Time with Jesus Everyday

Time with Jesus Everyday

Save the date!

My husband sometimes jokes that there is another man in my life, I tell him, yep, his name is Jesus! Spending time reading his word and learning to apply it to my life is one of my favorite things to do, but I know all too well when life gets busy, it can sometimes feel like it is just another thing on my to-do list. Here are a few tricks I recommend if you are having the same issue.

  • Carve out time when you can focus on Jesus. One on one time is the foundation of a relationship. It is also something a relationship needs to grow. If you aren’t getting quality time in a relationship, it is bound to shrivel up and die. Just like you need quality time with your spouse, family, and friends, you will need quality time with Jesus. That means uninterrupted time reading his word, praying, and listening.
  • Put your phone away. You wouldn’t pull out your phone to text a friend or scroll Facebook when you are on a date, at least I hope not. So it would be best if you didn’t do those things when you are spending time with Jesus. I know that I use my phone bible app, which can make this a little tricky. You may need to go old school and pull out that dusty old bible in the back of your closet, so you arent tempted to switch that bible app over to see what that notification was!
  • Find a time when no one else is awake. Everyone is different. I like to have my mornings with Jesus, some people like evenings with Jesus. You want uninterrupted time so choose a time that no one else will be coming in and taking your attention away from Him. Be open to change if you’re going to do evenings, but you know you are tired at the end of the day, try to meet Him in the morning. 
  • Make an appointment on your calendar. It is easy to put off things we do not plan to do. I think to myself all the time,” I’d like to spend time with Jesus today,” and then never get to it because I get busy and never actually planned to do so. If you plan for it, mark out the time in your calendar, you are more likely to keep your appointment. It’s in the calendar, its a date!
  • Journal to Jesus. I don’t think kids do this anymore, but growing up, we always wrote letters to our friends. Even though we saw them all day at school, it was fun to keep in touch with each other when we were apart. This year, I started journaling letters to Jesus, Aside from my prayer time. I love doing this first thing in the morning, after yoga and meditating on his word, I write a letter to Jesus in my journal and thank him for the day and any imparticular things I want to pray about that morning. Somedays I write three pages, somedays I write a half-page. It doesn’t have to be a long-drawn-out essay, just a simple thanks for this day, bless this day, let me feel your presence today. Doing this has helped me personalize and deepen my relationship with him.

It is easy to forget about Jesus if we do not think of Him as a real person. Could you imagine telling your best friend that you would spend time with them later today at some point and then ghosting them? Could you imagine doing that to your spouse or children? Jesus is real, and He is waiting for you. He is the one appointment you should never miss because what He has for you is so good, it is food for your soul. So, this brings me to our last tip!

  • Notify Jesus. Make it a point to let him know when you can’t make the appointment and reschedule, just like you would anyone else. He is always available and ready when you are! When you start treating Jesus like a real friend, you will find that you are willing to make more effort to spend quality time with him!

If you are struggling in your relationship with Jesus, I hope these tips can help! Let me know if you try any of them, and how they helped you! 

Connecting With God

Connecting With God

Overcoming Spiritual Roadblocks.

Do you ever feel like you are having trouble connecting with God? Do you feel like you are doing everything you are supposed to do, but it feels empty? Do you feel like God doesn’t even hear you? Looking back on my journey as a Christian, I can see some roadblocks that occurred that may have stalled my growth. If you answered yes to any of these questions, I have a few things you can try that may help!

  • Be Emotionally Open and Honest with God. Opening up emotionally was so hard for me. I live my life in a safe little bubble. I do not open up to people much, if at all. I carried this habit into my relationship with God at the beginning of my walk with Him. I knew he knew everything about me, so I didn’t feel like I needed to go over the details. I was wrong; He wanted me to. I needed to. Once I surrendered and told him everything I had done, even though He knew, we had a new closeness. He had become a confidant, a friend, my Jesus. Though Jesus knows everything we have ever done and paid the price for it, he wants you to share it with Him so he can heal you. You have got to confess your sin. You can’t brush it under the rug and ignore it. It will just sit there and keep resurfacing. Once you confess your sins to Jesus, He can heal you and help you clean it out so it won’t come back!
  • Rethink Prayer. Prayer can be tough to master, especially if you are new in your faith. Growing up, I attended Catholic mass occasionally. Catholic prayer, for me, was mechanical and repetitive. Going from that to a Christian church was such a contrast. Prayer in the Christian church scared me. It was loud and emotional. They used churchy words, and some even flailed their arms around. I was so confused about how I should pray because I didn’t feel like my prayers were spiritual enough. I had to flip the word in my head from prayer to conversation. Whatever your background is with prayer, Jesus wants to hear from us. Jesus doesn’t care if you are saying repetitive chants or using spiritual churchy words. He only wants us to talk to Him. If you use those words, cool, but if you don’t, that is cool too. Tell Him what makes you sad, the bible says he grieves with us. Tell Him what makes you happy, the bible says he rejoices with us. Tell Him what’s stressing you out, the bible says to give him your worries, and he will provide you with peace. Talk to Him about your day, your decisions, everything, just talk to Him!
  • Don’t Compartmentalize Jesus. It can be so easy to keep Jesus secluded to your bible study or prayer time, but he’s with you all the time. Try talking to Him throughout the day. Let Him infiltrate your whole life. Find ways to remind your self He is there. I heard Pastor Greg Laurie talking about how he uses his Apple Watch Breathe reminders to remember Jesus throughout the day. I loved this idea, and now every time my watch tells me to breathe, I take a minute and say thank you for something I am grateful for at that moment. I don’t always have time to do the full minute of the breathing exercise, but it is still a reminder that He is there with me at that moment, and I always send up a quick thank you!

