Increase Your Spiritual Quotient

That’s the goal I set for myself this year. I heard the phrase in a sermon near the end of the year and it struck a chord. I decided to focus on it in 2019 and see where things went.

 I downloaded the YouVersion Bible App, started a few “plans” including a whole Bible in 3 years plan. (I’ve failed the whole Bible in a year so many times I decided to give myself a little grace). If you’ve never read the whole Bible (and I still, obviously, haven’t finished), stop reading this post, download the free app if you need to and sign up for the reading plan. If the one year plan sounds like too much, join me in the 3 year plan.

 When you are truly and consistently in the Word and prioritizing your faith, I have to tell you, God speaks. More accurately, God always speaks, but when you’re in the Word consistently, it’s a lot easier to hear Him.

 In Genesis alone, all together, start to finish, you see struggles and blessings, anger and resolution, despair and overcoming again and again in a way that speaks to our lives now.

 There’s this amazing line in a Diver’s song that says “redundancy sedates you” and I’m a little bit obsessed with it. It’s so right! How often do we fall into our routines, get tired and lazy,  and look at our life in the narrow scope of time on earth? There is a great big God, and a great big plan, and great big purpose and a great big eternal salvation in heaven won by Jesus Christ crucified that we grow comfortable leaving to simmer on the back burner while we succumb to the fog of the more pressing and immediate day to day stuff.

 When we’re able to break free from the chains of our obsession with this earthly life, we’re able to feel that spark He intends for us.

 So where are you stuck? Where are you sedated? Where would the spark and passion of that shift to eternal focus cause you to get up and change something in your life? Who would you forgive? Where would you volunteer? What would you change? I shouldn’t have to tell you that we don’t have all that much time here.

Psalm 90:12

Teach us to number our days,

that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Prioritizing our faith, growing it, and focusing on it allows God to present us with some incredible opportunities that we miss when we’re focused on ourselves and our earthly lives. Is there something in your life that has you feeling stuck, disappointed, damaged, defeated? Are you still making decisions based on that amount of financial security they provide? Do you feel like you’ve already tried and failed? Maybe you have, but God never tries and fails.

Matthew 17:20

Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

He can make your impossible possible or help you understand the failure better, trusting that it’s within His plan for you.

Maybe you’ve read the bible already, maybe a hundred times. Whatever your spiritual quotient, it can always be increased. Don’t be sedated by the same earthly busyness that lulls us away from that desire to grow in our relationship with our Savior, actively seek him, and focus on His plan for our lives instead of our own.

The closer we draw to Him, the better we see His will and the incredible possibilities he has waiting for us.

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10 Reasons to Get in the Word with Your Spouse

If there is one piece of marriage advice that I could give to every couple, it would be this: Read the Bible together EVERY NIGHT. 

Throughout the course of your marriage you will hear so much advice on things like how to be a good communicator, how to be better at resolving fights, how to speak each other’s love language, and how to keep the spark alive. While all these different pieces of wisdom can be helpful and good for a marriage, if they are done in place of time in God’s Word together, we are missing the boat.

“God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God.” - Max Lucado

If we are looking to find and enjoy what marriage was designed to be, then we need to go to the Creator himself. This beautiful relationship we have entered into together was meant to find its greatest fulfillment within our joint relationship with the Lord. If you have a great marriage but you and your spouse are not reading His Word and praying together, I’m telling you that you are missing the BEST part!

10 REASONS
10 REASONS

I’m a huge advocate of getting in the Bible with your spouse each night, but for the sake of avoiding an extremely long post, I thought I would keep it simple by giving you 10 reasons to start doing a nightly Bible reading and prayer with your hubby (or wife for some of our loyal guy readers).

  1. It answers the age old question: “What should we do tonight?”
  2. You’ll watch less TV. I personally see this as a positive thing. With all the trash on TV shows, as well as in the commercials, getting away from the lies the world is selling us in exchange for time spent with God will always be the better long-term investment.
  3. It sparks engaging conversations. Our best conversations are usually started in discussing what we are reading together.
  4. It requires you to spend quality time with your spouse. No matter how different your hobbies and interests, reading the Bible is such a great way to enjoy time together each night.
  5. It will help resolve conflicts. It’s very hard to keep fighting or stay mad once you are reading God’s Word together. The truth that we are all sinners and all need forgiveness is a tough one to ignore.
  6. It keeps life in perspective. There is something so comforting about opening the Word and realizing God is God and I am not. He has been and will always be in total control. No matter how big our problems may feel, He is always bigger.
  7. It will change you BOTH. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
  8. It models a lifestyle for your kids. Making time to be in the Word together each night is not something your children will miss. What a great way to show them your priorities and what they should want in a marriage someday.
  9. It will bless your intimacy. Coming before God together in humility and truth is a very vulnerable thing, especially if you are also praying and confessing your sins together. Once you start regularly doing this, the spiritual intimacy that develops will translate into a stronger physical intimacy.
  10. It will satisfy you and yet leave you wanting more. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? – Psalm 42:1-2

What keeps you from getting in the Word with your husband? Make an effort to address these things together.

Talk to your husband and find a way to make time to enjoy God and his Word together.