When my youngest was an infant I was tired.
Really, really tired.
This exhaustion seeped into every aspect of my life from the most important to the mundane.
One Sunday morning, where I was sitting through my only “me” time of the week, my pastor told the auditorium of worshipers, “If you are only opening your Bible on Sunday mornings, there is something wrong.”
I did my devotions first thing in the morning. The wisdom nuggets came straight to my email and I devoured them as if they were chocolate, my soul was so hungry in a season of life resembling a sleep wasteland. I read beautiful volumes about what God was teaching other wonderful women through their journeys. Their well placed words and heartfelt encouragement was carefully funneled straight to my soul because of spiritual dehydration.
Wasn’t it enough?
Before I go any further, please hear my heart: I am not judging anyone who uses devotions or subject studies to lean into God. I enjoy both of these and God has used them in my spiritual walk, but I have come to see them as tools available in addition to direct time in God’s Word.
Awareness after my pastor’s sermon began circling around my thoughts. Where do I start? How do I find the time? Where do I summon the energy for this?
Do you relate? Are these your questions too?
The point is to start, no matter how imperfectly, short, or low energy.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand…” Zechariah 4:10 NLT
God wants the work begun – period!
I began with a book by Lysa TerKeurst, which acted as a bridge for me, taking these first steps. What Happens When Women Walk in Faith: Trusting God Takes You to Amazing Places helped me to begin physically opening my Bible daily. At the end of each chapter there was personal Bible study and I learned so much from the time searching the scriptures with her guidance. It was the first cold, uncomfortable step into the pool, but it set me up for habit.
We need to make a habit of our time with God, otherwise it will always be inconsistent and sporadic.
Today, I will end with the challenge to find space. Where can you make room for time with God? What activities are confiscating your best and leaving crumbs for your spiritual life?
Once you target the excuses and arguments, because we are human and giving up things we currently enjoy doesn’t feel good in a feel good world, zoom in. Dissect what is really at the heart of resistance and then begin.
Next week I will be continuing this discussion by talking about other great resources to shape and encourage our direct study of God’s Word.