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How To Be Awesome

Step 1: Listen to Jesus.
Step 2: Do what He says.

“Oh…but, Kat, that’s so trite.”

If you’re anything like me, perhaps your eyes just glazed over? Or maybe they rolled back up into your head, where a little voice said, “Yea, yea, I know, I know…now where is the good stuff?”

Why is it that I want to do everything except what is necessary?

Why do I so readily gloss over the simple truth?

The books, the blogs, the magazines, the How-To guides, the personal coaches, the parenting tips, the TV shows – they are all inadequate compared to the truth, life and wisdom of the One who knows you, who made you….who wants you.

Sweet friend, if we aren’t quieting ourselves daily before God, reading His word, declaring His goodness, then what is the point of all of our other efforts?

If I can inspire you, motivate you to do anything, I pray it’s to put down my words, our words, their words and read His Word.

He has every single thing you need and He is faithful.

Let’s Help Each Other

What is your best tip for making time with God happen each day? Share it in the comments.

Update: The Rest of the Series

1. Tips for Moms: How To Get Things Done
2. Mom Tips: How To Get Things Done, Pt. 2
3. Mom Tips: How To Get Things Done, Pt. 3
4. Mom Tips: Routines vs Tasks – Why You Need To Know The Difference
5. How To Be Awesome

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  • This is a reminder I needed. My quiet times are embarrassingly sporadic. I’ve been writing curriculum for our elementary department, and realizing how hypocritical it is to encourage kids to spend time with God, when I don’t nearly as often as I ought to. Thanks!

  • Avatar Jamie says:

    Every. Single. Thing. Realizing that is truth and choosing to believe it! There are so many things to distract, but for me everyday it comes down to a choice and I don’t always make the best choice. But I never ever regret it when I make the choice to spend time with Him.

  • Avatar Selena says:

    How do you get into my head? I just left myself a voicemessage for a blog post. I said, “Does all of this even really matter? We work so hard and for what? It could all be gone. Tomorrow could be THE DAY.”
    So step 1 and step 2 are NOT trite, but TRUTH. Thanks for your words. Short and sweet…leaving time for OTHER reading ;0

  • I love to read and write inspiring posts!! I too am from Texas!! 🙂

  • Avatar Jamie says:

    True words. I needed them. Thank you!

  • I always enjoy learning from your post. Having a bit of a migraine morning, struggling with a lot of those lately. I guess being displaced does that by creating stress. As I am waiting for the Lord’s guidance it is good reminder that the blessing lies in the challenge of doing what he says.

    Thanks again

  • Get up early and just. do. it. Put your Bible somewhere that you know you’ll pick it up first. (I’m not too proud to admit until I got into the routine, I had to put The Book on top of my laptop, so I would remember which one to open first. Cringing now.) It’s the best start to the day.

  • Can I just say what a breakthrough it was for me a few years back when I realized I actually needed to DO something besides let the Word go in one ear and out the other? And I still need the reminder! Thank you for this.

  • Avatar Katie says:

    I woke up to this advice this morning, after just spending a weekend at a retreat where Lysa Terkhurst spent 3 hours telling us how saying “yes” to God has impacted her life, and then at Bible study last night, listened to Francis Chan video on the Holy Spirit, and saying yes to God. I think God might be telling me something here.

  • I have to agree with Valerie – “Just get up early, and do it!” I know all of the excuses and none of them will hold up when we stand before the Lord when He returns.

  • Avatar momof3girls says:

    we eat everyday. we sleep everyday. why do we not neglect those? because we need it, we crave it, we desire it. If we could just take hold and grasp just a tiny amount of how much the Creator of the Universe loves and desires for us…..if we could just stay in His presence long enough to be devastated and overwhelmed……to taste and see that the Lord is so so so so so so so so good….we would yearn for more.

