How to Stay Connected to God

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How to Stay Connected to GodStaying connected to God all the time is difficult isn’t it?

I have periods of my life when I do quite well, I read the Bible regularly, experience prayer time which grows me in my understanding of who God is and how He works in my life and I know His presence in my day-to-day life.

However, there are many times when I end up losing touch and find connecting with God a real struggle.

I have worries and stresses, I sometimes find concentrating hard  and get easily distractedor I just find I’m too busy.

So, how do we stay connected to God at these times where we feel weak, over-committed, exhausted or heavy-hearted?

Here are  my top five suggestions for how to turn your spiritual life around when you find yourself in a disconnected-from-God rut.

1.  Meditate on just one Bible verse

If you are struggling to keep up your normal quiet time routine then do what you CAN rather than give up completely.

Sometimes, all we have the capacity for is a single verse of encouragement to hold on to throughout the day or week.  Yet, the treasures that we can receive from just one verse of God’s word if we let it dwell in our hearts for a while can be just as profound as a longer Bible study.  A tiny bit is better than nothing at all.

We can connect with God throughout our day just by reading, re-reading and reflecting on one Bible verse and grow through the truth it holds.

For more on meditating on the Bible, check out How to Treasure the Bible in Your Heart

2.  Pray the Jesus Prayer

When I’m feeling low I often struggle to pray as I tend to retreat inwards.  I’m an introvert and find talking and sharing exhausting, especially if I’m not on top form to begin with.  This applies even to my prayer life.

At times like these saying a prayer like the Jesus Prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner”, regularly throughout the day can be enough to keep me connected to God.

Or if you speak in tongues maybe just unleashing your spiritual language can express more than words.

3.  Pamper yourself

We need to recognise that if we don’t look after ourselves it eventually affects every part of us, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. If we pamper ourselves when we are feeling low, not only will it help us to relax, make us feel a little better and give us a few moments of much-needed “me-time”, but it may revitalise our ability to connect with God again.

We need to make sure we take the time to refuel and look after ourselves if we are to avoid burning out and losing touch with God.

Why not check out Rest by Having Me-Time – My Top Ten Favourite Ways to Relax for more ways to look after yourself and revitalise your relationship with God.

4.  Indulge in a good Christian book

I don’t advocate reading Christian books as a substitute for reading the Bible for any kind of ongoing, long-term basis.  Christian books are great but we must make sure we read the Bible as well to grow and understand in God’s Word.

However, sometimes reading a Christian book is all we can manage and it can be a really helpful way to receive when we are struggling to connect with God on our own.  Sometimes, reading something which relates to how we are feeling and which gives advice to help us move forwards can help us to overcome things that are blocking us in our relationship with God.

5.  Share with Christian friends

We need to be real with other Christians who we trust when we are struggling to connect with God.  It’s something that a lot of us go through from time to time and if we are vulnerable enough to share these times with each other we can receive support, prayer and encouragement.

It also helps us to learn about each other, understand that we are not the only people who struggle, and gain helpful insight into our friends’ relationships with God.

To find out more check out Prayer Friends.

Jesus said “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5-8

As we can see from John 15, if we live apart from God we cannot bear fruit.  We wither, rather than thrive and grow.  We struggle on our own, rather than seeking God in prayer and miss out on His working in our lives.  We fail to reflect God’s glory in our lives and in growing as a disciple of Jesus.

Jesus is telling us to abide in Him, remain in Him, or stay in Him, so that in all that we do we are rooted in Him.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live like this?  For every moment of our lives to be lived in the knowledge of His presence and strength?

A great way to stay connected to God every day is to read daily devotions to lead you to the Bible and prayer. Why not sign up below!

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About Mel Caldicott

I'm a full-time mum who has spent a lot of time and prayer working out how to make the Essential Thing a priority in the midst of running a home, raising her kids and having fun with my family.
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Comments

  1. This looks like it’s going to be a great series! Looking forward to reading more. :)

  2. Great tips because we all have times when we feel dry.

  3. I love the Jesus Prayer. It sure has been a blessing to me. Great thoughts! Thanks for linking this up with Playdates with God.

  4. Thanks for your posting, I found it while searching for how to reconnect with God. I am going through a divorce and the pain has led me to draw closer to God, making Him my focus and leaving everything to Him. Every now and agin my husband reappears and my focus shifts to him and his affair and I feel I have lost the hope I found in trusting God that all things will work for my good. Sometimes I feel will I ever get it for good. I am going to use the steps you provided, please pray for me

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      I’m so sorry that you are going through such a painful time. We are definitely in a better place when we are able to focus on God rather than dwelling on the bad in our life. This can be tough at times though but we can always be real with God. No matter how we are feeling, He accepts us as we are. Blessings to you, Jen.

