I don’t know about you, but it has been a rough couple of weeks. Getting kids back in school, planning and carrying out a birthday party, traveling with a youth group to a weekend conference, and trying to put the house back together, all while operating on only about five hours of sleep per night has made it hard for me to follow through with my Bible study and writing schedule.
I’ve made myself a calendar to try to schedule my time so that I can follow through and meet deadlines but life hasn’t necessarily been helping me out. I’m also trying not to beat myself up too much that the Bible study I am currently working on hasn’t seen me in like two (or ten) days.
What is working in my life right now is getting to school on time, doing a short devotional each morning with my youngest daughter, and discussing how we can apply what the devotional says to our life. So, even though things are going according to my plan right now, doesn’t mean they’re not going according to God’s plan.
“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9 NLT
I’ll get my wagon back on track and get into a rhythm again. I just have to keep on. And you can make it too. Don’t give up. RESOLVE to follow through. Even if there is only one thing you can follow through on, do it. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Just choose one thing and set yourself a short time frame.
Want to start getting up and reading your Bible in the morning? The don’t bite off too much. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than you normally would and set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier to wake up. Choose a book to start in and read just one chapter. If a chapter is too much, start with five verses and work your way up. Get a notebook and record whatever the Lord impresses upon your heart.
Ask: What is this verse telling me?
Apply: What can I do about it?
Reflect: What happened after I applied the verse to my life?
Or, if you feel like you need a little more structure and direction, find a devotional or Bible study to help guide your reading.
Following through will become more second nature. We can do this. After all, our end goal is to become more like Jesus. That is a goal worth following through on.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19