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I’m writing this a eight on a Sunday morning and I don’t want to go to church. But I am in charge of coffee, so I’ll do my duty.
I’m a BIG believer in not forsaking the fellowship even when you feel like skipping church, but last night when I realized that church was coming, I dreaded it.
It’s horrible, right?
I have this blog called Radical Christian Woman…and I don’t want to spend time with God.
Because it’s not just about church, my entire spiritual life feels like a nuisance. A nuisance. Wow. I type those words…and like, wow.
Spending time with the Creator of the Universe feels like a nuisance to me.
When did this happen?
As I laid in bed this morning talking to God about it, the Lord spoke to my heart about some things that were causing me to feel spiritually dry.
This post is an exploration of those things and is running (and open) tab.
20 Reasons You Feel Spiritually Dry
1. Watching Too Much TV
Lately, I’ve been watching a more television than usual.
I’m not usually a TV person, but lately as soon as the kids go to bed I’ve been flipping on the television.
Watching TV is acceptable in most cases, but not when I’m using it to push the pause button on my spiritual life.
I say my relationship with God is important to me, but my actions are not lining up with my thinking.
My goal is not turn on the TV until I’ve done my Bible study and prayer time..even if it’s late at night.
2. Withholding Time & Money
Whether it’s money or time, I’ve been hoarding it like a squirrel preparing for winter.
We have some tithe money that seems to be happy to sit our bank account instead of doing it’s job in God’s Kingdom
Each time I get a moment, I sit down at my computer instead of doing what I ought in my spiritual life.
The Bible says,
You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe produce and your juices. Exodus 22:29 NKJV
My time and money are indicators of where my heart is.
And recently, my gauge is pointing to “self.”
3. Avoiding Physical Exercise
I believe that our physical life can show us a lot about our spiritual one.
Engaging in physical exercise can motivate us to engage in spiritual workouts.
My spiritual body needs to be in shape, just like my physical one. Without daily interaction with God, my convictions get flabby and my spiritual body is ripe for disease.
But it’s a discipline.
Just like we have to make time for physical exercise, I have to make spiritual exercising a habit.
Time and time again, I’ve found that as I’m on my elliptical I tend to engage in spiritual thoughts and prayers. Even moreso, when I take my workout outdoors!
Personally, I get annoyed with the story of Mary and Martha. I feel like Martha get so much hate. I even wrote a blog called, The Other Story of Mary and Martha, revealing a often overlooked story about the two sisters.
I’ve been trying so hard to please God with my actions that I’ve failed to please God with my actions.
It’s time to stop rush around doing all the things for Jesus and sit at His feet and be with Jesus.
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41 NKJV
5. Not Protecting My Quiet Time
Kids, meal preparation, time with the husband.
All of the above are important…but not as important as my time with Jesus.
I’ve been allowing the urgent needs of my life dominate my priorities and passive about making sure that my time with God is protected.
When you have small children like I do, protecting my quiet time is a challenge.
Often they wake up before I do and their endless requests keep me in motion for the rest of the day if I don’t stop and make my time with God set apart and holy.
6. Being a Workaholic
I find so much satisfaction in my work. After I’ve written a blog post, designed a book cover or finished writing a chapter in my upcoming book, I sit back and revel in a job well done.
As much as my work can be a positive aspect of my life, it can also become an idol.
I grew up with a workaholic father, so I know the impact it can have on every area of your life.
Since I work out of my house, setting guidelines on how much I can work each day would be beneficial.
7. Not Saying “No”
I love to be all over the place. I feel like I thrive when I’m going to meet people and try new things.
Over commitment will leave me too mentally and physically exhausted to engage in true worship.
Saying “no” is a learned art form.
And that also means saying “no” to my children sometimes, as I often fulfill all their “wants” before any of my “needs” are taken care of.
8. Not Going to Sleep on Time
Having so many children causes me to trade sleep for personal alone time late into the night.
Many nights I’m up until 4am doing whatever it is I didn’t have time for during the day.
Head covering Christian woman who loves good coffee and stinky cheese. My favorite dessert is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake. I am a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. I fell in love with my husband because he had rain drops on his glasses (true story). In my spare time I homeschool my seven children (5 girls, 2 boys).
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