  5. My problem is that i find it sooo difficult to work with what God shows or tells me! That my problem…
    Somethng just comes in and thats all

  6. Hi Mel and along our journey we are reminded that we are “jars of clay” and that He is the maker, the molder, healer of broken pieces. Especially when we are sick, we know that it is only by His hands that we are restored. I hope that you soon find relief from the stress and pain and find all comfort in His grace. May His strength be yours today…I appreciate your sharing and transparency. Blessings to you…
    Susan recently posted…When Country Sings the TruthMy Profile

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Thanks Susan, I am always being reminded of how I need to rely on God. He must increase, I must decrease. Yet, unfortunately I often only remember this in my weaknesses. Thanks for dropping by. Blessings.

  7. I love these tips, especially the simple prayer you can whisper to yourself throughout the day. Sometimes we need to rearrange our lives to make sure He stays first – I even quit my job to make sure of that and He’s worth it!
    Laura Connell recently posted…Proof of Jesus’ LoveMy Profile

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Laura, your words are so inspirational. It’s hard sometimes because I tend to get distracted by the things of the world. But you’re right – God needs to stay first. Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  8. I am so happy you shared this post at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . Big Hugs
    Katherines Corner recently posted…Small Space Coffee and Tea StationMy Profile

  9. Thank you so much for this post I really needed it today!

  10. Great ideas and encouragement!! It’s so hard to remember these and practice these with a little one running around, but oh so important!
    Molly Young recently posted…The Perfect Parent.My Profile

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      I know exactly what you mean Molly and we need to stick with God but also stick with grace and know that God is in our caring for our wee ones too. Thanks very much for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  11. I often feel disconnected from God, which is discouraging because we were so close in high school. Thank you for suggestions to reconnect which don’t inspire guilt!
    Megan Walker recently posted…New Year’s Resolution Update: My Plum Paper PlannerMy Profile

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Megan, I pray that you are able to rediscover that connection once more and understand that God has never left your side. Thanks so much for sharing so honestly. Blessings.

  12. Great list! Self-care is the area I struggle with the most, but it’s so important to help me keep peace in my heart which helps me connect to God. I would also suggest keeping a journal of spiritual experiences when you are connected. Then, in the dark times, you can look back and remember His hand in your life. Your own personal scripture.

    Thanks for sharing. Happy Sharefest!
    misssrobin recently posted…A Few Recent ZIA PiecesMy Profile

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      What a great tip! Journalling is something I am hoping to get back into in my quiet times. Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  13. These are great tips! I find it hard a lot lately to connect. I needed this! Thank you!
    Jess recently posted…“Welcome to A Ginger Mess” GiveawayMy Profile

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Jess, I know those times well. I’m glad that this was helpful. Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  14. Thank you! I have never seen anyone else acknowledge that exhausted introverts struggle even to pray! I try to meditate then instead.

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Helene, I’m so glad that this resonated with you and it isn’t just me. Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  15. I love these tips! Thank you so much for sharing them. Meditating on a certain verse and finding a good Christian book are my favorite ones. I could rest on those every day :) Thank you! ~Jenna // A Mama Collective
    Jenna // A Mama Collective recently posted…Social Media Effects on My Mothering :: 13/52My Profile

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Jenna, they have helped me so much when I can’t manage more. Thanks for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  16. Beautiful thoughts! Thank you for sharing them. It’s so easy to get lost in life and forget to work on that connection that is so important. Thank you for the reminder.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    misssrobin recently posted…Sending My Daughter on a Mormon MissionMy Profile

  17. Stopping by from SITS Sharefest and I love the tips on staying connected to God! I think it can sometimes be easy to think that if we don’t spend 60 minutes in the Word than it’s not worth doing devotions but I think God just wants us to spend time with Him.
    Julie @ Girl on the Move recently posted…Meal Plan: Week ThreeMy Profile

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Feelings of failure can definitely be discouraging and it’s easy to get caught in a spiral then. We need to treat ourselves with the same grace we receive from Father God. Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  18. I especially love your first tip. I tend to struggle with not feeling like I’m doing enough if I don’t spend a certain amount of time in prayer or if I don’t read a certain number of chapters in Scripture. It doesn’t have to be that way. Sometimes what I truly need is to concentrate and meditate on a single verse and see how it speaks to my heart.

    Great post! Visiting from the SITS Sharefest.
    Katie @ Pick Any Two recently posted…How Much Do You Know About Sexual Violence? [Take the Quiz]My Profile

    • Mel Caldicott says:

      Katie, it’s so easy to want to measure how we are doing with God and forget that it’s all about relationship. This is a constant thing I need to remember. Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing. Blessings.

  19. Thanks for the link up!
    Mel

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