Day 1 & 2

Well ladies, we have jumped into our challenge and I already have stories to tell. So good to have some of you joining me in this challenge!

I have a little 12lb 11oz alarm clock. We woke up at 7am on day one and after Ruby ate, we settled in on the couch.

I think I need a Bible with larger print. Am I getting older? Right now I have a Bible that Dale bought for me a few years ago, it fits in the palm of my hand. Must.get.bigger.one.soon. I thought it was cool. But squinting is not so cool. My eyes must have changed a bit after Ruby was born.

As I was planning for my 30 day challenge, I kept thinking that I’d read from the book of Job. It had been a long time since I read the specifics of Job’s trials and I wanted to dig into it. A few verses really stuck out at me.

“You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10) struck me hard. It is VERY easy for me to accept all the good that comes from God and praise Him during those times in my life. When the trouble comes…I haven’t been so quick to praise Him. Now, sometimes I get stuck on the “Did God cause my son to die” vs. “Did God allow this to happen?” Then today, Job 9 brought me to tears as I was reminded again that my God is so amazing. I in my feeble mind do not NEED to know His ways. I can just trust and rest in the fact that he is God. That “even though, I am innocent, who am I to talk to God and I should only plead to Him with mercy” (Job 9:14-15). The verses in 9 were powerful and made me sit in awe. I have been so me-focused, that I have forgotten how I should be focusing on such a powerful God -not the stuff that we really don’t have answers for.

“His wisdom is profound…
He moves mountains…
Shakes the earth…
Speaks to the sun…
Maker of the constellations”

And these two passages again, show how I am not worthy of His love or his mercy or grace. Why do I think so much that I am?!! It puts it all back into perspective. I am nothing without his love and mercy.

When He passes me, I cannot see Him
When He goes by, I cannot perceive Him

Powerful stuff.

Day 2 started out rough. I didn’t go to bed until 1am (bad move) and then Ruby was up 3 times that night. Come 7am, I did NOT want to get out of bed. So, I didn’t get to my “time” until 7:30pm!! Gotta keep reminding myself to not be legalistic about this. The point is to be intentional about scheduling that sacred time with our beloved.

I have also pulled out my prayer binder. I hadn’t been using it since Ruby was born. I LOVE the idea of the prayer binder. I bought a fun looking binder and inside, I have broken down the things I want to talk to God about by category. One page for Dale, one for Lindy, I had one for baby #3, one for family, friends. I have to write things down or I don’t remember. If someone stops me in the hallway to share something on their heart, it has got to go down in the journal or I won’t be as committed to praying for it.

Yes, I got corny with the crayons. I am a visual person, so if it looks decent visually, I feel better about what I am doing.

Do you have a plan? Want to share it? My plan might be different from yours -tell me what works for you! I have heard things like: not turning on the computer until I have my time alone with God or making tea or coffee in the morning and enjoying it while studying.



 

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