Gratitude/ Holiness

Take Your Relationship with God to the Next Level


Feeling like your relationship with God has grown stale? Have you plateaued in your walk with Him that you don't know how to get to the next level? You can take your relationship with God to the next level. You don't have to stay stuck. We'll show you how.

Have you ever felt that your relationship with God has plateaued? You find yourself reading your Bible just to check it off the list.

You go to church because you know it’s the right thing to do.

Your prayers are stale and quick.

Sound familiar?

Losing your spark for the Lord can happen:

– when we become too comfy and take too much for granted.

– when we begin to expect that life will carry on as usual.

when we do what we have to do in order to please men and not God.

– when we just go through the motions of serving.

– when we stop praising God for who He is and what He’s done in our lives.

We can break this cycle and take our relationship with God to the next level. We don’t have to stay stuck.

There is so much joy to be had in our personal walk with Christ.

When you lose sight of all the amazing things that God does for you, you begin to be more critical and negative about things around you. You can’t see the silver lining in any given situation. The pastor preaches too long, too fast, or too slow. Someone sat in your pew on Sunday morning or the Sunday school teacher was late to your kids class making you late for yours. And on and on the scenarios go. We fall into this habit of always complaining about things. Minor infractions that end up stealing our joy.

I know for myself after years of reading my Bible and going to church things began to feel stale. Life was good, I was married to my high school sweetheart and loved attending our church. But I got to the point of asking myself, “there has got to be more to the Christian walk that I’m missing out on.” Some people were truly happy deep down and so in love with God while serving in their older age while others were grumpy and frazzled while trudging along and no longer serving in a ministry.

What was I missing? What were the others missing?

You can see others who seem to be so alive and joyful in their love for the Lord in their every day life. There appears to be a deeper passion and connection to the Lord. Can you relate? You want that type of relationship but how do you get there?

Now, there is a time when you just have to get through the day during busy seasons. When the only thing you can muster up is reading a chapter of the Bible as you nurse the baby or you are in survival mode with illness or whatever you having going on in life. That’s okay but it shouldn’t be all that we do for years and years on end. 

This is when we begin to plateau.

Feeling like your relationship with God has grown stale? Have you plateaued in your walk with Him that you don't know how to get to the next level? You can take your relationship with God to the next level. You don't have to stay stuck. We'll show you how.

Take Your Relationship with God to the Next Level

Choose Gratitude

Whether life is going well for you or you’re struggling you can choose to be thankful.

Choosing to be thankful in all areas of your life is the key to a deeper relationship with the Lord.

Then, take your gratitude and praise God in your prayer life.

 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4

Taking the time first and foremost in your prayer is what will propel you forward in your relationship.

Taking our eyes off ourselves and putting them on the amazing attributes of God and all the wonderful works He has done in our lives changes us from the inside out.

It changes how we see God and we begin to see more clearly all the ways He provides and protects us in our everyday life.

Things that you may have missed before because you were so accustomed to them, you now see them as the blessings that they really are.

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Colossians 4:2

When you choose gratitude, when you make praise a habit first and foremost in your prayer life then you will soon find that as you become more of everyday blessings around you that you will be thanking God right then and there for those things.

Your relationship is then at the next step. You’ve moved past that stale, plateaued state. You’re enjoying a deeper relationship with God as a result.

 

Your turn? Have you every felt like your relationship with God has become stale? How did you overcome that and move towards a deeper  relationship with Him?

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Michele Morin
    October 27, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Such a great reminder, and so timely with Reformation Sunday approaching!
    Semper Reformandus! Always reforming! Never content to just sit and soak in our relationship with God!
    Blessings to you on this Tuesday!

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      Anastasia Safee
      October 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      That’s great, Michele! Thanks for sharing that with me!

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    Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet
    October 27, 2015 at 10:54 am

    This is all so true! My husband and I were just discussing this the other day after our Bible Study. Sometimes when things are really difficult in your life, you are more prone to leaning on God for help. When things are good and comfortable, it is easy to take things for granted! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Anastasia Safee
      October 27, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Unfortunately we are all guilty of that behavior all too often in our lives. It is an amazing thing to be more aware of God’s working in our every day lives!

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    Long Ladies
    October 28, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I just recently came out of a staled season in my Christian walk. My problem was I had let satan claim a foothold in my heart and the sin was this big wall between me and the Lord. He kept knocking on it and I kept shutting Him out. I am guilty of everything on that list you mentioned above. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago when the Lord broke my heart and began housecleaning the rooms of my heart that I was uprooted from that season of apathy. I eagerly awake each morning looking forward to what the Lord is going to walk me through next.
    Blessings!
    Haley

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      Anastasia Safee
      October 29, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Haley, I’m so glad to hear that you’ve gotten past that staled season. God is so good to keep convicting us of our sin. I love that feeling of being eager to spend time with the Lord each morning. I don’t want people to miss out on that! There is so much joy to be had! Thanks for telling me your story, it is so encouraging to read.

