Thursday, January 29, 2015

How To: Grow Your Faith!

Hello Everyone!

So I know that I made the commitment to blog every Wednesday, but this past Wednesday (aka yesterday) I was diagnosed with… an upper respiratory infection. Yes ladies and gentlemen, I have an infection. Luckily it should be gone in about 48 hours, which means that by tomorrow morning *fingers crossed* that I will be feeling better.
Anyways, that was a long introduction as to why I didn't blog on Wednesday, but I just thought you guys deserved to know exactly why it was that I was unable to write the post since I was sleeping all day long.

With all of that being said, I could have cranked out a post to you that wasn't that great, but the one that I had planned was something that I wanted to be great, not just something that I wanted to get done and over with so I could go back to sleep.

To celebrate a month of blogposts, I wanted to end January with a post that was very near and dear to my heart - my faith.

I am very open about the fact that I had kind of struggled with committing my life to a relationship with God and my perfect moment happened a little over a year ago on November 24, 2013. It was truly the best day of my life as it opened so many doors and closed so many unnecessary ones.

Now, this blogpost isn't about how to have a relationship with God or how to get one, because I believe that that is one of the most personal things someone can do with their lives - committing to God I mean because it truly is your decision, not anyone else's.

This blogpost is about how once you've made that decision, how to go to that next step, how to make your faith a part of your everyday life.

My advice is to ease into it, you don't want to all of a sudden try to de-code the bible, because that takes a lot of years to get to. So buy a book - a daily devotional to be exact. Something that already breaks things down for you and you don't have to over think things.

I highly recommend Joel Osteens "I Declare" because really helped me ease into having my faith become a part of my everyday life. I have an entire blogpost dedicated to it, you can read that here.

As you read your daily devotional, make sure that you soak it all up - like a sponge. I found that what I read in my daily devotional would often relate to exactly what I was struggling with. I always prayed after my devotional, thanking God for his guidance.

It is important to get into the routine of praying because I feel like that is what makes my relationship with God that much stronger. I always start my prayers off with "thank you for my health, my family and my friends" but you can start yours off with whatever you choose to. I think it is so important to thank God for things that he has blessed you with. Always remember to pray about things that you're scared about, things that you've already prayed about, things that you're happy about - because that's your special time to be vulnerable.

I don't believe that you have to be active in a church to have a relationship with God. Your relationship with God is always going to be the most personal whenever you're by yourself in your own space. I personally am not active in a church and don't feel the need to because I have my own relationship that is personal to me, I don't need to be in a church every Sunday at 10:30 to feel that.

So let's review here: Get a daily devotional. Start Praying. Have a personal relationship.

Those are the three perfect steps to growing your faith after you've made your commitment to God. I hope that you guys enjoyed!



Abbey







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