Our relationship with God is just that, a relationship, and like all relationships it will have its ups and downs. There will be times of closeness and times where we feel distant, times of plenty and times where we feel we don't have enough. I have been a Christian for over 20 years and during that time I have had some peaks and valleys but God's Word has always proven true in my life. At one point I was so far down in the valley I could no longer see a way out. I was trapped in sin, contemplated suicide, and walked away from God. I didn't have anyone or anything to help me out of that valley or so I thought. But guess what, God was faithful to bring me through. It was in developing a personal relationship with Him that I finally found what I had been searching for. This is not a step by step process on developing a relationship with God but rather a collection of life experiences as well as the lessons learned through those experiences. Remember, God will never leave you nor forsake you; even though you may not feel Him near, He is there.