Several months ago, a friend from school started hosting prayer meetings before school on Thursdays. It ended up happening only a few times, but one thing he said has remained in my mind. As he was closing our time with a few words of encouragement, he described our meeting as a “date within a marriage.” I loved that analogy.
Just as dates are an important part of a relationship, we also should set apart specific times to spend with God. However, just as dates do not sustain a marriage, neither does only going to church on Sundays or praying for a few seconds before you fall asleep sustain your relationship with God.
As you enter the new year, I pray you will keep that thought close as you seek to grow in your relationship with God. To help your pursue and nurture that relationship this year, there will be a new monthly feature on the blog. At the beginning of each month, there will be ideas for fun “dates with God.” These are simply easy ways for you to set apart special time to spend with God.
Also, one of my personal goals this year is to keep the blog more consistently updated. This year, there will still an inspirational quote or picture for the feature “A Thought to Start Your Week,” but there will also be at least one post per week on something related to travel and living overseas and at least one per week on a spiritual topic. Hopefully, this will be a good balance of encouragement and thoughts to help you benefit the most from living in a different country.
I hope your desire this year will be to spend more time with Jesus and let Him mold you into the person He wants you to be.
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