Day 19

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Day 19

Think.

When you think about God’s welcome of you as his child, do you sometimes have the reaction “I don’t deserve this” because his grace seems incredible?

Journal.

Write about a time (or times) when you have felt that God’s grace toward you was too great to comprehend or accept. Explore in your journaling what might be the causes of this resistance to grace.

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the awareness that I am your unconditionally loved child.

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Day 18

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Day 18

Think.

Are you ready to follow Jesus as your way to come home to the heavenly Father?

Journal.

If you are ready to follow Jesus (or recommit to following him, if you’ve done it before), write out a prayer asking him to be your Leader and to show you the way home to God.

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the willingness to turn toward you for help.
I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge— that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
— Ephesians 3:14-19

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Day 17

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Day 17

Think.

When you hear that, in Jesus, God is with you and for you and even pursuing you, how do you react?

Journal.

Write a “pen portrait” of who you think Jesus is and what he means to you. Begin by writing, “To me, Jesus is __________________.”

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the willingness to turn toward you for help.

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Day 16

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Day 16

Think.

Which statement best describes your reaction to God’s grace?

  • “I don’t believe it.”
  • “I expect it!”
  • “I don’t expect it, but I believe it!”

Journal.

Identify your answer to the question above. Give the reason why you answered that way.

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the willingness to turn toward you for help.

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Day 15

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Day 15

Think.

Knowing all that you have done wrong in the past, how do you think God will receive you if you come home to him?

Journal.

Do you perceive God to be an angry judge, waiting to exact retribution for your sins? Is he a distant being who doesn’t really care about you? Is he an old softy who will let you off the hook with no consequences of any sort, regardless of what you’ve done? Or is he something else to you? How does your perception of him affect your readiness to take the step of repentance?

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the willingness to turn toward you for help.

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Day 14

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Day 14

Think.

One meaning of repentance is “to go back where you belong”*. Where do you belong?

Journal.

When you think about God, what does his role as Father mean to you? When you think about God’s presence, what does the term home say to you? Describe in writing your desire to go home to your heavenly Father. 

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the willingness to turn toward you for help.

*Repentance is about starting over and admitting, “I need help.” It is about turning away from our sin and return home to God.

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Day 13

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Day 13

Think.

What convinces you that you can’t start over in life in your own power alone?

Journal.

Describe the failures you’ve had in trying to start over in the past, or simply the inabilities you sense in yourself to fulfill the deepest longings of your heart. How are you crying out for help?

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the willingness to turn toward you for help.

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Day 12

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Day 12

Think.

Are you ready to start over?

Journal.

Describe how you feel about turning to God and seeing a real change in your circumstances at last.

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the possibility that with you I could start over again.
God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
— John 3:16-21

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Day 11

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Day 11

Think.

What do you think the turnaround of repentance* would mean for you?

Journal.

If you want a new start in life, what do you need to turn from? To whom would you turn? How would you go about making the radical turnaround of repentance? Write about these things.

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the possibility that with you I could start over again.

*Repentance is not limited to emotions like contrition, guilt, and remorse. Repentance is more about action— it’s the starting over that happens as a result of those emotions. The thing is, we can feel bad and wish things were different and still not be repentant.

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Day 10

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Day 10

Think.

Would you say that you are stuck in the place between wanting to start over and actually doing something about it?

Journal.

Identify the things that may be keeping you stuck at a point of merely wanting to start over. Is it not knowing what to do? Being too busy and distracted? Being too discouraged? Not having enough faith? Something else?

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the possibility that with you I could start over again.

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Day 9

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Day 9

Think.

Do you think often about what will happen to you after death? What role does this wondering play in your desire to find God?

Journal.

Describe your beliefs about what happens after death and how people gain entrance to heaven. Identify any fears or doubts or questions you have about the eternal state that awaits you.

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the possibility that with you I could start over again.

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Day 8

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Day 8

Think.

Would you say you are living more of a bios life (just getting by day to day) or a zoe life (an eternal quality of life in the here and now)?

Journal.

What is it about the quality of your life that you wish were different? Describe what it is about zoe that you wish you had.

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the possibility that with you I could start over again.

