For me the hardest step to take is the first one.  I procrastinate and do everything else but what I should do.  I’ve had this scripture as a daily reminder for some time now:

When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him.    It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it.  Don’t let your mouth make you sin.  Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.  Eccl 5:4-7 (NLT)

Each day I open my e-mails, and this reminder is one of a dozen.  This one is important and why I’ve started Bible Bites.  Just like millions of others around America, my retirement account shrunk, partly because of errors of my own, and partly because of the economy.  With fear I asked God what I can do for my retirement.  At the time I was journaling in a book that my friend had compiled.  I had purchased it years ago and finally took the time to journal, but the journal was complete after about a month.  I wanted more because I needed more.

I thought about the years I had spent in a support group in a former church.  A support group can be a lot of work, and I saw dozens of women leave after just a few weeks, or after one study (6-8 weeks).  I always wondered why I stuck it out for years when others quit.  I wanted to learn why I was hurting, why I was a codependent and what I could do about it.  It took me a number of years to work through the characteristics of codependency and I’m so glad that I spent the time in the workbooks, the group settings, the retreats and other activities that required a thorough look at so many aspects of my personality.  It was similar to learning a new language while assimilating a new culture in a foreign country.  It took quite a while because I had to get out of my comfort zone.  But now I’m comfortable in my skin and have learned so much.

And that brings me to God’s prompting to start Bible Bites.  Support groups may be challenging, a lot of work and may require that you leave your home to meet up with others.  Bible Bites is the daily response to a single verse while asking that God be the greatest influence in my life.

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