This Control Freak Reads Her Bible

You know, even though I didn't make resolutions this year, I thought about kicking off the New Year right and finishing a big project that I've been avoiding the past couple months. But then I had the overwhelming desire to clean my bathroom (crazy, I know), check Facebook (not shocking) and start a bathroom renovation project (about a year overdue). And if that weren't enough, I even took the time to make little tweaks to my website for like the 100th time.

It's a New Year. A fresh start. New beginnings. The slate is wiped clean on the calendar. We get a do over. Now what in the world do we do with it?

give Jesus top billing in your life.

Until a few years ago, I had a little issue reading my Bible. I’d always think, “girl, you need to sit down and read your bible today,” but then most days I’d think about all the other stuff I had to do and there just wouldn't be enough time in the day to get there. Sound familiar?

I’d even leave the Bible on the table each morning, hoping that when I woke up, it’d be the first thing I saw, so I’d have to read it…but I was always running behind, or something else caught my attention. *look a squirrel!*

Most days I’d even manage to haul my huge study bible with me everywhere I went, hoping I’d find some quality time to read it at the radio station or church…but all that did was give me a back problem from carrying such a heavy handbag. And honestly, until a few years ago, it just sat unopened most days.

Sound familiar? Anyone? Anyone?
 
Let me just clarify: I study God’s word and love to teach from God’s word. I am extremely blessed to speak at local women's events. But I can honestly say, more often than not, too many things often take priority to actually spending quality time each day reading God’s word, spending time in prayer and just "hanging out" with Jesus.

Sound familiar? Anyone? Anyone?
 
So it is with great enthusiasm that this control freak can honestly say she is now a recovering Bible procrastinator. (Sounds like a weird exotic disease, right?) And after a many years with a very healthy track record of chilling with Jesus, I stand before you to encourage you, if you are still trying to get there, to make this year your year of purpose. Purposeful time with Jesus, that is.

I've noticed over the past few years that all of my other ‘procrastination’ issues have become less of a problem, by the way. And the control freaky thing? Way better. And perfectionism? I threw that out the window ages ago, which was so liberating.

Who knew there were some “worldly” benefits to reading your Bible and chilling more with Jesus?

Our faith journey can boil down to one simple statement, no matter where you are in your walk with the Lord right now.

Spend more time with Jesus.

Let that be whatever works for you, right where you are in life. Don't try to mimic someone else's walk. Your walk with the Lord is unique and special. Challenge yourself this year. Join a Bible study, come to a women's event, use a daily devotional, keep a prayer journal or join a small group. Just do something. And do it with intention.

Let Jesus meet you right where you are spiritually. And be very intentional in the time you spend with Him each day. You will be amazed at how much you will desire and yearn for more. 

Give Jesus top billing and He will do some amazing things in your life.

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38 comments:

  1. Oh, friend, you are singing my song. (bathroom renovation? really? that sounds like a go-getter to me :)). For Lent I have been reading the Lectionary and it has made me so...peaceful? Dipping into the Word daily is like a deep soul massage for me. Yes, I need to carry it beyond the season. Thanks for the kick in the behind :)

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    1. I am glad to hear you are reflecting on the Lenten season! Resurrection Sunday...one of most fave days of the year.soul massage...love it!

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  2. Your writing was very funny I laughed just thinking about all the things that can get in our way... focus, focus, yes focus.
    so hard to do sometimes.

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    1. I am glad to know I am not alone! :)

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  3. I dug a 20-foot diameter patio last summer.

    No bricks, yet.

    I'm with you on this, though. When I take the time to read, study and pray, I have more time in the day and more motivation to meet each task. I tell people about this phenomenon (called "God's power, strength, and grace), yet I fail to make it a priority?

    Opposite you, I would focus on the blog post and let the house fall down around me. :)

    I found you through Time Warp Wife, btw. Good to meet you!

