The Mary Challenge Daily #5: Journal Observations


Through this challenge, I have really been convicted about the time that I spend doing unnecessary things when I could be doing things that matter, as well as about how distracted I am by things that have no value. Thinking of these things really led me to cry out to the Father to help me reevaluate and be mindful. We loose so much precious time in the busy of the unnecessary and in the clouded distracted mind.

The Mary Challenge has really taking a veil off of my eyes about the reality of how I spend my time and the quality of the time I am spending. Along the way, I have used journaling to keep track of the things that the Lord shows me and the things that I have learned from the process. So today, our challenge is going to call for us to get real with ourselves and our intentions so that God can get us re-aligned.

The Mary Challenge Daily #5: Journal Observations. Today we are going to sit down at two different times to write out some key thoughts about our busy behavior. The first time to write down the areas that we think need to be eliminated or adjusted to allow us time to sit with Jesus and take part in the good portion. The second time, at the end of the day, to reflect on  the distractions we noticed throughout the day that keep us from engaging with the Lord. These distractions can be our phones, social media, television, laziness, and many other things. The most important thing to remember is to be honest with yourself about what you do and why?

Here are some questions to consider:

  • What am I doing today that can really wait until tomorrow?
  • Why am I doing what I am doing?
  • What tasks are unnecessary?
  • What spaces am I wasting time that I could use to sit at the feet of Jesus?
  • What areas during my day can I use to extend love to the people around me?

This challenge is meant to create a mental pattern that will be lasting in our daily considerations. If it’s challenging and uncomfortable. That’s because it’s supposed to be. When we get uncomfortable, God can do His best work. At the end of the day, our lives have a much bigger purpose than our to-do list. Our consistent walk with the Savior will align our hearts with His and weed out the unnecessary, unproductive and unhealthy habits we tend to grow attached to.

1 Chronicles 16:11 “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!”

Let’s be refreshed and redirected as we seek His presence in our place of honor at Jesus’ feet.

-J.E. Berrry


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