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Have you ever wondered how God actually proves to all of us that He exists? He does so in many different ways. He can get your attention just by having you spend time with your friends and family that you haven’t seen in a while by going on a trip with them. He can use that time to help you reconnect to Him and to them. He can also get your attention through His Word and by catching your attention through going to church. Even the color of the sky during a sunset can capture your attention. All of these things are proof that He exists.

He Allows You to Rest and Recharge

Go on a vacation to someplace that you’ve never even been to and reconnect with Him. Experience what each state in our great nation has to offer and go on a country road trip with friends. Relax and let go of life for a few days in order to give your mind and body a break and a change of scenery. You are allowed to have a chance to recharge yourself. Going on vacation also gives you a chance to disconnect from technology and to rediscover the things you love about the place your visiting. It also helps you appreciate the time you have to yourself more.

Experience His Beauty in Creation

From the beauty of the rocks and the mountain formations in Sedona, the steepness of the terrain at Camelback mountain, everywhere you turn there is something to stare at in wonder and to marvel at in life.  Have you ever heard someone say, “How can anyone say God doesn’t exist? Look at what He created for us to see.” You might be one of the most beautiful and rugged places on Earth, or just relaxing in your backyard and be reminded to thank Him for everything He has let you experience.  No matter where you might be, you can feel honored to be there and to witness such beauty and wonder. Over and over, you can keep thanking God for what He allows you to see.

Different Seasons

There is nothing like feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin after experiencing cold for six months out of the year. There is something about the sun that makes you breathe in and out easier. There is also something so much better about smelling fresh air instead of cold air. It also helps you realize yet again how blessed you are to get to experience different seasons.

It helps the body relax and ease more. There is also something about it that helps lift your spirits. It never ceases to help you feel better. God allows you to see beauty every day of your life. You just have to know where to look for it. You also have to be willing to see many different things as the beauty and the blessings in your life. You may not see them every single day or be aware of them day in and day out, but the beauty of His creation is there.

Be Immersed in God’s Creation

From the snow you may see back home, to the mountains and rugged desert of Arizona, there are both dangers and beauty that is there. You can’t and shouldn’t take anything for granted. Escape the daily grind of your everyday life and embrace God’s beauty. Be immersed in it. It does so much good to see a new place and to unwind from your daily grind and work days. It also gives you a new perspective on embracing life. It gives you the chance to recoup and enjoy life again without the daily distractions that life brings.  Hopefully, you will start to look at aspects of creation differently.

Proof That God Exists

He made everything in life, so why not embrace Him in His word and His world. He gave you so many wonderful things to enjoy and to see. Experience the wonders of God’s creation whether it is cold or warm, outside. Enjoy the beauty around you whether it is snowy or not. Push yourself to new limits that you didn’t think you could reach. Remind yourself to enjoy each moment as it comes and try not to let it slip away.

The proof that He exists is right there in front of you, every single day. Look at the color of the sky during a sunrise or a sunset, listen to the birds and different animals around you. Take a hike and enjoy the fresh air and nature that God lets you see. Sit in front of a fireplace with your family and watch a movie that you all love. The proof that God exists is right there all around you. All you have to do is look for it and find it.

 

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Whenever someone tells you to hold on just a little longer, how do you feel? Whenever you are at the end of your rope, and you’re told by your trusted friend or family member to trust God and that “Everything will work out,” how does that make you feel? Have you ever felt angry at yourself because you can’t seem to find the peace that God offers?

It is ok to feel angry, just don’t stay in that state of mind for very long. You know deep within your heart that you want to have that certainty of everything working out for good.

You long for that reassurance that God used to give you, or so you thought. The truth is, He never stopped giving you that sense of peace or the feeling of calmness amongst the chaos. Rather, you just chose to stop receiving it and closed your heart to it.

That is how the world works, unfortunately. You get so caught up in the things that you have to do, or the things that you think you have to do. You run your life, and then when things get tough, you cry out to God for help and clarification as to why things are harder now than they ever were before.

You ask Him where He is amongst all the chaos in your life, and when you don’t get an answer right away, you can start to doubt that He ever was there in the first place. Doubt is another part of life. You can doubt God’s promises, and His words, especially if you are already feeling down about yourself. Emotions can play a powerful role in your faith walk.

When your emotions take over, do your instantly find yourself praying that God would help you through everything that you’re feeling? Chances are, you probably don’t even think about praying until you’ve spent a lot more time crying and venting about situations that you don’t have to control than you ever spend praying about them.

It’s a tough thing to remind yourself to pray about hard times when you just feel like crying and having a pity party or continue to be angry at yourself. When you give in to those emotions, sure it may feel good to complain and vent about life for a few minutes, but doesn’t it wear you down more than praying does?

Prayer is sometimes the only thing that can give you that peace that you long for. Have you ever prayed when you’ve felt stressed to the max and then within minutes of giving things up to God in prayer, you felt the peace that you needed in your heart? Remember, that is sometimes how quick prayer works. God can and will answer your prayers. It takes a lot of time and discipline to start believing that whatever you ask for in prayer, you will receive.

When things get hard, you put the unneeded and unwanted pressure on yourself, because you think you’re supposed to be better at tasks in your life such as your job, than what you are. You might even think that you’re supposed to know absolutely everything. The good news is, God is all knowing and all powerful and all present, so you don’t have to put that much pressure on yourself to get everything right every single day. Don’t punish yourself on any given day just because things didn’t go the way you wanted, or expected.

