My trip here is almost over. Im totally STOKED to get back home with my new found, God inspired outlook on somethings. I'll get right to the new outlooks.
I now praise God for everything he has done for the world and for me when I have an issue with something that has happened. For example, if someone is being a jerk to me, as opposed to letting my emotions take control of my mouth and brain, I let God take control by praising the beauty of where I live, for my church, or the fact Im still in one peice, or for surfing, or my loved ones, etc. This keeps me from lowering myself to that persons level therefore glorifying God that much more keeping me on my level. Ive tried it, it works, but it can be hard. Im not saying Im good at it yet but Im working on it.
I now pray before I make a decision that isnt clear right off the bat and wait for answer. Im learning that God's voice isnt necesarily a vocal thing. I was sitting here in the desert one night looking at the stars when I saw a cloud moving in front of the star I was looking at. God's voice kindof made sense to me then. It can be a gradual thing, a gut feeling, a conviction as well as a lightning bolt kind of thing. For me, I praise God, I pray about it and wait. It takes alot of stress off of some decisions and also re-affirms your faith. Dont get me wrong, you cant do this for everything but I dont think there is any harms in consulting your heavenly father on issues you have, just dont become a bum and say, "well, God hasn't given me the answer yet so I will just sit around and do nothing". Thats definately the wrong answer.
I have also realized that being a Christian isnt all about me. "Lord, please help me", or "Lord, I cant stop smoking". I 'm gathering that God wants our love, period. We have free will but the bottom line is that he wants to be loved and appreciated like everybody else. STOP WHINING!
The closer you draw to God the more negative things he will replace with his love. Wanna stop drinking, draw closer to God. Wanna stop looking at porn draw closer to God. Conviction ios not a dirty word. With Gods love, the most powerful love you can have, he will make you not want to do these things. If all you ever say is,"Help me, its all about me", which I have done, he wont move. He wants to know you love him, respect him, then he will bless you. Next time you fell down and out, try praising the Lord for the good things, what do you have to lose.
These are just a few things I have found that work.
I say I gained a stripe because these things are making my life with God that much sweeter!
This ones for Blankenbooty