• Jill Jarrell Newsome

Spiritual Maintenance

Every week I would go in my back yard and pull weeds and trim my jasmine if it needed it. I never liked yard work but I find if I do about 30 minutes a week it is easy. However, if I do not do maintenance things get out of hand. When I am gone for a week and come back I can tell that things are getting out of control. A yard needs constant maintenance.

So it is with my spiritual life. I find that it is too overwhelming to try to go without God's Word for a week and then try to cram. I remember I used to think, "I am going to start reading the Bible." I would sit down and try to read a chapter. I would finish a page and not be able to tell you what I read. That would last abut a day or two because I was just reading words. I needed to be meditating. I may as well not done anything. For me, I am better at maintenance. Give me a little bit every day and let it soak in. I need God's Word, I need to communicate with Him and I need to listen.

I like to be quiet in the mornings and talk to God and listen to God. I find my day goes so much better. I think I am more apt to see God in my day when I start it with Him. Psalm 5: 3, "In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly." He tells us to seek Him first! Matthew 6: 33, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

We live in a world that everything needs maintaining. I maintain my house, my yard, my health, my hair, my car, my boat, my air conditioner, etc. Innocently, we can maintain so many things in our life that we can suffocate our spiritual life if we are not careful! 2 Timothy 2: 4, "No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer." Nothing is as important as maintaining our relationship with God. That means staying in His Word and spending time in prayer with Him. Both talking and listening. That needs to be our top priority and then the other things will fall into place.

Is it time to tune up your spiritual life?


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