Main Verse: Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:34-35
We’ve always bought real maple syrup for our kiddos. Every time we would buy it, I think to myself ,”wow that sap is expensive!” Believe me, we poured it out for our children and kept it under lock and key. We savored it, made it last, kept a close eye on it and gave it the value it demanded.
How much more precious and valuable is our time!
James 4:14 says “Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Do you value your time? How much wasted time do you spend each day? Instead of making a resolution, how about resolving to value the time that lies ahead of you this year.
My husband and I had three children in three and a half years and he worked 24 hour shifts as a firefighter. I didn’t have family nearby, so it was just me at times for 24-72 hours alone with the kids. Although I did the best I could to keep a schedule and keep my babies all happy and fed, I had very little control of how my days were going to play out. During those early years as a mom, the Lord showed me a “law” that seemed to work magic over my days if obeyed the law.
The law was simply this….to give the Lord time every day and give Him the FIRST part of my day.
We see Jesus do this in Mark 1:34-35 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”
On the days I enforced that law, no matter what came my way or how much I had on my plate, the time passed in peace and more was accomplished than on the days I didn’t enforce that law and had fewer things to do. That was over 22 years ago, and the same principle works for me today. Time invested first with God each day results in time spent wisely bearing fruit by bedtime.
The very best way to spend YOUR life and time only you can determine as your life, talents, calling and giftedness is unique to you. What if this year instead of Just Doing It, implementing that diet, pushing toward that goal, determining to do better, propping yourself up with self- determination and making resolutions, you simply cherished time a little more and dedicated your time to the one who put time itself in motion? Just those two simple things for one year.
Join with us at Sister’s in the Spirit as we cherish this new year of 2019 and determine to Cultivate time with the Lord every morning and Cultivate a new perspective on this gift of time.
Post written by: Janice Seal Janice grew up in the Bay Area in a broken family. She met Christ in the 3rd grade at a neighborhood gathering for kids called a 5 Day Club. The woman who led the club took her to church where she was baptized and received her first bible. In later years, she encountered the ministry of Young Life where she deepened her faith and felt the call to love others with the love of Christ as she had been loved. She now serves at Powerhouse Ministries and claims it is the highlight of her week. Janice is married to her husband of 24 years and they have three children all now in college.