I'm trying to decide what to make of the results of my latest poll (over there to the left). Only a few of you responded and the majority of you who did respond said that you read the Bible and pray on most days. One person said they do so on occasion. And one person said that they never do.
There were only 11 replies total, so many of you chose not to respond at all.
I've decided to be painfully honest and tell you that this is an area I have always struggled in. Intentional "quiet times" have been sporadic at best for the majority of my life. Hopefully the 81% of you who have your act together and do so on most days won't disown me for that revelation.
As an effort to remedy that, in January I decided to read the Bible cover to cover chronologically (in a year) with a group of ladies over at Bev's blog. I agreed to do so hesitantly because I wasn't sure I would really be faithful to honor that commitment. I did well for awhile, but as we got into the readings in Leviticus and Numbers my resolve began to waver. I struggled to continue with the readings and I got further and further behind. At one point a few weeks ago I was ready to throw in the towel, either that or apply for an extension.
Was there a 2 or 3 year plan?
I left a comment at Bev's blog (in all seriousness) telling her that I was a Cover to Cover LOSER and might it be possible that I was so far behind I was actually first? Or something to that effect. And do you know what? She did not curse me or chastise me or even scold me. She was SO gracious and loving and kind and she told me to just jump in where they were reading at the time...instead of trying to catch up (duh...my word not hers), and that if nothing else I should read just two verses of the reading each day. I agreed to do that and I asked her to pray for me. And miracle of miracles, I have completed all the readings since then! Although if I'm being completely honest I did skim over the ones in 1 Chronicles...(sorry God, but UGH).
So. I say all this not to boast, but to praise God for this victory in my life!
2 Corinithians 11:30
And also to encourage. If you are still with me here at the end of this post...where are you at with this? I'd really be interested to know. Please share...leave a comment anonymously if needed or respond via email.
If you struggle in this area and would like prayer. I will pray for you. I mean that.
I say all this with the assumption that the majority of you reading this blog are Christians. However, if for some reason you are reading this post and you have no idea what I am talking about when I say quiet time or victory or Leviticus or Numbers. If for some reason you stumbled upon this post and you don't know Jesus, it would my honor to share Him with you. Just leave a comment or send an email and we'll talk.