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Monday, May 31, 2010 @ 7:46:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

If you know me, read the material on my web site or follow my blogs it won't take you long to realize that I live a life in conflict. Is my connection with God out of performance or out of intimacy and relationship? Many things have contributed to my approaching God out of performance and duty: Family, church, society, my own insecurities and my personality as a type "A" make it happen kind of guy. When under stress I especially fall back to approaching God from a position of performance, duty and discipline not out of intimacy. This same performance vs. relationship struggle also permeates all my connections with people including those I love the most, my wife, children and grandchildren.

In May 2008 during an Executive Team meeting for The Hignell Companies my wife Kaylinn wrote me a note summarizing what she believed God wanted her to tell me. "Doug you have always had a hunger for God but you focused on feeding that hunger by doing - going to church, doing Bible study, organized quiet time, memorizing scripture, etc. Although those things are good things they did not fill the hunger, only God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit can fill it, and it is not by knowledge or by your hand (working, doing) but by receiving, resting, positioning, and worshipping. Don't rest on what you can do, rest on being...being open, listening, obedience and believing what you see and hear is from God!" What a wonderful gift from God, to speak to me and encourage me through my wife.

Steve and Wendy Backlund in their booklet "Igniting Faith" (pg. 4) summarize the paradigm I desire to operate from "The reason we worship, quietly wait in His presence and search the Scripture is mainly to build a relationship and to learn about the character, power and love of God".

Bill Johnson captures this concept in "Face to Face with God" (pg 3) "The impulse that drives the life of the believer isn't the need to perform for God but to commune with Him."

My desire is to live out of relationship, not performance, on a moment by moment basis. Want to join me?





The website looks great. Thanks
Rich Sprenkel @ 10:50:00 AM 5/31/2010
Yes. Intimacy with God not only drives ones passion and purpose but it makes the devil tired and confused. Intimacy with God makes the devil frustrated, exhasperated and in the dark. He doesnt even know where you are because your in that secrect place with God.
Rich Sprenkel jr @ 7:23:00 AM 4/27/2011

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