“Diligence” ~ I have been pondering and doing diligence, being diligent. Amidst this word in the background of my days, I still am totally interrupted, taking me way off course. Yet, my days and weeks are orchestrated by the Lord.
But I trust in You, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! Psalm 31:14-15
I find that focusing on God’s Word using the “Sweeter Than Honey, A 365-Day Devotional Journey” by Patsy Burnette has been such a fine way to spend time in the Word daily. Not just five days a week but seven. Plus, I like Patsy’s daily place from which to jump off and into the Word. We are reading the Bible chronologically. Patsy shares space with daily readers on this Facebook page.
I have just completed Community Bible Study for 2021-22/online with a local group of women, studying “suffering” through the books of Job, James, 1 and 2 Peter, and, finally, Colossians. I did not enter the study until after Job and James were completed, but have the study books, planning to complete those over the summer. I have also signed up to join the next study in September for “Red Sea to the Jordan River” following the Israelites in the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers. Community Bible Study groups are all over the world. If you are interested, click on the link above to see about a group in your area.
My Bonnie-Girl, my tuxedo cat, my 14- year-old, 3 years ago adopted senior is gone from this earth. She died Tuesday, April 19th. I loved her so; she was my little buddy. She came into my life six months after Kenneth died. I was mourning the loss of my husband, as well as enduring COVID lockdowns and necessary cares and concerns for myself and others. Oh, my sweet girl.
In looking over OneWord prompts, I decided to look for quotes using “diligence” in them.
“Diligence like any other virtue in life can be developed if lost in the cause of time. One can start slowly and gain momentum on things that help in developing diligence.”
― Dr. Lucas D. Shallua
“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.”
― Samuel Johnson, The Life Of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 4
Diligence overcomes difficulties; sloth makes them.“ Benjamin Franklin
Prefer diligence before idleness, unless you esteem rust above brightness.“ Plato
“I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.” Charles Dickens
Ordinary people who faithfully, diligently, and consistently do simple things that are right before God will bring forth extraordinary results.“ David A. Bednar
Lord, please steer me along this journey of diligence in this earthly sphere, while I walk towards my eternal life. I am so grateful that You have given me this word along with some tools that teach me more about being diligent. Your desire may be to grow me more and more, so please show me the way. And…
Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for You have been my Refuge,
a Strong Tower against the enemy. (Psalm 61:1-3)
In the Beautiful Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.