An accountability buddy is a must-have when you want to build a new habit or keep an old commitment fresh. Especially for things that are easy to slip-and-slide on, like exercise or a prayer schedule. Or visiting your Aunt Millie in the nursing home.
I meet with my buddy once a week by phone when we share with each other how successful we were in doing our part to stay close to God – and how, if we slipped up a bit, we could do better this week.
She surprised me by asking: What was your closest moment? She meant what was your closest moment with God this week?
Well, I had a doozy to share with her. I had felt shut out and rejected by people whom I respect and whom I thought were respectful. In those awful moments I felt cast into outer darkness. Then, in my imagination, Jesus approached, put his arms around me and asked:
“Don’t you know that you are not theirs, you are mine?”
…Yes, Lord, but I forgot. In the moments that followed, the deep sharing in his own rejection and pain caused the pain in me to be swallowed up by indescribable joy and closeness to his love. Thinking back on it, I can’t remember how the pain felt but I remember the joy very clearly. It’s joy that is eternal; pain is passing away.
So often, we can glide through our days and weeks feeling lonely and frustrated, as if God had forgotten about us. Or we feel rushed and empty – and we know it’s because we haven’t prayed.
Time to reconnect
Think back to your closest moment last week. It may be one that you didn’t think was grace-filled at the time, but you can see it now that it was. Remembering our closest moment reconnects us with how easy it is to cast the eyes of our soul to God and receive the help he’s offering at this moment. And to remember that if he seems far away, it’s we who have moved. Our reconnection is just a heartbeat away.
Feeling distant from God can be distressing. Sometimes we feel like our prayer life has gone stale and we’re not sure how to get it back. I’d love to offer you a hand if your prayer life is in a rut, or if you’re not sure where it even went! Click here to schedule a Spiritual Clarity Call with me. We’ll discern where you are right now with God and we’ll look to see if any of my programs are a good fit to get you back on track with a prayer life you love — that brings you the peace and confidence you desire.
It is so true that, when I feel lonely, or tired, or lost, prayer in the name of Jesus Christ is definitely the answer! Thank you for reminding me, Rose. 🌹
Beautiful thoughts .
Thanks for Sharing
Thank you for your uplifting and inspiring thoughts. You have inspired me to improve my prayer life.
Judith Marie Dihel
I find comfort in going to Adoration when I feel disconnected from God or my life seems like it is turmoil. I try to go deeper in prayer when life seems like it is off track. Thank you for the glimplses of nature that you share. It always gives me the thought, “stop and smell the roses and don’t forget to appreciate God’s vast creation and beauty. Judith dihel
Thank you, Rose, I am so grateful and I appreciate you and my God for connecting me with you. I feel so blessed for your spiritual readings as I have gotten closer in my prayer life and faith in every day that I face.
Thank you & have a good week.
God Bless You
Hi Rose. Thank you for your thoughts on getting closer to God. I’m finding Centering Prayer my avenue in. And, taking time for Eucharistic Adoration. Consistently. That’s going to be a go to during Lent. God bless you!
Thank you for your inspirational articles. I strive to get closer to God through my prayers. I feel God’s love in all the blessings He showers me and my family every day!