Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things.  Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.   1 Timothy 4:7b-12
Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.  Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 
1 Timothy 4:14-15

Practice, train, repetition, rehearsal, prepare, run through, perfect … words that all point to making an effort towards a goal.  We want to do things for ourselves, for our families and loved ones, for our community.  We usually also want to do them well.  In order for that, practice is called for and needed, in most cases.

Last week, I addressed my own difficulty with making something a habit.  I, far too often, break the habit and feel a failure.  Yet, I am learning that habits are truly of the LORD.  He is my habit and when I call upon Him, kneel before Him, lay my needs or my burdens before Him, He picks each and every one up.  As I become closer to Him, I grow in relationship with Him.  He becomes the habit I need and those habits I want to achieve are done by and with Him.  I don’t HAVE to do them by myself.  I have Him to lean upon, to count on.

I practice Jesus.  I love Jesus moment-by-moment.  I walk beside Him and love Him from my inside-out.  He is my habit.  I hope in the living God.  I toil and strive toward being a godly woman.  If, at times, it seems to be only head knowledge, it just may be.  Yet, my heart is set on the LORD and will follow my head to gain the knowledge that is needed for growing in the LORD, for gaining that new habit.

I am reminded of a silly song from “Annie, Get Your Gun”, ARTIST/Lyrics: Irving Berlin
TITLE: Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

“Anything you can do, I can do better
I can do any thing better than you
No you can’t, Yes I can, No you can’t, Yes I can”
No you can’t, Yes I can, yes I can

Arguing is not the point. I do not argue with my LORD. At least I don’t mean to argue with Him.
As I walk beside Him, I learn that His strength upholds me and guides me into the practices He desires for me. His might gives me boldness. He is my enabler. He focuses me. He teaches me what is important to Him for my life. I can do anything, though not in my strength, but in the Spirit.
Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.  Zechariah 4:6

I must be willing to walk in the Spirit, to live in the Spirit, and to die in the Spirit for I have been crucified with Christ.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  Galatians 2:20
I am alive!  He lives!  He lives in me.

Oh, LORD, form Your habits in me as I walk with You.  I want Your will for my life.  Guide me to practice that which concerns You today.  I want to please You and Only You, LORD.  I am in love with You so dearly.  Amen. 

N.Y. Playground [between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]
Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.
Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,
General information about the Bain Collection is available at
Call Number: LC-B2- 2802-12

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