For Mother’s Day this year my husband got me more than chocolate and flowers… he got me sweet moments with the Lord.
Flowers… Meltaways… Turtles.
Mmm! All of them are sweet (and much appreciated) in and of themselves. But this year, my husband got me a gift that was even sweeter.
As he handed me the chocolates, this is what he said:
You can have one of each a day, and every time you do, I want you to spend a moment telling God what you are thankful for.
It was a simple suggestion, but had such deep meaning for me.
You see lately I’ve been thinking a lot about intimacy with the Lord. My day brings so many distractions. So many responsibilities. I’m a stay-at-home mama of two. Babysitter of one more. Blogger. Entrepreneur. Friend. Wife. Homemaker.
My life is different than it has ever been…. and yet I still want to be an intimate worshiper… a woman who delights in the Lord.
I often think back to the days that I was single. A decision to take a year off from college resulted in learning so much about who God was and who I was. I had time. Freedom. Flexibility. My relationship with the Lord was full of intimate moments.
The way that I worshiped was creative. The time I spent with the Lord seemed endless. Walks in the park. Intercessory prayer. Dancing and singing. Art.
To be honest, I let that season of my life become a stumbling block to me. Sometimes it is so hard to see beyond what seems like the ideal way to connect intimately with God. But I am learning that just like marriage, our relationship with the Lord has seasons. In each season it is okay for intimacy to look different.
Isn’t it also true in marriage that we have to be intentional with what we do have? In marriage we have to choose intimacy and choose creativity, even if it doesn’t look the same as it did in our dating relationship.
Becoming a Woman Who Delights in the Lord
Friends, I am done with looking back.
Dating is fun. Dating is exciting and full of memories, but when you have the richness of marriage, who wants to go back to dating?
God is with me in this new season of my life, and our relationship is deepening because of the changes in my life. I refuse to let my previous season with the Lord distract me from the richness of what I have now.
Becoming a woman who delights in the Lord looks like choosing to use what I have right now to connect with the Lord. It looks like being intentional, even if that looks different than it did back when I was single.
And so… every day I will savor a bite of chocolate. I will savor moments with the Lord… a chance to tell Him that I am thankful. In this season of my life I am going to delight in these sweet moments with the Lord.
How Do You Connect With God?
So what about you? I want to learn from you. How do you connect with the Lord throughout the day? How is that different than it used to be? Share below!