Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nourishing the Soul

Approximately 284 days ago I decided that I need some self discipline. I decided that I would finally read the entire Bible in a year. I know this is an old hat to some people. But, I tend to like to skip around. I've tried the whole "open it and where it opens is where I should read. God's trying to tell me something." Then I've found myself in Numbers. I've tried daily devotionals. I'm currently a few hundred days into two great ones that are part of the YouVersion app. But, it was time to read every word from cover to cover. 

I'm definitely not in a high point in my faith right now. It feels horrible to type that. It's a struggle when you've wanted something for a long time and you don't get why you don't have a prayer answered. It's confusing to know how to pray sometimes and not sound like you're asking a genie in a lamp for wishes. It's a struggle to not sound repetitive. It's a struggle to realize some of the poor choices I've made and while I know God loves me wonder why he bothers. Reading every day has been a major source of happiness for me. I pulled up my bookmarks (things you can highlight) a few nights ago when I had done my 2 devotions and my reading and didn't feel quite "done." 

I was having one of those "Why do good things happen to bad people?" thoughts. The Bible is a great way to snap out of that! Looking back I've found something worth highlighting almost every night:
So here are some of my recent favorites and why they matter to me...

This is something I have to remind myself to consider. What I spend the majority of my time and income on is definitely not what I'd like it to be:
Even when they break your heart, call you fat, and are rude...
When I don't know how to pray or sometimes have nothing to say but "oh God please..." 
I tell myself to do this before every date/relationship. Unfortunately I've failed way too much!

I'm never too far gone...
Treating people that believe something different than me with less than love is never ok... 

For those days when two cups of coffee doesn't seem like enough!
:)
Thank you God... 

When everyone around me seems like they change...
It's easy to forget. Am I proud enough of who I am and what I've done to have it seen?
I need to put the insane jealousy that I carry around away!


If Jesus prayed, then I definitely should take the time!


It's not my job to judge or condemn anyone. 
It's about me, not them...

Despite my lack of love for running I think this is one of my favorite verses:
Stop looking around and being jealous. Be patient and wait



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