So during this past winter, especially, I'd wake up at night, 2 or 3 a.m.. Sometimes earlier, sometimes later. And in the blackness, the conviction would begin. Droning. Nagging. Whispering.
"You didn't do your back-strengthening exercises yesterday." (And usually my back was hurting to illustrate that point.)
"You didn't brush McCartney The Long-Haired Cat, even though she doesn't like it. But the hair which she can't reach to clean is all matted."
"You forgot to floss. You've not written in your diary in weeks. You barely drank any water yesterday. The birdfeeders outside are still empty. And you didn't eat one single vegetable yesterday, either." (Good grief.)
Convictions keeping me awake at night! Gah! Some were from God, some from me, but all came in the silence of the night. (It's harder to ignore God when the noises of daytime are gone--and He knows it.)
So after a few weeks of all that nighttime nagging, finally I got out a large index card and wrote down what I call My Daily Conviction List. On the list are those things which I'd heard whispered in the night (above) and other tasks which I tend to forget like, getting the newspaper from the mailbox before Tom goes to work, playing the old-fashioned radio in our kitchen because it's a cool retro thing to do, taking my vitamins, keeping the water-filtered jug full, etc.
The List stays on our counter top and when I'm feeling especially energetic and efficient, I go down The List and do the things bam! One right after the other. Check, check, check. All done.
The best thing? I'm sleeping better. The nighttime nagging has ceased. Hooray! The second best thing? My daily tasks are getting done daily. Kinda blows your mind, doesn't it?
Isn't it amazing what a little bit of obedience to God can do?
"To obey is better than sacrifice." 1 Samuel 15:22 (Always, I hear Keith Green singing those words whenever I read them. Anyone else?)
"It's the little foxes that spoil the vine." ... Song of Solomon 2:15 (And if I'm sloppy, it's the little things which will spoil whole portions of my life.)