I went to a Blogger's Event recently and talked with my friend, Jessa. We both were about to finish the AtoZChallenge. While we were both still baby bloggers, we were talking about what we were going to do when the challenge was over. Then, she asked me two questions.
How do you do it? How are you so faithful?
I thought that was the sweetest thing! I just wanted to hug her. I am far from perfect and could always be more faithful... So, running with that question... Here's what I do:
Here is what a chunk of it looks like any way. This is my study time material. I have scheduled chapters to read. For example, right now I am studying Romans 11. So, I print three translations (usually NIV, KJV, and The Message) of the chapter I am studying. I have a digital dictionary, a pen, and my hard copy Bible. My phone for more versions if I bunny trail down another verse not already printed. I will post more on what exactly I do with all this later.
I read the Bible. But, more than that, I study it. I engross myself in it. It isn't a casual read for me. It is my ticket to wisdom and closeness to God. I take lots and lots of notes.
I will post more on this later too, but I write a lot of my prayer. Like the Psalmist in Psalm 73, I start out one way and finish another way. I sometimes begin writing sad, angry, weary, or just tired and finish in praise and thanksgiving. This usually happens when I write my prayer. A lot of out loud prayer is busy prayer for me, usually when I am driving or shooting up a flare prayer for someone quickly. I find I am more intent about prayer when it is on paper.
This is my newest playlist... Elevation Worship from a dear friend, Ms. Laura. I adore Elevation Church, their pastor, their worship band, their messages. So, this is on repeat in my car. If I'm not listening to a CD (prior to this it was Elevation Worship's Kingdom Come Album), I will listen to Air1 or KLove on the radio. These are both available online, too.
Then, of course, there is church on Sunday. I usually go to Lifechurch.tv (which you can watch online, too) and watch Elevation Church online. Throughout the week, I usually listen to online archived sermons when I get ready for work in the mornings. For me church is not a Sunday event, but the peak of my week...
I have someone I study with on a continual basis. Someone who builds me up, encourages me in faith, holds me accountable, and cares about me. This is crucial! We have said many times, "how do people do it alone?" When one is down, the other pulls them up. When one is confused, the other helps discern and learn. If you don't have someone, get someone.
Considering there are only so many hours a day awake, this is an all-throughout-the-day dependence and surrender. It is continual and moment by moment. However, I am only human and while I strive for moment by moment dependence, I still slip and let life get in the way
sometimes a lot of times. So, there you have it. That is what I do.
What do you do? How do you keep your walk fresh?
What does your time with God look like? Is it frequent?
Do you have someone to hold you accountable and encourage you when you need it?
If there is anything I can do to help encourage you to go deeper, leave me a comment and let me know.
In His Love,