hey! you’re page is so inspirational! but i’ve been struggling with consistency. like reading my bible and praying and just spending time with God consistently. how do i change that? how do i add God into my daily routine without getting tired of doing the same thing over and over? when you feel like you’ve been defeated, what bible verses do you read that give you faith? thanks for everything in advance <3
Thank you so much! <3 Do you have a vision of yourself say 5-10 yrs from now? Do you have any specific desires that you believe will make you a better person because of reaching such achievement(s)? Some people are self-motivated, some are not, but I believe those who are not can definitely learn to motivate themselves consistently. If anyone has a hard time pushing themselves despite the positive vision they have of themselves in the future, perhaps thinking of your future kids or grandchildren would help. What kind of a person would you want them to look up to? Right now is your time to practice becoming that person. If you don’t see yourself having any children, still keep in mind the generation after you. What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? The key is not staying consistent for yourself. Your goal must be bigger than yourself and you will find consistency, motivation, and encouragement to keep going. And when you get caught up being so busy and worn out, remember that you will find strength again when you stay focused on loving God by loving His children. Be an example for them. The world encourages you to focus on yourself, working for yourself, and loving yourself above all others. That mentality draws you inward where loneliness, pride, and selfishness is the root of anxiety and emptiness. But when your goal is bigger than yourself, God takes care of all your needs. Proverbs 11:25 – A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
It always works out that way because what you put out there you will receive. Take a few minutes of your day thanking God. Practice gratitude and you will become more generous. You will also be more focused on opportunities to take what you have at the moment and turn it into something that will build your faith. Oswald Chambers said “Remember whose you are and whom you serve. Encourage yourself to remember, and your affection for God will increase tenfold. Your mind will no longer be starved, but will be quick and enthusiastic and your hope will be inexpressibly bright. You should seek to be “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Consistency is only achieved when your focus is put into action. It takes practice just like everything else. So much of it is obedience. Are you going to ignore all the opportunities to do something different or are you going to take advantage by recognizing the Lord’s discernment? As you go about your day how often do you remember Jesus? Take those moments to either praise Him or thank Him or both. And whenever you feel down for some reason, that is also an opportunity to just talk to Him. Always end your prayers in Jesus’ name. Whenever you remember to pray, also remember to receive Jesus again, recommitting your life to His, dying to yourself and being reborn as one with God. Ask that He will continually keep your spirit awake to His discernment so that you are prepared to act with obedience to stay consistent. When I started out purposely seeking the Lord, I would read at least a Psalm a day or a chapter in Proverbs. Before reading the Bible, I would also pray and ask God to show me what He wants me to read. I would open the Bible, close my eyes, and point somewhere, then I would read the whole chapter. Highlight verses that stand out and speak to you, and chew on it. I mean digest it every possible way to milk value out of that passage. How does it apply to your life? How can you make your life apply to that? Try that. I’m praying for you! I also found this for you but actually it’s for anyone who’s struggling with consistency…http://www.barrettbogan.com/blog/read-the-bible-13-creative-ways/ Here are some verses that’s stuck with me and has given me faith….
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.
1 Peter 3:3-4 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
2 Corinthians 12:9-11 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
By His Grace, Sheela (Via godfirstgodalways)