WHY THE SECRET TO MEETING WITH JESUS IS STARTING SMALL . We’re kicking off our Summer Quiet Time series with 3 simple steps to cultivate consistent time with Jesus, and it’s been quite the conversation so far! . If you’ve missed it, go watch the “Tiny QT Habits” highlights in my profile. Because here’s where we started: If you want to be consistent in meeting with Jesus every day for the rest of your life, you must start small. Tiny, in fact. Just open your Bible each day. . That’s it. . “But wait! Shouldn’t I try to read and pray as much as I can?” . Umm... no. Not really. . Let me be clear that I truly believe that in Jesus’ presence there is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore (see Psalm 16:11). But there are A LOT of problems with the mindset that drives us to do more and makes us feel guilty when we don’t measure up to some standard of “perfect Quiet Time.” . Because, ladies, our righteousness comes from Jesus’ finished work on the cross, not how many minutes we spend reading the Word. Anything we cling to (even something as helpful as study and prayer) as our security blanket is an idol. Christ alone declares us righteous. He is our security. And He is our reward. . So let’s start seeking His face every day in a Tiny way. Day after day, it will become habit, and pretty soon you won’t be able to get enough of time with Him. Amen? . #butfirstjesus #givemejesus #quiettimewithgod cute mug from @thedailygraceco
**GIVEAWAY CLOSED** ✨ Looking for some inspirational beach reads? We’re doing a Summer Reading BUNDLE giveaway! I am so excited that my book is included in this stack of great reads! . Here’s how to enter: 1. Like this post. 2. Follow each of the giveaway author accounts below: @karakae.james . @atthepicketfence . @PensieveRobin . @thehumbledhomemaker . @shaunaletellier . @katebattistelli . @jessica.smartt . @mariafurlough . @asheritah . @adrielbooker . @shellywildman . 3. COMMENT on this post with the book you would most like to read (or your favorite if you’ve read one.) For extra entries, tag a friend you think would also like to win. (As many as you’d like!) . *Giveaway ends Wednesday, June 26th at 11pm EST. Winner must be following all to win. Random winner will announced on this post on July 1. *Contest is in no way affiliated with or sponsored by Instagram. *U.S. Residents only. . Best wishes, and Happy Summer! 🌸
A PRAYER FOR YOUR TUESDAY MORNING: Arise, O Lord! By the power of Your hand, keep me from looking to this world for my reward. Let me hunger for You alone, and satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones with more of You. May my children also delight in You and have plenty, leaving a spiritual inheritance for their descendants. Because in Christ I am righteous, I will see You. Morning by morning, may I fix my eyes on You. so that when I awake, I will see You face to face and be satisfied. You alone are worthy of my heart’s affection and adoration. I love You. Amen (based on Psalm 17:14-15 NLT) #wordbeforeworld #hellomornings #morningprayer
Do you struggle with your Quiet Time? You're not alone! Yesterday you all SHOWED UP in my IG stories survey (thank you!!) 👏🏻 to share your top QT struggles. Double tap if you can relate to any of these: 😫1. Time: When’s the right time to have Quiet Time? How long? How do I make it fit into my schedule? 😫2. Discipline: I need help staying focused, going to bed early, and prioritizing #Wordbeforeworld. 😫3. Direction: what do I read? How does it actually draw me closer to Jesus? Can I really do it myself, without a devotional to guide me? How do I go from duty to delight? 😫4. Kids: How can I have “Quiet Time” when my kids are climbing all over me?? (All the double-taps for this!!) 😘 Sweet friends, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! We all struggle in our Quiet Time, and we’re in this together!💁🏻♀️ But more importantly, Jesus is with us in this. We can ask Him to guide us through our struggles to grow closer to Him, and He will happily draw us into His presence. These prayers of dependence and desperation please Him, and He will ALWAYS answer them.🙏🏻 Next week, I'm starting a Quiet Time Tips series in my stories (and saving them to the QT Tips Highlights if you need to catch up). And yes--we’ll talk about practical ways to overcome each of these struggles. Take heart: the is HOPE!!🌸 But for today, let’s start here: whatever your frustration, struggle, or obstacle, bring it to Jesus right now. Tell Him about it, and ask Him to work in your heart these next few weeks to draw you closer to Him. Without His work in our hearts, all the “tips and tricks” in the world won’t do us a lick of good. But with the power of His Spirit at work in us, we will overcome these struggles to experience true joy in Jesus every day.💫 Take time right now (yes right this moment) to talk to Jesus about your Quiet Time struggles.☝🏻 Need help focusing on your prayer? Write out a short prayer (just a few words--nothin' fancy) in the comments below, and let's pray for each other as we begin.👇🏻
Have you ever played 2 truths + 1 lie? Instead of #fridayintroductions today, I thought we'd put our own little spin on that game. I'll share with you 2 surprising truths about me and 1 untruth. Do you think you can get it right? . * My first kiss was on my wedding day. * I've never had piercings. * I’ve legally changed my middle name—twice. Can you guess which ones are which? Let me know in the comments below! And to put a fun twist on it, are any of the above true of YOU?? I can't wait to find out!!