Week 1 & 2 Update: My week 1 personal goal was to lose 5 pounds in 5 weeks and so far I’m at 2 pounds lost…right on target. My week 2 personal goal was to pray over my to-do list each day. I made some really long to-do lists…I’m not sure what I was thinking lol! I fell really short at getting everything done that I wanted to get done…old habits die hard…I’m still learning to pray “thy will be done” and not “my list be done.” I’m using the “Plan of Attack” from Saturday’s post this week – we’ll see if I do a little better? How are you doing with the first 2 week’s challenges? Let me know in the comment section – this is your accountability :)!
Onward into week 3! The Discipline of the week is – Spirit.
My son just took his Karate test to earn his second degree orange belt last Thursday evening. One lesson he is learning through his training is discipline. He is always to address those over him as sir or mam. He must always obey completely or he hits the deck for one push up. The three lessons they repeat each week are in respect, discipline and tenacity.
Tenacity – I like that word! Tenacious means: persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired.
As disciples of Jesus, we must persistently seek after God.
How tenacious are we in our walk with God?
It’s hard in this fast paced, fast food, facebook type of culture to simply turn off all the distracting dings and just sit at the feet of Jesus. Let’s be honest, we have 10 times more distractions than our grandparents ever had. And that means we are going to have to be 10 times more tenacious to maintain our walk with God.
“Life Management is really spiritual life management”. ~ Elizabeth George
I know that we may be tempted to say we don’t have time to read God’s word but let me suggest that reading God’s word does not have to take time. Let me explain. If you want to do an indepth study or read through the Bible in a year or journal long passages – it’s going to take time… lots of time and truthfully it’s going to be the best time of your life!!!
But grace reminds us that in some seasons of life we truly are up to our ears in bottles, binkies, babies and blankies. Others of us have plates so full they look like platters! Clearly – just from our first two challenges – many of us are overwhelmed by the daunting task of trying to get organized and take care of our own health…and so if you think I’m about to pour on *guilt* because you are not reading your Bible daily…breathe a sigh of relief.
The Bible does not command us to have a daily quiet time!
The Bible gives us examples to follow:
~Jesus got alone early in the morning with God to pray. (Mark 1:35)
~Daniel – a tenacious man of discipline – prayed three times a day – morning, noon and night. (Daniel 6:10)
~David – the writer of the Psalms – poured out his heart to God in all seasons of life – morning, noon, night, in times of fear, weakness, sadness, joy and delight.
David’s Psalm 63
1 You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
(see his tenacity!)
6 On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.
Cling tenaciously to God. Circumstances are going to stand in the way! Don’t let your grip slip!
Week 3’s Challenge:
Purpose to not read ANYTHING else before you have read God’s word for at least 1 minute in the morning. Do not read the newspaper, facebook, a spiritual devotional or check your email. Go straight to God’s word first. And in case you think 1 minute seems a bit stingy with our time – I want to suggest – that once you get started most likely you will go for much longer than 1 minute. But I want this to be doable. After reading your Bible, I encourage you to leave your Bible in the kitchen open and everytime you walk past it, pause to read it for 15 seconds and then go on. Squeeze all the nourishment you can out of the scriptures you are reading.
If you feel like you have NO clue where to start reading in God’s word, I recommend you go to I John or the Gospel of John. I currently am having my quiet times in the book of Mark – the shortest gospel. Come back tomorrow when I share my personal reading plan for the summer. You can print it and read along with me!
Alright my tenacious friends! Who’s in?
Who is willing to commit the first minute of everyday to time in God’s Word? Leave a comment letting me know your commitment and if you are a blogger, write about this challenge or the past 2 week’s challenges and link-up below!
Walk with the King,