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those things

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i’ll be honest with you, i had another post scheduled for today. some of you know that i schedule ahead so that i can work full time, have a life (& a husband), and blog. but there is wiggle room in that because i think everything needs a little wiggle room (that coming from a girl who is still working at not freaking out with plan changes or expectations..!) so here is my wiggle room. a post about “those things” that i want to do, but currently am not, that i should be doing. 


each day it is different. some days it is as simple as the laundry (i really should unpack and do the laundry). and some days it seems impossible (like write a book or have a full time job as a blogger). it can be relational (pray with my husband consistently), emotional (spend time being refreshed in the Lord’s presence), physical (work out), practical (get things done at work) – what ever you have been wanting to do but have not. today it is this:

QUIET TIME IN THE MORNING
very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed – Mark 1:35 
 
my mind can turn into a giant stress factory the moment i wake up. i was just telling bruce about this because i feel like i am learning so much about myself i never knew. all these fears are surfacing, passions are stirring, and responsibilities are demanding and i cannot focus. i am always thinking about my to-do list, wondering when i can fit everything in, trying for perfection, running full force… but i am not sure where i am going. oh, i try to live life on my own. control everything, “create my own happiness” and i only feel more lost.
the older i get, the more i resonate with Jesus’s warning to the disciples, “watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41). i want and need and CRAVE time in the Word but that snooze button is so appealing every morning. my flesh is so weak and my spirit is so hungry.
one thing that holds me back is lack of direction. for some reason the Bible just sitting in front of me is intimidating. what should i read? what does the Lord want me to read? what if i read the wrong part and it is pointless? (?!?!) silly questions when you type them out – and i am TIRED of letting them get to me! i will read. i will trust. and i will drink coffee in His presence. i am also beyond excited because as the Lord has been stirring in my heart, my Naptime Diaries Lent journal has been making its way to my door.

It’s a 40 day, undated journal with scripture prompts and room for writing on every single page There are four sections to the book – Hope, Follow, Live, & Bless and the scriptures are intentionally picked to help you grow closer to the Lord as you read different passages from all over the Bible.”  hello, just what i needed!

Naptime Diaries Reflective Journal 
i don’t know about you. i don’t know where your heart is. what your dreams are. what “those things” are in your life BUT i do know that we were not meant to do this walk alone. i’ll be doing the Naptime Diaries 40 day journal and i want to invite you to do it with me. this is not a blog thing. this is not a link up everyday and spill all your secrets thing. this is just a community thing for everyone who is craving that closeness and accountability. you can blog about it (i am sure i will!!) but you don’t have to. you can link up on twitter & instagram with #ntdlent but you don’t have to. you don’t even have to tell me you are doing it (but i suggest you find at least one person to tell to help keep you accountable)!
i am starting today. i am listening to my alarm because i know my life will never fall into place when i do it on my own. yes, i have so many dreams, plans, desires, and hopes but none of them mean anything without the Lord. so today “those things” are to seek Him, spend time with Him, and grow in prayer and i have resolved to do “those things”
 
what are “those things” for you?
  • Laura Jean

    Aren't convictions beautifully hard? I love this idea to keep you grounded and rooted. When I feel lost for direction and unaware of where to start I always go to the Psalms. They provide words and prayers when I don't have them myself.

  • This is a splendid idea! Intentional prayer and growing in my relationship with God is on my priority list this year. And I love the idea of a guided journal, /i feel the same way as you with how to go about reading scripture. I will have to look into that journal!

  • agodfashionedlife

    Praying you had some amazing quiet time this morning.

    I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.-Psalm 34:1

    http://agodfashionedilfe.com

  • This post is exactly what I needed today. I had one of those mornings – a morning where I didn't have time grab a banana for breakfast much less crack open my Bible. And it's only 10:30 in the morning and I'm feeling the effects. My flesh is indeed weak… and I'm slowly, slowly learning there's nothing I can do without Jesus.

  • I so needed this. My "things" are to be more constant in prayer for my husband, having quiet time with The Lord, and being a better wife in general.

  • I hope the 40 day journey is a good one for you. It is a discipline to be in the Word and to sit with the Lord. Struggles like this remind me of Mary and Martha. Jesus said "Mary has chosen the better part". I want to be like her and when the days come where I slack in spending tim with the Lord those Words draw me back.

  • Oh, love this!! I take part in the She Reads Truth plan and quite enjoy it. My "thing" right now is to getting back into a proper (aka intentional) prayer time.

  • LOVED THIS. But you saw that coming, right? 🙂

    I love that you're telling us about your things because it makes you THAT much more real and relatable and it seriously continues to build this awesome community, too. Seriously girl, you are such an inspiration!

