58 “Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 HCSB
It’s been a while, hasn’t it! Well, I most certainly have not forgotten about Fearless. I hope that you all are doing well, I miss you guys!
Well, as you may or may not know, but I was on a 21 day “people fast” as well as a 21 day Spiritual Detox that began the day after my fast. Well, my fast ends tomorrow, and I’m excited. I am glad for the things that have transpired during my fasting season, but I honestly don’t feel broken enough. The reason for this is due to my lack of consistency.
For me, what hinders me from lack of spiritual growth is discipline. Ever since starting college, I’ve struggled with disciplining myself. It’s definitely not because I lack the willpower, but I chose to go to sleep or put off projects that are important due to me not wanting to because I either “don’t feel like it,” or “am too tired,” or because I say “I’ll do it tomorrow.” None the less, I need to get better, like now. How am I going to go forth and make disciples if I can’t even discipline myself?
I must remain consistent. Consistency is defined as:
con·sist·en·cy [kuhn-sis-tuhn-see] noun
1. a degree of density, firmness, viscosity, etc.: The liquid has the consistency of cream.
2. steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.: There is consistency in his pattern of behavior.
3. agreement, harmony, or compatibility, especially correspondence or uniformity among the parts of a complex thing: consistency of colors throughout the house.
4. the condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form; solidity or firmness.
Courtesy of Dictionary.Com
Thus being said, consistency is obviously an act of commitment to stability and uniformity. In my personal opinion, consistency is a very important factor in discipline. I’ve been advised countless and countless of times that I need to practice disciplining myself. And even more so recently, I’ve seen the effects of me not taking care to such.
It is very important that one disciplines himself/herself and we as women of God should take care to do such.
A daily agenda and or schedule is very important and even more so helpful in terms of remaining consistent. Ever since I started following a schedule, life has been so much easier. I have time to study my Bible in the morning and at night, I get at least three hours of academic study in each day, and I also get some time to relax and possibly read a book. My day starts off with prayer, praise and worship, scripture reading and study, and it also ends that way. I always make sure that I will have enough room for “emergency” appointments and tasks that may need to be squeezed in between classes, lunch, and study time. Creating a schedule is such a life saver.
Time management is VERY important, and I still struggle with time management! Most people who know me know that I am almost never on time for anything. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 5:15-17 15 Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise— 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” HCSB
God’s will for us is to use what He has given us to build up His kingdom! Tomorrow is never promised to us so time is very, very, very, very, very extreme. We must use our time to glorify God and do what He has called us to do. We must live out His perfect will and the plans that He has for us. We “ain’t got time” to be hustlin’ and bustlin’ with the wilds of the devil and other things unworthy of our attention! (Such as sleep “deprivation” in my case! Haha!)
Besides, what woman of God wants to be known as “late,” “never on time,” and even worse: “incompetent?” These are some adjectives that have been used to describe my excessive tardiness. I had to make sure I “got my life” as some would describe it. Now I am on top of myself even! You will be surprised at how much you can accomplish when you set a schedule, and a time for each task that you will have for the day. Doing this causes less stress, extremely reduces the need to rush, and actually creates free time! I set an eighteen hour schedule daily, and you’d be surprised how much free time I will have left after completing all of my tasks, and still get to bed on time. Now that’s consistency!
I love having a schedule. I even schedule in time to print out the specific papers and such needed keep my system constant. One day I will actually post on how I organize and schedule my week!
Thank you so much for reading, may you be blessed my loving sister in Christ. I love you and remain faithful and consistent!