It’s time for Sunday Reflections again!
Today’s reflections are actually from the Sermon that was preached on Church last Sunday. Now, I’m really embarrassed to tell you that this was the first time we have been to church since moving to Seattle.
And, yes, we moved here in September. I debated not telling you this, but I want to be real and let you guys know that I am totally not even close to perfect in my walk with God. It’s been really hard because Mr. FFF works almost every Sunday, and I am too shy to go to church alone.
I know, those are no excuses. But it’s our New Years Resolution to get better!
Anyway. Here’s my reflection…that also happen to be about resolutions!
“Stuff Christians Do” By – Pastor Jim of New Life Church in Everett, WA.
The sermon was all about developing new habits, and how to actually DO that and make it stick for more than .002 seconds. In the sermon, the pastor discussed the 3 steps to implement to make the habits stick:
1. Cue. You have to pick something that initiates the “OH I NEED TO DO THAT NOW” thought. For example: Finishing breakfast means it’s time to read the Bible.
2. Reward. You need to give yourself some sort of reward for doing what you are trying to make a habit. Example: I can only have coffee AFTER I do my devotionals.
3. Belief: You have to truly BELIEVE that the new action you are implementing is going to make your life better, or you won’t stick with it.
He also discussed that 4 things to Christians who are happy with their walk with God do regularly: Pray, Read the Bible, Confession of sins and taking time to actually listen to what God is saying to them.
This Sermon hit both the Huborama and I really hard. We both spend time listening to sermons at some point in the day, but then we go about our day and kind of just forget about what we heard. We don’t really discuss our thoughts, and we both are listening to different stuff, so we’re not fully on the same page. Considering marriage is the closest earthly relationship to the relationship between The Father and Son, this was not cool.
SO, we both decided to implement the 3 steps to making a habit “a habit.” First we decided that we are going to start small, and not bite off more than we can chew. 1 verse of Matthew a day (going to read through the New Testament) and also trying to memorize two scripture verses a month (1 is my choice, and 1 his). My cue was as soon as I get back from the gym in the morning, I do my devotional reading. My reward is that I get to eat my post workout meal afterwards. I work really well with food rewards J I truly believe that spending more time in the word will make my relationship with God better, and deepen my relationship with Caleb. All 3 steps covered!
Then, we decided that, as soon as The Hubs gets home from work, we must discuss our thoughts on the day’s passage before we can cuddle and watch The Food Network. ß my life.
My final thought was a verse that the pastor quoted “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8.
This totally convicted me as I have spent much more time training my body, but have not focused on training myself spiritually. Time to change!
So, that’s it for this week! Until next Sunday 🙂