It has been my goal for quite some time to spend more time in the Word. Jared reminds me regularly that life wouldn't seem quite so overwhelming if I would dwell on God's promises.
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)
5Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
"Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you"
Jer 29:11 (NIV) "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
I have a partner that has agreed to keep me accountable and it is working. At first I was just really convicted that I needed daily time reading something, anything in scripture. I struggled for a couple weeks with severe conviction but I couldn't move to action.
As you can imagine life is very busy and sometimes hectic with 5 children and all that comes with it. I would go 2 days and not stop and spend just a few moments reading. After talking to my accountability partner she asked if I did anything during my day that was just for me. Well, of course I do. I enjoy Facebook and catching up with friends and family, I love to play Scrabble on my phone and I love to snuggle into my bed and catch a few minutes of a show now and then. I do have the time I just choose to spend it otherwise.
So she challenged me. Her challenge was to read at least a couple chapters of scripture before I got online. Since I typically check my email and Facebook first thing this has been a great idea! Now before I do anything I am spending some time dwelling on HIS promises!
I want the Word to be a daily part of my life for lots of reasons. I want to be an example to my children that He is my priority. I don't want the stress of this life to take my joy and reading about God's provision and His unconditional love for me and my family grants peace!
I am so thankful to my sweet friend who has had the courage to challenge me and I'm taking it a step further by putting out there so you too can be challenged and we can encourage each other to make our God our Lord.