Finally, a moment to write a new blog post!
Besides enduring a round of Covid and recovery, I’ve been busy with Bible study, church FB page, and other tasks associated with leadership and reorganizing in our church. I am SO very thankful that I am retired from the demands of work and now have seemingly ‘days on end’ to spend on tasks that are all related to and are for God’s glory! I’m thankful that I have HOURS to pore over the Bible, books, devotionals and then to spend time talking with God! Your day WILL come. :)
Today (March 15) I was reminded, through a devotional writing by Sarah Young, in “Jesus Calling”, of the honor and privilege it is to spend time in the Lord. In this devotional writing, Ms. Young suggests that we, “take mini breaks from this ‘world’, to find a place to be still and to seek God’s Presence and listen to His voice!” Perfect advice, especially for those who aren't able to block out large blocks of time to pray, study and worship God.
DRAFTJS_BLOCK_KEY:f5ie2I challenge you to take a serious look at your life, your responsibilities, your free time, your pursuits in life. Consider if EVERYTHING you are doing for yourself and for others, is indeed, of and anointed by God. If it is not…talk to God and make the changes needed to line your life up with the pursuits and pleasures of God.
I am well aware of the busy schedules that many women and men (even kids) face with work, home, families and so many responsibilities related to life. It is, however, sad to realize that while those people are nurturing and caring for their families, they may be indirectly missing out on time spent with the Lord.
I get it, life is busy, and people have responsibilities, but cultivating a personal relationship with Christ is THAT IMPORTANT that it’s a critical issue to adjust the patterns of our lives to best follow and reflect Jesus! I’ve gained so much from deeper study and greater abandon to God; I guess that is why this devotional resonated with me. I really LIKE the suggested idea of ‘taking mini breaks’ throughout the day. It is perfectly OK to take these breaks as you can fit them in amidst your other responsibilities.
I sure would hate to see people miss out on building an intimate relationship with Christ because of other ‘work’ that takes priority. It’s unfortunate that too often it appears that adults / parents are all but forced to choose between the two...Family and God. Beware, as you parent and live out your life, that you don’t allow the “world” to dictate your priorities. The "world" does not hold the same values that Jesus teaches and demonstrates! How many of the tasks that we do are based on worldly demands and dreams?
I challenge you to take a serious look at your life, your responsibilities, your free time, your pursuits in life. Consider if EVERYTHING you are doing for yourself and for others, is indeed, of and anointed by God. If it is not…talk to God and make the changes needed to line your life up with the pursuits and pleasures of God.
God loves us so much! He loves to reveal Himself to those who seek Him! Take ‘mini breaks’ to talk to God, to refocus and readjust your thinking and actions.
God WILL take care of all else when we are in line with His teaching & commands.
I like this passage in Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)
"For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
IT'S TRUE!! Take a "God Break"!!