Monday, May 7, 2012

Faith Time

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.

Music:



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,
F... 



16 comments:

  1. The continual dependence and surrender is where I struggle. Balancing my craving for God with the daily tasks of this world can be overwhelming. I often am just physicially and mentally exhausted. And all I want to do is sleep or shut down my brain and watch a movie, when what would truly energize me is diving into the Word. ACCOUNTABILITY is key for me!

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    1. Me too. Don't know what I would do without certain people encouraging me, asking the questions that need to be asked, and inspiring me. I also agree with what truly energizes. There is no energy like the energy the comes from fellowship with the Creator of all things.

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  2. Thanks for sharing how you study God's word and how you stay faithful. So many people will say something like "I wish I had more time to read the Bible daily, etc" and I'm like "well just start doing it". The thing is people have to realize you have to make a commitment to read/study the Bible and set up a pretty consistent time of when you are going to do it, otherwise life will get in the way and there is always going to be that pull of time to do something else unless one is faithful in their attempts to grow closer to God. I spend about 45 minutes to an hour Monday through Fridays, I fall off the wagon a bit on the weekend in Bible reading and praying, journaling what I have read. And then there's Sunday church which I'm faithful in attending.

    thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

    betty

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    1. "Well just start doing it." So many times I have wanted to say that... It is a choice. You either chose to make time, or you don't. Life does have a way of interrupting 'plans' to do it. So happy to hear you dive in so often and regularly! That's awesome, Betty! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  3. Your blog has definitely inspired me to keep faithful and keep accountable to my faith. So thank you for that. While I am sure for most people it's a friend or family member, I don't question where that gentle push comes from. Sometimes it's from a strange blogger across the country. God does work in mysterious ways.

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    1. Awww, Brianna!! You are so sweet!! God does work in mysterious ways. Thanks for your precious words. I really do appreciate you stopping by and interacting!

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  4. thank you for the gentle reminder to be more faithful

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    1. Aww Lynn! Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. I love your statement, "For me church is not a Sunday event, but the peak of my week..." Church cannot be something I check off my list. My conscious journey of faithfulness began more than 30 years ago. First God surrounded me with faithful believers who mentored, set an example, and held/hold me accountable. From there, He lead me to in-depth studies of His Word. Then, He challenged be to teach it to 'tweens and teens (their questions made me dig deeper). I also write out my prayers. And my journey continues. God bless you on yours.

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    1. Church really is so much more than an item on the to do list. I truly enjoy hearing about your growth and obedience. Another prayer writer outter! Yay! For the longest time, I thought I was crazy for doing that. But, it works for me. Glad to know I am not alone in that! What a fun journey it is, huh, Merrie! God bless you too. I always enjoy your comments.

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  6. Hey love! Thank you for tagging me your blog. Much appreciated. Us baby bloggers got to stick together. I am so glad you are my mentor. I love your face, and desire for God. I hope someday I am just as amazing as you!

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    1. Aww, honey! I just love you and am so excited to see where God is taking you!! Linking up - yeah... That's just what we do. :)

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  7. Awsome friend.. amy

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    1. Amy! Hi honey! Thanks for your encouragement!

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  8. This is such a great post! I love Air 1. My radio station hardly ever changes. =)
    I'm glad you want to be part of the Prayer Warrior Web! Be sure to read the "more info" link toward the bottom of the Prayer Warrior page so you can email me the info.

    Talk to you soon!

    p.s. I'm your newest follower!

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    1. Thanks Brooke! I, too, am an Air1 lover. :)

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