Praise Him!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100: 4   It isn’t a surprise to God. That thing that blind-sided you out of left field, that sudden loss, personal betrayal or financial disaster is not a surprise to God. Your ongoing, seemingly never-to-improve condition, situation or trying relationship is not a surprise to God. Not one crisis or trial that enters our life is a surprise to him.   From our earthly perspective we can’t see over the wall that is our difficulty, but he is looking down and sees all. …

Grow, Mature, Pass It On

  Six steps to finding God when you’re living with a crisis Step 6  Grow, Mature, Pass it On As we close out this series, I’d like to review the previous steps briefly. When we are in the midst of a time of crisis, intense grief, or a long-term trial, we may lose the sense of feeling God’s presence. Calming our mind is the first step in preparing to seek him. In Step 2, we discussed how unconfessed sin can block our sense of reciprocal communication, being heard and hearing God’s response to our prayers. It’s also important to keep …

Worship Him

  Six steps to finding God when you’re living with a crisis Step 5  Worship Him How important is worship to God? Let’s think about another question for a moment. The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt and they had reached a crisis point. They cried out, God heard their cries and responded to them. Why did he rescue them? For what purpose? To free them from slavery, obviously! Isn’t that a significant enough purpose? The phrase “Let my people go!” has been used in song and as a rallying cry ever since the days of Moses, but when was the …

Praise Him

  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 It isn’t a surprise to God. That thing that blind-sided you out of left field, that sudden loss, personal betrayal or financial disaster is not a surprise to God. Your ongoing, seemingly never-to-improve condition, situation or trying relationship is not a surprise to God. Not one crisis or trial that enters our life is a surprise to him. From our earthly perspective we can’t see over the wall that is our difficulty, but he is looking down and sees …

Trust Him

  Six Steps to finding God When You’re Living With a Crisis Step 3  Trust Him After three miscarriages, I had to face the fact that I might never become a mother. The first loss was the most shocking and heart-rending, but each successive loss was scarier than the last and at age 33, my biological clock was definitely ticking. Between the first and second miscarriages, I had also moved and found a new church. After the first loss, God provided a “safety net” of friends, co-workers and family who surrounded me with love and prayer. After the second loss …

Seek the Lord Through Confession

  Six Steps to finding God when you’re living in a crisis Step 2  Seek the Lord When you are in a season of crisis and want to find God, it’s important to proactively seek him. Once you have calmed your mind, (Step 1 of this series) seeking him becomes easier. When we are seeking God and want to feel his presence, we are searching for a sense that there is reciprocal communication. We want to know our prayers are heard and we want to sense God’s response back to us in our lives. Sin blocks communication with our holy …

Calming Your Mind

Six Steps to finding God when you’re living in a crisis Step 1 Calming Your Mind What do you do when your situation is so intense, so completely mentally absorbing, that your mind is constantly racing and you know you need God’s help, but you can’t feel him anymore?  It seems like he’s just not around. You know you need to pray. You know you could use some time in his word. But there isn’t time right now. Your home is in a state of upset. Your husband drinks too much, raging at you and scaring your children. A close …