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    1. Thanks for the note Amy...a 20 foot hole in your backyard huh? That sounds like a nice Spring project! lol Yes, it's difficult some days I think to take the time to truly focus on God's word...and I by no means have it all figured out...but I know that the more I'm in the WORD, the less the WORLD stresses me out! :)

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  4. How's this for procrastination...I've had this blog post up on my computer screen since Tuesday and I'm just now reading it!!! Well said!

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    1. How's this for even bigger procrastination...your comment has been hanging here in cyber space for how long...and I'm FINALLY getting to a reply. Sorry for the delay! lol :)

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  5. Nicki, bless you for your transparency. This right here is so it >>> "Give Jesus top billing and He will do some amazing things in your life." I am so needy for Him that I have been compelled to wake up early for years now. This morning I hit the snooze button for the first time in years, and so disliked having to get up & going without my morning devotional time & my coffee. Sure I did it a bit later but this morning I remembered why I like starting my day with Him :) Wonderful suggestion & reminder for us all! XO

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  6. Thanks Joanne! Yeah, this year the Lord has me practicing what I preach on air daily in copious amounts, I'm like a bible reading obsessed crazy girl. :) Blessings to you!

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  7. I have no time spending time hanging out with Jesus when I'm at home--it's when I travel and my little routine gets blown to smithereens (especially if I'm visiting in someone else's home and I don't want to be an annoying guest ;)) that I have a hard time maintaining my routine. It's definitely something that I'm going to work on this year!

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  8. So true! I get distracted far too easily by all the squirrels that run through my home like wild animals vying for my attention to capture and rein them in! I also get so consumed with reading God's Word for purpose...to share, to write from, to help someone...not just for the sole purpose of one-to-one fellowship with my Father. Too often there is at least one other person added into the equation during my quiet time distracting me from just Jesus. All good things but when I have that just Jesus time, it makes a difference in my soul :)

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  9. Anita, I have a harder time myself when I'm out of my normal routine. I hear ya there for sure. But don't you almost feel like you are missing out on something really special on the days you don't have time to be intentional? I sure do!

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  10. Oh yes Sarah, I get that, bigtime. When we have all those squirrels around it is so tough, for sure. But even if it's just five minutes to recharge, it's worth all the rearranging I need to do to make it happen! Praying you can have time to just read the bible for the sure pleasure of reading it this year! xoxo

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  11. I love your challenge to give Jesus more of a prominent place in our heart. I want to do this more and more. It's then when things really start flowing in our lives. Cheering you on Nicki!

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  12. Thanks sweet lady! Lots of things want to capture my attention most days, but it's really when I let God captivate my heart that each day is a win! :)

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  13. Girl you got me with "look a squirrel". You hit all the right notes with this one Nicki. And I receive your message "spend more time with Jesus". Thank you.

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  14. Okay, I'm not going to lie, but reading my Bible is my obsession. I am hooked in such a deep, bone-penetrating way, Nicki. I don't say that to boast. It's simply a fact and believe me, I feel like a weirdo many times because of it. I know I'm certainly the exception and that what you are struggling with is more the rule, so please don't feel in ANY way like I don't get that or that I'm going to go all "Bible-thumping-postal" on you! I'm just so glad you're making it happen and encouraging the rest of us to do it too. And by the way, I love the way you wrote this--like an every day conversation with my gal pal! I guess that's because you are!

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  15. I am so happy to hear this resonated with you too Lisha! Spend more time with Jesus is my greatest desire for all of us this year. Just watch out for all those squirrels :)

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  16. You are not a weirdo, because if you are, than I am too! It encourages my heart to hear that you love to read your Bible so much. I just can't get enough. I believe this year I may even read thru the entire Bible twice! :) I read this article in Dec that said you should read each chapter of the Bible 23 times before you move on to the next chapter. I started doing that, then thought, that's a little too crazy. So this year I'm just reading for the pure pleasure of spending time with Him. So rewarding!