*A zoe life ultimately refers to eternal life, the kind of life that you were made for and that will never end. When Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life,” He is talking about a quality of life with God that changes your past, present, and future. When you find your way back to God you discover the zoe life. 

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Day 7

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Day 7

Think.

What things make you say, “I wish I could start over”? 

Journal.

Describe your biggest regrets and the areas of your life today where you know things could and ought to be better.

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the possibility that with you I could start over again.

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Day 6

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Day 6

Think.

How does the world’s inability to satisfy your deepest longings make you want God more?

Journal.

Describe how dissatisfaction and desire have moved you along in your search to find God. 

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the ability to see that you are what’s missing from my life.
This is what the LORD says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.
— Isaiah 43:16-21

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Day 5

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Day 5

Think.

What are some of the hard things in life that have made you cry out in anguish, “Why, God? Why would you allow this to happen?”

Journal.

If hardships and injustices have contributed to your sense of distance from God, describe how that has come about. If they have fueled your desire for God, describe that too. 

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the ability to see that you are what’s missing from my life.

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Day 4

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Day 4

Thank you for joining us on this thirty-day journey. All you need to do is set aside fifteen minutes or so per day to reflect on a personal question, record some of your thoughts, and pray one of the five simple prayers taught in Finding Your Way Back to God.

To go back and review previous posts click here.

Think.

Would you say that your life has a fulfilling purpose?

Journal.

If you would answer yes to the question above, identify your life’s purpose. If you would answer no, describe the desire you feel for greater meaning and purpose. How does this desire motivate your search for God? 

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the ability to see that you are what’s missing from my life.

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Day 3

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Day 3

Thank you for joining us on this thirty-day journey. All you need to do is set aside fifteen minutes or so per day to reflect on a personal question, record some of your thoughts, and pray one of the five simple prayers taught in Finding Your Way Back to God.

To go back and review previous posts click here.

Think.

What have been the high points and the low points in your quest to find love?

Journal.

Write down your answer to today’s “Think” question, then describe why you keep on looking for love. Be sure to include your longing for God’s love.

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the ability to see that you are what’s missing from my life.

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Day 2

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Day 2

Thank you for joining us on this thirty-day journey. All you need to do is set aside fifteen minutes or so per day to reflect on a personal question, record some of your thoughts, and pray one of the five simple prayers taught in Finding Your Way Back to God.

To go back and review previous posts click here.

Think.

How has your life disappointed you, leaving you saying, “There’s got to be more”?

Journal.

Record a few of the bigger disappointments in your life. Also, describe your longing for something more or something better to come in the years that still lie ahead for you.

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the ability to see that you are what’s missing from my life.

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Day 1

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Day 1

Thank you for joining us on this thirty-day journey. All you need to do is set aside fifteen minutes or so per day to reflect on a personal question, record some of your thoughts, and pray one of the five simple prayers taught in Finding Your Way Back to God.

Think.

How did you forget about God?

Journal.

In a notebook or on your computer, write a brief history of how you grew distant from God (if in fact you ever felt close to him in the first place). Describe how you feel about God right now and why you want to find him.

Pray.

God, if you are real, make yourself real to me. Awaken in me the ability to see that you are what’s missing from my life.

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Welcome to the 30 Day Journey

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Welcome to the 30 Day Journey

God wants to be found by you more than you want to find him. That’s why we can promise that, if you seek him with an open heart and an open mind, you will find him. He’ll make himself known to you.

There’s no universal timetable for crossing the distance to God. Sometimes it happens quickly, and sometimes it happens over months and years. But we have found that, for many people, taking a methodical, daily approach over a relatively short— but not too short— period of time is just right.

So consider using this thirty-day guide. All you need to do is set aside fifteen minutes or so per day to reflect on a personal question, record some of your thoughts, and pray one of the five simple prayers taught in Finding Your Way Back to God. We believe that the process will help you find God, feel full of joy, and know you are his unconditionally loved child! 

If you want to believe this claim is true but you’re not so sure it is, our advice is that you take a bet that it is true. Make a wager with God by praying this prayer:

God if your real, real make yourself real to me.

If we are wrong, and God doesn't make himself real to you, what have you lost? A few minutes of your time. But if we are right the payoff will be the most important relationship you could ever have.

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
— Psalm 42: 1– 5
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