You don’t mind me being honest here, right?

I didn’t think so. 🙂

I haven’t been doing much reading and studying lately. I have been “busy” or aka focusing on too many other things.

Having grown up in church most of my life I often subconsciously think I know enough scripture. I’ve prayed enough prayers that going without for one day won’t hurt anything. The truth is that one day turns into two turns into three turns into a week and I realize I haven’t spent any quality time with God.

Can you relate?

I look around at other Christians and wonder how they are so connected to God. Sometimes I feel like I’m missing out. I think they got an extra dose of the special sauce that makes an amazing Christian.

The secret really isn’t a magic formula. It’s not something they just automatically are.  The people that I look up to in the faith are committed Christians. They read the word every day, not only read but they study it, meditate on it. They talk to Jesus. They have a relationship with him, are in conversation with him throughout the day. They are in love with Jesus.

So when I start to feel my connection to God weakening, I need to go back to those things. Back to the basics of our beliefs.

Maybe you feel the same way I do. Maybe it’s hard for you to make time for God in your busy schedule. As hard as it is to admit that, it can be true for many of us. It takes discipline. Do you have someone you can be accountable to? Someone that can check in on your reading and prayer life and vice versa? If you don’t have anyone in your life right now that can be your accountability partner let me know! I would love to be that for you, and I could always use another one myself. Let’s encourage each other to continue to grow in our faith so that God can use us to do His work around this world!

Heavenly Father, thank you for your word. Thank you that we can come to you in prayer, that you hear our petitions. Give me discipline to study your word and to spend time in prayer with you each day. Your word carries power and I need that power in my life. Thank you for your grace and mercy, even we mess up you still want us to know you and be in relationship with you. Thank you for giving us others in our lives that can hold us accountable and that we can hold accountable. Amen.

Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Psalm 1