If you are anything like me, then you long to see Jesus working in the day-to-day, mundane parts of life. But let’s be honest: oftentimes we are so busy and so anxious that it’s hard to see His work around us. While He is at work, the enemy is at work to keep us blind to God’s activity.
In this episode, I am talking with Wendy Pope, an author and a speaker as well as the founder of Word Up Ministries. Through her ministry, she invites us to live experientially with Jesus to rediscover His beautiful character. Today we’re exploring how to see God at work in our lives, and how we can connect with Him in the daily and mundane.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- The importance of connecting with Jesus in our everyday life
- Why we need to move towards being self-feeders spiritually
- Why God wants us to choose to be His friend
- How we can be confident God is at work even when it doesn’t feel like it
I KNOW this conversation will be an encouragement to you this week!
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Jesus Everlasting: Leaning on Our Counselor, Defender, Father, and Friend by Wendy Pope
- Real Moms Real Jesus by Jill Savage
- Word Up Ministries Website
- Read Through the Bible Reading Plan
- Wendy’s Website
- Follow Wendy on Instagram and Facebook
- As a thank you for listening, get your 3 free eBooks!
My Key Takeaways:
1) God is at work even if you can’t see it in this moment. It can be easy to assume we’re alone and that God has abandoned us in difficult times. It’s a part of our human nature to assume the worst and interpret silence as abandonment. But that isn’t the case! God is at work even when we can’t see or feel it. We need to lean on our faith in these moments and remember that God has promised in Scripture to always be there for us. This doesn’t mean that difficult things won’t happen to us, but we can rest assured that God is still working on our behalf during those moments.
2) We can experience God every single day, not just in church. Many of us practice experiencing God regularly at church, but our connection with Him never spills over to the rest of our week. If you haven’t done so yet, make a daily practice of experiencing God outside of church. The best way to do this is to consistently be reading through His Word and talking to Him throughout those mundane moments of the day. (That’s all prayer is! Just like talking to a friend.) That may mean finding a version of the Bible that is easy for you to understand or using other resources like studies, books, or organized devotionals. It doesn’t have to be a large portion of time, but finding a way to regularly connect with Him is so important.
3) God won’t bully us into a relationship with Him. God wants us to choose to have a relationship with Him. And He gives us the freedom to do so! When was the last time you became someone’s friend by them forcing you? God has given us the ability to choose to be in a relationship with Him or to live life on our own without Him. Our closeness to Him will depend on how much we know Him and spend time with Him. Just like when your best friend calls you on the phone and you immediately recognize their voice, God wants us to know Him so well that we recognize Him, see Him at work in our lives, and seek His help during hardships.
Wendy Pope is an author, speaker, and the Founder and President of Word Up Ministries. Her ministry’s focus is helping others learn God’s Word, live it, and love it. Wendy is down-to-earth and transparent and her teaching style reflects her personality as she speaks directly to women’s hearts. She is the author of five books including Wait and See: Finding Peace in God’s Pauses and Pains and Jesus Everlasting: Leaning on Our Counselor, Defender, Father, and Friend. Wendy is a mother to two grown children and lives in Monroe, NC with her husband, Scott, and their Boykin Spaniel named Maxie. Learn more at https://wendypope.org/ —
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