Behold, God is my helper.
The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.
Psalm 54:4 NASB
This week I have been fighting another straight out assault on my quiet time. It was as if it was a structured, well thought out plan to keep me from feeling able to sit down to pray, read, and write. This attack definitely put a stop to my work on my blog. I see now why my life was such a desperate wreck before I spent time with Christ daily. How did I ever manage to live without Him? Breathe without Him?
The first few days of only shot-gun prayers left me feeling weak and desperate, both emotionally and physically. Finally, yesterday I was able to sit down for some quiet time, but I had to retrain myself to focus in. Not only did I have to retrain myself to focus, I am having to retrain my daughter to respect my time alone with God.
Thank the Lord that He has mercy on us even when we do not feel we have time for Him. In hind sight, I could have forced myself to be alone. I could have read through the children screaming and running around me at the table. I could have locked myself in the bathroom to pray, or prayed while I angrily scrubbed algae from the walls of our pool. I could have read my Bible on the nifty app on my phone instead of scrolling through Facebook while waiting on my doctor. Could of, would of, should of…
This morning while thinking about my frustration with how hard this week has been, God gently showed me how I could have still spent time with Him all along the way. Isn’t it wonderful how God can turn every attack into a lesson that will grow our faith?
I have once again been reminded that there is never a day where I do not have time for God. I may feel like I can’t fit Him into my schedule, but if it weren’t for Him I wouldn’t even have a schedule. He sustains my life. He is my life. That is what we sign up for when we say that we want to forsake all others (including ourselves), take up our cross and follow Him.
Are you struggling with making God a priority in your daily life? There is no good excuse not to. If we truly value our relationship with Christ, He should be our top priority. Ask for God to reveal to you how you can better spend your time. Can you wake up earlier? Can you read your Bible instead of ending the day staring at a screen? What about your lunch break? We all waste time through out our day, and when we ignore God even though we actually do have time to spend with Him, it is like spitting in the face of our faith. Our actions are saying that everything else is more important than Christ.
I pray that we all can remain faithful to time in the Word and prayer, and when we get our priorities out of line, I pray we repent and return to the One who sustains us.
How is your schedule looking today? What are your priorities?
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
He must increase, but I must decrease.
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
All need grace and all is grace, friends!