Better in one day...

I believe this in fits and starts. Experience demonstrates its SO true.

Tim Keller on the Psalms

Psalm 84: 9– 12. 
9 Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one. 10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12 LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. 

A New Years Prayer

This would solve a lot. I'll ask for this not just for myself, but for others too (Matthew 6:19-25; James 1:2-18)

[Tim Keller on Psalm 88:8-13 ]

Psalm 86: 8– 13. 
8 Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. 9 All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. 10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. 11 Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. 12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. 13 For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead. 

Stop Trying, Start Training

I found this really helpful. Part 1

"Training, Not Trying  
In relation to spiritual disciplines, the most helpful distinction is the difference between trying to do
something and training to do something. 

Paul says,  
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict
training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave. (1 Corinthians 9: 24-27)