If you have ever wondered how you can connect to God everyday, you are likely on a road to growing your relationship with God. Wanting to find and see God in everything is common for his children. We desire to get to know him, and when the world seems to be spiraling out of control, his presence in our daily life is the one thing that can keep ups grounded.
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What does it mean to see God in everything?
“Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”1 Kings 19:11-12 NKJV
Everytime I read this scripture, I feel like I am reading it on the edge of my seat, and I can imagine Elijah’s reaction. You see the big expressions of power, and you expect God, and He CAN BE there, but in this passage, he was in the space least expected, the still small voice.
Often our relationship with God is prompted by our issues. Our hearts turn to God during the big moments! The Storms of life prompts our feet towards our prayer rooms. We turn our ears to the frequency of God’s voice only in times of struggle.
Growing a relationship with God and seeking him in all we do requires a lifestyle of walking with him. It’s allowing time to be patient through the distractions of the storms; the winds that sift us, the earthquakes that shake us, the fires that burn us. We must remain steadfast and listen for the small voice in the quiet moments.
As we work towards hearing God more and more, we may find ourselves surprised how often we find God in our everyday moments. We then realize that it hasn’t been a lack of his presence but our own inability to grasp his hand through the moments of our lives.
Life becomes much more colorful and full when we realize that God really is walking with us through the ordinary and mundane daily tasks.
How can we experience God everyday?
Cultivating a habit of seeking God in everything takes a little practice and a lot of diligence. You must learn to turn off the noise and fix your eyes constantly on him.
What does fixing your eyes on Jesus look like? It looks like consistency and communion. It looks a lot like building a relationship. Participating in the everyday moments of your live alongside God and being expectant of the miracle of his hand. Some practical steps to doing this include:
Put Jesus into your everyday life by verbally welcoming him into the moment. It may sound silly but on occasion, I will literally say, “Let’s go do the Laundry Jesus.” This acts as a period to any thoughts I was having and allows me to open my heart to the holy spirit.
Connect with God everyday by setting prayer journal dates. These are times I set aside to write in my prayer journal. I write like I am addressing a letter to a dear friend. As I relay my day, I am reminded of moments when I saw Gods hand move.
Know God is with you. Simply reminding yourself that God is a living, present God can help you experience God everyday
Renew your mind by reading God’s word and refraining from unwholesome influences. Reading God’s word allows you to know what his voice sounds like. If you know his voice, it is much easier to hear it in your everyday life.
Remove distractions – Is there something that has become a distraction for you? It can be something as harmless as social media and as extreme as an addiction or sin. Whatever it is, if there is something that is keeping you from seeking God, removing it increases your chance of a heart open to receive Gods presence.
Pray early – Start your morning with prayer. Building a habit of prayer that starts in the morning gives you a space to welcome God into your day. You can also ask him to give you eyes that see him in moments of your day.
Pray often – Extending the habit of morning prayer to prayer that is consistent throughout your day keeps you focused on God. Having your mind focused on him makes it more likely that you will see His hand working in your life in the everyday and mundane moments.
Listen to worship music – Not only is this a great way to connect to God and experience his presence, but spending time in worship gives you space to thank God for all that you have. Dwelling on the blessings that he has given you makes it easier to find him daily.
Try a Christian podcast – Another way to make sure that the information you are putting in has more God in it than other thoughts is to try a Christian podcast. There are literally podcasts about everything and for everyone. Simply search your favorite music streaming service for a podcast you enjoy. This list of Christian podcasts for women is a great place to start.
Practice gratitude – The practice of expressing gratitude often is an easy way to be conscious of God’s hand in your everyday life. Creating a habit of counting your blessings everyday allows you to tune into the things in your life that God has given you. This turns into an attitude of seeking him in your life daily.
Disconnect – Take time daily to disconnect from the chatter around you. That could be in the form of social media, or the news. Use this time to instead meditate or take a hike in nature. Use your senses to notice the beauty around you and experience the earth that God created.
Fasting – One way to clear out the clutter of the contradicting voices that may hinder you hearing God is to Fast. Intentionally denying yourself access to things (whether its food or habits) that may get in the way of you connecting to God is another great way to reset your focus and find God in your everyday life.
Godly Friendships – Accountability from godly friendships gives you an outlet to speak to others who can pour into you on the days when you need encouragement. Because you know where they get their direction from, you can trust their advice and direction more readily.
Serve Others – Shifting focus from yourself to the needs of others gives you a world view and allows you to see God in the world around you. Giving your time, money, and energy to help out those in needs gives you the opportunity to love like Jesus and be his hands and feet on earth.
How do we avoid missing God in the mundane?
Colossians 3:23 says,
“Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being, for the Lord, and not man.”
We should let this be a heart check for us. I do not always do the things that are right in front of me with the same excellence that I do the things I feel “called” to do. Things like the dishes or the laundry get done with a sort of hesitant obligation. These are not even the most important “mundane” things.
We can get so fascinated by the things that publicly show our faith that we neglect the things that quietly show our character. Speaking to a stranger when you are running late. Playing ring-a-round the rosy once more with your child when your home is a mess. A lingering moment with your spouse before the chaos of the day starts. These moments can be even more transformative in the lives of others than the grand gestures. They can also show our hearts more clearly to God.
When we live our lives in constant anticipation of God’s presence and work as if he will reveal himself in every moment, we decrease our chances of missing him in the mundane things of life.
Our eyes stay focused towards the hills where our help comes from through it all, so that when the whisper of God speaks to our hearts, we are always ready to receive!