A lot of people will be familiar with Bryan Adams’ song, “Everything I Do”, but have you heard Phillipa Hanna’s version? Here it is: https://youtu.be/iqr4p4k7GrU
Bryan Adams’ song used to be a favourite of mine, but now makes me sad because it was sung at my wedding to my first husband.
Anyway, when I was laying awake at midnight last night I found myself thinking of these two songs and I was reminded of this verse, ‘Teach me, Lord, what you want me to do, and I will obey you faithfully; teach me to serve you with complete devotion.‘ (Psalm 86:11 GNT). I immediately knew that I wanted to write a blog post, but had no intention of doing so at midnight. Then this morning I found myself busy. So, I’m just sitting down to write nearly 12 hours after I felt prompted to write.
We’re in unprecedented times, aren’t we? Possibly, no matter where you are in the world, you are facing changes to your life due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I live in the UK and we’ve been in lockdown for about 7 weeks now. I’ve actually not been counting because I’m mostly enjoying it. Sure, it has some challenges and stresses, but mostly it’s been wonderful. I think that’s come down to my mindset and my faith. Also, this time suits my personality and I’m really blessed that I live with 3 amazing people. If any of those things didn’t ring true for me then I’m sure I’d be struggling with this time. In fact, at first, I did struggle. I felt trapped and it took me about a week to come around to the idea of being stuck at home. Please don’t compare yourself to me – that wouldn’t be helpful or healthy for either of us. Please know that however you are coping (or not!) that is OK.
One of the ways I’ve been able to cope with this time is relying in God and doing everything for Him. This has helped me make the most of a very difficult and challenging time.
God has been teaching me a lot. He has been teaching me to trust in Him, He has taught me new skills, He has taught me what He wants me to do. I’ve been trying to obey Him faithfully and allowing Him to teach me how to serve Him with complete (good-enough!) devotion.
During this time there have been new disciplines I’ve instilled. I’ve been writing letters to God and asking Him to guide my steps each day. I’ve been doing this in the mornings as my ‘Morning Coffee with Abba’ and that has really helped to focus my mind and day on Him. I also listen to worship music for a lot of the day – especially when I’m working or doing chores. One of my daughter’s has asked me to do a daily devotional with her in the evenings. It’s been a really special time for us and I enjoy it as much as she does.
Have you started any new spiritual disciplines?
Anyway, speak soon.