Monday, April 11, 2011

The forgotten but most important

Quiet time with God daily is so important but typically it's forgotten. Yes I said forgotten.

Why? Well, that's easy - the urgent task will always take the lead if you let it. Let me say that one more time - the urgent s always take the lead if you let them. I just want to check my email real quick, i need to get ready first, i would just like to sleep a little longer...the list could go on and on. So today, I'm listing out a 3 things I try to stick to and why it's important to me.

What I try to stick to:
1. I wake up every morning at 6:00 am.
2. I immediately spend time with my God before I do anything else.
3. I change up what I'm doing in my quiet time as soon as it feels stale.

The whys:
1. If I'm not ready by the time Finn gets up, I can't fully be with him before he goes to school. Also, once he's up I cant get back to alone time.
2. If I don't immediately spend time with God when I get up - I cloud my mind with the to-dos of the day, I end up doing other things and before I know it Finn's up and my day has started, and I'm not giving God my first minutes of the day.
3. I'm a human - quiet time gets stale for me every couple months. So I have a rotation. Everytime I switch what I'm doing a light bulb goes off. I love that! Today, I just starter reading "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young. I highly recommend it.

Remember, balancing a healthy spiritual walk is the most important item on your to-do list.

I hope you notice above my list of things to stick to - I said try. I am not perfect. I mess up daily. Today, I checked my email before my quiet time. That was a mistake. But the point is - I'm aware. These things work for me. I have the list so that I'm intentional.

Are you? I encourage you to make your own lists of what to do and why. Share if you want.

"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:31-39

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