Everyday when I wake up, I start with a quick prayer to God thanking Him for the day.
It's just a quick shout-out to my Creator every morning.
Then I go to the bathroom.
Then all throughout the day I talk to God and sing praises to Him and generally lift up most things in my life to Him.
But what I don't do every.single.day. is spend a generous amount of time with God reading my Bible and devoting actual time to Him and with Him. I do this often, but not each and every day.
I'm not legalistic so I don't believe that I HAVE to have devotions or that I'm not a Christian if I forget to read my Bible.
But what I DO believe, is that spending time with God is how I draw close to Him.
James 4:8 "Draw close to God and He will draw close to you."
And when He draws close to me, I can better hear His voice.
And when I can better hear His voice, I can better understand His will for my life.
And when I can better understand His will for my life, it's easier for me to stay on the path He's laid out for me.
And when I stay on the path He's laid out for me, I will be blessed with happiness, protection, love and wisdom.
And when I am blessed with happiness, protection, love and wisdom, I can be a better wife, mother and friend.
When when I am a better wife, mother and friend, I can be a more respectable witness of Jesus Christ to those who don't know Him.
At church a couple weeks ago, the pastor said "One of the reasons people feel like God is so far away, is because they are not spending time with Him, reading their Bibles."
Then I went to a women's event last weekend and the pastor's wife said "When you pray, it's a good idea to have your Bible open. This allows God to speak directly into your life through His Word."
Now, I know that God is not limited in any way. If He wants to talk to me, He has infinite measures He could use. And, knowing God, they're probably all beautiful, soft, gentle and loving ways. Right, Meredeth? And I also know that God gives me my own freedom and my own will to do whatever I want. But guess what I want? I want to do what God has intended for me!
I can guarantee that the King of Kings has a better life planned for me than I could ever even come up with on my own.
Hebrews 12:2 says "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith."
When I fix my eyes on Jesus, I'm allowing Him to be the author of my life.
Fixing my eyes on Jesus means to spend good, quality time with Him. In his Word.
Psalm 119:105 says "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."
Who can't see a path better in this dark world than when there's a light on it!?
Do you read your Bible every day? I'd love to hear your story...