Welcome to Saturday Share!
The purpose of this weekly feature is to provide a space for regular people to share their real-life encounters with Jesus. It’s about living in the middle – on the way to the finish line. Our race isn’t finished as long as there’s still breath in our lungs.
I believe we sharpen one another and delight God’s heart when we testify of His great work in our lives. Be encouraged to put one foot in front of the other, and spur someone on while you’re at it!
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3 NIV
I am thrilled to welcome back my feature Saturday Share writer:
By Mary Geisen
Growing up, one of the first things I did each morning after I rolled out of bed, was neatly tuck the sheet and comforter back into their original spot. It was one of the first chores I remember doing and it quickly became a habit.
Fast forward to now and you will see a very different scenario playing out. I find I’m lacking motivation to complete that morning chore. I figure if no one is coming over, it really doesn’t matter. However, I’m learning this one simple habit is necessary for how the rest of my day will go.
You may wonder how making a bed makes a difference in the landscape of my day, but for me, it looks like making space for the sacred.
If God is the center of my life, anytime I make room for Him increases my holy habits. Daily routines are a huge piece to the puzzle of creating sacred space for me to sit with God.
Perhaps making your bed in the morning is beyond your capacity as you prepare for the day. Or you just never developed this habit. Either way, I want us to walk together as we unpack the need for making sacred space.
Recently, I was sharing with a group of women, whom I meet with weekly, that my quiet time looks non-existent. It’s hard to admit in front of a group who are learning discipleship together. But the truth is that when I feel off balance for any reason, I need to look at my daily habits. Where is my focus? How much time do I spend on any one thing? Why do I feel out of sorts?
Digging deeper into the “why”, I immediately recognized that I spend time in the Word but in the context of a Bible study. Or I choose to read Christian non-fiction, which is great, but I have lost sight of the daily invitation to spend time with God.
Holy habits are space makers, freedom growers, grace givers, and truth tellers. Here are some of the holy habits I am learning I need daily.
Worship music opens my heart to hearing and my soul to centering on what God has for me for the day.
Quiet time (no music, no reading, just silence, and solitude) allows me to hear directly from God without distractions.
Time in God’s Word creates a place for truth to dwell and grace to abound.
A sacred space that keeps my eyes, ears, and heart focused on God.
Finally, a time to reach out to others to encourage them in their own journey in developing holy habits.
Making my bed in the morning sets the tone for the day. When I take the time to do this one simple thing, it is like giving myself permission to engage in other daily habits. And in the process of making space for these routines, I am learning how God recognizes my need for order. But most importantly, He sees my desire to invite Him into my day.
I can’t lead others well in their own journey if I am struggling with my own. Let’s consider the one holy habit we can begin today. Name it and share it with someone close to you. Take the first step and watch all that God will do.
So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. Hebrews 10:22-25, MSG
My journey of relearning to make my bed now looks like getting back on track. What was unbalanced is now providing focus for the rest of my day.
What is the one thing you will start and/or continue today?
Connect with Mary~
Mary Geisen is a lover of coffee and deep, soul-filled conversations. She is the mom of two married sons, a retired teacher, writer, author and seeker of grace in the ordinary. Several years ago, God called her to bravely step out by sharing her journey in written form. The power of God’s words has inspired her journey of healing and drawing closer to God through the power of grace. She continues to walk toward brave faith in her everyday life and encourages others to do the same.
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