  • Avatar Keilah says:

    Thank you. The truth is what we all need to be reminded about. We are so quick to speak and not listen first. Read this today:
    One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. (Psalm 27:4 NKJV)

  • Avatar Sharon says:

    I am a morning person naturally, so I get up early, and head to the couch where my Bible and devotional are waiting for me. Occasionally, my toddler wakes up before me. When that happens, I have my quiet time during her nap.

    I used to hop on the computer as soon as I woke up. But, I can always find more and more things to look at online and keep pushing back my quiet time. To the point that it never happens. So, now I do that first thing.

    • Avatar Kat says:

      Sharon,
      Ah…yes, I decided to make my QT a “gadget free” time. It’s too easy for me to “just check” something and then fritter all my time away.

  • Avatar melanie says:

    I’m officially over excusing myself from regular devotional time because “I’m a mom with three young kids.” I manage to check my email, read, eat, and sleep everyday, so it can be done. Some of the ways that have helped as of late:

    First of all, after hearing Beth Moore’s testimony over a year ago, I started praying that God would light my heart on fire for his word. You know, like make me want to read it more than Harry Potter or the Hunger Games. (sheepish grin) And it’s happening! Not like a lightning bolt, but little by little I’m growing more and more curious about and blown away by what God’s word says. That’s made a huge difference for me.

    I have started keeping a small Bible in my purse so I can whip it out anytime, like when we’re actually early (how did that happen?) for school drop off.

    We listen every morning to a Pandora station I put together with spirit-filled worship from IHOP worship leaders, Bethel worship, etc.

    I have joined a weekly Bible study where you really aren’t supposed to share unless you’ve done the reading and meditations. Can someone say ACCOUNTABILITY?!

    We also have a house of prayer here in Santa Barbara (they are popping up everywhere) and it’s been such a sweet experience going with the whole family for Friday night worship and prayer.

    Though I haven’t started it yet, our new church does the Life Journal (http://www.lifejournal.cc/) and my husband does his daily Bible reading by listening to it through a free audio Bible online.

    Anyway, lots of ways to do it and it’s time to stop listening to the lies that it’s not possible.

    Thanks again, Kat, for nudging us toward awesome-ness.

    =), melanie

  • Oh, my… This statement is going up where I have my Hello Mornings time:

    The books, the blogs, the magazines, the How-To guides, the personal coaches, the parenting tips, the TV shows – they are all inadequate compared to the truth, life and wisdom of the One who knows you, who made you….who wants you.

    I’m a self-help addict in remission, praying for complete healing! Thank you this word today. I’m hanging onto this word, my friend!

  • My best tip for finding time with God each day is to be consciously aware of His parent. Sometimes I slack in the morning and don’t get up on time. Then I fall into condemnation. Well, when I’m aware of His presence, that reminds me that I can talk to Him anywhere and at any time.

    However, morning is still the best time 🙂 That’s when my spirit is quiet and so is my home!

  • Kat your blog is a true inpsiration. Thank you for all you do to incourage mom’s. Thank you for also providing a platform to link up!

  • Avatar Stephanie says:

    I have found that the biggest thing that has helped me be consistent with my quiet time is asking God to help me get up and do it. I know that I cannot, by my own will-power and strength, get out of bed at 6 in the morning when I’ve woken up with my kids 5 times already. Only God is powerful enough to get me out of my bed and into the office to pray and read His word. When I decided that having my quiet time was truly important to me, I began praying earnestly that God would help me get up every morning and have my quiet time and I found that on the mornings that it was the hardest to get out of the bed, those were the mornings He spoke to me the most in my quiet time through what I read. It sounds simple and it’s not super exciting, but that has been what worked for me!

    I also want to add that I am a total night owl. I love to stay up late but I now look forward to going to bed early and getting up for my quiet time! I think about it the closer it gets to bedtime and get almost giddy thinking about it. Of course, this isn’t every night but most nights! I have my down days where I get up but feel like I only went through the motions, but I’m praying that God won’t let my down days keep me from staying on track!

