5 Ways To Thrive With God

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5 Ways to Thrive Every day the choices we make significantly affect our lives.  Our society is chunked full of countless activities that cry out for our time.  Although many of the activities are really good, the flip side is this…  An overabundance of too many good things can leave us stretched, overextended, exhausted, and stressed to the max with little or no time for our relationship with God.

Our frazzled lifestyle seems to move us further and further away from a solid connection with God.

It is God’s desire that we flourish in our relationship with him.  If this doesn’t happen, things will begin to deteriorate on many levels causing loss of joy and life-happenings to be out of balance.  There are countless Christians living nominal lives missing God’s abundance.

Living in a defeated state of mind will drain our lives of hope and leave us asking questions … “Where are you, God?”,  “Why do I feel alone?”,  “Will things ever get better?”.

The answer to the last question…YES!

By applying these five simple truths you can begin a daily journey of experiencing the joy of growing closer to God and thriving, not just surviving.

  • Start daily living out one truth at a time, and continue to add more.
  • Keep your Bible and a highlighter close by.
  • Be intentional and consistent in applying the truths.

5 Ways to Thrive With God!

  1.  Run to God with literally everything.   Allow him to be in control of your life by ALWAYS asking for his help and direction.  Keep your eyes open for displays of his love and care. Pray! Pray! Pray!  “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him.  God is our refuge.”  Psalm 62:8
  2. Stop trying to control the outcome of every situation.  Take your hands off and ask God for courage to trust him. Relax!  “In thee, oh Lord, do I put my trust.”  Psalm 71:1
  3. Take your eyes off people and choose to be content and grateful for the things you already possess.  Continually thank God for what he’s done.  “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him:  fret not thyself because of him who prospereth I his way…”  Psalm 37:7   “Unto thee, Oh God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks.”  Psalm 75:1
  4. Prioritize time with God, your family and yourself by setting boundaries and sticking to them.   Choose to fill your time wisely and avoid being stressed out.  Overloading your life with everything causes everything to become a blur.
  5. Keep the center of your life saturated with God.  Soak up time alone with him so his Word permeates your thoughts and directs your life.  “I stretch forth my hands unto thee; my soul thirsts after thee, as a thirsty land.”  Psalm 143:6

These are so helpful to me and I pray they will be helpful to you too!

 

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  1. These are terrific. I’m trying to restructure my day so I can spend some time with God in the morning and before I go to bed at night. While technology (and iPhones) are fantastic, I’ve noticed myself reaching for it and doing mindless activity (and comparing myself to others of course!) Thank you for sharing this!

    • Carrie so glad you can use these. You are so right about technology and mindless activity. I was listening to a time management CD and he talked about… too much tech and even tv turns into mindless time traps. I have found I have to guard my time even with blogging because I spend way to much time checking out every button and post on every blog I go to. Maybe it is part of my learning process in blogging, but I have given myself some red flags like “Woah gurl! Don’t be a hog!” 🙂 I enjoy getting to chat Carrie. Thanks for stopping by my friend.

  2. #2 is the hardest… God ALWAYS has to remind me that He is in control. I should just let Him do His plans and trust Him in everything.. this is a great list!

    Hopping over from Essential Fridays. =)

    • It is hard Viviene, but trusting God takes the worry and burden off of us. I am glad you liked the list. So happy you stopped by. I loved your blog and followed you on Networked Blogs. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. #4 is a challenge for me. I get frustrated when my time is consumed by what others thing God wants me to do and I can’t do what God is asking me to do.

    • Yes, it’s hard for me too but not being on overload makes the intentionality worth the picking and choosing of life activities. I have lived in the blur. I wrote a post about “Living In The Blur” this Spring. I look forward to connecting again!

    • #4 is hard but well worth the intentionality, because living in the blur is so unrewarding. I have been there. I wrote a post “Living In The Blur” this Spring…check it out. So glad we have connected. I look forward to more of your articles. Have a Super Great weekend!

  4. Following on FB and twitter – I’d love follows back (lisalewiskosterspeaks on fb)

    • Lisa, I could not find your Facebook follow button. I will look for you on FB search and will follow. Right now I am changing twitter accounts and will follow when I get it going. I am changing it on my blog. I followed you on Networked blogs…hope you follow back. 🙂 I am glad to meet you. We have more in commmon than you know. That was some kind of trip! Many blessings on your weekend sweet friend.

  5. What a great list!

    I agree that running to God with everything is a great way to grow closer to the Lord. Sure it’s easier to turn to family and friends, but the Lord desires true relationship with Him and wants us to run to Him first!

  6. Amen Cathy! I agree with all of this and LOVE the name of your blog (: Blessings xos

    • Madeline, thank you! I am glad you like the name of the Blog. Read my about page and it will tell a little about why I chose the bubble theme. Glad you stopped by. Visit the “Life Bubbling Over!” Facebook page community. Have a great weekend,

  7. Cathy, This is such an excellent post! May we do all five at the same time & thrive instead of succumbing to defeat. Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. I struggle with #3, constantly looking at what others are doing, even the blessings they have. God has been teaching me about contentment. I still have a ways to go. Thankful for His grace!

    • Thanks Barbie for coming by. I try to keep all 5 going at the same time but God has to give me reminders too. I pray for you all the time…have even printed your picture off and have it right here at my writing desk. My husband even ask how you are doing. My father in-law always used to say, “Keep On Keepin On for Jesus…The Best is Yet Ahead!” If you ever, ever, want to talk let me know and I will send you my number.

  9. These are all wonderful points. I don’t know which one I love better; they are all great thoughts to put into practice. Thanks so much Cathy.

  10. Wonderful list Cathy. If we could faithfully follow these five points we would thrive as we live with contentment and joy. My favorite point is #1 – Run to God with literally everything. AMEN!

  11. Living in a defeated state of mind will drain our lives of hope and leave us asking questions … “Where are you, God?”, …so very true and it’s so true He will encourage us with people such as you. Great post, great points, going to copy them for future use my wise hearted sister.

  12. My favorite line: “Keep the center of your life saturated with God.” It also hit home when you said to take your eyes off other people. A very thought provoking post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mary thanks for stoppiing by. No matter what is going on a life saturated with God…centers everything else in our lives and makes the rough times doable. You rest this weekend and soak up Jesus. Praying for your pain. Sweet blessing friend!

  13. First, before I forget to say, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your header!!! Second, I completely agree with your five ways especially number one!

    • Thank you Brandy. I love bubbles. If you read my about page it will explain the significance of bubbles on my blog. I like #1 too. Thank you soooo much for stopping by. I am headed to you blog to check it out.

  14. Surprised to see my post here.

  15. Thank you Happiness Blogger for using my post. What a blessing! 🙂

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