faith networking


September 30, 2014

One of the speakers at The Influence Conference this past weekend talked about the importance of the spoken word. Sure, writing or blogging or emailing or texting or journaling or praying are all ways of conversing and can still hold sweet, strong, important exchanges, but there is something about the words actually being spoken.

It should come as no surprise to you by now that I love meeting new people and I love truly getting to know them. I was so excited to meet other women at the conference and hoped to have lots of conversations exchanged with one-time strangers, now new friends. At some point, I may go into detail on those conversations, but it’s important that you know right now – this past weekend was full of them, and it was so incredibly special. It was a lot of energy being exchanged, as talking often does that, but I was soaking all of it up completely – learning as much as I could about each person I met.

On Saturday evening, after a full day of conversing, I drove to my parents house by myself and was caught off guard by the silence. With no one to talk to, I almost didn’t know what to do with myself. The sun was setting in the sky, beautiful colors splashed here and there, and it occurred to me that while I’d been carrying on meaningful and important conversations with others, there was one conversation with someone I hadn’t had in a long, long time…. and He had been patiently waiting. I smiled as tears welled up in my eyes and then quickly blinked them out so I could keep driving, and I simply spoke the words, “Hi, God.”

This whole time I’d been praying, praying, praying – about everything and anything, thinking ‘oh, I’m communicating with God on a daily basis. I’ve got this whole “routine” down and I give Him praise as quickly as I can between all of the other important things going on in my life. He and I are likethis.’  But to actually have a spoken conversation with Him? One where I’m present and still enough to hear His reply? (Because He will reply. It is a conversation, two sided.) It had been way. too. long. And so, I just drove and shared with Him my favorite parts of the day, slowly speaking the words as I pictured Him intently listening – like a friend you haven’t talked to in forever, who genuinely cares what you think about and have to say. I asked Him for things I’d been too afraid to ask for, for fear I didn’t deserve any of them. He told me: no, you don’t deserve them and there’s nothing you could ever do to deserve them, but through my Grace I delight in gifting them to you, because I think you’re worth everything, and for My glory.  I smiled and felt like jumping up and down – it was like a friend who’s just excitedly handed you a gift, and for no reason other than “because you’re loved.”

I told Him ways I’d felt let down – by Him, by others, by myself. I apologized for things He’d given me that I’d been taking for granted. I apologized for the things He’d tried to give me that I straight up pushed away because it didn’t fit “my plan.” I told Him of the things that were important in my life, and then asked Him to show me what things He thinks are important in my life. And His answers? Came instantly, with a promise that He would continue to show me. Our conversation lasted 45 minutes, and filled gaps in my heart that had been unknowingly present for well over a year. All because of a simple hello… to say, I’m back. I’m here. Let’s talk. Like, real talk.

We will have many different conversations with many different people each and every day, all day. Even on the quiet days, when have little conversations with ourselves in our heads. But the most important one we’ll have all day, every day, for the rest of our life on this earth, is the conversation we have with Jesus. Make time for that conversation. If you need to have it right now, He’s already sitting in front of you, with a kind smile, waiting, and truly cannot wait to hear what you have to say. And just remember, it’s as simple as saying, “Hi.” He will answer, with a sweet, “Hello. I’ve been waiting for this with you!” After all, it’s His most important conversation of the day too.

[ photo source here. ]

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  • The end of this gave me goosebumps..such a true reminder!

  • Lindsay

    What a beautiful reminder. I needed this today.

  • I don't have a lot of in real life friends. We all took different paths and I understand that happens. I miss real life conversations. I miss being able to call someone up (or FaceTime) and just talk about the day or what is going on, etc. I love this post! I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

  • This is so wonderful! So often we forget that God truly is just a best friend of ours. We forget to talk to Him like we would with our friends. It always makes my heart so happy and does my soul some dang goodness when I just sit and talk to God. Like there's nothing else better to do 😉

  • Kristy

    You have no idea how much I needed to read this today. Thank you. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this post! 🙂

  • I love this! Thank you so much for that wonderful reminder that we don't deserve anything but God sees us as worthy of everything. I desperately needed to read that this morning.

