The pull is just so great. when I focus my attention on my Jesus and what my relationship with Him means for my future . .

I find that while strolling through a bookstore I am at the most peaceful state of mind – not focused on my problems or stressful things – but looking outward toward the world. Finally—and this is so important—I trained my children to stay in their rooms until a certain time.

In our efforts to increase our hunger for God, most of us focus on the intensity of our desire: Do we have enough? Spend time in Scripture. The things of this world cannot compare to the richness of His love. But Jesus commanded us to ask, seek, and knock (Mt.

—1 Pet.

Here are 7 ways to increase your spiritual hunger today: 1. God bless you and your family .

One morning last week, I surprised myself.

“God, I want to want you more than anything else,” I cried out from the depths of my pain.

But 1 Pet. Maybe it’s revenge, or sexual sin. A pull away from all things pure. thirsts for God, for the living God. Here are four simple ways to grow in our desire for God more. You touched me and I burned with desire for your peace. “]. Our desire for God comes mainly because we have tasted and seen that the Lord is indeed good (Psalm 34:8). Somehow, in that moment, I knew that he had a plan. I see a book, not knowing I need to read it, buy it, read it, and wow – it’s amazing how God works! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Reading Scripture is preparation in advance, storing up for what we need later. The North American Mission Board is not affiliated with SEND International or its SEND events. Focus on God’s goodness.

. It’s easy to get swept away with the desires and longings of this world. Why Lent is Good for Your Brain and Your Soul, The Wrong Reasons For Memorizing Scripture.

This goes beyond feeling “pumped” about God.

Do you find yourself striving for. 2.

But it’s chockfull of ideas and images and reflections and people. Once, in frustration and anger, my son blurted out, “Dad, you never listen to me. I needed some basic lessons in loving others.

The title of this post makes it seem like I have this all figured out. But Jesus didn’t say, “What were you thinking?

As Margaret Feinberg says in “The Organic God” ”God’s presence in my life is like the glacier in that He is constantly pressing down, re-landscaping and renovating the very core of who I am”.

When it's just us talking to God and never us listening to Him speak, that's not desire. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

we can see the pull that this world has on us. Communication goes two ways, and that's what we should strive for.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'christiantoday_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_1',150,'0','0'])); God has called each of us to a glorious purpose, but what's more important is how we respond to it.

Through innovative books, studies, and teaching, I will help you elevate your faith, spark your joy, and love your precious life. .

I will definitely that’s when I lose hunger for the fleeting things before me. “But, if I’m honest, I want a husband more than I want you.”.

“Lord,” I began, “there is truly nothing on this earth that compares to you. Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? God used my son’s words to pierce my heart and hollow out the pride and selfishness.

It was probably the most uninspired, lackluster game in my brief basketball career.

When I take my eyes off of the things right in front of me . Read one per day and, in reading that Psalm, look for the character and nature of God.

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They came from somewhere deep inside of me, perhaps a place that I didn’t even know existed. If The Hammer could give our team the “want to” for basketball, surely God can fill us with a greater desire for Him.

Because we’re ashamed, we hesitate to ask God for help. (Isaiah 6:8). .

She has a fabulous book out about how to study Scripture called Women of the Word, but my favorite resources of hers are her Bible studies that she has made available online. What have you done to overcome it at times?

He will fill your longings with love, your urges with peace, and your spirit with joy! New posts will not be retrieved. Pray the Psalms. However, that perspective removes any semblance of relationship and joy from reading God’s Word, so it’s no wonder I struggled to do it consistently. And when our desire seems to wane, we panic and fret.

And as a writer, it’s a place close to my heart :). 2:13, NASB). It’s saying to Him, “Here I am. Admit to God what’s in your heart. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires… Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act (Psalm 37:4, 7 NLT). When we Tithe to the Lord we joyfully give to GOD first. Being in creation draws my heart and mind to the creator.

It was immediately following those moments of surrender that I began to see and experience God moving in a mighty way.

I make it a habit to use those times for Scripture memory.

I’m submitting myself to You by submitting myself to the Word.

Athanasius, a theologian and religious leader who lived nearly 1,700 years ago, wrote that the psalms not only contain information about God, but they also train us in the language of desire. To know what we have in our eternal relationship with God, that makes those desires seem worthless. I sooo know where you are coming from, I used to be there.

Choosing to offer a thankful heart to Him makes me so much more aware of how ever present He is in my life (and others’ lives)everyday.

Christine Hoover is a pastor’s wife, mom to three energetic boys, and the author of The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart.

Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life (Psalm 139:23-24 NLT). In Christian community, we create a safe place to share our struggles, and we intentionally spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Heb. I remember one Easter weekend about two years ago. I had no idea what the journey would entail, but I simply knew that I was willing to take a chance on him again. Aim to live out and practice your desire for God.

If we truly know what it is to desire God, we know that it's not just about getting to heaven or receiving blessings. Article Images Copyright ©. If that is not God at work I don’t know what is. —1 Cor.

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To enjoy our website, you'll need to enable JavaScript in your web browser. . Now that they are getting older, they are invited to join my husband and me in the living room for quiet Bible reading if they want. Traditionally we think of tithing money, but what if we also tithed time? a coworker who had been doing a little homework on this. We just need to find enough “want to” to ask for it. God can handle it, and He won’t be surprised—He already knows what is in your heart.

A few months ago, I was feeling depleted and passionless. Slowly, I began to see him change my heart, change my desires.

I meditate on it and then use it as a prayer to God.

The experience was crowding desire for God and ministry right out of my heart. With every prayer of thanks, I want to be closer to Him.