Monday, 6 May 2013

Follow Up on My Self inflicted Challenge!

Last Monday I stated that I was challenging myself to get up early and have a quiet time every morning that week.  Well.... I failed!  Miserably!


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.  

Early or late, does not matter,  just DO IT!

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.
God bless
Tracy

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18 comments:

  1. We are way too hard on ourselves, Tracy. Thankful for His grace.

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    1. Hi Eileen, I think somehow, we as women do guilt well! So, we have to work on that, lol
      God bless
      Tracy

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  2. Oh I love Hazel's comment as well. I think we too often fall into the trap of attempting to do what works for others. Each of life rhythms are different. God is unavailable to us all throughout the day.

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    1. Hi Wanda, yes, He is always available. His word says that He will never leave us or forsake us.
      God bless
      Tracy

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  3. Great post, Tracy. I spent many years flogging myself for not having that early morning quiet time. And, the guilt pretty much kept me from being in the Word much at all. However, I have forgiven myself for not being a morning person (blogged about that last Monday!) - and so, I have found that I do my devotions when I feel most ready to hear what they have to say! I'm in the Word daily now...and THAT is what makes the difference. Not the time of day, just the consistency.

    Now, let's not talk about my walking...maybe next week???

    GOD BLESS!

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  4. I really like Hazel!! I agree as long as we spend time each day it doesn't matter when.
    Blessings...Chelle

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    1. Hi Chelle, Hazel is certainly a woman of wisdom. thanking the Lord for her with you
      God bless my friend
      Tracy

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  5. Hey, you make me smile! I just finished reading my two chapters, so now I am off to bed. Thanks for sharing your story at "Tell Me a story" of just loving Jesus and spending time with him as the spirit leads. I truely believe we need to read a portion of God's word daily, but the rest of the time, we can "walk in the Spirit." and as Paul says, to pray without ceasing. How many times a day do we whisper a prayer of thanksgiving or "Help me now" - often I really believe.

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  6. I gave up keeping track of my failures a long time ago-ha! I know for me (in the midst of my busy life) it is sometimes hard to stay focused and on a routine, but I know that at some point during the day (even if it interferes with my agenda) I must feed on God’s Word to get my daily nourishment!

    Great post Tracy...(((((hugs)))))!!
    Denise

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  7. This is so true...Early or late...Just do it!

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  8. Tracy - Yes, God appreciates our efforts, not our perfection! Amen, my friend! Amen! Many blessings to you today! ~ Jen

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  9. Amen! Great words you've shared. Blessings to you.

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  10. Life changes, schedules change, people coming and going at different times in our lives. My Word time has adjust and adjusted and readjusted over these years. But, I DO try to make sure I am in the Word for a time during the day. In these past 40-plus years, I've seen much hit my heart through my connection with the Lord and His Word. Flexibility is a "good thing".

    Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Amen!
    Thanks for sharing.
    God bless,
    Lois

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  12. It's easy to be hard on ourselves! I'm talking about that very thing in my Mother's Day post - The Superwoman Myth. Thanks for encouraging us to show ourselves a little grace. :)

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  13. It is harder than it sounds when you make that challenge :) Cut yourself the slack as there will be a day that you will be less tired & able to do it. I visited from Womanhood with a Purpose :)
    Blessings,
    Joanne

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  14. "Early or late, does not matter, just DO IT!"
    Absolutely! I love mornings, but they just aren't for everyone.. Lots of people say it should be in the morning so you always start your day with God, but what's wrong with evenings? Ending your day with God?

    Either way, I'm glad you got more time!

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  15. I love Hazel's statement! I've done the same thing, ask God to help me get up and He does and I roll over and think Oh No, I'm so tired!! And I'm much more of a morning person than a night person, but trying to get up earlier than my kids, especially my son, is WAY too early. What works for some doesn't work for others. I'm fortunate to be able to stay home right now while they are at school, so it works out better for me to have my devo time after I get home from dropping them off at school. That way the house is quiet and I'm fully awake:)

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