These are just a few things I would recommend trying out if you are having some connection issues in your walk with Jesus. Keep in mind that the relationship you are building with Jesus is unique, so do not compare yours with anyone else’s. Give yourself some grace and keep trying, if you are genuinely trying to cultivate a relationship with Him, know that He is ready and excited to guide you through your roadblocks right into His loving arms!

Wisdom From Paul

Wisdom From Paul

Christ over comfort.

As you all know, I started my first year in Bible Study Fellowship this year. I have always wanted to participate in BSF but since we travel at the drop of a dime to places that are usually out in the middle of nowhere, I have never been able to join. Now that they offer online classes I have been able to connect with a wonderful group of ladies from all over the US. It’s so nice to have a time of online fellowship. Luckily, since we are online, we haven’t skipped a beat with this whole COVID-19 pandemic going on. This year we have been studying Acts of the Apostles. This book has been such a phenomenal blessing to me in so many ways.

Seeing the boldness of Paul as he faces his trials and setbacks and continuously preaches the Gospel amazes me. Let me first say how much hope he gives me when he tells his testimony as a Pharisee who was a persecutor of Christians and now because of his vision on the road to Damascus is one of the most blazingly bold evangelists in the Bible. To see how God used Paul and to think of the ways He could use me if I only let him blows my mind.

During this time I have also been homeschooling my daughter and we have been using a bible curriculum called Wise Up, Wisdom in Proverbs. Doing these two studies at the same time has been amazing. I cannot tell you how much bible study has affected my life. I am in such a better place mentally, emotionally, and spiritually than I ever have been. I already take care of my physical needs by eating healthy and working out but being in the word and learning to apply it to my life has just fed my soul.

Since I have been learning and teaching I felt I should be sharing some of what I am learning. I have answered the call to reach out and teach a class to my sisters-in-law and my daughter who all live in New Mexico. I am teaching the Wise Up class online. This was a big step for me because I am a creature of comfort. I like my comfort zone and I had tons of excuses as to why I shouldn’t do it. I am so busy homeschooling my other three, I will neglect my blog, I won’t have any time for me. Paul has taught me that this life is not about my comfort. It is not about me. God kept nudging and I kept putting him off until I realized I cannot ignore Him anymore. The quote from our lecture in BSF that hit me the hardest was, “A courageous witness chooses godly obedience over personal comfort.” God is not calling me out to the masses, at least not yet. He wasn’t expecting me to minister out of a jail cell or at the threat of persecution. He was asking me to minister to my baby girl and my sisters out of the comfort of my home.

Someday I may have to face more uncomfortable situations for my Lord, but what he is calling me to do now is a no brainer. I have had to move some things around in my day and I have not been able to get to my blog. I don’t write blogs ahead of time so I am sorry if I have been MIA. I am a fly by the seed of my pants kind of woman these days, lol. I have had to miss a few weeks on my blog and have had to prioritize a little more of my time to get the class up and running, but I am still here. I am so excited to see Jesus at work in these girls and I am also excited to see the work He is doing in me as well! I will keep you all posted on how this all works out, Pray for us!

New Year, New You

New Year, New You

Tools To Help Guide the Way

Last year I wanted to make some changes in my life. I dove deeper into the bible and created a profound and meaningful relationship with Jesus. I also started reading and listening to books that would change my mindset. I realized the things I struggle with, self-doubt, being authentic, and being vulnerable in any form, and I am working towards correcting them. I have been doing a lot of self-reflection and, though I am still a work in progress, I have learned so much about myself and why I feel and think the way I do. I wanted to share a few resources that helped me to be a better version of myself!

One app that really helped me to dive deeper in to the bible was my, You Version Bible App. The app is awesome because not only can you read the bible from your phone, but you can listen, highlight, make notes, and create images out of the scriptures. They offer tons of bible plans, for all ages, that you can choose to do alone or with friends. Juliet and I use it in our home school bible class and the boys and I do our own bible plans at night before bed. You Version also tracks your bible activity so you can see how many days you spend in the bible. This has helped me stay on track with my bible reading goals.

One of my favorite books that has helped me see my self in a new light is the audio book, Girl, Stop Apologizing. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, this book was such an eye-opener for me in many ways. The book is narrated by the author, Rachel Hollis, and she does a wonderful job at knocking you upside the head with convicting truth about why we, as women, need to get out of our comfort zones and start chasing the things we desire so we can live our best lives. She is so motivating and so relatable that she makes it easy to hear these things about ourselves. I have to admit, at some points, I felt like she was speaking directly to me! I think every woman should read this, and if you are a man who needs some encouragement jammed into your head as well, this book will do it!

I just finished an Audible original called, Take Control of Your Life, by Mel Robbins. In this audio book, Mel takes us along as she dives deep into coaching sessions with six individuals and gives us awesome takeaways that we can apply to our own lives to help us stop living in fear and start changing our mindsets! I learned so much about myself listening to this audio book. Mel asks us to name our biggest fear and to recognize what our bodies do in response so we can change our reaction to fear. I saw a little of myself in all the sessions and learned some great tips on how to move forward in different situations.

If you are looking to start your new year off on the right foot, I recommend these resources. The first step in changing your direction in this new year is carving out time to spend in God’s word and learning practical ways to apply it to your everyday life. After that, do some self reflection and take a look at yourself, admit what needs to be changed, then arm your self with the tools to get it done. Lastly, motivation is key, but you can leave that part to Rachel and Mel!

Sunset on the lake