One day with God is better than a thousand elsewhere. This idea motivated me to invest two days praying and listening to God in January. The amount of time is not as important as the intention to focus on God. The writers of the Psalms reveal their solid belief that knowing and experiencing God is the source of real life and real help. This perspective led them to long for God, honestly bringing their lives and emotions before God. As we do this in prayer and time in the bible, God can whisper promises to us that renew our perspective and our strength.

I experienced this as I sought God in January. God encouraged me with Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me…” I was prompted to express trust in God from my heart. This opened my heart to God and prompted further honesty with God. God’s promises in this verse fueled my prayer and have continued to encourage me in my work.

Is gazing on the beauty of God something you see as exceedingly valuable? How are you currently engaging personally with God? May God give you a deeper desire to seek and know him this week, this month, this yea