Let just jump right on in by allowing me to ask you a question?
Do you struggle with a daily quiet time with Christ?
I mean, do you have some days where it's real, and long, and meaningful, and then look up and a week or two have gone by? Maybe a month or two?
I know that everyone who chooses to follow Jesus struggle with this pull back and forth of spending time with Him and then, boink!, it's been how long?
I know I did. (That's past tense if you missed it...wink wink) I'm not tooting my horn here, I'm just saying that there was a long time in my life when I would have days of great journaling, Bible study and prayer and then find that same journal under my bed with an entry from months past! I'd get so angry at myself and so upset and feel like I had let God down because I was so wishy-washy!
I mean, this is supposed to be the greatest relationship on the planet and I'd goes days without even speaking to Him. That's not to say I didn't think about Him or worship Him or talk about Him, but my talking to Him and listening to Him were as haphazard as a drunk behind a wheel. I'd go over there and read, then slowly go back over there where I wasn't even in the right lane with Christ anymore. Sometimes I'd find myself on the completely wrong road heading the wrong way into a deadly crash!
I needed some sobering up! So, I'd try to mark on the calendar every day that I met with Christ and journaled. I had a little chart with every day of the year on it after I had spent time with Jesus I checked it off. You know what? It worked. I met with Him aaalllmost every day. Then I actually went back and counted the days. Gerr! I was, in all actuality, only meeting with Him about half the month!
It didn't work.
But that little wake up of actually seeing the days I sat down and had time with Him opened my eyes. I began meeting Him more regularly, more deliberately. Soon, that little calendar had a check on every day.
Over time, I felt the Lord releasing me from using my little chart. It wasn't hard and I knew I didn't need it anymore. It had just become habit for me to go and spend time with Him.
I tell you this little story so that you will know that if you struggle with a consistent walk with Christ then I know what you're dealing with. It's not uncommon, in fact, I think it's more common that we do struggle with it.
I'm sure you caught that I used tools in my daily time with Him and over these next few days I'll share with you more about different things you can do, however, we'll also, mostly, you-can-count-on-getting-in-to-it, talk about the heart of the matter.
Over these next few days, we'll dive into the Psalms and see if we can't uncover some great passages to light our fire, set our sights heavenward, straighten out our priorities, and bring us a desire to sit with our King...
Are you excited about how to spend time with Jesus in the middle of it all???
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