Friday, August 04, 2006
Consider Your Ways: Question 1
My birthday is soon approaching. As I reflect on the year past and the year to come, I'm going to go through some questions recommended by the Girltalk ladies set by Don Whitney. Perhaps you would like to join me as I prayerfully reflect on his article from The Center for Biblical Spirituality. I offer these thoughts here to make me accountable so that next year, as I return to this, I can give thanks to God for the work he has done in my life and I can see where the house is still in ruins.
What's one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
I really need to be more disciplined about my Quiet Time. I need to make sure that it is a priority of my day and not just something squished into a few minutes before I run out the door.
When I am reminded of the great strength and power the Bible holds, I become disappointed in myself at the times my devotions are a chore. I have to remember that it is the Evil One telling me not to read, not to pray, and not to meditate on the Word. I must not listen to his lies. I do have enough time. There are other things to be done, but none as important as this. I do need to spend time in the Word. I can't manage on my own. My own strength is not sufficient.
I am always so surprised what a joy and a relief it is to come to the Lord in prayer, so delighted when I read God's word and dive deep into its riches. Through this, I can come to know God better and so glorify and enjoy him forever.
Then the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, "Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? Now, therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways."