Choosing Freedom from Guilt and the WIP Wednesday Link-Up

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I’ve been struggling lately. I’ve been choosing to hit snooze and then hit snooze again. And Repeat. Or turn the alarm off altogether. This results in me missing my Bible study time and having to find time during the day to work it in. It also results in me feeling guilty because I just didn’t “love Jesus enough” to get myself up out of bed to spend time with him. 

I wonder if you share in this struggle…maybe with a different aspect of life? Maybe the same one. Join me over at Do Not Depart today as I talk about How to Prioritize Bible Study with Freedom.

Then jump back over here to link-up and read my UPDATE since finishing that guest post.

Done reading? Thanks.

So now to the update. After writing that post, I submitted the issue to the Lord in prayer and continued to sleep in. Not on purpose per se…I’d set my alarm but continue to either turn it off in the night when Thomas woke up or just hit snooze repeatedly. Then I’d spend all day apologizing and asking the Lord to give me the desire to study His Word.

This is when I realized I already desired to study His Word. I was simply trying to force myself into a pattern of personal study that wasn’t working for me. So I felt the freedom to move forward with a new plan. Now, every night at 10:00 PM I get in bed and have my Bible study time. As of this writing, I’ve only just begun…but I’ve felt so much freer. No guilt AND I’ve studied God’s Word.

Now, what was that issue you were thinking of earlier? The one you were struggling with? Do you need to give yourself permission to attack it from a different angle or method?

There is freedom in Christ. Enjoy it.

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This post is linked with thanks to:

Works for Me Wednesday
Women in the Word Wednesday
Living Well Wednesday
Unwrapping His Promises

God Bumps and God-Incidences
Whatever Wednesday
Encourage One Another Wednesday
Walk with Him Wednesday 

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  1. lindseyfoj says:

    I love approaching things through a lifestyle of grace…..this is a good reminder and a brilliant way to work with who God created you to be…!

  2. When you find the right time it is awesome! Some mornings work and some evenings, mine is kinda whatever works for that day! Thanks for linking up! Blessings!

  3. soulstops says:

    So great that you found the freedom in Christ to do what works for you and how God made you in this stage of life…blessings, Mary Beth :)

  4. I LOVE how you are discovering the amazing woman God created you to be!

  5. That’s AWESOME! Give ourselves permission to attack things from a different angle! Love it!

  6. messymarriage says:

    I’m so glad that you’re finding that freedom in Christ to find what works best for you. You’re not a slacker by any means and different seasons bring different needs and ways to meet those needs. Thanks for reminding us of the many choices we can make to walk in obedience and freedom. :)

  7. There is no way I am awake enough to do my Bible study in the mornings. Even if I can get out of bed. I’ve tried and I never remember what I read. I have almost always done my Bible study at night or in the afternoons (depending on my season of life). I don’t think it matters when or where you study God’s Word, as long as you are constantly consuming His Word and focusing on Him with prayer and meditation. Nowhere in the Bible does it say what Bible study has to look like, just that we read God’s Word and meditate on it day and night. :-)

  8. I also do my quiet time in the evening – while Jon takes my boy for his bath. It is a period of uninterrupted time, and I know it is a slot which I will always have. It works for me!

  9. Christina says:

    I can relate. I felt guilty for not doing my bible reading in the morning like everyone says you should do. But doing it in the evening, after my kids go to bed has worked well for me. I finally realized it was best for the way my life is to do it that way. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Bedtime always worked best for me, too. Then I got married and bedtime was hubby time, and I’ve never found anything that works as well since. (Not that I haven’t read my Bible in 10 years! But it’s not been smooth at any point.)

    I’m not a morning person, so first thing in the morning not only isn’t easy for me, it really doesn’t give God my best, because I can’t focus then.

  11. Yay! I’m so glad you’ve found something to work for you. I’ve figured out my Bible time shouldn’t be a chore but an anticipated event in my day. No more fighting with the alarm for me, either. I manage to get my prayer time in in the mornings, but I do my Bible reading during my son’s quiet time during the day. Works so much better for me!

    • Yay! So glad I’m in good company here. I’m thinking I may start a brief something in the mornings…just reading a short passage and prayer committing my day to the Lord. More of a focused moment to prepare for the day.

  12. Alisha Gratehouse says:

    This is so good, Mary Beth. We are not all the same. Each of us has to find what works with our own schedule, family, rhythm, etc. It’s very freeing and brings the joy back to one’s devotion time with the Lord when you’re working with and not against your body’s natural sleep patterns. Blessings!


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