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  17. I had this verse running through my mind this morning: He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." Revelations 21:5 So when I sat down to read, I had to smile at your opening paragraphs. God was reiterating what He'd been telling me earlier this morning. I go through spurts with my Bible. Sometimes my Bible app is reading to me non-stop all day, and sometimes I'm getting up early every morning to read my Bible. But lately I've decided to make a consistent and intentional routine of meeting with Jesus every day. It has been such a blessing to me. I'm not memorizing. I'm not really even studying. I'm just reading a few verses and then sitting in the silence with Jesus while He speaks to my heart. It's been glorious. I'm so glad you are encouraging others to come to the Word, because it is a hidden treasure of balance and peace in this hectic world.

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  18. You made me laugh as I read this. I love it. He made us for more and more of Him and less and less of the rest, didn't He. Truly.. you just made me smile big and I appreciate that. Bless you!

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  19. That is my challenge, making more time for God. Glad He's merciful and gives me second chances. Thanks for the reminder. :)

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  20. It regularly takes me 3 months or more to read one of the 21-day reading plans at Bible.com. I definitely need to be more intentional with my reading. With a blog, an Etsy shop, a house to keep up, and an almost 3yr old, I feel like my time is never my own, or God's. I have a "goal" this year of at least getting in 3 days a week of Bible reading. I feel like that is much more doable for me than every day. And less guilt when I don't make it. :)

    (visiting from the Works for Me Wednesday link-up)

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  21. It's amazing how our lives change when we start to spend more time with Jesus. And how our hearts change when we read the Scripture. It's been hard for me, and I struggle with it. But it's amazing to start to see and feel God guiding my heart when I read His Word!

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  22. It encourages my heart so much Jenni, to hear you say that you are making consistent, intentional time with the Lord. I go through spurts too. This weekend we were busy, I didn't make the time to just sit in His word, but I really missed it. I don't want to get all legalistic about it. I think alot of people get caught up in that and make it so routine that it is no longer a living, breathing part of our daily life. May we both be intentional and spend time filling us up with His glorious word this year! Keep working on that balance, we all are right there with you! :) xoxo

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  23. I am so happy to hear you have dug into His word Sarah! It is so simple, isn't it? And yet so many not so simple things can pull us away from His word sometimes. It's definitely a balancing act. But if I'm going to be off balance in any place in my life, I surely want it to be where I put more of Him into my day and less of all the other stuff! Praying you can keep up your reading and that God will fill your heart with His promises this year! xoxo

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  24. Thanks for the smile Dawn. It seems so simple, doesn't it? More Jesus. Less us. But it's so NOT! lol Praying you can stay strong and find that balance. Blessings!

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  25. Oh I am so thankful as well Lux. Second chances. Third chances. New mercies every day. And lots and lots of grace! :)

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  26. You are not alone in the struggle Joanna. Know that you are not alone in this at all. But if we can encourage each other along this journey, that's what it's all about, isn't it? I pray God will bless you in mighty ways this year as you continue along your journey of committing more of His word into your heart! :)

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  27. God is creating some real Bible loving women this year - My first post this year was about doing Bible read throughs and this is just so encouraging - I am loving God's word and enjoying reading - It's not mean to be a chore - thank you so much for sharing :)

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  28. No it's definitely not meant to be a chore, but so often we approach it that way, don't we? I think what I have loved so much about getting back into writing is not just doing what I love, but connecting with so many awesome women who love Jesus! Blessings Tania :)

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  29. Nikki - Great post. Love your 'about' and your mission "Live simply. Love abundantly. Be the special person God's created you to be" - I'm going to remember that today. Blessings! sandraj

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  30. I've been a part of a group for accountability for this very reason. I still struggle but having someone hold me accountable is motivation for sure.

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  31. Yes Alyssa! Accountability is essential. Glad you have a group of lovelies to help. :)

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  32. Great post with a really good challenge. I am challenged every day to pray more than I do. I can't get enough of God's Word and then there isn't time left to pray. So, I am taking some time when I first wake up and then before I read my Bible.

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  33. Oh I need to do your challenge Judith. I pray, but could do so much more. He is such a mighty God, I'm just thankful He hears the unspoken prayers deep within my heart! Blessings to you! :)

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