26 Surprising Ways to Encounter God, A-Z

26 Ways to Encounter God series_Lisanotes


Day 1: Alone with God (October 1, 2016)
Day 2: Review (October 2)
Day 3: Blood Is Life (October 3)
Day 4: Collections and God (October 4)
Day 5: God in the Doubts (October 5)
Day 6: Empty Spaces (October 6)
Day 7: Food as God’s Love (October 7)
Day 8: Grandparents (October 8)
Day 9: Review 1 and What’s Next (October 9)
Day 10: Hearts Are Reminders (October 10)
Day 11: Intuitively Hearing from God (October 11)
Day 12: Jobs with God (October 12)
Day 13: Kisses from God (October 13)
Day 14: When Lonely (October 14)
Day 15: Mirrors (October 15)
Day 16: Review 2 and What’s Next (October 16)
Day 17: Now Is Where God Is (October 17)
Day 18: God in Odd Spaces (October 18)
Day 19: Portals for God (October 19)
Day 20: Questions to God (October 20)
Day 21: When You Feel Raw (October 21)
Day 22: Sickness and God (October 22)
Day 23: Review 3 and What’s Next (October 23)
Day 24: Tangles and God (October 24)
Day 25: Underground with God (October 25)
Day 26: Valuables and God (October 26)
Day 27: Welcome It All? (October 27)
Day 28: Spiritual X-Rays (October 28)
Day 29: Seeing God in You (October 29)
Day 30: Review 4 and What’s Next (October 30)
Day 31: Zephrys, Breezes from God (October 31)

About This Series

Do you feel you aren’t as connected with God as you once were or as you long to be?

Maybe the traditional trio of practices (while wonderful and powerful!) isn’t working like it once did:

  • You’re bored with Bible reading.
  • Prayer isn’t keeping you engaged.
  • Church leaves you dry.

But you don’t have time or resources for a week-long retreat in the woods or two hours daily on your knees for private conversations with God.

Here are 26 short suggestions for encounters with God in a fresh way. 

Mondays through Saturdays are short A-Z exercises. Sundays are for reflection and review.

It doesn’t require a huge investment of time. Just an intentional welcoming into the spaces where you already are, a proactive awareness of God’s presence already with you.

I pray these few moments each day will lead us into . . .

  • a stronger faith in the realness of God,
  • a more confident peace regardless of circumstances,
  • and a greater ability to express our love not only to God, but also to those we share life with already.

Join me for surprising ways to encounter God.

God is already here. We don’t have to go find him. We just have to see him.

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What’s one of your favorite ways to spend time with God? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

44 thoughts on “26 Surprising Ways to Encounter God, A-Z

  1. David

    Dear Lisa

    What a lovely idea!

    You know I like praying, but I am very bad at developing habits and sinking into them. You will give me 26 new ways to try.

    After my experiment last week (which I hope to write up before Saturday) I have an idea too, for the 21 weekdays.


  2. Ceil

    Hi Lisa! No wonder you saw the presence of God in Mary! You are actively on the lookout for it, and I LOVE that.
    I’m sure your October series will be a blessing to you and to us, your readers. I think God is in every movement of my day, I just have to open my heart to see it. There’s always room for improvement there, so your words are definitely needed. I look forward to them.
    Have a wonderful Monday!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, this is how I feel exactly, Ceil: “I think God is in every movement of my day, I just have to open my heart to see it.” My vision can get too blurry and needs times of adjustment. I’m looking forward to October!

  3. Trudy

    “God is already here. We don’t have to go find him. We just have to see him.” I love this, Lisa. So true. I’ve been trying to open my heart more to the beauty He surrounds us with as whispers of His love for us. I’m looking forward to reading your suggestions of encountering God more closely. 🙂 Blessings and hugs to you!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thank you, Trudy. I love how God is so eager to reveal himself to us; I just have to get myself out of the way. Love how you put it: “surrounds us with whispers of His love”.

  4. Mary Geisen

    I know this will be a great series. Yay for you for stepping out and taking the writing challenge once again. I will not have the time to participate this year but look forward to reading yours and others.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Sorry you won’t have time to join in the “fun”, Mary. 🙂 But thanks for the encouragement to me! I’ve actually got a few posts already scheduled so I feel ahead of the game for once. Blessings to you, friend.

  5. Kristi Woods

    What a wonderful idea, Lisa. And A-Z? Sounds like a teacher is in there somewhere. 😉 Seriously, this will be helpful for all believers, but I can certainly see young Christians grabbing a hold and running with the wisdom you’ll offer. #testimonyTuesday

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Kristi. Yes, I do have a bit of teacher in me. It has to come out from time to time. All those years of homeschooling my kids need to come in handy for something in retirement years! 🙂

  6. Beth

    This sounds intriguing, Lisa. I’m so glad you’re offering this and I’ll be checking back by for what you offer. You always have such creative ideas, especially with spiritual habits and ways of connecting with God and His word.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I appreciate that, Beth. It’s a little intimidating to try to post something for 31 days straight, but for some reason I keep coming back for it year after year. We’ll see if God gives me enough material to write this year. 🙂

  7. June

    This series sounds great, Lisa! Sign me up! I decided not to write for #write31days this year so I can enjoy what others are writing. I missed so much last year 🙂

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Oh, that’s a great idea, June. Maybe next year I need to take a break so I can read more. I always sign up to read a few new series along the way anyway, but if I wasn’t writing, I could read even more!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks for stopping by, Nicki! It’s funny—I saw your link too and added you to my Feedly reader. I love your topic of grace. From one anal planner to another, I know my need to embrace grace, to enjoy it, to rest in it. Looking forward to reading what you have to share this month.

      Yes, I’m going for 26 days instead of 31 because of 26 letters in the alphabet and so I can use Sundays for review days. (Sneaky, huh?) 🙂

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