I did not get up earlier once! I did not in any way start working on a new habit! Now I tell you this awful thing about myself for 2 reasons. One is, I'm human, I messed up! And Two, although I did not achieve my goal, I did spend more time in the word last week.
Also, I really enjoyed the comments. Some made me feel like I was on the right path, which I still feel I am. Any attempt to spend more time in the word is good. But I also really appreciated Hazel's comment which goes like this:
"I gave up! I read my Bible at night, and devotionals in the morning. The last time I asked the Lord to wake me up at 5:30 so I could pray and read my Bible and he did - - - I rolled over and said, 'I was just kidding." :-) I think God knows me better than I do myself. "
Now this comment really gave me pause for thought. Firstly, I felt maybe I was setting myself up for failure and secondly, I felt release from self-imposed guilt!!! Thank you Hazel!
The point is, I can spend time with the Lord any time of the day that suits. Yes, first thing in the morning is ideal because it starts my day and ultimately this is my goal long-term. But I am not going to beat myself up because I only get to spend time in His word just before I go to sleep. The fact that I am committing to reading His word is a great start.
So, for those of you who beat yourself up because you didn't start your day the way you wanted or intended to, just remember, like Hazel said, God knows us way better than we know ourselves. And if we consider how we as parents would appreciate the efforts of our children to do something they know we would like them to do, so does God, our Father, appreciate our efforts.
Just a few reminders of the benefits of spending time in the word:
- Ps 119 v 105: Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
- Ps 119 v 50: This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.
- Ps 119 v 11: Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
- Heb 4 v 12: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
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