The practice of actually living life intersected my desire to blog every single day during this time of Soul Dare.
Part of me feels bad about this.
I wish I had the fortitude to set my alarm at a dark hour and rise up and complete my quiet time and then write about it for another hour.
I am actually a bit jealous of a friend who is able to survive and thrive on five hours of sleep each night. The things she can and does accomplish before the rest of the world awakens is astounding.
However, part of me understands that this is part of the tug of war I will always fight between my spirit and my physical body.
What I was able to do the last week before our enrichment classes started became infinitely harder once they began again. I intended to continue my quiet time and post later in the day or at night. But there was always something. Or I was just too mentally worn out to do it.
And while I'm a little sorry about it, I'm just glad that I have been able to (mostly) get up and do my quiet time every morning.
After all, this is what this Soul Dare is all about.
The dare to go dig deeper, go further, and love richer is all centered in carving out that quiet time with me and God.
This is what is important.
Telling you what I feel is important...well, is less so.
Something that hasn't changed? Wishing I had more hours and time in the day to complete everything I want to read, write and meditate on.
I added in homework from our Tuesday Morning Bible Study. So now I'm also studying 1, 2 & 3 John. In addition, I seem to keep finding books I want to read like All In and The Best Yes and Own Your Life.
For the first time in my life, I wish I could check myself into a convent for a week and just dig deeper.
Alas, convent life is not in the picture for me right now. And so I will continue this war with my spirit and my flesh and an endless stack of books and devotional guides apparently. However, after so many years of not really even having the desire to have this quiet time (just being honest here), I am grateful for this struggle.
Here's where I am these days as we chug toward the station at the end of January.
I have been enjoying working on the January Joy Dare and adding to my 1000 Gifts.
I have been loving the prompts she has for each day for three gifts to jot down. It's added some much needed gratitude time in my morning quiet time.
I have also created a Prayer Journal out of a cheapo composition book and the remainder of the Duck tape that I used on my Daily Journal. The part of me that loves organization and uniformity was very pleased to have these two things that will always be a reminder of what God does in my heart in 2015.
I am using it to list prayer requests with a check box and the date and room to write how God answers each prayer and when He does.
I am also using it to write out prayers in the Psalms and the prayers of my own heart. I have to say that I am also thrilled that God inspired me yet again (the daily journal was last year) with another tool to draw closer to Him. It's like he wants me to spend time with him! (What will he show me NEXT year???)
And lest you think I'm only adding things to my own Soul Dare list, I'll be honest and admit that I am not doing everything I intended. While I love Ann Voskamp's Sanity Manifesto and Daily Planner, I have not got in the rhythm of using them.
I also decided to drop the liturgical readings in my Mosaic Bible since I realized that I am back where I started reading them last year. Since there is so much else to read, I decided to spend my time elsewhere.
Jesus Calling remains and My Utmost for His Highest remains. I might get to the point where I feel like I've circled around again and am reading something I've already read. But, I haven't gotten there yet. Especially when I get my socks knocked off by what I read today by Mr. Chambers.
If you have been following the Daily Walk Bible plan, then you will have recently read The Sermon on the Mount and Jesus' other teachings in Matthew 5. And you will be amazed at how Mr. Chambers boils down that chapter to its essence
"The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is, in effect -- Narrow all our interests until the attitude of mind and heart and body is concentration on Jesus Christ.
'Look unto Me.' "And this is the essence of Soul Dare 2015 -- the very same thing in fact. However, you determine to do it and whatever that looks like for you.