Intentional Habits

I am a creature of habit. Doing things impulsively or just for the heck of it is just not my style. I just tend to like the predictable familiarity of a routine.  As it is still summer holidays here in Australia, my usual routine during school time does not exist at the moment. And I find that spending time in the word requires conscious effort especially during this time for me.  We all tend to have habits that either we have consciously developed or have just slipped into over time.

Have you ever had the experience of driving on a route that you are so familiar with that you seem to sometimes be driving on autopilot? But that may not be the route you intended to take that day. You realise that you were not paying attention and subconsciously your habit kicks in and you end up taking the route that you usually do but not meant to be on. 

When we stop consciously paying attention to what we are doing, we may not end up where we want to be.

For a person who likes routine, schedules and such I find that it still is so easy for me to slip up in my habit of keeping God in the centre of my life. Our natural fallen state gravitates towards keeping ourselves as the centre of our own lives. The challenge for us is to stay on track in our faith Journey where Jesus is the centre of our lives and to not allow anything to distract us from that. To stay on track, it is essential to inculcate habits that help guard our heart and soul, that give us time to hear from God every day. Not a rushed hello, thank you and here is my request but a quiet surrender of our time and mental space to hear from Him and feed off from His spirit so we are replenished and recharged to face our today.

Mathew 6:6 “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

I love this quote by John Maxwell “You don’t decide your future, you decide your habits and your habits decide your future.”

We see the word habits appear in Hebrews 10:24-25 “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

We are instructed to not develop a habit of neglecting meeting together and worshipping God.

Habits are learned behaviours that can become powerful in leading us down a certain path. There are habits that help us and are essential in our walk with God; making it a habit to spend time with God in solitude, in silence, gathering with others for worship, spending time in His word. These habits create a space where God is our sole focus.

There is a power in building these habits. They may seem very ordinary and routine but it is in these moments of habitual routine that we create space for God to recalibrate our hearts, to attune us to his voice and will, shape us and build us up. Those moments of daily prayer, scripture reading or attending church which are usually counted as routine, God is at work transforming us. He can take that ordinary moment and make it an extraordinary one.

We may not remember all our prayer times but I am sure we have moments of daily prayer which started off as routine but God broke through and made it extraordinary. Moments where we are reading our daily scripture and God specifically speaks to us through His word and that was just what we needed to hear that day. Moments in Church that we remember with clarity where God meets us in a special and unexpected way. All these habits will seem ‘routine’ most of the time and may seem easy to fall out of, but they create for us a space to experience God extraordinarily.  

Without intentionality we can end up drifting instead of moving forward towards Jesus and not becoming the person He has created and purposed us to be.  So dear friends, let’s take a moment and ask ourselves “What path are our habits carrying us on and what are they shaping us into?”

God Bless.  

42 thoughts on “Intentional Habits

  1. True. I remember getting clarity on an issue while sitting in church Wednesday morning, listening to the Pastor’s teaching. The good habits we create are channels to our upliftment and closeness to God.
    Love this! 💕💕💕

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  2. I am also a creature of habit. When I miss my quiet time with God, the whole day feels rushed and out of kilter. Church and church groups help to keep me centered on Jesus. It is a wonderful awe moment when the extraordinary power of God brings clarity and fills my heart with joy.

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  3. I like having routines in my life. They are comforting. Each morning before work I like to spend time with the Lord. Unfortunately, on the weekends I am not as dedicated. I get busy making breakfast, throwing laundry in the washer, etc. That is fine, as long as I don’t neglect my Bible time altogether. Making a habit of reading my Bible and sitting with the Lord has truly transformed my life. There is power in His Word. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful post! 💜✝️💜

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    1. Thank you Bridget 😊. I too am the same with being more regular on the weekdays and on the weekends or holidays I am not as regular but I too try to spend some time in the word even then. Without spending time with God I always feel off kilter.

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  4. My habits are so disorganized. Part of that is because of my unpredictable health issues, so my routine often gets off course. I still haven’t figured out how to work around this, and I have a bad habit of doing too much of one thing and not enough of another thing. Again, a lot of this has to do with health stuff. When fatigue, depression or anxiety hits it definitely throws things off balance. It feels like I have a mountain of things that always need tending to, but I can never tackle them all. I don’t know why I’m rambling… lol. I guess it’s bugging me. I have a difficult time with routine. I need it, but I can never seem to maintain it. Plus, I can also get bored of routine.

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    1. I hope you do eventually figure it out as only you know how and when best to fit in things to manage days that have you fatigued and days that you feel you can tackle more. I guess your planning for routines will have to be more bite size as you listen to your body and mind.

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  5. I remember, as a young Christian, listening to older women testify about their early morning quiet times with the Lord and thinking, ”I want to be just like them!” Their example inspired me to be persistent in establishing a consistent quiet time.☺️

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    1. I must say when my son was younger my routine was all over the place and it was ok because it was that sort of season of my life. I realised that every day may not be the same but the important bit is that every day must have some time for God, however quick.

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  6. I thought I read this one before… lol. I guess I needed it again. This time through my thought was “Habits of surrender” emphasis on surrender. I like that. Surrender sounds peaceful. ❤ Thanks again, for the encouraging word.

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    1. Haha, sometimes we need to read things again, it is a good reminder. Funny you should say ‘surrender’. Complete surrender to God is something He has been pointing out to me over the last couple of days. I have been trying to lean on my own strength 🙄 and did not realise how much of relying on my own I was doing.

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