Day 7: Lord, Make Me Faithful
Lord, give me just 15 more minutes.
I grab my phone and slide the little button under my original alarm setting, giving me more time to prepare.
Prepare to face another day of different.
As I lay there, I can’t go back to sleep as I had hoped. Instead, I begin to pray; asking the Lord for healing my family members who are sick, work for those who need to provide and for me…the discipline to get out of my bed.
Lord, help me to place one foot on the floor so that I get up and spend time with You.
Changes in one area of our lives can bump into the peaceful patterns we once set in place. Getting out of bed to read my Bible and praying before my family awakens usually is not hard for me. But lately it has been. Very hard.
I don’t normally struggle except when I’ve tossed and turned the night before waiting for the daughter returning from a road trip.
Discipline is easy except when it is not.
I’m squirming in this place of expected interruption. Expected because life always has interruptions. And so, once again, I need Jesus to help me be faithful; help me be faithful through the change rather than waiting to become faithful after the change.
It is easier to maintain a discipline than to create a new one.
So, in this place of change, we ask our Lord, who understands our frailty, to empower us to keep being faithful. And when we find our faithfulness has failed, to stoop down and help us to begin again.
Without judgment or condemnation, He will do just that. Listen to His faithfulness toward us in Hosea 11:4, “I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.” (NIV)
Jesus, thank you for reaching out to me when I struggle to be faithful. Faithfulness is so hard because it requires me so often to say no to me and yes to You. Help me today to be faithful to what You are calling me to do. Amen
What area are you struggling in to become faithful? What small change could you make today that would help you to conquer this struggle?
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