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The Battle of the Brain and the Power of the WORD

So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me (Romans 7:24).

I am lazy.

I ask myself, “Do you want to go for a walk?”

I answer myself kindly, “No…not today, tomorrow maybe.”

I ask, “Do I want to scrub the kid’s bathroom?”

My decision takes on a melodious answer, “It’s okay. One more day won’t hurt.”

The adult, non-melodious voice in my head continues, “You really should fold the towels, run the sweeper, write an article, write another blog post so you can walk in the morning and post A Mary Like Me on time, food shop, get your eye brows waxed, etc., etc., etc….”

But I don’t want to!

This is the inner conversation I often visit. Do you ever do this: Talk yourself out of doing chores or exercising or eating right? Sometimes I am so spent, there is no energy to fulfill the demands of the voice in my brain. (Which is ironic because relatively speaking, our lives are filled with convenience yet I think few of us work as hard as we could and perhaps should. Has technology made us lazy?) But I digress as I rant.

I am very aware of the vicious cycle of energy/ the lack of it and the joy of being filled with it to do whatever is needed. However, when I am spending time in my Bible, eating right and exercising, consistently, I have the energy I need to abide the commanding voice in my brain. More importantly, when I am in the WORD and pray consistently I find that nagging voice is less nag and more order as the Holy Spirit’s voice increases and mine is muted. I am spiritually energized and that helps me physically.

I need to be in the WORD.

This is something I must constantly work on living out daily. Not just skimming Jesus Calling, but digging into the Living Word of God.

A new season, new month, and new school year is just around the corner. It’s time for me to stop listening to the lazy voice and start praying for the Holy Spirit to take over to order my days. When my family steps out of this house next Monday to go to school and work, I will do a short version of my (I love my family, but….) happy dance and then roll up my sleeves to get done what He calls me to do.

I will not ask myself if I want to. I will step out in faith and do it even if it’s scrubbing the bath tub.

What are you studying in the Bible these days? Does it help you throughout the day and week?

Much grace,
andy

Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of the spirit of death (Romans 8:1,2).

Andy Lee is a wife, mother of three, author, speaker, and blogger. She inspires her readers to step out into their call whether to a neighbor or nation to find purpose and joy using the gifts God has given them. She lives on the North Carolina Coast with her favorite people in the whole word, her family. She loves chocolate, geraniums, coffee, and Jesus.

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