I hate when I make excuses. Nothing makes me feel worse than not following through on what I know deep down I should be doing.
While some excuses may be valid, most often we’re just trying to get out of what’s good for us. Here have been some of mine in the past:
“I can’t go for a walk, it’s winter.”
“I can’t expect to grow in my faith, I have little kids.”
“I can’t communicate openly with my spouse because I am afraid of being yelled at.”
These are poor excuses that only limit me and my ability to walk in freedom.
So as a part of my brave initiative for 2015, I have been determined to ratify excuses in my life.
I have been trying to find time to spend with the Lord. I shared in a previous blog post that I felt the Lord asking me to wake up before my kids so I could start the day with a clear mind and a heart that’s set on him.
Although it has been a battle, with the kids starting to wake up earlier and earlier, I am really enjoying the moments I manage to get.
Even still, with my best intentions for getting up early, my plans can be sabotaged by innocent kids.
A while back someone shared with me the idea of simply leaving your bible open at a natural resting point in your house. The suggestion was that those times when you take a moment with your coffee, or stop to think about supper, you end up in the Word.
I have done this a lot the past couple of years as I’ve endeavoured to not give in to the excuse that in my current stage of life I will be distant from the Lord.
My resting place is just under the cup cupboard. I naturally pause there, in the midst of dirty dishes and to do lists. With my bible open, I receive truth and encouragement from the verse that’s up next in my daily reading.
During the toughest season with my daughter, I was not getting much time for anything at all, and my resting place was the half wall between the kitchen and living room in our old house.
I would stop there, checking on the kids while prepping food, and God would whisper something to me through His word that kept me going through those extremely challenging months.
In this passage He challenged me to not think like everyone else, but to continue to put my trust in Him. It was exactly what I needed that day.
Take some time to see where your natural pausing points are around the house. These spots may just become your Holy Ground.
Hebrews 4:12 says
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Having your bible open symbolizes its power in your life, and your permission to have God speak to you in the midst of everything, everyday.