The most important thing that we can do for
ourselves, for our family and for our homeschool, not
to mention the people around us, is to keep our
relationship with Jesus Christ strong and pure.
The new year is a great time to make sure that we
have our priorities straight. And to implement some
planning and scheduling to ensure that we are giving
the Lord the time that He deserves, and that we
need. John 15:8 says. " I am the vine, ye are the
branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the
same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye
can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast
forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather
them, and cast them into the fire, and they are
burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in
you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done
unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear
much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
As Christians, we need to develop our daily walk
with Christ. When we have a strong daily walk with
our Lord we will find His, provision, His protection,
His power and His principles. Those are all things
that will help us live a life that will bring glory
to the Lord. Isn't that what it is all about anyway?
Read in Matthew 7:7-11, in it you will find what the
Lord desires. He desires to communicate to us. We
need that communication! He also desires to hear
from us. He also desires to bless us and work for us!
That's right! God is so good! We serve an awesome,
wonderful, loving faithful God!
Knowing all of this, why wouldn't every Christian
throw themselves into developing their personal
walk. I believe that the easiest way to put it would
be to say that it is because of sin. However, lets
dissect that a little bit. Often times, when we are
knee deep in our own world, our own flesh, we
cannot see “the forest through the trees”, in other
words, we cannot see that we are in need.
In our ignorance of our need, there is sometimes an
underlying desire to avoid conviction. Let's face it,
none of us enjoy getting our toes stepped on. However,
this is a gift the Lord has given us. His living Word, that
meets us exactly where we are. So if you are spending
time in your bible and prayer, you can guarantee, the
Lord will convict you of something! I happens to me
Sometimes, it is because we are not disciplined in our
schedule. I have heard it said, “That which is
scheduled, gets done”. I have found that to be true. I
may have the best intentions, however, if I do not
schedule in the time to get it done, time seems to just
run away from me. And I have found that another
reason that happens, is because, we misplace our
priorities! We busy ourselves with good works and we
do not make the time to spend with our Lord.
Remember Mary and Martha. I have heard the quote
“ If you are too busy to read your bible and pray, then
you are busier than God wants you to be” I have really
tried to remember that. If we are saying yes to, too
many things and our relationship with our Lord suffers,
then something will have to give.
Okay, now that we have looked at the importance of
developing a daily walk, what concrete things do you
need to do to really start this journey?
Let's start with your Bible. Bible reading is essential to
knowing God. Psalm 119:11, “ Thy word have I hid in
mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Not
only will we not sin against God, even more, we will
learn how to live a life to glorify Him. Further down in
that same chapter of Psalms, it says, “ Great peace
have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend
them.” (vs 165) Whether we are talking about our own
family, or the people we interact with outside our
family, what a gift to have that “great peace” and not
to be offended when things do not go as they should.
Next we need Prayer time. I have become a pro
at the “popcorn” prayers. You know the ones
I am talking about. The ones you send up as you need
them, or as you think of it. But, how is
your prayer life? Do you have a
designated prayer time? Prayer place?
Prayer list? Here is a great little acrostic
you can use to help you create a prayer
list. ACTS, A= Adoration, 1 Chronicles
23:30, Tell God how awesome He is. And
how much you love Him. C= Confession,
Proverbs 28.13, God knows, but He wants
you to come to Him. T=Thanksgiving,
Colossians 4:2, how does that song go??
Count your blessings, name them one by
one. The Lord is truly glorified when we
praise Him for all He has done for us! 1 Timothy 2:1-2, in the
S=Supplication, Webster's 1828 dictionary, supplication is
defined as petition, earnest request.
Again, the Lord knows of all of our
needs, but what does that verse say?
“..ye have not, because ye ask not.”
Now the third ingredient to developing
your daily walk, is devotional reading.
1 Timothy 4:13, “Til I come, giveMy only caution with
attendance to reading, to exhortation,
devotional reading, is to remember to try
the spirits. Know the author/s, know
what they believe, so you know from
what perspective they will write. And
always read your devotional material
with your bible in hand, or at least at
your fingertips. If you ever have a
question, go to the bible and see what
the Lord has to say.
Now down to the brass tacks, how to
implement all we have discussed. First,
choose a daily devotion time. For some
that is first thing in the morning or
perhaps the evening works better for
And please, do not kick yourself if you miss a
day! Pick yourself up, and dust yourself off,
and get right back on that bicycle! The Lord
will be there! Next, define a schedule for
reading. I have some websites listed below
with some great bible reading schedules.
If you have already carved out your bible
reading time, how about starting a journal to
go with your bible reading. You could write
down what stood out to you in your reading
for that day. Or what the Lord is working on
you with. This is something that I am going to
add to my bible reading this year.
Next, choose your quiet place for devotions.
That arm chair in the living room, or the
kitchen table, or at your desk sipping a cup of
tea. Make your prayer list and begin a prayer
journal of prayers. Write down your prayers,
and then write down how God answered those
prayers. Watch how God is working in your
life and in the lives of those around you! And
lastly, find a Christian friend that you can be
accountable to. Let them know the area you
want to work on this year, and meet with
them for a cup of coffee or a soda, and let
them know how you are doing.
What is it that is keeping you from creating
that time for God? The TV? The computer?
Magazines? Even shaving just a few minutes
from what you are already doing, or waking
up a little bit early, you will be able to carve
out the time you need to have that
relationship with God. While, it is much easier
to read, when the house is totally quiet, I
would encourage you, to whenever possible to
let your kids see you reading your bible and
praying. In addition to your family devotion
time, or Bible studies for school. The
children's faith grows as they see you live out
Praying that 2009 will be a fruitful season
for you and your families!
God Bless You!