~Quiet time...one that I've put effort into, not slept
through and then checked off my to-do list.~Relationships...making the effort to be a godly
friend/sister/daughter, even when it gets hard.~Self-control...not giving into my emotions at the
difficult moments, but focusing on God and on how He wants me to respond.~Standing alone...saying "no" to temptation...even when it's
super, super, super hard!!
Basically, I don't always DO THE HARD THING.
God will finish what He's started in me, no matter how I choose to live my life, either in this life or the one to come! THANK YOU GOD!
I recently heard my teacher talk about 2 Thessalonians 3:13-
He explained that the word "weary" actually implies "lazy." "Do not become [LAZY] in doing right." That insight placed a whole new spin on the verse for me. Way too often, I blame my laziness on "just being too tired" or "weak," when I should be humbled and repentant because of my careless attitude towards His love for me. I demonstrate this carelessness when I classify my Christian walk with "the mundane" or the "daily routine" and cease pushing forward."And as for you, brethren, do not become weary or lose heart in doing right [but continue in well-doing without weakening]." (Amplified Bible)
Oh God, do a work in my heart! Forgive my laziness...please, PLEASE continue to remind me that I need to let YOU guide and control me; I can't ignore the Hard Things that are essential to honoring You. I must not take the love You showed me on the cross for granted!! Keep waking me up, Lord!
Thanks for your PATIENCE with me! Amen.
And yes...that is my cat! :-)