Sticking to it even when it's crazy.
My schedule is never the same day to day. Every morning has a different time line. So here's my Every Day Faith practice in the midst of a particularly busy week. This is also a look at how I pick and choose what I need/want for that day from the 10 words. (Abba, Hallowed, Seek, Confess, Forgive, Armor, Obey, Gratitude, Fruit, Protect. Not sure what I'm talking about? Here.)
Every Day Faith is a series of words to guide me through my daily prayer time with out spacing out or getting stuck. The opening of my heart to be transformed by God is the goal. Some days it's an hour and a half. Some days it's 7 minutes. Some days it's just bible, or writing out scripture, some days just prayer, sometimes memorization....you get it. Where is the Holy Spirit pulling? That's where I go.
Monday, January 15th, 2018
I wrote out all of the verses, Abba through Forgive and then noticed I needed to get out the door so wrote out the things I believe are coming for us this year. Finished with a little Gratitude and more Hallowed before heading out the door to meet Izumi for a dog walk before 9am.
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
I had to be at Bear Mountain to check in on set by 6am. I am an 8:30 kinda girl. On my drive over to the mountain I blasted my current favorite worship album and let the truth in the words speak for me. (Hillsong, "Say The Word")
Say the word and there is light
Say the word and dead bones rise
Every start and end hangs on Your voice
Your word never returns void.
Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
UP AT 5AM AGAIN! This morning was much easier probably because I had fallen asleep by 9pm! I didn't want to skip my quiet time, but I wasn't going to get up any earlier than I had to. So, I chose the same album for my drive over to the mountain, but this morning was different. I prayed; I let my heart settle and listen and I chose to ask forgiveness for any bad attitudes, selfishness, or words that didn't give life. I offered forgiveness where it needed to be given. Which led me to praying the fruit of the spirit, too. (Fruit) And then I was there and worked until 5pm.
Thursday, January 18th, 2018
5:00am: day three. The same sweet moments of worship and forgiveness on my way to check in on set! This was a wonderful noticing moment for me. 10 minutes or 50 minutes I am still choosing to focus my spirit on God which is all he asks for.
Is working 6am - 5pm with a 10 minute morning meditation sustainable for me? No. But three days? Absolutely! And it was an amazing opportunity! This week has been full of gratitude!
Friday, January 19th, 2018
I "slept in" till 7:00am! I got up and enjoyed a lovely slow cup of apple cider vinegar tea, then a prayer walk with Thora. I listened to a few chapters of Matthews and prayed through Abba several times. If I can truly know how I am loved then inevitably I will be the most loving I can be.
Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Out the door at 7:15am to get parking at Bear Mountain to ride with friends!! Woot!! So, from the parking lot, waiting for the lifts to open I went through all ten words with my bible and my journal. I sat in the front seat of the truck while Brandon walked Thora. I wrote out each word and a short prayer based on the verses I've (mostly) memorized that go with each.
Then we were on the list by 8:45, and got first chair for Silver! (Our favorite run at Bear.)
Sunday, January 21st, 2018
It might seem redundant to have an Every Day Faith time before church, but they're separate. This is my own practice. Church is frosting.
I was up early again, sipping my apple cider vinegar tea and praying. I opened my bible and the verse of the day was one that my dear friend Teresa shared with me just a few weeks ago! (Malachi 3:10) I was also feeling drawn to study verses about love, so I went to John because if you have any questions on Jesus' thoughts about love that's where you go. I made notes about John 13:34 and 15:12 about how loving others is our first and greatest command.
I noticed how every time Jesus talks about loving others, it's nestled in the middle of how much I am loved. Just...John chapter 15; go read it.
Then I made a few notes when I saw verses about The Helper because I'd like to do a study/series about the Holy Spirit. Thennnn I started thinking about some dear friends I know who are hurting and about their burnt relationship with God. And that's when it happened. Some revelation just like FELL into my brain...
"The truth is people are afraid of accepting that kind of love (perfect love) because it is unfamiliar to them."
Of course perfect love gets rejected if the only example of love has been fear riddled and full of hurt. There was a lot more to it, but I'm not ready to write it and share it quite yet.
So that was my week! This week has been different, again, just as it should be. I got real stoked on Isaiah 55:8-9 and Hebrews 10:24-25, because exploring and knowing new scripture is an integral part of Every Day Faith, too.
7:05 am. Chair 6, Bear Mountain. Wednesday, January 17th, 2018.
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