Since I’m a routine-lover (ya’ll know that by now, right? lol), sometimes I find myself reciting more than communicating with God. Good things, of course, like I love You, Lord, or I delight in You, Lord.
I think there’s a place for routine in prayer life. For example, my day is really off balance if I don’t spend time with the Lord first thing in the morning. So, I start my day in the Word. Alone, just me and Him. Well, and my two sidekicks. 🙂
And, no, they are not always this calm or quiet in the mornings.
But, I also want my relationship with the Lord to be meaningful and fresh every day, not stagnant or rote. I mean, He’s given me so much–given me a brand new day– how can I not respond with a heart full of gratitude and worship? He’s precious, and I treasure Him. Words matter to Him.
But I think He’s quite okay with repeating words.
“And they were calling to one another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:3 NIV
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” Revelation 4:8 NIV
Just so long as I’m communicating, not just reciting hollow words and sentiment. As long as I’m prioritizing Him and opening my heart in worship.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NIV
What about you? Routine in your prayer life? Love it or leave it?
I’m really bad about this. I try, I really do, to schedule a handful of days off between books. Even blocking off the days on my calendar, that itch to start cranking out the next book hits. The hero and heroine wave their hands or tell me a secret to get my attention, and the blank page taunts me until I get right back to it. What about you? Do you schedule down time, and if so, how do you stick to it?
Typically, this isn’t the case for me. I tend to get more words on the page by writing consistently. But occasionally I do find that a break from my routine is just what I needed to twist the spigot of words so that they flow again. What about you? Routine…love it or leave it?