Y’all, I can hardly believe it’s already July. I hope everyone is having a lovely summer!
I’m popping into your mailbox real quick with the readings for July. You can download the Tirzah in the Word readings schedule here, or if you’re a bit behind or reading on a different schedule, we also made a blank July calendar to print and fill out with your own reading schedule.
“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” -Mark 1:35
If Jesus, the son of God, needed time each morning with God, then who am I to think I could thrive without daily visiting the throne of my God? Most mornings, it’s so difficult for me to wake up early to spend time in the Word and prayer. Some days, I treat my quiet time like any other item on my to-do list. I read superficially, not going into any great depth or rushing through my customary prayer.
Even though I hate to admit it, not prioritizing my quiet time is costing me greatly. I’ve noticed that if I skip my readings a few days or rush through them, then I begin to drown in the concerns of this world. I worry more. I start to seek this world’s definition of success and beauty. Worst of all, my convictions become watered down. I start to justify my lack of obedience to God’s word; sin becomes less scary; and the fear of God fades away. It’s okay, I tell myself. I call it grace, but deep inside, I know that it’s just me slowly moving further away from God. I lower my standards and put down my sword. And that could be fatal for Christians.
Don’t be fooled, friend. You cannot survive spiritually without daily nourishment from your God. Without deep Bible study and continuous prayer, we start to become like the world. We stop hearing His voice and become too distracted by the shiny things in this world. It happens so gradually that we don’t even notice.
But it’s never too late to return. To pick up your sword again, and to set your alarm for an hour earlier than usual so that you can spend precious time at the feet of your Father. Come, and drink from the well! He will teach you and your life will be utterly transformed.