This year has tested my faith.
First my mother’s diagnosis and then the horrible reality of herÂ illness.Â Then she died.
I tried to lean on God through all that. I read my Bible a lot, and I listened to Psalms a lotÂ on my phone. I prayed endlessly.
Futilely, or so it felt.
I questioned; I especially questioned His plan.
I still don’t understand. Maybe I never will.
Last week, while we were visiting Old Grandma, my father’s mother passed away. Experiencing a viewing and funeral just weeks after my mother’s death was almost as hard as her viewing and funeral. It made everything so fresh and painful all over again.
This past weekend, my cousin passed away.
It’s all so much.
I trust that God has a plan. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I believe those words. I knowÂ that He has a plan and that His plan is good.
I feel detached from Him.
I attend a weekly Bible study and church on Sundays, but it’s not enough to feed my soul. I need my faith now more than ever, and my faith needs nourishment.
I’ve decided to start having a daily quiet time, a daily time of prayer (written in a prayer journal) and Bible study. I’m going to do it during my breakfast, while the girls are playing together downstairs.
I have high hopes for this quiet time. I hope God will reveal His promises to me, that He will bring me peace and comfort and speak to my heart.
I’m hoping to squeeze out a half hour of time for reading and prayer, but that may not be realistic. It’ll probably be closer to 15 minutes, but anything is better than what I’m doing now, right?
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I am still losing weight, eating pretty well but not exercising quite enough. I’m trying to spend time outside with my girls every day. I take a vitamin and avoid gluten.
More important than my physical well-being, though, is my spiritual well-being, and that’s why I’m focusing there for this challenge. I can’t be physically healthy as long as my soul is hurting.
One small change is all it takes to improve your health and your life.
This is the first in a 3-post series about Puritan Pride’s One Small Change campaign. I’ll update you in a couple of weeks to let you know how my quiet time habit is going and how it is affecting the rest of my day.
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