Have you ever felt distant from God? What were (or are) the circumstances that caused you to feel that God was far away? What are some of the questions you find yourself asking about God (or even to God) when you don't have a sense of ...
Author: Jamie Rasmussen
Publisher: Baker Books
Have you ever felt far away from God? Though many Christians are convinced they can't admit that, if you're feeling distant from God, you're not alone. In fact, honesty about divine distance is an important first step back to the presence of God. The truth is, we all go through seasons when prayers seem futile, worship feels empty, or we feel lonely, wondering if God cares or even knows what we're facing. When those seasons come and our familiar spiritual routines are no longer working, how can we recover the closeness with God that we crave? With transparency and a pastoral heart, Jamie Rasmussen reveals eight ways to navigate divine distance and experience the nearness of God again. After unpacking why God sometimes feels so far away, he mines the riches of the book of Esther for principles that are available to us today. The result is an intimate and practical guide to navigating seasons of divine distance so we can once again feel closer to God.
FarAway. GOD FEELS My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief. Yet ... PSALM 22:1-3 ...
Author: Michael H. Beaumont
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Just as a garden needs nurturing to grow and thrive, so does your relationship with God. Flourish: Prayers for a Well-Tended Heart features 75 prayers to help you cultivate faith and connection with your Creator. Every prayer is accented with a flower from the wild so you can admire God’s beautiful handiwork as you reflect on His promises. A short description or interesting fact about each flower is included.
God. Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:8a it can feel like God's a long way away. Life gets ... When God feels far away, know that he hasn't left you. You can keep having faith that he's right there with you, ...
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Grab your parka and compass and get ready for a thrilling trek through God’s Word! This 365-day devotional is filled with exciting daily devotions inspires readers to read about, write about, and, most importantly, live out their faith. The Adventure Bible is #1, recommended by more Christian schools and churches than any other Bible for kids. The illustrated, full-color NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions: Polar Exploration Edition takes kids on a thrilling, enriching quest through the Bible. This 365-day devotional with all-new content includes topics on self-esteem, courage, friendship, and many more! Boys and girls will learn more about God and the Bible and be inspired to live a life of faith, the greatest adventure of all. A companion to the NIV Adventure Bible, Polar Exploration Edition, this devotional book is perfect for readers aged 8 to 12. NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions: Polar Exploration Edition includes: Trusted, #1 Adventure Bible brand content in a frosty new theme Full-color images of polar animals, arctic outposts, and icy landscapes throughout Devotional topics on self-esteem, courage, friendship, and many more Topical and Scripture indexes
I don't say what I'm thinking: God feels far away right now. I want to feel close, but when I'm like this, I'm not so sure God wants to hear from me. But out loud I say, “I'll try.” WHO'S IN CHARGE HERE? If Welcome to an inside look at ...
Author: Elizabeth Laing Thompson
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
"No one knows more about living with all the feels than teenage girls. They can flit from giddy to anxious to insecure to in love-oops, wait, just kidding, out of love-to chill to stressed to ecstatic to despairing to rebellious to penitent to cynical to naèive to independent to clingy to selfish to selfless-all with a heaping side order of angst and adorkability, all in a span of hours . . . sometimes minutes. In other words: all the feels all the time. Yep, no one knows about having all the feels quite like teenage girls-but few girls know what to do with all those feelings. Christian teens need Bible-based help to show them that it's okay to feel deeply (after all, God himself is the Author of all feelings), but each of us must learn to train our emotions in the ways of Christ. As they learn how to deal with all the feels, girls need scriptural foundations, practical strategies, and the assurance that they are not weird-and never alone"--
When I connect with grieving people, over and over again they tell me that God feels far away. God seems silent. Sometimes, I'll be honest, I don't know what to say. I have felt that way too, and I know that no one's sorrow is assuaged ...
Author: Clarissa Moll
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
"Those going through dark times will find this generous, strongly Christian work a welcome beacon of light." --Publisher's Weekly Sorrow is a dark and painful road. You don't need to walk it alone. The Bible says that "God is near to the brokenhearted," but what does that look like when you're lost in the darkness of agonizing grief? How do you engage with your sorrow when the world tells you to shoulder through or move on? Award-winning writer and podcaster Clarissa Moll knows this landscape of loss all too well. Her life changed forever in 2019 when her husband, Rob, died unexpectedly while hiking--leaving her with four children to raise alone. In her debut book, Beyond the Darkness, Clarissa offers her powerful personal narrative as well as honest, practical wisdom that will gently guide you toward flourishing amidst your own loss. In the pages of Beyond the Darkness, you'll learn how to meet and engage with loss in your everyday life, uncover the lies the world has told you about your grief, and point your feet toward hope and find a way to navigate your new life with loss and God beside you. Whether you've lost someone dear to you or you're supporting a loved one as they mourn, you can learn to walk with grief. And as you do, you might be surprised to discover the path is wide enough for another companion, the Good Shepherd of your soul. Grief may walk with us for the rest of our lives, but Jesus will too.
