Write the Word and Focus Your Faith

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The act of writing brings such a sense of focus and clarity as I take the time to slow down and pen the Scriptures one word at a time.

It helps me slow down and take it in.

I love Write the Word journals for this very reason. Not only do they come equipped with specific Scriptures wrapped around a theme, there is a section to pen my own thoughts as well.

God’s word is so rich and intricate, yet simple, I don’t want to miss any bit of what He is trying to speak to me.

When I sit down to spend those precious minutes with the Lord, I need to make them count. I need to keep them focused and intentional. And I need it everyday.

As a mom of seven children, this wonderful journal truly helps me cultivate growth in my quiet time with God.

I grab on to concepts, ideas, and the voice of God best when I’m writing.

The wonderful thing is, Cultivate What Matters has several different Write the Word journal themes to choose from

They even offer options for children which is SO wonderful!

It allows us to help our children nurture their own time with the Lord from a young age.

There is such beauty in the Word of God and writing it down and wrapping it and what I learn up into a beautiful journal makes for a great keepsake. It’s something you can look back on and it’s also something you can later pass down to your children. They can look through and see how God was faithful in your life and what trials and triumphs you went through in the various seasons of your life. What a testimony to God’s goodness!!

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You can also accompany your journal with Cultivate Faith stickers (eeek! sold out!) Stickers add a personal, creative touch to your journal. I personally LOVE stickers. I used to collect them as a teenager. I love how quickly they can make a statement onto nearly whatever you choose. They can emphasis what’s on your heart or what you’re focusing on.

Freshen up your faith as we close the door on summer and open a new beginning with new possibilities!

Grab your Write the Word journal here.

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For His Glory,

Christin

P.S. Powersheets are coming in October!! With cover reveal in September! I can’t wait!!

Freshen up your faith as we close the door on summer and open a new beginning with new possibilities!  Grab your Write the Word journal here!

5 Ways to Make Your Quiet Time Meaningful

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Sometimes when we set out to have a quiet time with the Lord, things don't go as planned and we're left feeling empty. We didn't get out of it what we thought we would.

This is a good time to evaluate what you're doing during your quiet time.Sometimes all God asks is that we show up. So, if we're not meeting Him there, it won't be fulfilling.

How do we meet Him in our secret place? What elements make it meaningful?

Obviously there are some things we need to take action on. But God is quite simple. Just show up. By showing up, I don't mean to only get up early for God. You need to actually meet with Him. Don't grab a book or hop on the computer and call that your quiet time.

Meeting with God requires that you bring your mind into submission to focus that time with Him. So, you could have all the "right plans" to get up, get coffee, journal, and pray out--yet your heart still be far from Him. All because you didn't bring your heart and mind into submission to focus on Him.

We could read the Bible, pray, worship and still be far from God. If we only focus on the words we say, not the words He says, we miss Him. If we focus on all our wants and not His desires, we miss Him. If we focus on all the things we're doing and not what He did, we completely miss Him.

He has created us all unique and sometimes this plays a factor into how we connect with Him. For some it's done best through song. For others, they connect with Him through writing or painting or running. But these are merely tools, and not required to meet with God. Take all these away and God still remains.

The question is - will we continue seeking Him without the comforts of our gifts? We must understand what it means to connect with God. And at times that requires laying everything aside and it just being us and Him.

So, if your goal is to always meet with Him on your terms, you're going to have some rare, less than meaningful times with Jesus.

When we miss our "planned/scheduled" time with Him in the morning, do we just leave it at that? Or do we rearrange our agenda to make up that missed time?

If this scenario happens consistently, and we consistently miss time with Jesus and are rarely filled to full,  it's harder to come to Jesus when we're emptied. Often, that emptiness fills up with shame. The goal is to not allow ourselves to become that empty.

how do you make your quiet time meaningful?

1. Have a plan.

You will get nowhere if you don't have some kind of direction. However, be prepared for the Holy Spirit to lead you away from your plan. But if we aim for nothing, we'll hit it every time.

2. Have all your tools in one place.

Your Bible, journal, highlighter, pencil/pen, and anything else you will need during this time. You don’t want to be constantly getting up to find items and waste this precious time with the Lord.

