Let the first act on waking be to place yourself, your heart, mind, faculties, your whole being, in God's hands. Ask Him to take entire possession of you, to be the Guide of your soul, your Life, your Wisdom, your Strength. He wills that we seek him in all our needs, that we may both know Him truly, and draw closer and closer to Him; and in prayer we gain an invisible force which will triumph over seemingly hopeless difficulties.~Sidney Lear
What are my priorities? This is a question that I have been asking myself lately. My quick answer would be God, my husband, my children...BUT, is this what my life reflects? If I answer this question honestly, my answer would have to be no. I have great intentions, but I don't always follow through.
Everyone, myself included, is so busy today. We have work, school, the gym, meals to fix, kids to tend to...and the list goes on. Often, we are just too busy to spend time with God. But, quiet time with God should not be something we have to find time for; it should be the one part of our day that is crucial. A time to worship our Creator, to dwell in His presence; a time that strengthens us, encourages us, and equips us to deal with everything else in our lives that we have to face.
If we want to grow in wisdom and develop godly character, we must exercise our spiritual muscles. We can't eat cake all week, exercise one day a week and expect to be in shape. In the same manner, we can't squeeze God in one day a week and expect to be spiritually fit.
The present benefit of spiritual discipline is a fulfilled, God-blessed, fruitful, and useful life. If you get involved in spiritual gymnastics, the blessings of godliness will carry on into eternity. Although many people spend far more time exercising their bodies than their souls, the excellent servant of Jesus Christ realizes that spiritual discipline is a priority.~John MacArthur