A few tips on how to become less independent & more dependent in every moment of your day.
Dependence is something my soul desperately yearns to attain. It is an odd idea, trying to be more dependent, but it is something I’m striving towards on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, I fail way more than I succeed.
If you are a long time reader you may wonder if this is a secondary article to my post on “Why I Am Not Ashamed to be Dependent on My Husband”, which I shared back in the winter of 2016. But no, I am not writing of my marriage, but rather something much more serious.
And I take marriage very seriously.
Today I am sharing my struggle with making too many independent decisions on a daily basis. Too often I will start & end my day with devotions, but somewhere in between, I drift away from my morning renewal of dedication to Christ, to live Christ-like, & not for myself but for Him.
I slowly fade away from making conscious decisions to listen to God’s still small voice leading me & instead I tune it out with noise from this world.
By the end of the day, I will have made a whole slew of decisions independent of Christ.
Each day is full of opportunities & God’s gift of free will allows us the ability to seek God’s guidance or to make independent decisions. We are given big & small choices throughout our day where we must choose whether or not we desire to continually depend on Christ.
The problem is that when we allow ourselves to slowly fade away from dependence on God, we mistakenly begin to believe that this then makes us independent.
This idea is entirely wrong.
When we become less dependent on God we do not become independent to ourselves, but rather dependent on the world.
This slow fade that we name “independence” ends in shackles & chains, but luckily the remedy is so incredibly simple.
Constant communication with God.
The only problem is we rarely remember to pick up the phone to send Him a text or call Him throughout the day.
If I really look forward to calls from Roger throughout the day, can you imagine how much more God loves to hear from us as we go throughout our daily life?
Constant communication with God is as easy as turning all of our thoughts into prayers. And while it is an extremely simple idea, it can also be very difficult to remember to do on a moment to moment basis.
But that’s why we must keep practicing & striving for this open relationship with Christ. From practices comes habits, & habits become a lifestyle.
So how can we remember to keep an open line of communication with God when our lives are so busy & hectic?
I recommend leaving yourself notes to remind yourself to pray. Some ways to do this include placing sticky notes with a symbol (like a heart) in places you spend a lot of time. This could be on your computer, on the fridge, or your mirror. Another option is to add it to the notes section of your calendar or daily schedule.
You could even add a timer or calendar reminder on your phone to go off regularly as a reminder.
Another idea is to find an accountability partner, someone who can text you words & verses of encouragement throughout your day.
As we move from winter into spring, I am challenging you & myself to live more dependently on Christ through constant communication with Him. So that one-day soon we may fully be freed from dependence on this world & find true freedom in heaven with Him.
What is your favorite verse about giving?
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With love, Giustina
not reluctantly or under compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV