Van and I spent four days in Arizona looking at our in-construction new home this week. The daily pictures my sister-in-love faithfully sends show every detail of the work completed, and inspired us; we wanted to walk through the rooms and see for ourselves.
More importantly, a friend suggested we write a favorite Bible verse as a couple on the beam over the doorway to our new home. “You’ll know it’s always there,” she said. We loved the idea and chose several verses to write throughout the house, but didn’t make it in time. Instead, we decided to write our verses on the foundation. And we knew if we didn’t get there soon, our opportunity would vanish.
We spent an afternoon together, taking turns writing verses on the foundation of the house and praying each one together. Once we move in, we hope to regularly read the verses in each area and pray we faithfully live for God in this home He provided us.
Sometimes we all could stand a little help getting inspired instead of being stuck in a rut or feeling discouraged. But you don’t have to wait for inspiration to strike out of nowhere. Seek it in these three ways.
Ways to Get Inspired
- Read and pray God’s Word. Nothing inspires like reading God’s Word. We can find direction, His promises, and evidence of how He faithfully works in our lives without fail. Ephesians 5:19 tells us to encourage one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making music in our hearts to the Lord.
- Take good advice from friends. Van and I loved the idea of dedicating our home to God and His Kingdom. First, we spent time individually choosing verses we wanted to pray. Then we shared those verses and prayed together. While we may have put up a plaque somewhere in the house, we didn’t think of making the Scripture part of the its foundation. Thank you, Karen Lochte for your idea.
- Read books, articles, blog posts. As we get ready to move, we’re thinking ahead to a new community. I have a stack of books I’m reading to give me ideas about reaching out to the people in my new neighborhood. Because I want to glorify God, I’m finding inspiration in books like The Turquoise Table by Krisin Schell as well as her blog and Craving Connection from (in)courage. I look forward to meeting new friends on my front porch.
We all need to get inspired sometimes. What helps you be inspired? Leave a comment sharing how you get inspired.