Today we started our 21 Days of Prayer. I have decided to embark on a journaling expedition here on my blog. Maybe something in these 21 days will speak to your heart, give you encouragement, or renew your hope. I am hoping to grow, not only during these next 21 days, but throughout this year. In some ways, I have grown a bit stale and I don't like it. I don't believe Jesus is fond of these seasons in my life either. I am going on a journey to change it. Why don't you join me. Feel free to answer any of these questions yourself and post it in the comment section.
What is my biggest obstacle to experiencing the zeal and passion described in Romans 12:11-12?
"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
I thought I would put "busyness" but that wouldn't be the truth. Although I have many things on my plate, everything is manageable. Busyness for me...is a distraction. I don't have to remain busy in order to accomplish my daily routine, but sometimes I use my list of needed accomplishments to keep my mind occupied and unavailable to God and the people around me.
Social media is another distraction. I feel like SM has become the scapegoat of everything unaccomplished or undone. Yes, Facebook scrolling, Instastory watching, snaps and tweets have a way of interfering and sucking up my time, but social Media isn't the problem...it is another distraction that clutters my brain, steals my passion, and hampers my drive to follow God with my whole heart.
I love to read. Magazines, books, articles...if you have it, I'll read it. There is nothing better than to hunker down with an amazing novel and drift off to a far away land to get kidnapped by a pirate. I may be exaggerating (a bit), but I do love to read. I find that every year during my 21 Days of Prayer, I place my reading at the feet of Jesus. I told someone once that I was fasting reading and they thought I was joking. Last year I went 5 months last year without reading a single book. I was so impressed with myself...until I turned around and read 5 books in a week. Reading is not a bad habit, but it is my number one distraction keeping me from pursuing Jesus with my everything.
On a lighter side, my children have agreed to eat sugar-free and gluten-free for these next 21 days (at home). After church today, I was making sugar-free, gluten-free peanut butter cookies with Lincoln. These cookies were amazing and a lot of work. As we were making these "healthy" cookies, Lincoln was talking to me about how happy he was that he was giving up sugar, then I realized that while he was talking to me, he was eating mini-marshmallows. I just didn't have the heart to tell him that the main ingredient in those tasty little treats was sugar. We are taking baby steps in this.
Living Completely Undone
I am a girl passionately in love with Jesus, my husband, and my children. I am forever learning how to live a life completely undone for my God. This blog is about my journey and a few funny stories in between.