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Day 30 – 7 practical steps to seeing God in the mess of your real life – Part One

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The Nitty Gritty Part 1

Today I am going to get down to the nitty gritty – I have just spent 29 days sharing my take on seeing God in the mess of real life and by now some of you are probably saying…

… yes! yes! I want to see God turn up in my days too – but how? How do I make it happen?

So I have stepped back and reflected on what actions that I have taken that help to open my eyes to God working.

I believe that God is always working – but we just don’t see it all.

Actually today at church we had Naomi Striemer visit and share her story. I loved her song “Untold Story” where she says God is always there but we just don’t realise it – it’s the untold story.

So these are actions that I regularly take and I am certain that they place me in the right position to see and hear God working in my day.

1. Pray

In 2013, My One Word was REAL. I wanted to have a real authentic genuine relationship with God – to really know Him in everything and in every moment.

That was the year that I starting praying differently – I asked God to show up. To show me in everyday moments that He is REAL.

It’s a prayer that is needed.

It’s a prayer that God wants you to make.

2. Expect

This follows on from praying – you need to expect to see what you prayed – if it is God’s will, of course.

It is definitely God’s will to open your eyes and see Him.

Live your days in anticipation.

Start your day expecting God to reveal His workings to you.

Say to yourself – where am I going to see God turn up today?

Will He be found …

…in your children’s laughter

…in the soft breeze

…in the Word

…in the right answer for the right moment

…in a ‘chance’ meeting

… in the colour purple

… in a word fitly spoken

… in the stillness

3. Reflect

Take some moments in your day to reflect on what is happening. 

I know that I often catch myself letting life pass without taking any time to reflect and live in the moment.

It doesn’t have to take a long time – even just 30 seconds a couple of times a day to reflect and pray.

Has God shown up?

Was there anything that reminded you of God?

Was there something about a word, an event, an object, nature or a person that resonated with you?

I love the word resonate. It’s basic meaning is – to resound.

When something resonates with you – it creates an inner feeling of “at homeness” – an “aha” emotion.

That one thing that is resonating with you .. is God using it to resound His message to you.

It’s our job to take the time to allow resonance to happen.

Dear God,

I want to live a real authentic Christian life.

Please show me today that you are REAL.

Help me to reflect and make the connections between the natural and the spiritual.

In the name of Jesus, amen so be it.

I would love to hear how you discover God in your messy real everyday life!

Have you seen God at work today?

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This is part of a 31 day series – Seeing God in the Mess of Real Life – click here for the other days in the series.