One of the best decisions that I started practicing last year that brought solidity in my life was reading through the Bible. It was my first time to have read the Word from cover to cover and I felt like it transformed me from the inside out. I will also admit that in that commitment to read through God’s Word daily were also the temptations of not wanting to finish it simply because there were many activities that were craving my attention.
First, it was my teaching job that wants my time away from His Word because I was too overwhelmed with my assignments. Second, it was the fear of missing out. I don’t want to miss out on anything like watching my favorite channels on YouTube. Third, it was not sleeping early because I wanted to do so many things and as a result, I could not wake up much earlier to read through His Word.
Thankfully, the Holy Spirit doesn’t know how to give up on people and on me and before I have to let go of my desire to read through the Bible, He helped me get back into it.
I feel like last year was removing the impurities of my soul through the washing of the Word and this year is building a foundation to have a strong mind, will, and emotion. Yet, if I am going to be honest, this year has been challenging. I am wrestling as to whether I have to read through it again or I have to be topical and focus on one Word to study and find verses to meditate on.
But one morning, as I was sitting in silence with the anticipation of wanting to hear His Voice, I heard in my spirit that I have to read through it again. That means putting it in my planner and do it just like reporting to school and meet with my students.
Slowly, as I have to receive strength from the Lord to wake up as soon as the alarm sounds, it has become a better spiritual habit that has been formed.
And the benefits? I experience peace in my soul. I feel like I am enjoying life as well as my class, regardless of their noise (HAHAHA). I don’t easily get offended. And, I have this assurance on the inside that I will be okay because God knows my reality. He knows my longings. He is aware of my concerns. He has seen the enemy’s plan for me and He has answers and protection for me while I follow His directions daily by faith.
Having said this, it’s not a promise that I will be perfect. It’s not an assurance that I will not be irritated and be slighted. I will not try to be perfect either because I know that I can’t keep up maintaining that kind of an image. What I can promise though is that, “As I consistently gaze my eyes on Jesus and be reminded that I am a woman who is a recipient of His grace and mercy on a daily basis, that I can practice seeing people too in the lens of His mercy and His grace.” I say practice, because I can’t be like Jesus overnight!!!
Have a great day everyone!!!!