Enjoying the Journey

If your days are like mine they often resemble a whirlwind of people and tasks.  Correspondence.  Problems.  Phone calls.  Appointments.  Projects.  Meetings.  Decisions.  Life can become very crowded at times!  Many times at the end of a very busy day I have pulled into my driveway and been reminded by the Holy Spirit that I still had “home work” to do.  Indeed the work we do in our families is more important than the varied work that so often consumes our lives. What is the most important work you do every day? I believe that the most important work that I have to do every day of my life is not done while I am “at work.”  It is not…

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Two of God’s most blessed servants, one hundred years apart, practiced the same devotional habit.  Both George Whitefield and George Mueller read the Bible each day on their knees.  This was more than mere form.  Their position represented an attitude of humility, reverence, and prayer.  God’s revelation demands a response. Scripture should not be approached as a lecture; it should be engaged as a conversation.  Martin Luther wrote, “To pray well is to study well.”  Communion with the Author will open up the truth of the Bible as nothing else.  When God speaks to us, it is most natural to speak to Him.  In this way the devotional life becomes a dialogue between the Lord and the believer. Early this…

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I am not a morning person.  The older I get I am not a night person either!  That being said, I have come to realize the power of the morning hours.  A few extra minutes in the morning and the right priorities can make a world of difference in the entire day.  Early this morning (as I tried to get myself awake) I read a few thoughts written by Oswald Chambers on the importance of mornings. He wrote, “Specific times and places and communion with God go together.  It is by no haphazard chance that in every age men have risen early to pray.  The first thing that marks decline in spiritual life is our relationship to the early morning…When…

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I love hymns and am grateful to be part of a church that still sings them.  Meditate on the words of songs like Charles Wesley’s And Can It Be?  Few modern songs exhibit such an understanding of doctrine.  Real depth. The great hymns of the faith are not just for public worship.  They are deeply personal.  Many famous Christians have testified that the use of a good hymn book was helpful to their devotional time. Recently our Pastor recommended that we adopt a hymn for the year.  A song to learn and to “make our own.”  God led me to the powerful words of a lesser known hymn.  For the last few days I have been singing it to myself (for…

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At the end of 2008 I decided that I would try to begin writing in a journal each day.  I am sitting in my study tonight looking back through old journals.  The Lord has been so very good to me.  There have been difficult days, but these pages are filled with the faithfulness of God. For me, writing in a journal each day has been the most helpful daily discipline I have ever followed, outside of prayer and the reading of God’s Word.  David kept a journal.  Read the Psalms.  I have the journal of David Brainerd and George Muller.  People keep a journal for different reasons, but there have been several benefits for me. 1.  A journal helps me…

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