Right now I feel like I am in a bit of a spiritual funk. My quiet times have been sporadic (almost non-existent). My prayer life has been suffering. But, that is about to change. Despite my funk, I feel that I am on the brink of a spiritual renewal.
Last night at bible study, Amy was discussing seeing Beth Moore this past week and Beth said something to the effect of, it isn’t that you don’t have enough time for quiet time, it’s about knowing who is the authority over your life. Amy went on to say that God’s mercies are new every morning, so the morning is when we should be having our quiet time – no matter how short it is. You need that start to your day. This really struck me. And so, I decided that I was going to have a quiet time in the morning.
This morning I woke up and thought about my quiet time I was supposed to have. And I hit snooze – three times. When I did finally get up, I went to the living room, checked my blog, my email, my facebook – my bible was still sitting on the bookcase in my room. After all that, I finally submitted to the tug of the holy spirit, went to our bedroom and pulled my bible, journal and Richard Foster’s Prayer off the shelf and went back to the living room. I decided to read Jude, since that is Elias’ middle name. The “Call to Persevere” struck me the most (particularly the parts in bold):
20But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. 21Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
22Be merciful to those who doubt; 23snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
With these thoughts on my mind, I journaled about life right now, questions that I have and about the faithfulness of God. I pray that this start to my day will give me strength and hope during the day.
I confess that I have not been doing a good job of building myself up in the faith of the Lord. I pray that is about to change.
How is your walk right now? What do you do to build yourself up in the faith of the Lord?
Peace be with you today.