Jun 4, 2012

Monday SHINE...

Reading plan for the week of 6/4-6/8:

  • Monday 6/4: Job 33
  • Tuesday 6/5: Job 34
  • Wednesday 6/6: Job 35
  • Thursday 6/7: Job 36
  • Friday 6/8: Job 37

Good morning, SHINE girls! As you can see, we are still in Job. Yes, it seems like we have been here for a while. (it's because we have!) :-)

When I read Job these days, I think of it as a discipline to my heart. What do I mean by this?

Well, you know how discipline works. You do something even when you don't really think you need it. You do it anyway, because you know it's good for you.

Kind of like exercising. When you first get started exercising, it is hard but you stick with it through discipline. You then start seeing the results of your discipline.

However, what happens next? Don't you kind of start slacking off because you are looking better, feeling better, your jeans fit just right, and the scale is now your friend? Yep, me too.

Discipline is the thing that now has to kick in. Even though you feel like you have reached your goal, it's now time to maintain it. To me, this is always the hardest part.

So, when I wake up and read the Bible, it is sheer discipline that gets me through it some days. Not every day is discipline. A lot of days, my heart is parched and I crave His word. However, other days, I feel like I am in a good place with Him, but I know I need to read His Word because I need His nourishment.

Can I just be honest and say something? Summer time is hard for me with my quiet time. My days are a lot longer, and I sleep in a little later. My schedule is--well, I kind of don't have one over the Summer.

Although I love my days being more relaxed and chill, I still have to discipline myself with spending time in prayer and His Word. If I don't, I will be a heap of a mess. It slowly will creep up on me, the lack of peace, the lack of Joy, the lack of nourishment will start affecting my daily walk.

This kind of happened yesterday. I had a rough evening. My heart was not right. I was feeling overwhelmed, and just kind of exhausted with all of my "duties." I knew immediately what was missing. Spending time with the Lord.

I went to my room late last night, shut the door, opened my Bible, and soaked it all in. I had gotten a little lazy with my time with Him. He kept trying to draw my "busy" heart, but I kept telling Him, "Okay, just a second. Let me finish this first."

Today will be different. I will seek Him throughout this day. I will make time for Him. I will listen for His voice today. I will not be too distracted or too busy to hear my Lord talking to me.

I will be intentional about seeking Him.

How about you? Will you be intentional today as well?

"Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need."
Matthew 6:33

seeking Him first today,



  1. I am the same way. I get in Summer mode, no schedule, no routine, and I too have gotten off course and not been spending time with Him daily...and I have felt it.

    Joining you friend, in seeking Him first.

  2. Thanks Jill! 'Seeking him first too'! Like the Word tells us about dicipline.... "Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things. I will make thee ruler over many things." - Matthew 25:21
    It's amazing how little things make a big difference. Sometimes when I know that God is blessing me 'big' He reminds me of this scripture. When I have, in the past, been faithful over small things, He would guide me toward this truth and that what fuel you. Not that you wouldn't WANT to be faithful and trustworthy, it's just God's teaching to urge you on by His Holy Spirit. WOW it works! Have a great day to you all!

  3. Anonymous6/04/2012

    Thanks Jill for a good reminder. You are so right-on today and every day. SHINE is such a blessing. Thank you and the others who have shared themselves for making yourselves vulnerable to the readers as God speaks to us through Shine. God bless you in a special way for he is surely using you in my life and I am sure that you are meeting a need in many other lives, too. Keep on encouraging us to shine and we will keep on letting our light shine for Jesus, too. Loving you today and everyday, Gloria Hudgins

    1. you always put a smile on my face!!! thank you so much for your encouragement! love you!

  4. Ditto!! By nature, I am not a very disciplined person--fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda gal. It can be a fun way of life, but can also get me into trouble when I fail to plan--or worse, procrastinate. I also know that when I start to get overwhelmed I can usually pinpoint the problem...lack of spending time with the Lord. Sometimes I feel like Paul--"I do the things I don't want to do and don't do the things I should!" It is easier to stay close to the Lord in times of severe hardship, but oh, so easy to let time with Him slide when things are going "smoothly"! Thanks for the reminder to make time for our Father and listen for His gentle voice. He is our Source of Life and Refreshment! Happy Summer to you all!! :)


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