  • I have my best and deepest conversations with God in my car. Maybe it's because I am truly alone and can be silent with my own thoughts. No real distractions (I live in the country… there are like 5 other people on the road).

    Thank you so much for co-hosting with me!

  • clever idea! I feel like conversations are dying out. I have found myself getting bored or not wanting to focus and then pulling out my phone as a distraction. I try really hard to stop this behavior, because it is not me.

  • This is perfect!! I love spoken word and I don't do it enough. I needed to see this today to remind myself this needs to be in my life more!

  • How quickly we or I guess I should say I, forget that a simple "Hello" can be the start of something special and beautiful. Thank you for the reminder.

  • I have no words…. just WOW. Such an amazing reminder I didn't even know I needed.

  • When Amanda first asked me if I'd like to cohost with her at some point, I totally thought I'd do a Conv w/ my Husband post too! This just seemed more fitting after my weekend, and it's what was on my heart. So glad you enjoyed it, although I'm excited for YOUR post on here tomorrow, lady! 🙂

  • XO. I'm so glad you enjoyed this, Chelsea!

  • So glad I could share it with you, Lindsay, and that it brought you good feelings 🙂

  • They are the most precious, those conversations. I hope you slept well! (it's nighttime here now!) 🙂

  • Girl, you call me anytime you feel like talking about your day – and I mean that!

  • There really is nothing better 🙂 It comforts and strengthens the soul like nothing else!

  • Kristy, I'm so glad you heard His reminder in this to you 🙂 🙂 XO!

  • I'm so glad!! 🙂 I hope you had a great day, Marissa!!

  • I'm sure there are more car conversations in my future… it's a great place 😉 Thank YOU for inviting me to cohost, girl!! So fun!! 🙂

  • I've done this before. Usually when I'm driving and I'm alone and I can just talk out loud. Sometimes it happens early in the morning or late in the evening if I find myself alone for 10-15 minutes. I hate putting a time limit on it though, it makes me feel like I'm saying, "Hey God, I really want to talk about I've only got about 15 minutes." I need to find a way to make more, make unlimited, time.

  • They are totally dying out. So much of our lives are online now. Another speaker last weekend said that she tries not to post anything on her blog until she's shared it with at least one person in her real life. That really hit me.. I'm going to attempt to do that 🙂

  • Me too, lady! I've been trying to plan more coffee dates with my friends, vs phone calls… it's important!

  • It really can 🙂 Especially if you just don't know what to say, the words will eventually come when you're actually conversing and it's not so one-sided!

  • Your comment makes me smile, Jamie. I love so much that God encouraged me to share my moment with Him with you guys, and that He was able to use this space to give you your special reminder from Him too 🙂 XO!!!

  • 🙂 I totally know what you mean. I think that's how I'd been feeling… that I'd been "squeezing Him in" whenever my day allowed time. That's what made that drive home so sweet – I'd put everything I was thinking about into my conversation with Him, instead of having it with my own head 😉

  • You are too sweet and wonderful! Btw, I went back to iPhone (obviously nothing compares lol) so we can FaceTime!

  • What a blessing a simple 'hello' can bring. Amazing post Emily, I have not had one of those conversations with God in a long time either. Your words are pressing on me and reminding me that I need to make the time. It is my time that He's waiting for. Thank you XO

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  • XO.

  • Thank you for this sweet note, friend! I think it's okay that it becomes a constant reminder… I have to remind myself of this weekly, and sometimes daily. The important thing is that we're consciously aware and reminding ourselves. XO!!

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  • I love this post! I definitely don't speak out loud to God very much, and it's time to start practicing:) Also, love your blog– so glad I found it!:)

  • Aw! So glad you did too, Daisy! 🙂 Thank you for the sweet note!

  • chall1018

    Absolutely love this!!! You've inspired me. I have quite a bit of alone time in my car and throughout my day (since I work at home)….time to start really talking to God! Thank you for sharing this.

  • Happy conversing, friend 🙂 XO

  • I love taking those moments in my car to reflect, speak aloud, and sing praises. I probably look silly to the other drivers who see me talking alone in my car..but who cares! haha, God is definitely better.