeared in two anthologies. She is also a regular contributor to Inspire A Fire, Just 18 Summers, and A-3, as well as a member of Cross N Pens. With four grandchildren and a godly mustached-laden husband, she considers life to be quite the adventure. Visit Cathy at http://www.cathybaker.org

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