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James 4:8 (New International Version)

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Although full of mystery and ultimately beyond our comprehension, God is not complicated at all. His promises are true and effective.

If you have been feeling far from God, but desire greater intimacy with him, draw near to him. Seek him out intentionally, deliberately. Spend time in his word, allowing it to saturate your mind. Talk to him, privately and away from distraction.

These days, I often spend my bible study time at a local coffee house. The chatter of patrons and moody jazz provides the perfect blend of background noise that permits me to give focused attention to my reading or journaling.

I sometimes refer to my morning appointments as “coffee with Papa.” I sip and read, sip and write, sip and reflect. It may sound like a luxury, but with a husband, four children, and a full schedule, taking time out to be alone with God is crucial to my sanity.

At different stations in my life, I have had to get creative about how I get alone with Papa. At one point, when I had three children all under four years of age, and none enrolled in kindergarten yet, my quiet time was spent crouching in the bathtub behind a shower curtain and a locked door at nap time. I was desperate. I hope that never changes.

Mykel and I have survived some really tough seasons in our short marriage – many have tested my faith not only in people, but in the Lord himself. I have wrestled with doubt, anger, hatred, jealousy. I have experienced success, peace, and joy. I have cried out to God in despair and pain. I have wept from sheer relief. When I have felt the gap widen, I have done what James encourages, and God has always met me – even when it didn’t feel like it.

Whether you feel as though you and God are BFFs or total strangers, seek him out. Let him draw you in close so he can love on you. Let him lavish you with affection and fill you with wisdom. Just make time.

Be blessed, Family!

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