Posts Tagged ‘Minor Prophets’

Listening to your instincts

November 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Wouldn’t it be nice to sleep in today? I thought as I lay in bed, thinking of how nice it would be to get more sleep. I’d slept about eight hours and enjoyed catching up on sleep. Recently, I’d been working two jobs, taking care of my sons and rehearsing for a play. I averaged about five hours of sleep a day. I seldom took naps just because there was too much to do.

But then an instinct gently reminded me that I needed to take advantage of a Sunday morning off (I work today from 2:30-11 p.m. at the gas station) and that I’d regret not getting my boys into church. So, I got up and asked them how they were doing. Fine, they said.

We live only about a mile from church, so getting there isn’t the problem. If my car isn’t working, big deal: we can always walk.

So, we went and I heard great, encouraging messages in both Sunday School and in church. I wrote down Bible verses on encouragement, spiritual intimacy with God and comfort from God. I also signed my sons and I up for the church’s Thanksgiving dinner (we’re taking mashed potatoes and gravy). My sons had a good time.

None of that would’ve happened if I’d allowed the devil to have his way.

You know exactly what I’m talking about.

When the devil tickles our ears, it’s that warm instinct that encourages you to sleep more, or tells you that you’re too poor to tithe. For the lost, it’s that instinct that tells them the salvation message is a simple solution for a complex problem, that there are countless religions, how could Christianity be the true one, or that there’s always next Sunday to make a decision.

Next Sunday, of course, never comes as lifelong procrastination sets in.

Today I also reminded myself the importance of daily Bible reading and will work on reading the Minor Prophets until the end of the year and then take another try in 2013 at reading The Word chronologically.

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12-1-2011 Adventures in Bible reading

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

This past week has gone surprisingly well as I have managed to do something I haven’t been successful doing in the past: getting up early and reading the Word.

Unless you count the euphoria of rising early for a vacation or Saturday mornings getting up to watch Bugs Bunny cartoons, I have never been a morning person. But yet mornings are really the best time to spend with God. Early mornings when nobody else is up.

So, I’ve reminded myself that by getting to bed at a decent hour, I will have an easier time getting up early to spend it with God.

Currently, all I have left until the end of the year is the Minor Prophets and Proverbs in the Old Testament and then Acts and Romans in the New Testament. It’s been a bumpy ride, but it’s looking like 2011 will be a year in which I read the Bible completely through cover to cover.

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