Yes, you read that right.
I’ve struggled with having a daily devotional and prayer time ever since I was saved. This year I committed to reading the Bible in a year. I’ve done this before and always quit around February or March because I would get so far behind. It was difficult and depressing that I couldn’t do it.
Well, this year I am doing it on the Bible App which is infinitely easier because it’s all setup for you. It’s already the middle of March and I’m still on track.
I honestly didn’t expect to be able to do this and i know we still aren’t that far into 2017, but now that I have come this far I know I will finish.
I’m not going to finish because I have great discipline or because I’m uber spiritual. it’s honestly because of my dog, Ranger.
I knew if I was going to accomplish reading everyday I had to do it in the morning before work. I’m usually groggy in the mornings but at least I’m not dead from the chaos of the day.
So, my alarm goes off at 6:15 giving me enough time to take the dogs out and make coffee before I start reading.
There are days that I don’t want to read and definitely have tried to stay in bed, but Ranger won’t let me.
When we got her last summer I was annoyed that she had such a small bladder that it required me to take both my dogs out earlier in the morning.
But thank God for that dog’s small bladder. Once my alarm goes off in the morning, if I don’t get up within the next 5 minutes my dog will sit on top of me or jump on me until I get up. She is the reason that I have been able to be consistent.
Sure there are days that I have missed here and there, but I’ve always caught up the next day. I’m not saying all this to tell you how great I’m doing or whatever.
I’m telling you this because I know how hard it is to be consistent and disciplined. It took my dog forcing me to get up every morning to truly be consistent in my reading.
I still have a long way to go, especially with praying but I can see real change happening in me. I feel like I’m actually making spiritual progress for the first time.
Maybe everyone should get a dog with a small bladder? I don’t know (probably not the best idea).
I want to encourage you that you are not alone in struggling with reading or praying daily. I still have a lot to learn and grow in.
I’m so thankful for my dog because she is the reason I’ve grown over the last few months. Although you may not have a dog with a ridiculously small bladder to encourage you to get up in the morning, find something that does keep you motivated.
Pick a specific time and place to have your daily devotional time and stick to it. You will not always want to do it, but you will be thankful you did later.
Growth does not happen unless we commit to seek God’s face on a daily basis. Commit, stick to it, and find someone to keep you accountable even if it’s your dog.