Thursday, January 14, 2010

My Devotions are in the Wrong Place


I started this blog about eight months ago with trepidation. I had just stumbled upon blogs a short time before starting and I thought they were a great place to share some junky ideas and projects. I had no idea where to start. I've posted some photos, shared a vacation, shared a few ideas, and shared the passing of my Wonderful Father-in-Law.

I've smiled from ear to ear when I read the sweet comments left by some of my "followers" or others in Blog-Land. Or, maybe you lifted me up during our family's loss in November. I mean, who doesn't like positive feedback or to be lifted up during a time of need?

My blog is "under construction" right now. I've tired of my "wallpaper" and my layout. I've tired of the fonts and the colors. I thought that by changing things around with a fresh new look I'd be more inspired to blog daily or at least more often.

But the truth is, I've devoted WAY too much TIME to Blog-Land. My Bible and daily devotions sit in the same place day-after-day while I spend my quiet time in the morning following my blog list that I turn to for inspiration. Where can one get BETTER inspiration than our Bible? I have totally prioritized my list of "to-do"s wrong. I am feeling a bit ashamed.

I have been CHOOSING to pick-up my laptop instead of my Bible. I mean, it is really a choice we make, isn't it? There's this women in my head that speaks rather LOUDLY to me when I reach for my laptop - she says: "Only you can make that choice - it's your Bible or your laptop". Most mornings I consiously CHOOSE to ignore both her and my Bible. My Bible sits there, loyal, faithful and quietly waiting for me. It hasn't given up on me - yet.

I have made the decision (with the help of the woman who speaks loudly in my head) to step away from Blog-Land for awhile. I might be back. I might not. I have more important priorities in my life that need my attention and I need to get back to my basics - My Bible. After all, for us believers, isn't that what Life is all about - leading a life a Faith, Hope and Love? They can all be found in my Bible, and that's where you can now find me each morning - with my Bible and a cup of tea, searching and yearning for the right inspiration for me.
Thanks for your friendship, inspiration and your kindness.

Sue

23 comments:

  1. http://adayinthelife-commonground.blogspot.com
    Sue this is a wonderful blog. Debra is so inspirational with her Bible and lessons. You may want to seek her out. You are always welcome back anytime. You are truly a special person. I will miss your posts.
    smiles, alice

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  2. WELL, QUITE A SAGA QUITE A STORY...THE BIBLE A PLACE OF REFUGE AND STRENGTH. A PERSON BEGINS TO WONDER WHERE AND HOW THE BALANCE, THE TRAPEZE ACT IS ACCOMPLISHED. ONE MUST BE LED BY THE LORD OF THE UNIVERSE...IN ALL HIS JUSTNESS AND MAJESTY THERE IS A PLACE FOR BALANCE. I PRAY THAT YOU FIND THAT PLACE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU IN YOUR COMINGS AND GOINGS IN THE DAYS AND YEARS TO COME.
    KATHY @ MYLITTLERIVERCABIN.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  3. Ouch...you hit a nerve and I appreciate your honesty. We are studying Nehemiah and his focus was so...well focused but on God. I understand completely where you're coming from and I respect your choice. I too need to make some changes in my priorities and what better time than after the New Year. May your time alone with the One be a sweet sweet fellowship. ~judi ;)

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  4. Thank you for this post. It really convicted me last night when I read it. I, too, have started my mornings off with blog reading instead of with Him. This morning I started with prayer and devotions (and a cup of coffee). It is really what I needed!

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  5. hope you can find a place for both ..sharing, inspiring , creating and enjoying life isnt bad is it?
    ... hugs ann

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  6. sue,
    i am a beleiver of how you live your life shows you devotion and beliefs so....what can i say, i enjoy your blog and will miss you...hope you find what you are looking for and just maybe find your way back.
    jeanne

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  7. I'm so glad I headed over here to read this.
    I needed to know that I'm not the only one. I mean, I *know* others feel the same way I feel, but seeing it in print drives it all home.

    I admire you more than you know for the wise choice you've made here. :-)

    Anne

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  8. Thank you for sharing and I hope this reaches everyone's heart! Hugs to you!

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  9. Sue, Sue, Sue. Uhg. I was thinking about giving up blogging for Lent, then decided no, He's not asking me to do that. However, yes, I now check blogs in the morning and don't spend the time with scriptures. I think that there will be time for both (speaking for me, not you) but only if I give of my time to Him first. You have made me uncomfortable, and I think it's just what I needed. Thank-you.

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  10. I had to come back--after my prayer time this morning---to thank you again. This morning felt so right. It's how I started my day for years. It wasn't blogging but my last two babies that didn't sleep that got me away from it. But, they are a bit older now and I replaced that time with the computer instead of going back to the scriptures. Thank-you. (And, I prayed for you this morning!)

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  11. Everyday, we struggle to put First things First. Talking to one of our local pastors this afternoon. He had written this week's column in the paper. Where does God, church and the things of God rate from 1 to 10. 1 being the top number....that so many other things take the place of that number 1 spot! How true....everyday, the Enemy will fight to distract us from keeping God in the place He needs to be in our lives. Thank you for sharing your heart!!! deb

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  12. Sue, how is the Bible studying going? We are still in James in Sunday School....deb

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  13. Sue, I hope life is treating you well...

    Kathy

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  14. I struggle with the same problems when it comes to putting the Bible first in the am. I hope we can get it together!
    Thanks for your blog. I found it thru your comments on Meadowview's blog... Have a super day filled with God's Love....

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  15. So well said...I think you have found balance...and I'm so glad you have! I understand that struggle and I do have to "step away" from the computer myself!

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  16. Listen to HIS whispers...

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  17. I get up every morning about 3:00 a.m. For two to three hours I have absolute solitude and time for reflection or meditation. Share the joy and lessons you stumble upon during those quiet devotions with others. I say, "Bible first, THEN Blog."

    P.S. For the record, I'm a little prejudiced. I like your blog.

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  18. Though I do not blog or know much about them, I completely understand this. I have let it be a habit of going first to the computer to check on messages first thing in the morning and sometimes get caught up in wasting too much of my day when I just meant to be there for a few minutes. I am so happy you posted this. You have also voiced my feelings. I feel so guilty later and it ruins my inner spirit to feel I have failed in my walk with Our Lord. Thank you for the inspiration. I'll pray for you and you pray for me that we put first things first always. (By the way, my name is Sue too, so this was like a mirror image God sent me to see.) Thanks again.

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  19. Just stumbled onto your blog and I know this is an old post , but it touched my heart.. I do my devotions first thing be for I get on line. I love being in touch w others who share my interests..hope you will still be blogging..

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  20. YOu blog is so fun. Just came into it through several links. If interested, you can follow my vintage adventures on my blog at
    www.vintageyall.wordpress.com

    I'm a Texan now living in Canada and doing a lot of repurposing as a hobby/biz. IT's been so fun, I just had to start
    writing about it....and am currently discussing the top 10 reasons for VIntage Love.

    I will give you a shout out after I wrap this series next week. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS..and your spiritual side too!

    Kat

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  21. this post still resonates Truth for me!
    thanks for leaving it here...and thanks for letting me find it!

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