3.Focus more in His word than in the wisdom of men (or other books).

That's not to say other books or men don't carry wisdom beyond our own understanding. But we should always go to His word first and pray for understanding and discernment. Discernment is just a fancy word for judgement or insight.

4.Submit your mind and emotions to God.

Don't just ask for a bunch of things. I mean, I know we all need strength and wisdom from God. But, sometimes our quiet time needs to be a place to empty ourselves so He can fill us. Sometimes, this requires that we be still and just wait on Him.

5. Walk away with something to meditate on.

When we take a truth away from our time and carry it with us throughout the day, turning it over in our head and praying it into our heart, it helps us believe and understand that truth and make it grow into fruition in our lives.

Recommended Resources (affiliate links):

Women in the Word

Savoring Living Water: How to Have an Effective Quiet Time

Secrets of the Secret Place

The Promises of God Come With a Cost

While God does promise us eternal life, there are still conditions which we must meet in order to receive that promise.

God makes us some pretty amazing and remarkable promises throughout His Word. He promises to be faithful, to be our strength, to never fail us or abandon us, and to guide us--just to name a few. As a mom who is raising children to live for Christ, these are promises I cling to. There is no greater mission field than my home while my children are living there and under my care.

But did you also know that many of His promises don't come without specific conditions being met first? Such as the promise of everlasting life. While God does promise us eternal life, there are still conditions which we must meet in order to receive that promise.

1. We must confess we have sinned. (Romans 10:9)

2. We must repent of our sin (by leaving the sinful life behind). (Acts 3:19)

3. We must believe in Christ's death and resurrection. (Romans 10:9; Mark 16:16)

4. We must work out our salvation. (Philippians 2:12-13)

These are not comfortable conditions. While they will indeed set us free, being faced with our own sin is painful and then leaving behind those things we've grown accustomed to doing is also a sacrifice. Furthermore, working out our salvation by allowing Jesus to mold our hearts and purge out the ugly is not a pleasant process. There are many things He will require of us as we grow in righteousness and most of them are not comfortable.

These conditions require molding the heart and as the heart is molded, our actions should follow.

If we are not moved with compassion for the hurting or lost, then we need to pray for God to remove our heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)

We find our comforts in many worldly things:

  • Money
  • Food
  • Entertainment
  • A Comfortable Home
  • A Nice Car
  • A Rewarding Job
  • Shopping
  • Freedom
  • A Good Education
  • Books/Podcasts/Blogs/Information
  • Pastors/Evangelists/Bible Teachers/Christian Leaders

When we have all these comforts to rely on, where do we have room to rely on God? Where does God fit into a life that seems to have it all? I find this question of particular interest to Americans.

God's Word is consistent about telling us to deny ourselves (Luke 9:23), put others before ourselves (Philippians 2:3), honor others first (Romans 12:10), and love each other deeply (1 Peter 1:22).

The Bible also communicates at great length about serving God (Matthew 4:10), serving others (1 Peter 4:10), and giving to the poor (Matthew 19:21).

As I've pondered living the comfortable life, I noticed many people deem it as "the blessings of God". Indeed, God does bless us with some comforts...some. But they are never meant to be hoarded or take the place of God in reliance.

I'm reminded of Solomon, whom God not only blessed with wisdom, but also riches. He told Solomon that...

"If you walk before Me as your father David walked, and do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom..." ~2 Chronicles 7:17-18

God's promise here was made on an "if" condition Solomon had to follow. God made another promise to Solomon if he turned away from God:

"But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go serve other gods, and worship them, then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them; and this house [the Temple] which I have sanctified for My name I will cast out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples."
~2 Chronicles 7:19-20

The more comfortable I become, the more uncomfortable it makes me. It reminds me I'm not in a place God can use me because I'm too caught up in my own satisfaction.

Being a disciple comes with great cost. But it also comes with a desire to serve God in a greater capacity. The more you seek God, the more you'll willingly give up to serve Him.

But remember, as you seek out the promises of God and claim them, often they don't come without a cost or sacrifice. God wants to take you deeper and that often requires letting go of our own desires and stepping out into uncertainty--which is often very uncomfortable. But He is always there with you.

For His Glory,

Christin Slade