I love lists! I make one almost every day. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I can cross out that “big” thing on my list. Usually my to-do list includes ordinary things like making a grocery list, returning phone calls, answering emails, etc. But there’s one thing that rarely makes it onto my list, a quiet time with God. It’s not that I don’t have one, I just neglect to put it on my list.
Okay, so I admit it, I’m not perfect. But I’m such a perfectionist! Still, I struggle. Probably with the same things you struggle with too. Recently that struggle has been a lack of motivation to spend time with God every day. My heart just hasn’t been in it. There’s an ebb and flow in life where things are good for a while and then all of a sudden everything seems hard. I’m still recovering from a low back injury and in a lot of pain. Even the smallest task seems difficult. My house is a total wreck. Everything that could break is broken and everything that could go wrong has. I’m falling so far behind that my to-do list makes me want to freak out. Plus a million other excuses that don’t mean much, because that’s all they are, excuses.
In every relationship there are ups and downs. But we can’t have a relationship with someone we never spend time with. God doesn’t ask much from us. And He promises to give us so much in return. Knowing God and His will in our lives is the only way that we can ever truly get ahead. Spending time with Him and applying His Word to our daily lives grows our faith. But it takes commitment on our part to grow that relationship.
The great thing is, God hasn’t gone anywhere. He’s exactly where He was before. He doesn’t change. He is constant. He is faithful. Even when I am not.
Psalm 1:2-3 says.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And on His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
I want to be like a tree that is firmly planted by the river. I want to be firmly planted in God’s Word. I am committed to growing my relationship with a God who loves me and wants to see me prosper in His ways. And I know the only way to get there is to “delight in His law” (the Word of God). So, I begin by praying and asking God to return the joy of reading His Word to me. At the same time, I also begin searching for a Bible study that would speak to my heart. There are so many wonderful Christian writers that I admire greatly. Kay Arthur, Beth Moore, Holley Gerth. The list could go on and on. I was searching for that “perfect” book to help me as I begin my devotions again.
Just outside of my bedroom there is a bookshelf filled with books from all of those amazing writers I listed and many more. Any of them would be a great place to start. Also on this shelf is a copy of The One Year Bible. It belonged to my grandmother. When she moved to a nursing home a few years ago I brought it home with me. It’s been sitting there unopened for the last two years. Reading it is just what I need to grow my relationship with God. I know I may get sidetracked along the way and I will still read books from the authors that I love so much, but I am committed to making my time with God a priority. I will make it the most important thing on my to-do list from now on! And I hope you will too.
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