Spending Time with the King
I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
– Psalm 119:15-16
This was one of our memory verses a few weeks ago; one that we still review at least once a week. It sounds good and it is my heartfelt desire that it be true in my life.
The truth, however, is that I have neglected God’s Word this week.
I decided, several weeks ago, that I’d like my Sunday posts to reflect some aspect of my faith, some truth that God had been teaching me. One benefit of that, one that I hadn’t counted on, was that I can’t go too long neglecting my time of personal prayer and Bible study without realizing that it’s being neglected. God can’t teach me anything trough the week if I don’t open my Bible.
Well, God is God, so He can teach me something any time and in any way that He likes. It’s just not always as obvious to me if I’m not studying m Bible faithfully and spending time in prayer each day.
Neglecting God’s Word is also usually reflected in my family life, too. I was once complaining to a friend about how my kids were behaving and about my own lousy attitude. She very wisely asked me, “How’s your prayer life?”
Ouch. A good “ouch,” though, because it’s nice having friends who, instead of trying to tell you what you want to hear or feed you platitudes, will point you in the right direction getting real answers.
So, with all that in mind, this week, I’m going to commit to making time to spend with God each day. And while I’m there, I’m going to try to remember to not be in a hurry to leave the presence of the King (Eccl. 8:3).
How’s your prayer life?
One of the things I love about blogging is it holds me accountable. When I started I also chose to blog about my faith at least once a week. At the start of each week I choose a verse that God has been teaching me through and share what I have been learning at His gentle leading. It definitely keeps me in the Word throughout the week in remembrance of the verse I posted and in anticipation of the next week’s verse.
Thanks for sharing, and the reminder to stay in His presence!
Prayer life — check.
Bible study — er, not as good as it should. I find that I am making excuses more often for not reading and reflecting when I *know* I should. There is far more going to my Bible when I need it rather than heading it off by study first. :-/