Are You Deeply Rooted in Christ? 3 Steps to Drawing Closer to God

A few days ago I read this verse during my Bible study:

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, – Ephesians 3:17

It made me stop and take pause. My heart focused on those last few words, “being rooted and established in love.” I felt a strong conviction because over the last week I’ve been very angry with God. I’ve felt so much rage toward Him for the loss of our second pregnancy and even more rage because a woman I went to high school with is currently facing charges for killing her 9-week old son. It’s so hard to understand why my husband and I are struggling to have a child when there are so many others out there that are harming and killing theirs. It’s confusing and I’ve been furious. That verse made me stop and reflect on the feeling of being rooted and established in love.

I wept and I prayed

How is your relationship with God? Are you deeply rooted in your faith in Christ? Here Far Beyond Love is sharing three ways you can strengthen your relationship.

I had to do some serious self-reflection and I needed to focus on trusting God and feeling rooted in love. Whether we understand the why’s, the how’s, and the when’s or not, it’s important that we remember that Christ is with us and He does love us.  Remember,

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. A time to give birth, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted. – Ecclesiastes 3:1 – 2

During times of grief and heartache is when we are supposed to draw closer to God. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by our sadness and anger; but when we are feeling down is when we should rely on our deep roots in God’s love.  Right now I’m focusing on strengthening my relationship with Christ and I encourage you to do the same. Here are 3 things you can do right now to work on drawing closer to God.

Spend Quiet Time with Him

I have found that I often feel closest to God when I take 10-15 minutes to simply sit quietly in His presence and let Him speak to my heart. I don’t read the Bible. I don’t pray. I don’t dwell on the heaviness in my heart. I simply sit and listen for God. I’ll sip my coffee and I focus on God’s presence through my 5 senses. I might:

  • Watch the morning sunrise
  • Listen to the birds and the crickets
  • Smell the morning mist
  • Feel the warmth in my hands
  • Taste the bitter coffee and sweet cream

I simply open my heart and sit quietly reveling in the beauty of God in all things surrounding us. It often brings me peace just knowing that He is in all things.

Spend Time in Praise

I don’t believe that we, as Christians, spend nearly enough time in praise with God. I hear a lot about seeking God in prayer, praying for others, asking for things we want/need, requesting peace or understanding, but I don’t hear enough about spending time focused solely on praising God. When is the last time you spoke to God and didn’t ask for anything? When is the last time you simply praised him for the blessings in your life? I spend time in praise this morning, I encourage you to take at least 5 minutes today and do the same.

Hold on to a Life Verse

My life verse is, “God is within her; She will not fall” from Psalm 46:5. When times are hard, as they have been lately, it is this life verse that helps me draw close to God and know that He is with me through all things. It’s tough, but that one verse is always comforting to me.  Need help selecting a life verse (or understanding what a life verse is)? Check out this post.

Let’s Talk…

  • How do you draw close to God?
  • Any favorite resources that help you strengthen your relationship?
Ashley LaMar
Ashley bounces between Atlanta, GA + Charleston, WV with her husband and two small dogs for life and work. If she’s not writing or blogging, she can usually be found cooking, reading, or watching baseball. Follow her on Twitter @ashleyfromfbl

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