My 15 Minutes, Reading God's Word

My 15 Minutes

Not so long ago I gave you a challenge. Do you remember what it was?

15 minutes

Let me give you a hint: 15 Minutes.

I challenged you to nourish your soul before you nourished your body. I challenged you to read your Bible for 15 minutes every morning for a month. (read more about the challenge here)

Have you started?

How’s it going?

What obstacles are getting in your way?

rucola-young-argula-sproutus.jpgWhenever we commit to reading God’s Word, Satan strives to derail our efforts. He sneaks in to snatch away the seeds of Truth before they can germinate and take root. He throws obstacles in our path and tries to convince us we don’t have the time. His goal is to make us stop before we start or rob us of our momentum once we begin. Don’t let him get away with it.

You’re not alone.

This past month, I’ve faced severe migraines and vertigo which make it impossible to read. (I’ve never had vertigo before now.) I also chaperoned my son’s action-packed orchestra trip to Seattle for several days. During my time there I didn’t get my 15 minutes in before breakfast. However, I determined not to beat myself up with this and let Satan make me feel guilty. I chose to pick it up again the next day or to take my 15 minutes before lunch, dinner, or bed.

Like you, I’ve also faced busyness, oversleeping, overloaded schedules, and life. However, I choose to stay consistent. 15 minutes isn’t that much time. But those 15 minutes have made a HUGE difference in my day, perspective, and outlook. Those 15 minutes have changed me and continue to change me.

My point:

  • Don’t give up!
  • Keep working at it!
  • Stay consistent!
  • Pray through your obstacles!
  • Claim Ephesians 1:19-21!
    • I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.

Use the power of the Holy Spirit which is IN you to stand up to Satan. This is THE SAME POWER THAT RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD!  Tell the Devil to get behind you, to back off, to go to hell.

It’s worth it. I promise.

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I shared with you that these 15 minutes have given me what I need to maneuver through my day.

But I have not shared how those 15 minutes have opened my eyes to how God is moving in my life and the lives of those around me. I have not shared how these 15 minutes are enhancing my ministry. I have not shared how these 15 minutes have made The Word become more Vibrantly Relevant than ever. But I will.

I will periodically be writing My 15 Minutes blog posts to share how Scripture is jumping off the page and into my life.

How the Spirit is taking the living and active Word of God and applying it to my circumstances, challenges, and victories. Please share your stories and testimonies too. I will be happy to post some on my blog. I’ve always believed we learn best from each other.

My purpose in doing this is to encourage you to engage with God’s Word. To actively interact with it so that it becomes real to you; so that it becomes your life-breath. I am jealous for you to experince God like never before in the Scriptures and to have an explosion of faith.


My 15 Minutes

Hebrews 4.13I chose to begin my 15 Minute Challenge in Matthew because I wanted to reread the gospels with a fresh heart. God may have you do the same or take you someplace completely different. That’s ok.

Before I read each day, I pray some variation of this:

Precious Savior, please teach me. Help me read Your Word like I am reading it for the first time. Give me insight and wisdom to understand and apply what I’m reading. Unlock and open my mind. Search my heart; reveal and remove anything not pleasing to you. May Your Truth abide in me and may I be deeply rooted in it so I can bear fruit that glorifies You.

I don’t want to neglect or reject what the Spirit has taught me in the past, nor do I want familiarity to rob me of riches waiting to be gleaned.

I don’t want to miss anything with a ho-hum, here-we-go-again attitude. There’s still so much to absorb and apply!

I love God’s Word! I find everything about it to be thrilling! When I open His Holy Scriptures, I expect a new word from Him. A fresh word—even if it comes from well-known, much-loved passages. And you know what, sometimes those fresh words come from truths I’ve already learned and understood because Jesus reminds me they still apply to my daily life. They’re still Vibrantly Relevant.

I’m confident he will do the same for you.

 

Forgiveness, Jesus in Everyday Life

But I Don’t ‘Feel’ Forgiven…Part 1

IMG_2993“But I don’t feel forgiven!” She said in exasperation over a cup of coffee.

Ah, there it is. That’s the real issue, isn’t it? Or is it? Continue reading “But I Don’t ‘Feel’ Forgiven…Part 1”

Eternity, Jesus in Everyday Life

What does your Heart Crave?

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What does your heart crave?

What makes it burn?

When you’re alone with your thoughts, your dreams—what do you imagine? What do you see? Continue reading “What does your Heart Crave?”

Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story

January’s Lesson

Hebrews 4.13

The Vibrant Relevance of God’s Word nailed me last week! And I didn’t even feel the blow until later when it started to sting.

Continue reading “January’s Lesson”

Attitude, Devotionals, Jesus in Everyday Life

Attitude, Part 2–Nuts, Guts, Heart, and Mind

img_3828Attitude. It’s a choice. Your choice. And it takes grit.

Did you know we’re commanded to have the same attitude Jesus Christ, The Lion of Judah, had (Philippians 2:5)?

In part 1, I identified where our crappy, sour, negative attitudes come from and the eternal consequences they can have. Then I stated, to have the same attitude as Christ, we need to repent of our selfishness and pride and “let the Spirit renew our thoughts and attitudes” (Ephesians 4:23).

As I was preparing for this series, one of Tyler’s wrestling coaches, Tim Hartung, sent out one of his motivational writings. As I read it, I was tickled by how his words perfectly aligned with my outline and with his permission, I get to share some of his thoughts with you. Continue reading “Attitude, Part 2–Nuts, Guts, Heart, and Mind”

Christmas, Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story

Where Are You Chrsitmas?

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Are you having a hard time getting into the Christmas Spirit this year?

I am.

I confess: I’m struggling!

And I feel guilty that I’m not experiencing the same emotions I usually experience. I feel like I should be excited; I should be full of anticipation, awe, and wonder.

But I’m not.

And forcing it—well, I feel fake.

Instead, I’m feeling overwhelmed, overextended; and to be sincerely honest, Continue reading “Where Are You Chrsitmas?”

Devotionals, Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story, Reflect

Our Best For Him–Even when You Don’t Feel Your Best

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Being sick sucks!

Wouldn’t you agree?

It takes more than it gives and when it’s over, you have to play catch-up.

For two weeks now a virus has had its way with my family. We’ve dropped one-by-one, like dominos falling in slow motion. Continue reading “Our Best For Him–Even when You Don’t Feel Your Best”

Devotionals, Jesus in Everyday Life, Psalm 100

Psalm 100, Part 5: COME!

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Come.

What does that word stir-up inside you? What does it make you think? What does it make you feel?

Come.

This word is either a directive or an invitation. Continue reading “Psalm 100, Part 5: COME!”

Devotionals, Jesus in Everyday Life, Psalm 100

Psalm 100, Part 4: Serving Others

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What if I told you serving others in the name of Jesus Christ is a form of worship AND can be instrumental in your healing? Would you believe me? Continue reading “Psalm 100, Part 4: Serving Others”

Devotionals, Jesus in Everyday Life, My Story, Psalm 100

Welcome To The Holiday Season

Holiday Season

Welcome to the Holiday Season.

The world’s on fast forward, and I feel like I’m standing still.

There’s a blur of activity around me, and I’m going in slow motion. I know I’m moving. I know I’m making progress. I know I’m getting stuff done…right?

Balance is a mirage in the distance. The pressures are unending and unrelenting. The tasks relentlessly demand to be seen, heard, and completed. I search for something to eliminate, anything to lighten my load, but I’m afraid everything will come crashing down like Jenga blocks if I pull one more thing out. Continue reading “Welcome To The Holiday Season”