    As for my thing, I think it would have to be praying for others. Not just saying I will, but actually DOING it. I've been starting to include them in my prayer journal time and that has seriously helped. Now I just need to keep doing it!

  • I love this! Tyler and I have been working on "our things." We started going through the Jesus Calling devo every morning and we're slowly trying to work in other "things" like getting up crazy early to go on a walk/run.

  • Becca

    Wow… I loved the part where you said "and I will drink coffee in His presence". It's so simple, and it sounds so much like something Jesus would say. 🙂

  • I constantly need to be reminded to take that quiet time and having close friends holding you accountable is one of the only ways to stay focused.

  • This is so powerful! Thanks for sharing! So glad you joined the link up!

  • Caroline! You are so welcome!

  • I am so blessed to have found your blog! I really must thank Chelsea from Lost In Travels … And Jesus. I'm very interested in this journal and I may have to order it just to find out. I sometimes (heavy emphasis on SOMETIMES) do devotion when I get to my desk at work. When I remember … I also pray … When I remember, but I do know that I yearn to be closer to God with all I have/am I just don't know how to start because I also crave perfection. I'm sure you can kind of guess where I am going with this. Any way thank you so much for your recommendation and I can't wait to read more!

    Jessika-lyn
    <a href="http://www.jessclassy.blogspot.com>Jessclassy.blogspot.com</a&gt;

  • Amen. I live for that quiet time with God.

  • i do hope you order it! it is so worth it. the best part is that you don't have to be perfect before Jesus – just yourself. i find that just making sure i am walking downstairs before 7 is easier than i thought. i turn my coffee on and sit down at my kitchen table. i pray, i journal, i read, i sit, i listen to worship music and just soak it up. then i go get ready for the day. those moments are surprisingly easy yet so refreshing. try it. do it. just be. it doesn't matter how much or how little you read each morning. just the fact that you showed up to your coffee date with the Lord is enough!! XOXXO

  • me too girl. me too!

  • I don't know if you got the journal but I am starting a link – up tomorrow (on Ash Wednesday) and i would love for you to join! just blog about your first days with the Journal or your hopes and link up! It is open for two weeks but link up as soon as you can so we can all encourage each other!

  • It so is! I don't know if you got the journal but I am starting a link – up tomorrow (on Ash Wednesday) and i would love for you to join! just blog about your first days with the Journal or your hopes and link up! It is open for two weeks but link up as soon as you can so we can all encourage each other!

  • that is so great! i am so proud of you two!

  • Kiki! you are so sweet! I love that "thing" you pray girl! and pray hard 🙂

  • mmmm. that sounds so lovely. you are so wise and encouraging sweet Beka! i don't know if you got the journal but either way I am starting a link – up tomorrow (on Ash Wednesday) and i would love for you to join! just blog about your first days with the Journal or your hopes and link up! It is open for two weeks but link up as soon as you can so we can all encourage each other!

  • that sounds awesome! have you heard of this prayer journal (http://www.amazon.com/The-Pray-Prayer-Journal-Questions/dp/1576836169 ) I have gone through it once and LOVED it and i am thinking of doing it again! it is a prayer journal!

  • you are so welcome! I am starting a link – up tomorrow (on Ash Wednesday) and i would love for you to join! just blog about your first days with the Journal or your hopes and link up! It is open for two weeks but link up as soon as you can so we can all encourage each other!

  • girl. i totally get it! i have a set of 31 prayers that i pray for my husband (http://oakandoats.com/2013/04/prayers-for-my-husband.html) and i love having them and praying each day!

    also, I am starting a link – up tomorrow (on Ash Wednesday) and i would love for you to join! just blog about your first days with the Journal or your hopes and link up! It is open for two weeks but link up as soon as you can so we can all encourage each other!

  • jenny! I can so relate! life gets so busy that it feels impossible ti even wake up in time! i have loved the first days on HOPE – this is why we wake up! He is what we live for!

  • you are so encouraging friend! I am blessed by you! I am starting a link – up tomorrow (on Ash Wednesday) and i would love for you to join! just blog about your first days with the Journal or your hopes and link up! It is open for two weeks but link up as soon as you can so we can all encourage each other!

  • you totally should! and i understand just how you feel! I am starting a link – up tomorrow (on Ash Wednesday) and i would love for you to join! just blog about your first days with the Journal or your hopes and link up! It is open for two weeks but link up as soon as you can so we can all encourage each other!

  • yes sweet Laura!!! thanks for your encouragement and life giving words! I am starting a link – up tomorrow (on Ash Wednesday) and i would love for you to join! just blog about your first days with the Journal or your hopes and link up! It is open for two weeks but link up as soon as you can so we can all encourage each other!

  • Ooh, I hadn't! Totally going to look into it!

  • yes! check it out!