Grow with God • When I don’t really have time..

Hello Everybody!

I hope you’re all doing great this week and if you are in school that you are staying ahead! Personally, I have a larger course load than I have had in several years so balancing it with work, church, bf, and family has been interesting so far, but I am doing it! There is a cheesy tumblr post that says, “I run. I’m slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter, but I run!!” Which is how I feel about school, and life, at times TBH. AND though I never plan my intros, (Which is evident by how much I babble in them if you look at previous posts. Haha.) this funnily enough kind of ties in with my topic today.

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 ANYWAY, around a year ago and the beginning time of this blog of mine, I was carrying a similar course load as I am this semester in school, yet while being just as busy I was probably the closest that I have EVER been with God.  (Not that I am not close to Him now, but we can always improve and strive harder to be close to Him.) At the time, I had a reader reach out to me who was from Brisbane, Australia. Obviously, I was stoked that she reached out to me, but what got me more excited was her questions about God and our relationships with Him. She expressed in her email that she was a high school student and a Christian but she was “finding it hard to FOCUS on God because [she] did not have many Christian friends or influences around [her] and that [she] was pretty busy with [her] school schedule.” She then asked my tips for growing a relationship with God when you can’t really find that much time in your schedule. I obviously did not want to bombard her with a bunch of stuff all at once; I mean, How do you climb Mount Everest? One step at a time. So I decided to start off SLOW and give a few tips at a time. This is why for the first time ever, I am going to do a series on this blog page.  Because there will always be more that we can do as we learn more and grow more. I’m super excited about it, are you? *I’m imagining a crowd screaming “YESSSSSSS!” right now, not gonna lie.*

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Let’s dive on in!

Step 1: The first step is simple, though many people don’t actually do it and that is: spending time with Him (in the Word and in prayer.) It is just like a relationship with anyone else in your life; it takes time and effort. Can you imagine your BFF and you being as close still if you never talk or see each other? So when you feel a strain (like you aren’t as close as you want), start with that. Now, let’s talk how this can be a PRACTICAL application to our lives. Realistically, it would start with reading the Bible every day (just 1 chapter a day) & 15 min of prayer. At least. So if that means waking up 15 minutes earlier to spend time with Him, then so be it. In my opinion,  it’s better in the morning to do this; nobody else is awake and He has your full attention. Throw on some worship music and just talk to Him as though he were sitting across from you. Do this every day and then, when you get used to it, increase it to 30 min or an hour or however much you feel.  Odds are, when you get in the groove, the time will fly by and you will crave more time with him. 

Step 2: This one helped me A LOT and I never even thought it would. I don’t know if you drive or not, but when you are in the car, try to cut out secular music (aka anything not Christian.)  I’m not saying forever, I still love me some Go-Country 105. But at least as far as “car time” goes for a while, try to dedicate this time to Him. To be completely honest, this is an area that I need to work on again (This goes to show that it takes constant effort to maintain a strong relationship). Previously, I made that change and continued for 4-6  months and noticed it totally improved my overall mood. I wasn’t getting “road rage” or upset. It also helped calm me down when I felt an attitude coming on or when I was feeling anxious or upset. Spending time in His presence helps you, so you might as well get in as much time as you can. *warning: some worship songs are not suitable for driving because they cause tears and sobbing* Lol! All jokes aside though, I truly want you to take this #CarpoolWorshipSesh challenge. (and keep an eye out for one of my upcoming post-series where I am going to do my top 5 Praise Songs and then my Top 5 Worship songs. Until that comes out, you can check out my friend Kristen’s youtube video where she discusses the topic! I’ll link it below!)

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There are so many other things that could help, but seriously, just start with these and see how it improves your walk with Christ. Let me know how these work for you on my Instagram DM’s or by email! And if you want more tips, keep an eye out for the next post in this series.

Until next time, I’m signing off with a Graceful Soul and a Grateful heart.

xo, Leah Grace

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Want to read the bible, but don’t know where to start? My church has a plan that follows the one chapter a day! here is the link for a free download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5HegXgDdEYMMlVhNGx1emlROEE/view
Kristen’s Video!! https://youtu.be/7r2mkxpDGX4
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“Patience is a Virtue, Kid”

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So I felt the need to write this post because last night/yesterday was one of those days. Who knows what I am talking about without much further detail? You know, one of THOSE days. A day where you can’t seem to catch a break. Where Murphy’s Law really comes into play. If you are not familiar with this theorum then let me spell it out for you simply: anything that can go wrong, does. Well yesterday it seemed like that for me. Now this is my little disclaimer before I get further into this post: I know it is going to seem like a lot of complaining or like “first-world problems.” I am 100% clear that others have it worse out there, but I am just telling you this so you can see my end result from last night. So bear with me, please.

2n5YPQFSo first things first, I caught a cold during one of the worst times to catch a cold. Who the heck gets  a cold in summer? I prayed that I wouldn’t get sick and spoke over myself that I was not going to get sick. Who knows words have power? Death and Life are in the power of the tongue so I was trying to speak so much life, but it happened. That’s ok though, I’m over it. So anyway, I have the pleasure of working as a youth leader at my church, but I also am on a rotation schedule in the nursery and I get to work with some of the cutest babies ever. But how many people would agree that if you are sick, you probably shouldn’t be around babies? So no cute babies for me this week. *sad face.* but I didn’t let that damper my mood, I sat in service and heard an amazing message from our guest speak Dr. Nolte. It was amazing.

Next,  I was tired, sick, and cold while I waited for my sisters to go home. Service ends at 8:30 pm and it is about to turn 10 o’ clock when my little sister tells me that I could go home because they were going out to eat with their friends. I felt so frustrated. Why didn’t they tell me that sooner? Don’t they know I want to go home and rest? How could they leave me sitting here in the cold while I have really bad cramps? I was upset and it was late so I went to get food and when I got home I see that they gave me the wrong order. I was livid. After everything that happened, this on top of all that. This is how I felt in that moment:

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But I got in my car, turn on the radio (which I always have on a Christian radio station) as soon as I did, the song “Even If” by MercyMe came on. It says “Some times you win some, some times you lose some. and right now, right now I’m losing bad.” It just made me remember that even when I’m “losing” (for example when I am sick and tired and annoyed with my sisters), there also are times that I “win” (when we have great times and laugh, and I hear awesome preaching’s even though I can’t play with babies.) I felt so much better after that. I went, got my order corrected, wasn’t mad at the cashier because why ruin their day too? I was polite and they gave me a free ice cream and I went home and felt a million times better. I felt better because I stopped focusing on the bad and focused on God in my life.  Being patient is what He has called me to be, not a grump.

It may seem lame but really it is not. We choose our attitude. We choose whether we stay upset at our siblings or whether we sing worship songs and look on the bright side.  I remember from one of the Bruce Almighty movies, I’m not sure if it is Bruce or Evan Almighty, but in one of them Morgan Freeman said something that is so true that I think about it ALL THE TIME. When you pray for patience, does God give you patience or does he give you opportunities to be patient? Usually it is the latter.  I pray for patience all the time so I can expect some tests to come my way.  I need to keep my cool and be patient with people (even when my little sisters tell me things at the last possible second.) I also want you to remember, you control your attitude. Life is only 10% what happens to you, the other 90% is how you react to that.” 

Until next time, I am signing off with a Graceful Soul and a Grateful Heart.

xo, Leah Grace