Spiritual Growth Requires Discipline And Sacrifice

 “Growth in the knowledge of God is a daily commitment. A daily sacrificing of oneself to the cross.

It is continually seeking Him in all things.

Spiritual Growth is active and lively. It’s making space to meet in the secret place with God, daily.”

Mornings In The Word

Dearest Reader,

If you are new here, welcome to my humble space where I write about life, hardships, chronic illness, spiritual growth, and living well in difficult circumstances. I have coined the phrase #thrivenotsurvive just for us.

I write from the place of spending daily time alone with God and His Word.

Today, I want to confess something to you. I felt the pressure to perform, to write, to publish a post, even though I had intentionally set aside this week to rest, refresh, and refill. Can I tell you, it was a bust, a jumbled mess of words that did not make sense.

Why?

I have never, let me repeat this; I have never written a word for anyone’s eyes until I have first met with God in prayer, read His Word, and praised His name. Never. Not once.

Shortly after giving up, saving the words for another day, I received this Scripture from a spiritual daughter:

Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you:
to act justly,
to love faithfulness,
and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 (CSB)

I approached this morning strictly from a place of performance without one iota of humility. It hurts me to tell you that.

The only way I can thrive and not merely survive the stack of beastly illnesses that ravage my body daily is with God.

And it is the only way for you. My heart’s desire is to share with you God’s faithfulness to me in the unknown, the hard edges of life, the unexpected answer, and daily pain.

Spiritual growth comes when we are faithful and obedient to meet with Him, DAILY, even if, even when we do not want to.

The Next Step

The next step for me today was a confession, repentance, and a hard heart check.

You may be here, exactly where I am, committed to a daily quiet time with the Lord, or, you may need to make that your next step.

How?

How can you be consistent in meeting with God?

First, you need to know this may not look the same in different seasons of life. That’s where grace unfolds, hold it dear to you.

  • Commit to a daily time, if possible the same time each day. I am a morning person. Therefore, I choose to wake early and spend time with Him.
  • Choose a place. Choosing a place will remind you that the time is sacred and unique for you and God alone.
  • I also recommend a good journal. You can read about the advantage of journaling through your quiet time here.
  • Give yourself as much time as your schedule will allow, and give yourself grace. The blessing will come through the obedience of meeting with Him.
  • Remember some mornings will feel like you have driven through the drive-thru, while others will be as if you are feasting at a banquet.
  • Be consistent.

His faithfulness surrounds us. His grace unfolds before us. He longs to meet with you.

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I’m blessed to serve you in this place, to share with you the Gifts of Grace as I journey through the wilderness. I picture you across the table, hands wrapped tightly around your cup, sharing life, and laughter, and tears. As I share with you, my daily struggles, I long to hear what yours may be. You can do that by commenting below or reaching out to me here.

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