Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Making Time

 I posted at the beginning of the school year about having a hard time finding time for the Lord. I would be praying before I got out of bed and before I went to bed but it wasn't enough for me. 

I was craving more time with the Lord. I knew I needed more and I knew I wasn't doing all I could to be getting it in. 

The transition was hard, but now on my forth week of school I finally feel like I've got my rhythm and it's time to address the quiet time problem. And I did. 

On Thursday night I wrote in my journal and spent time with the Lord instead of doing my Great Gatsby reading for the next day. On Friday morning, at 6:20am, I spent fifteen minutes journaling about Proverbs 27 and praying about my day.

It blessed me 100x throughout my day and I had joy in my heart before stepping over the threshold of my bedroom. It was what the Lord had put on my heart to do and I'm so glad I listened.

Making time to spend with God is hard and it's a challenge that goes through seasons and transitions. Throughout the summer I could do the She Reads Truth study and keep up with my Beth Moore study, when I went back to school it was hard to keep up with either of them. As I'm finding myself back in the school mode I'm realizing that I do have time for Him. But it's about making it a priority.

I'm finishing the Proverbs study and then finishing my Beth Moore study on the Psalms of Ascent. I am so blessed to have a plethora of studies at my disposable, but I need to manage them to make sure I'm not overwhelming myself. I want to love and crave this time with the Lord and when it has become stressful, I know I'm doing something wrong.

I am thankful for a Lord that allows for buckets full of grace. Forgiveness on the days that I don't say a single prayer. Love on the days that I deserve it least. A life forever in Heaven. Knowing that Jesus is all that I do and will ever need, if I've got Him, I'm good.

These words are easier to type than they are to act out. It's hard to always believe that making time for the Lord is worth it when the classes you have tomorrow are weighing down on you. I found time to read my Great Gatsby assignment during my free period on Friday and the Lord took care of me. He knew what was going to happen, He always does. 

I hope that you'll leave me a comment or email me if you need encouragement or advice on how to make this time every day. I've done it for a few days and that definitely doesn't mean I've got it all under control, but it's progress. I pray that you will be able to hear where God is telling you to take the next step, He'll bless it more than you could even imagine!

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
Joshua 1:8 

It takes three weeks to form a habit and I'm excited to see how God will be working in my life and yours by then! Good luck, friends!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Love

 
We made it. It's Friday, about six o'clock and we've done it, all of us, we have survived this week.

You're here, classes are done with and for me, the three-day weekend is just beginning. God is so good and I just want to scream it from the rooftops. I love it. I have the Lord in my heart and my soul and I feel Him working. I feel it and it is one of the best feelings ever.

 I wish I could sit down or email each and every one of you that are reading this and encourage you in some way. I am challenged, encouraged and just flat out love fellowship and Lara Casey has showed me the power of encouragement. The Lord has used her in my life to show me how to just love people. 

Love, love, love. 

That is all we need and above all else that is what we are called to do by the Lord! I love it. 

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
 John 13:34

I see this as such a huge challenge and it's just flat out hard sometimes. But y'all, love always triumphs. I'm so grateful that the Lord has told us to love each other because it's so much more than being nice.

It's about being generous when you feel it deep in your heart, it's about caring for others before yourself, it's about being inconvenienced and getting a little uncomfortable. Boy, oh boy, is it so worth it. Loving on friends and family through action leaves you with the best feeling. It's grace that is actively being lived out in your life and the Lord honors it. I would say He just LOVES it!

I pray that each and every one of you this weekend feel challenged to love on someone in a new way. That if you feel Him guiding you in your heart this weekend, you stop and listen. But this weekend, take the listening one step farther and act!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

She Shares

Y'all I went back to school for three days last week and by Friday night I was spent. I was exhausted mentally and physically, going back to school is a tough! I'm beyond thankful that I started daily journaling with God and with She Reads Truth. It has been a blessing before I even realized it, I have set this pattern throughout the summer and realized its importance before going back to school. But this is where I need your help.

How do you maintain this time with the Lord when school returns or life gets in the way? 

 When I can barely get out of bed at 6am, let alone think clearly and thoughtfully to God. When there's homework, dinner, chores to do, dogs to care for and the list goes on and on. But He is so important, I need it! 

Y'all, I'm three days in and haven't been able to commit time to my She Reads Truth devotions. I had four days of my Stepping Up study to do and did one. I'm not excelling in any form of Bible study this week other than a morning and evening prayer from Daily Prayers for Busy People by William J. O'Malley. I need help.

I'm craving this time but I don't know how to do it. I'm challenged to spend Sunday as a Sabbath, but am too stressed to get homework done in time to make that happen. I need peace as I'm going through change in my family and I'm not even at peace with where I am with God. My oh my, this is raw. 

I'm praying that I may be blessed with information by those in the She Reads Truth community. That God may show me how to spend time with Him through YOU! I pray that I may be able to find patience and endurance to complete my homework and not feel stressed doing so. 

I have Philippians 4:8 on a sticky-note on my computer and it's something that I haven't even looked at this week. God is working. I just need to be patient, see it and believe it.

Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about what is pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:8