10 Simple Ways to Connect with God

Dolly Lee

We are blessed to have Dolly Lee share with us the steps she’s taken to connect with God. Dolly believes in the power of God’s love to transform a person from the inside out.  She writes about the healing and restorative journey God took her on in her book 7 Days of Soul Care: A Guide to Letting God Do the Extraordinary with Your Ordinary. You can connect with her at her blog Soul Stops, where she invites readers to stop and connect with God. A lifelong Californian, Dolly attends Fuller Seminary. (And her dog is the extrovert of the family!)


You’re busy. You work at a job or at home, or a mix of both. You’re a parent.

You’re also a caregiver for a loved one; you’re an unsung hero.

Or maybe you struggle with chronic pain.

Whatever your situation, here are ten simple ways to connect with God.

  1. Talk to God as you go about your day. No need to be fancy. Just honest.Brother Lawrence in his classic book, The Practice of the Presence of God, talked to God daily and after decades, he said he felt as close to God while he washed dishes as when he prayed. (A goal to aspire to in my walk with God.)
  1.  Go outside. Walk and talk. Or you can be quiet and observe: what do you see? Hear? Smell? Touch? If you can’t go outside, find a book or a website with photos of nature (trees, sky, meadows, flowers, birds etc.) you can enjoy.
  1.  Sit and close your eyes. Take a deep breath and slowly exhale. Repeat a few times.


10 Simple Ways to Connect with God

  1.  After a few cleansing breaths, quiet yourself and tell God, “I am here. Listening.” For at least two minutes.Don’t worry if you don’t have a palpable sense of God right away or every time. Like in any relationship, our sense of God may ebb and flow. But God promises to never abandon us (see Hebrews 13:5).
  1. Ask a friend how he or she is doing. And listen. Don’t give advice unless it is solicited.
  1. Listen to music. Worship music always helps me to focus on God and his character.
  1. Read Scripture out loud several times. Follow King David’s example and talk to your soul (for example, Psalm 103).
  1. Thank God for an aspect of His being, such as being a God of compassion and of justice. Thank God for ________ [fill in the blank, for example, being able to breathe, food, friends].
  1. See a need. Meet it. Open a door for someone whose hands are full. Say “hi” and smile at a grocery clerk or coworker. Donate your time and/or money to make the world a more loving place.
  1. Do something that honors how God created you and makes you feel alive. Hike? Read? Garden? Paint? Innovate? Encourage another? Bake?

Which of these ten simple options resonates with you?

We’d love to hear from you and any other ways you might have for connecting with God!


Be the Brave Woman


9 thoughts on “10 Simple Ways to Connect with God”

  1. Pingback: 10 Simple Ways to Connect With God | Soul Stops

  2. This is a wise list, Dolly. I stopped in the middle to practice a few. Thanks for the reminder of some and he lessons of the rest of them. Our gift of free will is so under estimated.

    And thanks for being used to give my soul peace and an extra boost!

    Happy New Year to you and to Elisa!

  3. This post is full of helpful ideas!! Music definitely re-focuses me on worshipping God, just as doing something for someone else helps get my mind off of myself. I need to do better about getting outside ~ it really does help me quiet my heart. I think reading a Psalm out loud is something I could do to connect with God in the midst of my day as well. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Love your ideas, Dolly. I love that there are many ways to connect with God. Creativity is one of the ways I connect with God. Singing worship music, writing, photography as a means of worship.

  5. Dolly, God must have told you just what I needed and when. Note I’m a day or so behind in reading, and so am commenting on Monday, 1/23/17. It hasn’t been the best of days with the last three or so complicated by pain and some family issues that are heart breaking. I was so glad to read your list and find my favorite way of communing with God listed at the very top! Why I have questioned the feasbility and validity of this manner of talking with God I don’t know. A friend of my mother’s inspired me to do this when she once told me about driving along praying for people in other cars whose faces showed sadness or pain. I asked her about driving and praying together. She said, “As long as I’m talking with God, He surely will keep me safe!” She then giggled about her response. Her life was an inspiration to me and to many others.

    Just as you, Dolly, are an inspiration to so many women and men. May God bless you as you continue to grow in your service and faith.

  6. Dolly, I love these ideas. They’re so varied. You never think of helping someone as a way to connect with God, but it is. Beautiful. Thank you. I also like just telling God, “I’m here. I’m listening.”

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