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Engaging with God (Hannah and Alex's ideas) by Mind Map: Engaging with God (Hannah and
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Engaging with God (Hannah and Alex's ideas)

Why don't we engage/what hinders us?

Don't know how

Feel unworthy

Laziness

Busy-ness

visual aid: big glass jar with rocks, stone, pebbles, sand, water...

Bishop Frank Retief tells his ministers: "Organise your diary around the fact that, without Christ, people are going to hell"

Sin

Find it boring

Feeling guilty when you let it slip

Fear/tredipation of the unknown

Feel inadequate

Overwhelmed by other ppl's experiences of engaging with God & feel that this is beyond us.

becoming too comfortable with tradition

How we engage

Work/Study

Taking breaks

Prayer/bible study groups

Christian Union, Think about setting one up if necessary

Relationships with others

Outside/beyond QT!

Brother Lawrence

No limits

Relationship built on 1 hour a day?, it's 24/7, not X minutes per day, Our date night

Pro active

24/7

Awareness of his presence

Being creative, Made in the image of a creative God

Dreams

Prophetic, Alex, story of vending machine and cheese sandwiches

Prayer

Prophecy

Fasting

Outloud

Quietly

Strategic

Prayer Journals, Thank you

Walks

Buddies

Scripture

Listening & being aware of God speaking in different ways

Bible Study

Using notes, Explore/Engage

Study, not reading, Study ideas, Book, Character, Theme, Passage

Making notes

Group/Pair Study

Keep it fresh, Give us this day our daily bread, Fresh manna

Meditate

How do we actually do it?!, To engage with God is to be in relationship with Him, to communicate with Him but more importantly to be intertwined - to be so wrapped up in our God that we are not only communicating with Him but living in Him and Him in us

Nature

Gardening

Sunrise

Walking

Praising God for his creation

Psalm 19, Romans 1

During hardship

Keeping eyes fixed on him, Trust

Rejoice in trials

It takes faith to suffer for God

Art

Music

Dance

Poetry

Pottery

Drawing/painting

Service

Acts of kindness

Giving, All giving is firstly to God (engaging) & secondly to the recipient, 2 Cor 8v5

Everything we do is for God, Matt 25v34-40

Worship

Spontaneous

CDs/iPod

While walking

Quiet/loud

Not just music

Songs

Bible teaching

everything we say to be backed up with scripture

David

Psalms, 51, After being confronted over sin, 59, When fearing for his life

His different situations, Victory, Hiding, After sin, Marvelling at God's beautiful creation

Matt 6v1-18

It's not for show

Hebrews 1 and 2:1

how not to drift

Hebrews 4:12-13

1 Peter if poss

We're learning as well!