Summer Lack Of Routine

Hey friends!

We are still walking through Psalm 119.{Today: Verses 53-56}. You can check out the FB group for our community.

But, I have just been in a heartfelt struggle for quite some time now. It’s on a variety of fronts, but maybe you can relate. I don’t know why everything is so hard right now, but it is.

One thing I hate about Summer is the lack of routine. It makes it far harder to have my daily time in the Word of God, the Bible, when there is no set routine or include a thousand excuses lined up in the door of my heart.

  • I’m too tired.
  • My desk is a disaster.
  • I am far too overwhelmed.
  • My family needs me.
  • My phone is ringing or dinging.

Even if we don’t realize it, the excuses are just things to burden our already overwhelmed heart. Maybe, our quiet time cannot use the same routine due to our overwhelmed spirit or physical pains from chronic illness.

All I know is: I want energy to create and maintain some kind of Summer time Bible routine. I need to come before our King of Kings on a daily basis. How can I expect to be victorious in this spiritual fight (Eph. 6) if things keep interrupting my quiet time?

Chronic illness makes it hard to do Bible study. For myself, this is not an excuse but… an obstacle to walk around in the middle of the race. Have you seen those “mazes” on TV, where people have to try their way through despite the dead ends and wrong turns?

Life gives us maze obstacles, does it not? Maybe, the kids wouldn’t go to sleep the night before. Or, your body feels like a truck literally ran over it. Perhaps your mental health has you easily startled by every sound – making it hard to sleep.

I want to think about these distractions as dead-ends for my race of faith.

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:11-12, New International Version

Before my Grandpa passed, he held onto 1 Timothy 6. In this passage, we are urged to run the race of faith. Paul, even, points out the things we need to avoid – as followers of our Lord Jesus Christ!

As we read the Bible and spend time with our Savior Jesus Christ, our Mighty God shows us how to effectively make our way through this life while wholeheartedly pursuing Jesus Christ. This race of faith is far more important than any maze, but the maze analogy helps me realize that I need to keep drawing nearer despite distractions or chronic illness.

This race of faith in Christ is of most importance! We need to put our whole hearts into our relationship with Jesus.

He looks at our hearts.

He sees our efforts.

He sees what is going on behind the scenes.

He sees the fatigue.

He sees the deadlines.

He sees the disruptions.

He sees all of the things we soo need.

He sees the motives of our heart, which is so needed.

Keep your eyes fixed on Christ!

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3

What do you need to do, in order to run this race of faith well?

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