Spiritual Conditioning

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

John 10:27

 

My “big present” last Christmas, the gift my husband and kids chipped in to get me, was a Natural Daylight Alarm Clock.  (If you’re not familiar with these, they are cool.*)

This clock is really helping me get up in the morning, something I’m not so good at doing! The box said that it works with your body’s natural rhythms, and I think it truly does. The light slowly gets brighter and brighter until my alarm “goes off” with the sounds of chirping birds. I didn’t think the birds would be enough to wake me (I’m the kind of person who incorporates the song playing on a radio alarm into my dreams), but the light has me all primed to wake up and my eyes open at the first little chirp.

When I wake up to the warm light and the sound of birds chirping, I feel like Cinderella. Add to that my lovely heating blanket (remember this post?) and I’m truly sleeping like a princess! If only my Prince Charming didn’t snore. Even so, this winter I slept better than I ever have before.

But now that Spring has sprung, I’ve discovered a problem with my fantastic alarm: There are real, actual birds chirping outside my open window. And they are waking me up. At 4:30 a.m. Every single day.

I’ve been conditioned.

This got me thinking how much I’d like to be conditioned about so many things (other things). Is there anything you’d love to condition yourself to do? A habit you’d like to form at the automatic response level?

More than anything, I’d love to be conditioned to hear the quiet voice of God… the voice of my Good Shepherd… the whisper of the Holy Spirit. Like the chirping of birds in the morning, those spiritual nudges can be such easy things to miss.  We get distracted from them, or sleep-walk through them.

One way to make sure we don’t miss God’s plan for our days is to ask Him about it at the get-go (which I talk about here). Another thing I’m going to try is mid-day check-in.  Will you join me?

 

Take the Challenge:

This week, let’s condition ourselves to hear the voice of our Savior.  I’m going to set the alarm on my phone for 3:30 and ask God how I’m doing… am I in line with His plan, or have I gone off to do my own thing? Is there anything He’d like to bring to my attention?  And hopefully this will work as spiritual conditioning—each time I hear my phone alarm from here on out, my spirit will lift to the Lord!

Will you join me in trying this?  If so, what time of day would be best for you?  Or is there another response you’d love to condition within yourself?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

 

*Yup, that’s an affiliate link.  If you happen to get an alarm clock, thanks for supporting my ministry!  And be sure to select a music wake-up sound, not the birds. 🙂

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