Now that I feel better and I no longer have a Hickman catheter that requires visiting nurses to come daily, I have both energy and freedom to blog more often. After Christmas, I hope to blog every day (with occasional exceptions). Actually, I thought daily blogging would happen this week. Um, no — a couple things popped up to change that plan.
Still, I’m getting back into frequently producing blog content after five months of dealing with my illness. I lay in bed waiting for my PCA this morning with the frightening realization that I have no idea for a blog post. Yikes!
My panic made me ask myself why I can’t come up with an idea. Pondering the matter, I began thinking that I have lost momentum. My sporadic blogging, though an unavoidable consequence of circumstances surrounding my illness, has dulled my ability to develop thoughts into meaningful discussions worthy of an article. Ideas fizzle much too quickly after a couple paragraphs, leaving me feeling silly and inadequate. And, very honestly, leaving me not wanting to open my WordPress editor to start typing.
Earlier today I read What Writer’s Block Teaches Me About Discipline And Joy, which I wrote in April 2018. All I remembered about the article was that it encouraged me to keep tapping my keyboard until I fashioned something that allowed me to press the “Publish” icon. When I read my words from almost three years ago, however, I was startled! My own post confirmed the necessity of steady discipline in writing, comparing it to the discipline of reading God’s Word.
I fear that indulging these feelings of not wanting to blog could put me on a slippery slope. I know my sinful, lazy self well enough to understand that I need the discipline of performing tasks regardless of how I feel about them. That same commitment to discipline helped me, 40 years ago, to develop the habit of daily Bible reading.
What an interesting correlation!
Looking at these two disciplines now, I don’t think blogging is at all as necessary as daily Bible intake. God’s Word alone gives us the power to live in righteousness. God’s Word alone shows us Who the Lord is, what He thinks, and how He wants His people to live. It strengthens us.
God’s Word strengthens us in the face of persecution. Therefore our discipline to read, study and obey it has never been more vital. We can’t abide in Christ unless we come to His Word daily, hearing Him speak through its pages. Abiding in Him gives us strength in the face of opposition.
Just before us his arrest, Jesus made a lengthy discourse to his disciples, preparing them for the persecution they would endure. In the middle of that discourse, He emphasized the essential duty of abiding in Him:
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. ~~John 15:1-11 (NASB)
Abiding in Christ happens as we discipline ourselves to be in His Word.
So I plan to write the next few blog posts on how to properly read and study the Bible. As I discipline myself to blog more regularly, all of us will learn to understand Scripture in ways that help us abide in Christ. That topic gives me plenty to write about.Follow my blog with Bloglovin