No Excuses. Do I make excuses? Are there areas that I need to work on and time and again do I make excuses for why I don't. The simple answer is yes. Do I study my Bible regularly? No. I don't. Why not? I don't even have a good excuse for this. I have the time. I have the materials. I just haven't wanted to. I have chosen to spend my free time entertaining myself. Let's face it, reading the Bible isn't entertaining. It's work. It's listening to God's message and then applying it to your life. It's examining yourself to see where you are coming up short. It's marveling at the wonder and majesty of the living God. It's not easy like turning on the television and letting a program do your thinking for you. Unless the movie is an especially good one, I doubt you will be challenged spiritually by watching tv.
What else do I make excuses for? What should I be doing but I don't? I don't pray nearly often enough. I don't pray regularly for my husband and children. I have even gotten out of that wonderful habit of sending up hourly prayers as I go about my daily business. "God, help my children behave. God, thank you for the sunshine. God, please keep us safe on the freeway." These used to be part of my life, but lately, not so much.
Why? I don't know. I know I need to work on being in His presence daily, hourly, every second. It comes naturally when the Lord is present in your thoughts all day. When His Holy Spirit prompts you each minute. This prompting only comes through the strength of your connection with Him. We connect through Worship, the Word, and prayer. I need to strive to make those three things the center focus of my day. Everything else should fall into place.