Today is the first day of February and the first day of our committment to read and pray for at least 30 minutes each day this month. We have a list of brainstormed ideas for challenges for the year and chose this focus for the month due to a three week fast our church just completed and a spiritual retreat Tim just took with some of his best friends in the mountains this weekend. This used to be something I did everyday for years and years, but it has not been an absolute in my life, sadly, for several years. Life with young kids and my own selfishness and pride has gotten in the way.
I want to rely on God and his strength every day. I want to be all that God wants me to be every day. I want to know God more and more. I want to grow and change. I want to be more faithful. I want to be less fearful.
I have a pile of spiritual books on my bed side table right now, and I will be reading out of those and my Bible this month. They include Secure in Heart, He Loves Me, and Your Best Life Now for Moms. I have lots of others that I may be using for topics and Bible study, but these are the ones I have already been reading...just not consistently at all.
I have not read for today. I did listen to a spiritual CD a friend just made me while I was in the car today. Some of the songs were familiar, almost all of them were moving to me, and the best part of all, was thinking about the thought my friend put into making them for me along with a card and small gift to cheer my mom and let her know she cares. wow. I am so very lucky to have lifelong friends and a relationship with God.
I am going to read my Bible now and finish my coffee and homemade pumpkin bread. And by the way, I bought coffee and Chick-fil-a today. :)