I have a confession to make. I struggle to get my daily Bible readings in. I think it's because most of the time I wait until I'm in bed and by then I am so tired that I can barely keep my eyes open. I also feel like I could use a little help in the prayer department. It's not that I don't pray, it's just that I'm often distracted and I don't always put my full attention to the task at hand. I know that these two things are vital for my faith and my walk with Christ. So when our pastor mentioned that the men of our church were doing a 5 5 5 challenge, I was intrigued. The premise is that you spend 5 minutes in prayer, 5 minutes in the Word, and 5 minutes in worship every single day. I knew right then that this was a challenge I needed to accept. So, as of yesterday I have challenged myself to spend 15 minutes at the beginning of each day with the Lord all through the month of April.
I am continuing with my daily reading plan and I'm hoping that this little bit of extra time will help me reach my goal of finishing the Bible this year. For the prayer portion, I bought a pretty little journal and I'm actually writing out my prayers. I just set the timer for 5 minutes and write. Although it's only my second day, I already feel like writing my prayers out is helping me to stay focused and to remember all of the things I've wanted to pray out. For the worship portion I've been listening to a few of my favorite stations on Pandora and working on my memory verses for SSMT.
I think the beauty of this challenge is that you can do each portion in whatever way works best for you. Regardless of when or how you do it, I'm certain that it has the potential to be life changing.
If you decide to participate let me know so that we can cheer each other on. I'm hoping to check back in occasionally throughout the month and update y'all. I'm notorious for joining in on challenges and then not completing them, but I know this is one worth persevering for.