PSALM 9:10 are times God feels far away and our desperate hearts ... Honestly, I think it's something we all experience, and it's crucial to remember that when God's perceived absence leaves us feeling abandoned, we can choose to ...
Author: Julie Gillies
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Beautiful, Calming Peace When anxiety is an intrusive reality that steals your peace, holds you captive to fear, and imposes itself between you and longed-for calmness, the God of all comfort invites you to turn your gaze toward heaven. Prayers to Calm Your Anxious Heart offers 100 reassuring devotions and Scripture-based prayers that will shift your focus toward truth, restore your hope, and fill your soul with peace. Every devotion offers… brief yet meaningful teachings to give you encouragement and inspiration relevant Scripture verses to ground you in God’s promises expressive prayers to keep your heart riveted on truth You don’t have to dwell in anxiety. Instead, pray. Breathe. And let your heart rest in God’s calming presence.
This approach can be turned into a general strategy which takes the idea of personal relationship with God and runs ... must be distinguished; one might have good reason to believe in the existence of God even when God feels far away.
Sometimes God seems like a parent . a Sometimes God feels far away . Sometimes God feels very close . O These are all different sides of God . The more of God we get to know , the closer to God we can feel . KI ANU AMECHA כִּי אָנוּ ...
Author: Judith Z. Abrams
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
A family service for Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.
the previous chapters we focused on how we need to rely on God to meet the deepest cravings of our heart. We also explored some good reality checks to consider. But what do we do when worldly things seem so close and God feels far away?
Author: Lysa TerKeurst
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
What do you crave to make you happy? ... every day is filled with things we want and crave. Things that will make us feel good at least for a moment. But what happens when that moment is gone and the need returns? There’s nothing wrong with wanting certain things, but God didn’t create us to rely on those things to make us happy. He created us to crave Him, and a happiness that lasts. In this teen adaptation of the bestselling Made to Crave, the deep emotional, physical, and material cravings you face are explored—desires that can turn into spending too much, over- or under-eating, needing a boyfriend, or more. Through real-life stories and support from people who have been where you are, you will also discover how to truly crave God and the love and comfort He wants us to have, and how craving heavenly things can make the earthly cravings easier to overcome. You were made to crave more than this world has to offer.
2 God wants us to use our freedom for the good of others. When my own journey to freedom in ... One day I told Jesus I felt like my brokenness was too great. Maybe I'd thwart his plans for my ... When God feels far away, do you see it?
Author: Rebekah Lyons
Even when circumstances feel wildly out of your control, you can make the decision each day to say yes to who God says you are in Him. This 52-week devotional from bestselling author Rebekah Lyons offers practical advice and spiritual wisdom to help you find renewed freedom in your daily rhythms as you intentionally focus on what God has for you in every moment of life. Rebekah found new freedom in discovering that yes in her own life as she and her husband made a cross-country move and adopted a child with Down syndrome. Along the way, she realized that when we say yes in even the small, ordinary moments of life, we experience renewed spiritual vitality for every aspect of God's calling. In A Surrendered Yes, Rebekah draws on biblical truths and her personal story to inspire you to: Say yes to God, yourself, and others Find freedom from the approval of others Use your time and energy to live a life of intention Practice Sabbath to maintain your emotional, physical, and spiritual health Release control to find God's presence in play and laughter Experience the truth that God is enough Each entry in this year-long devotional includes: A Bible verse A thoughtful devotion from Rebekah A journal prompt to help you apply that week's theme in your daily life A Surrendered Yes features a beautiful cover design and includes a ribbon marker, making it an encouraging gift for a family member, friend, or yourself. Discover the delight of living from a place of freedom in your daily routines and lifelong dreams. Live with joy instead of regret. Freedom instead of fear. Rest instead of striving. Say yes. Look for additional inspirational books and resources from Rebekah Lyons: Rhythms of Renewal You Are Free