How Long it Really Takes to Build a New Habit?

I found this via google. Not sure how true it is, but it helps to make the point that things need to be repeated for us to digest them, making them apart of our lives.

On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. In Lally's study, it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit.

But you are to proclaim things consistent with sound teaching. Titus 2:1

Proclaim is something we are to do continually – We also need to continually be doers of the Word that we hear.

But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22


Calling Out To The One Who Responds

Some days are just extremely tough! People we care about are hurting. It seems all of our plans are crashing. Our prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling and fall. That is if they seem to get off the ground at all. We cry out to God? We need relief! We need hope! We need the Father to respond.

Psalm 143:1 (NIV)

1 O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.

Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NIV)

12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Praise The Lord Today

David’s life is an example to the fact that God doesn’t always change your situation, but He does have all that it takes to help you through the hard times. Are you going through tough places and difficult times right now? I encourage you to read the words of David. Can you see him dancing and rejoicing over the incredible thought that God can meet all of his needs and provides whatever it takes to get through each day. Ask God to give you that same spirit of joy as you realize His sufficiency to meet your every need. And then as David did, remind yourself to praise the Lord.

Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV)
1 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits--
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

FM 3180 now Eagle Drive

If you stepped away from the area fifteen years ago and drove down FM 3180 today, you would see a drastic transformation. An old farm to market road is now a spruced-up boulevard called Eagle Drive. If someone stepped away from your life fifteen years ago and showed-up today, would they see a drastic change?

Romans 12:2 (NIV)
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Eyes in the Back of Her Head

I had an English teacher that seemed to have eyes in the back of her head. As she would write on the chalkboard (no white boards), she would call down anyone who was misbehaving in class. There were even times that she would instruct someone not to commit an act they were about to do. Many of us miss so much when we are looking straight at an object, yet my English teacher could see details with her back toward us. As believers, we are to see as the Lord sees. That takes a special gift. A gift that can only come from the Lord to our hearts.

Ephesians 1:18 (NIV)
18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.

Rain

I woke up to a hard rain this morning. As I drove through town, I saw that no one escaped the rain. It reminded me of the following verse. Is it not amazing how God loves? He loves everyone! Will our love fall on everyone?

Matthew 5:43-45 (NIV)
43 "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Impact

When one drop of rain hits my windshield, I am not motivated to do anything. However, when a number of rain drops band together and descend on my windshield, I am motivated to action least I am blinded by them.

Matthew 18:18-20 (NIV)
18 "I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
19 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.
20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

We Have What Others Need

Hope and fear, these small words have powerful consequences in our lives. The world is full of hopeless people who live in fear. When we share the hope that drives our lives, we can change someone’s life for all eternity.

1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

The Lord's Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)
9 "This, then, is how you should pray:

"'Our Father in heaven, How close is your relationship with the Father?

hallowed be your name, Do you recognize who He is?
10 your kingdom come, Is this your goal?

your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Is His will more important than your will?
11 Give us today our daily bread. How much do you ask for?
12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Is love your standard?
13 And lead us not into temptation, Do you let Him walk daily with you?

but deliver us from the evil one.' When you fall short, whom do you call on?

Do you start with prayer, or after trying it your way, do you pray?

The answer might give you an idea who is Lord of your life.

Little Things

How important are little things to you? I would assume that you have heard the value of a little rudder to a large ship. A little pebble is a breeze to carry unless it is in your shoe. An encouraging word goes a long way. A little time each morning with the Lord can save you much.

Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much.

Luke 16:10

Change

What was your first phone like? I remember seeing the old wooden phone with the crank on the side and the ear piece connected by a wire. Now I have a smart phone that has more functions than many of my old computers, what a transformation the telephone has gone through. What kind of changes have we gone through since we have accepted Christ?

Romans 12:2 (NIV)
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Water All Around

A friend was stuck out in the bay in his air boat. A hose came loose and the motor overheated because it lost its water. While there was water all around the motor, there was none to be found in the motor when it needed it. When we lose our love, it is easy to overheat. When we overheat, we can burn up relationships. The best way to keep the love of Christ in our hearts is to have a daily time with our Lord.

James 4:7-10 (NIV)
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.
10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Praise The Lord Today

David’s life is an example to the fact that God doesn’t always change your situation, but He does have all that it takes to help you through the hard times. Are you going through tough places and difficult times right now? I encourage you to read the words of David. Can you see him dancing and rejoicing over the incredible thought that God can meet all of his needs and provides whatever it takes to get through each day. Ask God to give you that same spirit of joy as you realize His sufficiency to meet your every need. And then as David did, remind yourself to praise the Lord.

Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV)
1Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits--
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

42 Years

It has been 42 years since my dad passed away. There has hardly been a week that has gone by that I don’t recall a word of advice, a memory, or a picture of my dad flashes in my mind. I was blessed to have had a great relationship with my dad. Yes, there were tears shed at his passing and many times I long for his presence, but one day we will gather new memories. There is comfort in knowing loved ones have eternal life.

Don’t pass up an opportunity to share the greatest news.

" … He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’" Revelation 21:4-5a (NASB)

John 10:28, "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them ou t of my hand." (NIV)

A Broken Egg

A number of people around me raise chickens and give away their eggs. Karen and I are blessed to be recipients of such generosity. I have found that an egg that is never broken only rots with-in. The value of an egg is when it is broken. An omelet, hard boiled, scrambled or a new born chick all come from broken eggs.

Psalm 51:17 (NIV)
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Tour Guide

I grew up near Galveston and went there quite often. You might say that I knew my way around the island. This past year I joined a group who went on a tour, and I learned so much about the island. Our tour guide not only showed us short cuts to getting around the island but taught us interesting facts. We were able to see and experience sights that I never had access to before. For years I had missed out because I never followed a tour guide.

The more we allow God to be our tour guide through life, the more we will be blessed.

Psalm 48:14 (NIV)
14 For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

The Band

The local high school band can be seen practicing their marching in the school parking lot just before the start of a new school year. How well they do practicing in the school parking lot shows up on the football field on Friday nights. Hundreds of fans like me sit high up in the stands watching the band’s every move. When someone messes up their marching, it is easy to see from the stands.

As believers we have people watching our steps, when we mess up it has an effect on the Kingdom. Accountability partners, studying God’s Word and prayer are great activities to do before we start the day.

Galatians 5:25 (NIV)
25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Ball Fields

While at the baseball and softball fields this week, I saw hundreds of children playing. I wondered how many of those precious children have been or even will be brought to the feet of our Lord. I believe that many parents invest their time and funds to help their children succeed in a sport that may be a part of their lives for ten to twenty years. What about an investment in their eternity?

Luke 18:16 (NIV)
16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Matthew 16:26-27 (NIV)
26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.

What We Say

What would our week look like if we began to speak every word from God’s perspective rather than our own? For this week, let’s be intentional to look at every single situation through the lens of God and let the words that flow from us come directly from the One who created us.

“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”

Psalm 141:3

Ma Bell

Means of communications have changed drastically over the years. My grandmother was a switchboard operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. She and her co-workers were needed to connect people to the party to whom they wanted to speak. Today, we use wireless phones, something we only dreamed of when I was a teenager. What will communications be like when my grandchildren are my age? The only means of communication that has not changed over the years is talking to our Lord. We never need someone else to connect us, nor are we ever out of range.

Psalm 34:15: “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.”