  • The Lord has been using you to be so encouraging to me. I have been doing the Fruit of the Spirit Bible study {though I am way behind.} Getting up this morning before the kids to spend time alone in the Word was refreshing as always!

  • Avatar Libby says:

    I’m in one of those places where I can barely bring myself to meet with Him (what? how am I here as a believer I ask?) I’ll confess to all of you: I want to be awesome. without His help. I feel stuck in my cycle of striving to do life apart from him, and I’m realizing that it’s because I haven’t truly repented (as in turned from) my sin. I want to do it all, figure it all out, on. my. own. Because my identity and purpose has gotten wrapped up in what I can accomplish and check off my do to list. And how awesome I can be. And that’s for my own glory, not His..(oh ugly ugly pride). Praying God would break my callous heart. And for now, that’s really all I can muster up. To tell Him yes, I’m messed up, and no, I can’t fix it myself, so please help…well, it’s a start. So for those who are in a similar place, it’s okay to bring whatever you can before him. Makes me think of the David Crowder song,

    “And this is all that I can say right now
    i know it’s not much
    And this is all that I can give
    yeah that’s my everything”

    Trusting He’ll do the rest.

    • Avatar Kat says:

      Libby,
      I think we can all relate to how you feel and have been in that season once or a hundred times. It sounds like you’re right at the place that He can use you the most! Your honesty, humility and desire to change are precious to Him.

  • Avatar Stacey says:

    Spending less time on the computer and going to bed early. I’ve been limiting my blog reading to only a couple of times a week and take frequent facebook breaks. The best though is going to bed early in order to be well rested for the next day – getting up early is easy at that point!

    • Avatar Kat says:

      “The best though is going to bed early in order to be well rested for the next day – getting up early is easy at that point!”

      Truth.

      Getting up early is simple if we’re going to bed early too!

  • Avatar Lindsay says:

    After a tiring day and missing my early morning time in the Word, I went for the computer to have some down time. In the back of my mind, I knew I was ultimately making a choice over what I needed most…HIM and Him alone. Thanks for bringing it to surface for me.

  • How do I make time with God happen? Frankly the morning is not under my control but Zondervan sends me a Bible verse with a picture to my inbox so most mornings I get that. With school work for my daughter I have been so blessed as we study and memorize the book of James. And at night we are reading through the One Year Bible. She’s a pretty Awesome kid (by your definition) so when she hears something she applies it. Not eating meat with blood in it, always having something on hand to give to those who ask, anything! I learn from her, realizing how much of a stick-in-the-mud I can be. Faith stretched as we sponsored a Guatemalan girl through Compassion for a year now! God has been so faithful and Ravinia too as she has raised the monthly money.
    Kat, God is awesome. He’s been showing me (Psalm 103) his word outlasts our lives. It will still say what is right and wrong long after I’m gone. So, I should listen and obey, the perfect law that gives freedom (James 1:24)!

  • Avatar Julie says:

    I have to get up early if I want to spend time with the Lord, or it doesn’t happen. I can tell myself that I’ll do it later, but it’s very rare if I actually make the time to do it, and by then, I’ve messed up so many times that I’m ashamed to do so as it feels like hypocrisy! That’s why I try to get up 5.30-6am if possible.

  • Avatar monica says:

    Very good and true words. Thank you!
    Reading/listening is really the first step–DOING is the meat, isn’t it? 🙂
    WIll chew on this today!
    Monica

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  • Avatar Becky says:

    I try to wake up each morning with gratitude…thanking God for where I am and for the day ahead. I also go to bed each night with gratitude for His gifts. I get on my knees and thank Him for the day he’s given me and for allowing me the comfort of a warm bed to share with my husband. It keeps me grounded and grateful.

  • Ah yes, it’s all about Jesus. It should be, anyway. It seems so simple. I guess it really is. We just have to crucify our flesh, be led by the Spirit.

    Janelle
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