I thought having my alone time with God would help start my day off on the right foot. I tried it but my boys have what I like to call "mommy sense". As soon as I'm up they're up. It doesn't matter if it's 6:00 am or 9:00 am. I've really been beating myself up lately over not having quiet times with God. Why can't I get my act together? I shouldn't be falling asleep when I'm trying to pray or read at night after everyone is asleep. Who needs the enemy when I can beat myself up so well? But then……..
Don't you just love those words? But then. It's beautiful. I was beating myself up over this but then the Holy Spirt spoke to my heart. It started with a chapter I read in a book about perfection. Perfection? Not me. Never. Yeah, right! I wasn't reading or praying because I was being a perfectionist about it! If I couldn't have 30 minutes then I didn't do it.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Ouch, conviction hurts. This has to be an all day, everyday thing and that's what it will be. It won't be easy but 2 Corinthians 12:9 sums it up well, But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!
The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!