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    Ifeoma Samuel
    October 29, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Hi Ana, this post is for me!
    I am evaluating my personal life, closing doors to many things that are not useful. They may look good but just not right for me.
    Thank you for this post!
    PS You are the winner of Susan’s Book on my blog. Please drop a message on the contact me form and include your email address so I can send it to you. Congratulations!
    Sweet Blessings dear friend.

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      Anastasia Safee
      October 29, 2015 at 8:48 am

      That is such a great idea. Dumping stuff that isn’t useful for us anymore is such a great idea. I was just watching a video interview with the author of Love Does and he says he quits something every Thursday. Why? Because we pick up so much stuff but we never dump and then we are over committed and underwhelmed. Such a great tip! I’m so glad you’re doing just that. I bet you’ll feel so much lighter.

      I’m so excited I won, very cool! Thanks for letting me know!

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    Deb Wolf
    October 29, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Great post Anastasia! My faith life gets stale when I focus on me. So I look to Jesus, remember His forgiveness and love. Holding on to the hope He gives and you’re right . . . doing all things with gratitude. Blessings!

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      Anastasia Safee
      October 30, 2015 at 8:35 am

      Great point, our own pride keeps us from growing in our relationship. I’ve been guilty of that as well!

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    Horace Williams Jr
    October 30, 2015 at 10:31 am

    What a beautifully written and thought provoking post Anastasia! Thank you for the reminder of how blessed we are as believers that god chose us to be children of His! Like any relationship, we have to stay aware and make an effort to grow closer. spend time with him and talk with Him. Not out of duty but because we love Him and we want to know Him better. It is my desire to not let myself become to comfortable and take my relationship with him for granted. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts here. Truly been a wonderful reminder for myself reading it this morning. Blessings to you and yours and have a wonderful weekend!

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      Anastasia Safee
      October 30, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks so much for the encouragement, Horace. Been a rough day so it was such a blessing to read your kind comment. I too desire to never grow too comfortable in my walk.

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    Kristin @ Biblical Wives
    October 30, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I’ve actually been feeling a bit stale in my walk with God recently. I’m going through several major transitions in my life right now and I think I’ve just been overwhelmed with it all. I’ve been struggling to figure out how to fit my time with God into my daily routine. These are some interesting ideas to combat what I’ve been feeling lately.

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    ~ linda
    October 30, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I am not at a lull in my walk at this moment, but I have been and do not want to be. Satan is always looking for those open doors to come busting in and change everything. Thank you for the reminder to be filled with gratitude…that would be everyday, all of the time. I am always learning and glad I came by.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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      Anastasia Safee
      October 30, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      When you’ve been there you don’t want to go back, I agree! Yet Satan is always trying to pull us astray. So glad you stopped by tonight and joined the conversation, Linda!

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    Kathryn Shirey
    November 1, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Great reminders and ideas to reinvigorate our faith! It’s so easy to get complacent and let faith become something that sits on the sidelines of our lives. Yet, life can be so much more rewarding – and struggles somehow easier – when we put faith first. For me, it’s digging into prayer and committing to focused prayer for a period of time , like 21 days of prayer – if what helps jumpstart me and reconnect me to God.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 1, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      That’s a great idea! Prayer is a great tool for our growth. Yet it is usually the hardest thing to commit to. I like your approach, thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Lisa Morris
    November 5, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Great point Anastasia: Taking our eyes off of ourselves is the key to our relationship with the Lord! Things always lull when it is about us and not about Him! I am grateful He reigns us back in by using reminders from our sisters in Christ! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Visiting today from Grace &Truth linkup!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 5, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Pride is such a powerful that the enemy uses in our lives. I’m so glad you were blessed by this post. Thanks for visiting and joining the conversation!

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    Create With Joy
    November 5, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this article with us at Friendship Friday at Create With Joy, Ana – gratitude to God has made a huge difference in my attitude, outlook and relationship with God!

    I’m SO excited to share that you are our Featured Guest at this week’s edition of Friendship Friday at Create With Joy! #197

    Have an amazing week filled with blessings and joy! 🙂

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 5, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Aw thanks so much!! Love your link up! Can’t wait to check it out! 🙂

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    Lost and confused
    October 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I know this sounds stupid but how do you praise? What do you do? I just feel so lost and confused.

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      Anastasia Safee
      October 23, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Praising God would be singing hymns or worship songs, thanking Him for everything He has done. It’s giving Him the glory in everything. We use the phrase “praise the Lord!” when anything good happens-even the little things! I would start by reading the books of Psalms for a closer look at how David praised the Lord throughout his life-good times and in bad. We can learn about praise and how to do from David! Hope that helps!

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