by Liz Lassa, oneLifemaps Facilitator
A while ago a friend said to me, “Liz, you seem to hear so clearly from God and love your time with Him. How does that work for you?” I gave her a very basic answer sharing that I gathered my bible, journal, devotional and went off to spend time with God. Very quickly, I realized she was really looking for more. I went home, looked through my old journals and noticed there were nine areas where I met God. I created a prayer card called, “A Date with God,” using these areas to help break down what a deep and fulfilling quiet time might look like.
Meeting God in this way worked great, until my third child was born almost four years ago. I did not have time for longhand journaling in my exhausted and sleep deprived state. I was so busy juggling the demands of my growing family that I could not meet with God like I was accustomed.
I cried out to God to help me find Him in my new normal as I began a journey through the Listen To My Life maps in 2012. Using the maps, I spent time reflecting when I felt closest to God. He showed me three things that worked well. They were – journaling, my “Date with God” prayer card, and mind mapping in simple circles. So I put them all together in a creative journal format and met with God in a new shorthand way several times a week. Very quickly I felt like my faith walk with God was right back to the depths I once knew.
Never could I have realized what God had in store for me as I completed the last map - Following Forward! Out of my own Listen To My Life experience, I not only learned how to reconnect with God in a new stage of life, but was led to create The Spiritual Circle Journal out of the ways I most connect with God, to begin a Listen To My Life group and to lead retreats and teach workshops on journaling!
I am so grateful God answered my question, “How can I find you in this new normal?” Listen to My Life helped facilitate that process and move me closer to who God made me to be?
Questions for Reflection:
"And without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." Hebrews 11:6
Dear Lord, help me to connect and deepen my relationship with you. Help me to follow you forward in new ways and to dream together with you. Help me to deeply connect to your heart so I might be filled to the measure of all your fullness and show your love to a hurting world. Amen.
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