Daily Habits

In the last couple of years, there have been numerous books on the subjects of rest, slowing down, and simply taking your life back. We live in a fast paced culture that doesn’t value quiet or rest as we once did. In fact, we believe people are lazy if they are not always on the go.

Furthermore, we seem validated if our phone is always notifying us, or someone is calling or texting. We also find our sense of satisfaction from how many likes or views we get from the posts that we make. Yet, one thing is missing; inner peace.

We are the most connected society in the history of the world, however, we are also the most anxious. Not to mention, we are distracted like never before. We are more social, but our relationships aren’t any deeper. We have friends (and followers) but how many of these relationships are vital and add life.

John Eldredge wrote a great book called Get Your Life Back and John Mark Comer, wrote, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry to address these very things. Another author, Justin Whitmel Early wrote The Common Rule, which takes it from, not only the personal level, but connects it to family and social life as well. For every one of us, I think we need to slow down and evaluate our lives to make sure that we are valuing the right things.

In The Common Rule, Early writes much about spiritual disciplines and the need to make them a daily and weekly part of our lives. (DISCLAIMER: with any of these books, realize that they may have viewpoints and habits that might not resonate with you or me). However, there are some things that we can glean from their writings. The old adage, “Chew the Meat and Spit out the Bones” applies here.

I like the way that Justin Whitmel Early gives us a great perspective on the daily habits that I believe are applicable to all of us. Check out the PDF below on the Daily Habits and see if you can incorporate these into your life. If you can’t do them all, at least start somewhere.

Early challenges us to:

  1. Kneel 3 times a day in prayer.
  2. Eat one meal a day with someone (Family or Friends)
  3. One hour with your phone off.
  4. Read Scripture before your phone (or if you read on your phone, don’t do anything else until you have read the Bible)

Try these things and see how you grow in your spiritual life. Getting our priorities in order will help us in every part of our life and will lead us into a life of peace and not anxiety.

A Stirring to Pray

One of the Classic Christian Authors  that can instantly stir the passions of my soul is Andrew Murray.  He spoke often of our relationship with God and our lives of prayer.  Read these words and let your prayer life be stirred:

 “The first and chief need of our Christian life is, Fellowship with God. The Divine life within us comes from God, and is entirely dependent upon Him. As I need every moment afresh the air to breathe, as the sun, every moment afresh sends down its light, so it is only in direct living communication with God that my soul can be strong.

The manna of one day was corrupt when the next day came. I must every day have fresh grace from heaven, and I obtain it only in direct waiting upon God Himself. Begin each day by tarrying before God, and letting Him touch you. Take time to meet God.

To this end, let your first act in your devotion be a setting yourself still before God. In prayer, or worship, everything depends upon God taking the chief place. I must bow quietly before Him in humble faith and adoration, speaking thus within my heart: “God is. God is near. God is love, longing to communicate Himself to me. God the Almighty One, Who worketh all in all, is even now waiting to work in me, and make Himself known.” Take time, till you know God is very near.

When you have given God His place of honor, glory, and power, take your place of deepest lowliness, and seek to be filled with the Spirit of humility. As a creature it is your blessedness to be nothing, that God may be all in you. As a sinner you are not worthy to look up to God; bow in self abasement. As a saint, let God’s love overwhelm you, and bowing, you still lower down. Sink down before Him in humility, meekness, patience, and surrender to His goodness and mercy. He will exalt you.”  Andrew Murray, ​The Deeper Christian Life