Growing Closer to God


Tuesdays in Other Words Meme

One of the most wonderful things about knowing God is that there's always so much more to know, so much more to discover.Just when we least expect it, He intrudes into our neat and tidy notions about who He is and how He works.

~ by Joni Eareckson Tada ~


My husband is back from his business trip. His 3 week trip turned into a 2 1/2 months. Though there are negatives, I want to write about something positive that came out of this long separation.

God used these past months to show more of Himself to us. I didn't realize this for awhile though. When we first knew that my husband would be gone for a lot longer than we had anticipated, my initial thoughts were - "This can't be part of God's will for us. God would never want a man to be away from his family for so long. It will hurt the children. Since he has the van, we won't be able to go to church for a few months. God wouldn't want us to not go to church, especially since we volunteer."

I had it figured out - logically. But, God doesn't execute His will with human logic. He knew that my husband and I needed time apart from each other - time to grow spiritually. Without my husband around, I spent more time learning about the Lord, worshiping Him, praying, and reading the Bible. I thought about the things that I want to do for God, and how I want to use my time to make an eternal difference.

When my husband came back, I quickly realized that he had gone through a time of growth, too. God taught and encouraged him. He came back with more passion and ideas for how he wants to serve the Lord. I can tell by the way that he is talking that God made an impact on his way of thinking.

God shook up our lives a bit. It was an inconvenient and lonely time for us. But it was also a time when God showed us more of who He is. There is so much more to learn about Him and we need to spend the rest of our lives growing closer to Him. God has a plan for us and I believe that He is encouraging us to trust Him with the timing and the details. He wants us to concentrate on growing stronger spiritually and surrendering ourselves to His will.

Read more posts about this quote at Susan's blog - Forever His

11 comments:

A Stone Gatherer said...

Amen! God's plans are always good! They may not always look that way to us but he sees the bigger picture! Praising Him for how he is teaching you both! Glad your husband is back though!!!

Susan said...

"God has a plan for us and I believe that He is encouraging us to trust Him with the timing and the details...."

Shari, this was great! I'm so glad you hubby made it back home. What a blessing it is when we see God's handprints all over each experience we face.

Blessings to you♥

Karen said...

I love how God works that way in our lives. We can fight it or learn from it. God bless your family and your writing for Him.

Tonya said...

You know, when our son was sick we missed A LOT of church. We were SO THANKFUL that God DOESN'T dwell in buildings made by men - HE CHOSE OUR HEARTS!

I think it's wonderful that you and your hubby allowed GOD to use your time apart to draw you closer to HIMSELF. HE'S ALWAYS with us... it's just a matter of us taking the time to spend with HIM. OOHHHH... I find that so much easier SAID than DONE. (There is ALWAYS SOMETHING that "needs" our time) I'm as guilty as anyone about not always putting HIM first. I've been convicted recently (again) and I HOPE to keep a tradition of starting each morning in prayer and in the WORD with our boys. They can never KNOW HIM if they don't spend time with HIM - and they can't LOVE HIM if they don't KNOW HIM (for themselves).

Thanks for the reminder (and confirmation) of the direction I already felt GOD was calling us.

LOVE YOU!

Tiffany Stuart said...

Thanks for your visit. And I enjoyed reading about your time away from your husband that God used for good.

twinklemom said...

God bless you..that was an absolute beautiful post and so true that God has a plan for us and I believe that He is encouraging us to trust Him with the timing and the details. He wants us to concentrate on growing stronger spiritually and surrendering ourselves to His will.


That was a needed reminder of God's greatness!

Vashonnte said...

i am so glad your husband is back and i am so happy to hear that you both took such a difficult situation and turned it into something so positive. I love that!

The Forney Four said...

And submitting to His will is one of the hardest things to learn. What a blessing that you're able to look at something that was potentially really difficult and you turned it into a beautiful lesson.

Cheryl said...

You have such a good attitude! Instead of pouting about it you stood strong! God spoke and you listened! Good job!

twinklemom said...

Your site is a HUGE encouragement to me...I wanted to share this with you!

Sheri said...

Shari, I love how you see through God's eyes and not the eyes of your flesh!