Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Squeezer or a Pleaser?

I have a confession - I've never read the Bible front to back.  Sure, I've known the major Bible stories since I was a little girl and I go to church now, but this is something I've never done.  I've been feeling like God has been slowly nudging me toward reaching this goal.  I say goal because I've wanted to do this for a long time now.

At the beginning of the new year, I went and bought a new Bible.  The Bible is one that's designed to be read in a year.  I don't always understand the Bible, but I know its words are powerful.  I'm going to try and join a Bible Study here because I think it would be extremely helpful in my journey.  Just wondering, are any of you in Bible Study groups?

I also bought a daily devotional book.  I sat down to read it awhile back and one of the first devotions I read was entitled "Spending Time With God Every Day" and this is what it said:

When it comes to spending time with God, are you a "squeezer" or a "pleaser"?  Are you a person who squeezes God into you busy schedule with an occasional prayer before meals?  Or do you please God by talking to Him far more often than that?  If you're wise, you'll form the habit of spending time with God every day.  When you do, it will change your life.

These words hit me hard.  When I read those words, I thought immediately - you are a squeezer.  So many times I don't talk to the Lord at all or I'll say a quick prayer before bed.  As a child I always felt so close to God.  I think because I talked to Him often and relied on Him - and I felt his connection.  When my 3 grandparents were dying of cancer during my first years of college and law school, He comforted me.  He comforted me in ways that were so obvious, I could never deny that He loves me and watches over me.  He is there when I've needed Him, but I've taken advantage of His love.  

I write this entry as more of a reminder to myself to reconnect with my Lord and Savior.  As I get older, I realize I'm so lucky to have his forgiveness and love - and I need it more now than ever.


Megan said...

I am with you...I'm typically a squeezer, too. I'm ashamed. : ( Thanks for posting this...it's kicking my booty into gear, too!

Town and Country Mom said...

A few years back I found myself facilitating two ladies Bible study classes--something I never thought I would have the confidence or time to do. Whenever young(er) women would come up to me and say, "Oh, I would love to take a class like that but I just don't have the time to read my Bible everyday," I would encourage them to give it a try. What I really wanted to tell them is that God would absolutely multiply their time and energy to get what needed to be done done--if they would spend time with Him first. I wish I could tell you that I've read and prayed consistently everyday of my life--I haven't, but what a difference time alone with God makes. I know you will do great, and you will be so blessed by your effort!

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