How to Start Walking with God

Walking with Him

Walking with God has many meanings. When you hear this phrase, maybe you think of growing your relationship with the Lord. Or perhaps you take it as carrying Him through your day-to-day. 

There’s no wrong interpretation of ‘walking with God.’ 

We all have our interpretations, but what I think of when I hear this common Christian phrase is physically walking with Him. And, no, we cannot literally walk alongside the physical body of our Lord– Not that I know of, at least. However, we can take some time each day to simply walk– speaking to Him, listening to Him, praising Him, and appreciating His glory.

How I Walk with God

A human’s journey and relationship with God is deeply personal and unique to each individual. So, what one follower does may not work for another. 

That said, one of the ways I connect with my Lord is through continuous prayer, praise, and appreciation of life and the beautiful world He has gifted us. Throughout the day, I speak, listen, and praise whenever I can– When I’m working, doing the laundry, spending time with my grandkids, making dinner, or finally having those still and quiet moments to truly reflect. 

Imagine a peaceful walk with the Lord amidst all the turmoil in your life as if you are floating above your life as it plays on, taking gradual steps with God, discussing what has passed, what’s happening, and what is to come. Feel the tranquility, security, and relief flowing through you as you trust Him.

That’s the first step. Simply pray, praise, and appreciate throughout your day.

When I First Walked with God

When I first talked with Him… Well, wait a moment. I’ll be honest– The first time I communicated with the Lord, it was far from a leisurely walk or a casual conversation. 

I jumped, yelled, screamed, cried, and had a righteous temper tantrum about my discovery. That said, I suppose my peaceful walk with God would come later on.

But this was the beginning of a forever relationship. It was after that interaction with the Lord that I began to pray as I had never prayed before. I spoke to Him while driving my car, showering, preparing dinner, and sweeping the floors. Whatever task I had before me, I was constantly in prayer. I prayed with feverish desperation.

And, unexpectedly, I received concrete answers– Such real messages from the Lord that I had never witnessed before. Some answers came from the mouth of a good friend or the nudges of the Holy Spirit. In several ways, I truly received responses to my desperate prayers.

During this chapter of my life, I finally understood the true meaning of walking with God. It began a routine, ritual, habit, practice, or whatever you want to call it. Since then, I’ve never stopped walking with the Lord through everything I do– Through good times and times of chaos, stress, or sadness.

How Do You Start Walking with the Lord?

Walking with Him is right where we need to be at this particular time in history. In fact, as the poem about the footprints in the sand tells us, God has to reach over, pick us up, and carry us at times.

I know He has had to snatch me up more than a few times! I must say, God has a strong back to continuously pick me up and carry me through the ups and downs of life.

When you’re walking with a friend, loved one, or even a mentor, you might chat about common topics, or you may stroll in silence, glancing around and seeing the beauty. However it may be, you are enjoying the walk and each other’s company. 

This is where to start. Begin simply by imagining God walking alongside you as you make your way into the office or pace the grocery store aisles. Welcome the Lord to tag along, and I assure you, He will.

But, if it gets too difficult and you can’t bear to go on, remember He is there to pick you up and carry you whenever you ask. 

Walking with God Bible Verses

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” – Galatians 5:16

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