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No Simplicity? No Intimacy.

April 16, 2018

 

As Christian women in the workplace, we all desire to be closer to God and grow our relationship with Him. But the relentless demands of work and family can drain not just our physical and mental energy but our spiritual energy, too. It’s not a matter of wanting to be closer to God – but where on earth do we find the time?

For the past 3 years, I have started each morning with a quick devotional from the YouVersion Bible app on my phone. I don’t spend hours each morning reading my Bible and praying, but I have committed to a consistent time with God each day, even if it’s only 30 minutes. The simplicity of this habit has transformed my relationship with God, drawn me closer to Him, and allowed me to encourage my children each day as I share what I learn with them.

Did getting up a few minutes earlier and setting aside time with God every day come easy? Definitely not. It’s easy to put each other on a pedestal, thinking someone else is “superwoman” just because she reads her Bible every day (or at least tells you she does).

You can draw closer to God today. The secret? Keeping it simple.

We can’t have intimacy without simplicity. That’s true for our relationships with our family and friends, and our relationship with God, too. I know I can only develop intimate relationships with a handful of people: my husband, my children and my closest friends. Jesus knew this too, and that’s why he traveled with just twelve disciples. What can we learn from Jesus’ example of simple intimacy with God? It turns out, a lot!

 

  • Keep it simple.  At just 12 years old, Jesus wandered into the temple and started talking with the religious leaders (Luke 2:46). You don’t need a long, complicated theological study to draw closer to God – you just need to listen. Set aside just five minutes each morning to ask God to speak to you, and you’ll be amazed by what you learn!
  • Obedience is key. It’s so tempting to overcomplicate our walk with God. In the same story, after Mary found Jesus in the temple, he obeyed his parents and went home (Luke 2:51). God isn’t asking you to throw away all your commitments and responsibilities and spend hours each day reading the Bible and praying. Your obedience to His calling on your life as a coworker, boss, wife, mother, daughter, or friend will draw you closer to Him.
  • Never stop growing. Those conversations with religious leaders weren’t the end of Jesus’ spiritual journey on earth. Jesus “grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). While every season of life will look different, it’s important to stay committed to spending time with God each day. As a young mom, that might look like five minutes while your babies are napping. As an empty nester, you may have time to dive into a deeper study and even share your wisdom with younger women. By keeping your walk with God simple, you can stay consistent and grow in your relationship with Him.

 

I know it’s hard to put time with God first. The enemy wants to keep you from growing closer to God, and he will do whatever it takes to distract you. By keeping your relationship with God simple, listening and obeying, and staying consistent, even the busiest woman can carve out time for the most important relationship of all: your relationship with your Heavenly Father.

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3 responses to “No Simplicity? No Intimacy.”

  1. […] This week’s blog: “No Simplicity? No Intimacy.” […]

  2. Sheila says:

    Thank you for the reminder of simplicity and the reminder it can be small things. It is so true – the enemy does not want us to get closer to God and work can easily become a weapon of overwhelming distractions, and for me leads to “leaning on humans” not on God. The start of the day set intentions to invite God and the Holy Spirit into every moment. It feels like I am constantly failing at “constant peace, gentleness and extending grace” in the work environment. Sigh… such a continued evolution.

  3. Gail Wallace says:

    Love the wisdom in this! Would like to point out though that according to Luke 8:1-3 Jesus did not travel with just 12 disciples, he was also accompanied by women. This is important for women to know! https://juniaproject.com/did-jesus-spend-most-time-12-men/

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