Connie Gochenaur

Is Following After the Good Enough?

“Following” along with 5 Minute Friday today with the word prompt:  Follow

Go — 5 minutes

As a Christian woman, I try to follow after good things in my life.  And I attempt to shy away from not-so-good things.  I want to run after what will encourage, challenge, educate, and enrich me as a woman.  I want good things in my life.  Don’t you?

I follow a Girls’ Night Out group; a group of women that inspire and challenge me

I follow a weekly Bible Study

I follow some really good blogs by godly women

I follow the most current, popular Bible teachers

I follow my husband of 40 years, and feel so blessed to have his godly leadership

I follow what my adult children are doing and their children

I follow…

I follow…

These are good things in my life.  Really good things.

However, am I spending time reading Christian blogs to get to know my God?

My husband is a great guy, and my children do need my attention, but they are NOT my God.

Am I spending time with godly women in the hopes of getting to know Christ?  We talk about Him and I always come away encouraged.  But I think it’s like trying to get to know Karen by spending time with Karen’s best friend.  Why not sit down with Karen?

Sometimes I wonder if I am forgetting to follow after the BEST thing.   Nothing replaces my relationship with God.

Not even the really good things in my life.

Stop! 5 minutes?






4 comments on “Is Following After the Good Enough?

  1. Jeanne Takenaka
    May 15, 2015

    Connie, I see we took this word in a similar vein this week. 🙂 I love how the Holy Spirit does that! I also love the exhortation to make sure I’m spending time with God—daily. Getting to know Him for who He is, not what people tell me about Him.

    Well done!

    I’m your FMF neighbor!


  2. beckydaye
    May 15, 2015

    So good and a much needed reminder. Give me Jesus! There is no substitute for Him is there?!! Thank you!


  3. Amy
    May 15, 2015

    Thank you for the reminder to go to the Source!!



  4. Tiffany Parry
    May 15, 2015

    So true, Connie … we have to be mindful not to let the good things crowd out the best thing. It’s not always easy either. We have access to so much good at our fingertips we can get into the lazy habit of thinking it’s enough. Thank you for the encouragemebt to keep the Main Thing the main thing! Blessed to stop by from FMF. 🙂


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Hebrews 10:35-36

Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have a need of perseverance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. You will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
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