Don’t punish yourself for not getting everything on your list, done in one day. Remember the Bible verse that says do not worry about tomorrow. For tomorrow will have enough problems of its own”? Why do you think it is in the Bible in the first place? It is there for you, to remind yourself and to get that reminder from God that He is the one in control, not you.

You may not want to give up the control, but you absolutely have to be willing to give it up and let Him have the reigns of your life before your life becomes even more chaotic. Being able and willing to give up the things you can’t control and just trying to do your best in life, is all you can do. You’re not ever making a mistake by praying to God for peace and putting Him back in the driver’s seat of your life where He belongs.

God always was and always is there for you, and you just have to make the time to teach yourself that He is walking with you, through both the good times and bad times. He is there with you no matter what. He has never stopped caring about you, or the story that He has set out for you in life. Sometimes all it takes is one prayer to put the much-needed peace back into your heart.

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If you are always worried about the situations in your life, you can either choose to suffer or pray, instead of worrying. Have you ever had someone push you to pray? Have you ever thought of what push can stand for? It can stand for pray until something happens. Wouldn’t you rather pray instead of worry continually? It takes a lot of time and discipline to remember to pray about everything in your life. Praising God in the good times is easier than turning to Him in the hard times. You might think that prayers don’t work, but they work, in God’s timing, not yours.

Continually pray for something you want. Ask for it and wait patiently for it. If you believe in your heart that you have already received it, you will receive it. Only if God deems it as acceptable for your life, will He grant you the things you pray for. Prayer works miracles too. Pray until your loved one receives the healing they need after they were diagnosed with a disease.

Continue to pray that you will find the right job and that God puts you on the right path in your field. God isn’t deaf to your prayers. He hears every secret tear that you cry in private and any prayer you say out loud. You never had to worry about God not hearing your cries.

Bible Verses About Prayer

Some Bible verses that remind you how powerful prayer can be and how impactful it can be, include:

1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

1 John 5:15  And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
1 John 5:16  If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that.
1 Chronicles 16:11 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
2 Chronicles 6:21 Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive.
2 Chronicles 7:14  If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Ephesians 1:18  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.
Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Jeremiah 29:12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Job 22:27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.
John 17:15  My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
James 5:13  Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
Matthew 6:7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Proverbs 15:8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
Remember, you can pray anywhere at any time. Keep praying and believe that whatever you pray for, you will receive it. Believing that you’ll receive what you asked God for is half the battle. The other half of the battle is keeping your focus on Him, even in the midst of the doubts that can come into your mind. Prayer is the most effective weapon against the lies of Satan and this world. Whether it is out loud or in the quietness of your own heart, keep praying until your circumstances change.

 

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Isn’t it an amazing feeling to forgive someone for something they did wrong? Isn’t it an even more amazing feeling to be brave enough to ask someone for forgiveness for doing something wrong to them? If they forgive you and you forgive them, then you start to feel free and lighter in your step. You start to forget what happened in the past between the two of you and begin to concentrate on the future ahead.

Being able to forgive someone means that you will start to feel God’s peace in your heart about the situation that happened between the two of you, instead of feeling that desire to always be angry with the person. It is sometimes hard to let things go, but, there is also that Bible verse that tells you to never go to bed angry. Ephesians 4:26 NIV. You should always try to resolve conflicts as quickly as you can, so nothing gets worse between you and the people you love.

Ask for Forgiveness

One of the hardest things to do is be around someone when you haven’t forgiven them, or when you haven’t asked them for forgiveness yet. It makes the tension palpable, and both of you are more likely to stare at each other in angry silence, instead of working things out.  It can be a tough situation when neither person wants to be the first to forgive or even be the first to talk to one another and try to resolve the conflict.

It is and can be intimidating, not to mention a difficult thing to ask for forgiveness, when you know you are in the wrong. You might be scared of what the other person might say or do to you when you bring up the situation that caused harm to the friendship or relationship. That is normal, though.  It can be even more painful and tougher to figure out how to say the right words, too. The nervous feeling of asking for forgiveness does not entirely go away, but it can push you to be brave enough to make the right decision. After you are forgiven, though, your nerves relax, and things can begin to slowly return to normal between you and the other person, though, in most cases.

Don’t Bring Up the Past

Satan can always have that power over you to keep you angry about something that happened in the past if you choose to let him. He can get under your skin and get you mad about something that happened between you and a friend yesterday, a week ago, or, a few years ago. It is all to his benefit and your misery. Seeing you miserable makes Satan smile and makes him happy. He loves to see God’s children hang on to things that they should let go of.

He enjoys seeing God’s children bring up past grievances against one another in acts of callous revenge. In fact, He often puts the idea to point fingers at one another into your head. Then the angry words from the past not only fill your heart, they then spill into your mind and eventually out of your mouth. Remember, once something is said, it can’t be taken back. All you can do is be the one who asks for forgiveness. Satan wants you to never forget what was done to you, while God wants you to forgive and forget the past and then even further still, God wants you to stop talking about it after forgiveness has been achieved by both parties.

Bring Peace to Relationships

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 NIV

Letting go of what is gone and being able to move on from things that used to bother you can lift so much off your mind and your shoulders. You will feel more relaxed and at ease. You will also be able to face the person again without thinking of the past. God can help you forget the past and to enjoy the other person’s presence in your life again. It may take time, but if it is His will, it will happen.

Forgiveness brings peace. Forgiveness isn’t just about being the bigger person. It is also about finding the strength to let go of what is done and leave it behind. It is about seeking and finding His peace, as well as bringing His peace and restoration to our relationships. Allow Him to work His ways.