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Challenges Women Face

February 28, 2017

Dear Julie:

I’ve never really been brought up to pray every day, or go to church every Sunday. I was baptized when I was 14 and the only times I’ve been to a church was when there was a death in the family.

Lately I’ve been realizing I’ve taken too much for granted in my life and I don’t count my blessings as much as I should. But to be honest, I don’t know how to talk to God. What do I say? Especially when all I feel is like I’ve let him down with all the sins I’ve done on my past. I’ve recently overcome addiction and I’m at such a better place than I was. My form of “love” was hooking up with random people and only getting hurt in the process.

Now that I’m older and wiser I’ve realized the only people in my life are my parents and God. How do I connect with him, I’m yearning for his love. –Yearning


Dear Yearning:

The first thing is to determine whether you are a child of God. That’s important because prayer is talking to God and you can’t really communicate with someone if you don’t know them. Being baptized alone does not make you a child of God. You have to WANT to have a relationship with Him.

God WANTS to have a relationship with you. He wants to have a relationship with all of us, but He doesn’t force Himself on anyone. John 3:16 says that “God so loved the world that he gave his only son (Jesus) that whoever believes in him (Jesus) should not perish but have everlasting life.” God loves and desires to bless his children. So if you haven’t yet purposely believed in Jesus (See these verses to better understand how to believe in Jesus, Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:6-11; 10:9), repent of your past sins and commit to following Jesus throughout your life. That makes you God’s child.

Once you’re established as his child, you can talk to him as your Heavenly Father. You can go to him boldly and pour out your heart to him (Hebrews 4:16). He loves his children and has promised never to leave or forsake them (Hebrews 13:5). Even when we sin, he forgives us (1John 1:9) and sets us back on the path of righteousness.

It seems to me that your desire to get right with God is a result of God’s Holy Spirit drawing you to Him. So you’ve done the best thing by turning away from the world and turning to God. As His child you get to walk with him as He patiently teaches you from the Bible how to walk in a godly way.

God bless you, dear one. Julie


Remember, friends, as challenges come our way, we can face them head-on
through Christ who strengthens us!

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