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Hope you had a Merry Christmas! We had a lot of laughter as well as mellow moments this past week. I embraced both. I don’t know about you but my days were so messed up with Christmas Day falling on a Saturday. When I woke up Sunday morning, I realized church was that day. I wanted to sleep in and skip my tea time with God on the porch. I rationalized, I have church so I’ll get my God time then. Thankfully, I pushed that thought aside and still found time with God before church. There are two things wrong with my thinking: 1) I am counting when I take time with God (a check list item) and 2) I think church is enough to meet my spiritual needs (once a week with God).

Daily connecting with God is necessary to live a robust, full Christian life. To quote my pastor from Sunday’s sermon, “If you don’t spend time with God at 8 am, you won’t have the patience you need for the meeting you have at 3 pm that day.” In other words, God provides all you need when you order your day with Him. When you are connected to God, you gain perspective, peace, tools, and all you need for the day. When I don’t spend my morning with a moment in God’s presence (your moment could be 5 minutes or 30 minutes), I am living in my own strength that day. I can do this for a bit. Eventually, my humanness shines through. To allow God to shine through me, I need time with Him daily. Some days, I need to connect more than once. That’s even better. Reality, making the time now makes life better later.

How do you connect with God daily? I know most of you have seen my tea with God pictures. I don’t do this to brag. I post my pictures to remind my friends and acquaintances to take a moment and be with God. Create a routine to remind yourself to be with God daily. For me, it’s tea on my porch. It’s a habit/ritual/routine that is part of my daily life. Some of you may need a note on your bathroom mirror to remind you. Others, an alarm on your phone or a calendar entry to schedule the time will help. Eventually, connecting daily with God will become second nature. Until then, do whatever it takes to get there.

This week we start a New Year. 2022 is on Saturday. For many, that means a New Year’s Resolution. Perfect time to fold in this new habit. I have blogged on this topic many times before. Today, my hope is to explain the why. You won’t have the spiritual tools (fruit of the spirit) to manage your day. You can only be so patient on your own. You can only be so loving on your own. You can only be so kind on your own. Someone (or something) will trigger your humanness and you will fail (or sin) in your response to life. When you are filled with the spirit (you took time to connect to God and remind yourself you are loved, forgiven, chosen, valued, and have the power of His spirit in you), you will be less likely to fail (sin) or more likely to recognize it and stop it if you do fail (sin) and make amends. Make sense?

Friends, connect to God daily!

 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

~ Matthew 6:33 NIV

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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