How to Spend More Time with the Man from Galilee
by Aimee Zahora
Many know that the man from Galilee is none other than the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Some might agree that spending time with this guy brings benefits. But, how? How can we spend more time with the man from Galilee. Below are four practices that I attempt to follow. These practices have brought me unquantifiable spiritual richness.
First Thing in the Morning: Musical Meditation
For most of my life, I would bounce out of bed a millisecond after my alarm buzzed through the silence and rush around in the fast lane to get stuff done. Over the past few months, a more gentle approach debuted in my conscience, making those initial waking moments soft and serene.
Meditation through music helps me connect with God. Focusing on Him and being still — listening for His inspiration — changes the course of my day. My awareness of what truly matters and my perception of simple beauty — birds, flowers, sunshine, etc. — intensifies.
Tune in to Powerful Sermons All Day
Whether you are exercising, taking a mental break over lunch, or winding down at the end of the day, be intentional about tuning into powerful sermons throughout the day. Below are three series-style sermons that have increased my spiritual prosperity.
David Holladay’s seven-part series on spiritual mastery provides practical insight on how to align the inner and outer self
Gary Petty’s five-part sanctification series goes deep into the rarely discussed doctrine of being set apart
Craig Groeschel’s four-part relationship series gets real about goals, debunking commonly-held myths that appear on social media
If series aren’t your cup of tea, here are two stellar stand-alones.
Jim O’Brien’s Fair Chance sermon poses the soul-piercing question: does God want to marry me?
Kelly McDonald’s sermon entitled It’s Time for a Revolution is a spirit-filled call-to-action, suggesting that we cast our nets over our common interests to magnify our impact
Write Down the Good Things That Happened to You Today
A friend recently introduced me to the Thankful app. It provides a convenient method for electronically capturing a few concepts that express gratitude on a daily basis. The practice of gratitude is a simple game-changer to transform one’s mental trajectory.
Pictured below are a couple of my recent entries. I find it refreshing to look back at my entries every couple days or weeks. Not only am I amazed at how much I would have forgotten had I not documented it, but also my spirit renews through the review process.
Pray for an Open, Loving Heart and God’s Will
Spending time with the man from Galilee in prayer and meditation changes the course of life. Whether praying for specifics or big picture items, the intimacy of prayer enables soul restoration and divine guidance.
Personally, I am in the midst of a unique time of life. I have chosen to radically alter the course of my life to follow God more passionately. That choice includes ordering my day in ways that energize rather than deplete. Besides making a cross-state physical move from the north to the south, I am embarking on a new career.
Perhaps there are few times in life where we have the opportunity to be radical. Or, maybe opportunities present themselves many times, but we have to be in tune with God’s Will to perceive those opportunities. In any case, when the awareness comes, it’s time to act. Whatever stage of life you find yourself in, I encourage you to pray fervently for an open, loving heart — one that aligns with God Will. My experience has shown it to be fulfilling beyond measure.
Aimee Zahora is a Sabbath and Holy Day keeping follower of The Way and blogger on topics that ignite the Spirit. She is a member of the United Church of God.
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