Drawing Near To God
Have you found a place of quiet rest where you can draw near to God?
There is such great value in drawing near to the Lord.
You will be renewed and refreshed as you focus on God. And you will experience His presence.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8 NKJV).
Oh what a promise for today, tomorrow, and always! When you draw near to God, He will draw near to you.
Just think — no matter where you are right now, you have the promise of the nearness of God when you come close to Him.
Prepare Your Heart. Have you discovered myPhotoWalk — Quiet Time Moments? I am so proud of this signature myPhotoWalk publication recently released by Quiet Time Ministries Press that I can’t keep it to myself. I think you will love it, too! Start your day off right by taking a few moments to connect with your Lord. These one page devotions will help you still your heart, relax in His presence, and drink in a simple but life–changing truth. Each day’s verse, devotional thought, and prayer will encourage you to sit at Jesus’ feet and take in His Word. myPhotoWalk Devotional Photography, captured at many exquisite locations, enhances every daily devotion, inviting you to linger in God’s presence. By the time you finish this devotional photographic journey, you will have gathered up a wealth of spiritual riches.
Read and Study God’s Word. Open the pages of the Bible and live in a passage of Scripture. You will discover a new sense of God’s presence as you experience personal spiritual revival. The psalmist wrote, “This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me” (Psalm 119:50).
Adore God in Prayer. You can sit and talk with God about all that is on your heart and mind today. Jeremiah encourages you to “pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord” (Lamentations 2:19 NIV).
Yield Yourself To God. Take time with the Lord to give way to His ways. I will often write a short prayer expressing all that is on my heart. Such as, Lord, keep my dreams and desires withing the boundaries of Your plans. Enable me to be faithful and reflect You to those around me. (Romans 12:1-2)
Enjoy His Presence. Carry what you’ve learned with you through the whole day and practice the Lord’s presence moment by moment, enjoying Him. For me, this is often a significant insight from Scripture that I bring to mind throughout the day. For example, Colossians 3:16 encourages that God wants me to dwell on eternal truths found in His Word.
Rest In His Love. Carry that sense of rest and trust in who God is, what God does, and what He says with you throughout the day. For me, I often remember a promise from God’s Word such as Philippians 4:13: I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit a beautiful rose garden in Newport Beach, California. The first image I captured with my Nikon D810 camera was simply an overall view of the garden showing a countless array of elegant roses. Then, I switched to my Micro-Nikkor 200mm lens for some close-up and macro views. What a surprise! I suddenly gained a whole new view — a deep joy and appreciation at the folds, colors, and unique beauty of every rose. Each individual rose now seemed to have a special blend of petals, color, every one enhanced by the raindrops after an early morning spring rain.
You experience a whole new world when you draw near for a closer view.
And so it is when we draw near to God. We experience Him in new ways and discover who He is, what He does, and what He says. And we are refreshed, revived, and renewed for every season of our lives.
I love these words in Streams In The Desert —
Perhaps God has called you aside in this season of your life. Take time to draw near to Him. And cherish the promise of James 4:8. He will draw near to you.
♥ Blessings and Grace to You!
- Title: Drawing Near
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- Description: A macro image of a white rose after a spring rain in Newport Beach, California, USA.
- Creator: Catherine Martin
- Date Created: 05/06/15
- Camera: Nikon D810, Micro—Nikkor 200mm, FL 200mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1600sec.
- Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photo Shoot in Newport Beach, California, USA.
- Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software, OnOne Software.
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