Purity & Freedom

When You Don’t Feel Like It

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Ever feel like you are just wandering through life in survival mode?  You are always living for whatever is next- the weekend, graduation, summer, your wedding, vacation.

Your morning probably starts late.  You hit the snooze one too many times, finally crawl out of bed, get dressed in the dark, put your hair in a messy bun, grab your purse, keys and a granola bar and out the door you go.  It is stressful, disorganized, and frantic.

So many things get sacrificed in that rush, including our faith.

As the day ends, you think, “Oh, I’ll just take care of it tomorrow.”  You don’t feel like it right now.  Maybe you say that when you wake up in the morning:  There’s just too much to do today; I don’t feel like it.

You have to understand, your faith is not a feeling.  It is a part of your life that you have to nurture and devote time to, just like your health.  There are many things we do, even when we don’t feel like it.  Your faith needs to be one of those things.

I know, that seems counter-cultural and rather… unromantic.  This is supposed to be an intimate, loving relationship. It can feel unfair.

We might ask, “Isn’t it better to just skip it instead of forcing myself to do it.”  The answer is no.

If you think about it, right now, the only time you might ‘feel like it’ is when you have fallen.  You fall and then you feel like paying attention to your faith again.  Wouldn’t it be nicer to have more stability- more consistency?  Relationships take effort, yes, even our faith.  So make the choice to nurture your faith…

especially when you don’t feel like it.

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Today

  • Five minutes.  That’s all it takes.  The five minutes to do your makeup or to braid your hair.  Just take those five minutes to stop and focus on your faith (keep those alarms set!).  Take five minutes twice a day to spend either in prayer or in Scripture.
  • Invest in your faith.  Think about an area that you struggle in or that you have always wanted to learn more about- prayer, fasting, humility, encouragement, healing, etc.  Try to find a book or a Bible study on that topic.  Download that today- you will start it tomorrow.
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