spiritual disciplines

Reading in the Morning

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7 We’ve been discussing my “morning meditation,” which is a daily routine that helps me prepare my mind and heart for the day ahead. I said yesterday that I write down my goals every morning as if they’ve already been accomplished. Today, I’ll share the final stage of my daily routine with you: reading a nonfiction book. While I want to be a good Bible student, I also want to get a broader understanding; I want to learn diverse views and become a student of a variety of issues, such as business, ministry, and leadership. As a result, I devote the last 15 to 20 minutes of my routine to reading a book that teaches me about these subjects. I’ve discovered that incorporating nonfiction reading into my devotional time keeps me on

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Habits Build a Holy Life

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 I think many of us believe that some big event or triumph has to occur in our lives before we consider ourselves successful. We may think we have to be promoted to manager, start a booming business, write a book, or have a family before we’ve truly “arrived.” However, maintaining this view cheats us out of the victories that happen every day. More than one big moment, success is the sum of small efforts that are repeated time and again until they make us strong on the inside. In fact, we are only as effective as our habits, and that makes time our most precious commodity. Like I’ve said before, “Show me your calendar, and I’ll show you your future.” This is because, although each of us has

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