At last, I’m back behind the keys.
Such a busy spell I had with summer holidays, back to school, redecorating, and a bit of illness thrown into the mix too.
Which has made me realise how grateful I am for my good health and energy to keep going throughout these busy seasons of life. It also highlighted the importance of rest and solitude. Time alone to rest with God to pray and read his word. It’s so easy when you are busy doing life to let things like prayer time and Bible study slide down the list of priorities in life. I know it is for me.
I have had to make it part of my routine that I set my alarm at 5.45am. Snooze and waken by 6am. This gives me an hour with God before I get the kids up. A friend recommended this as I just found it a struggle to find time in my busy day. And it has really made a difference. It helps set me up for the day.
I mentioned I was doing a bit of decorating, out with the old and in with the new. To get rid of some of my old furniture, I was selling it through buy and sell pages on social media. Message after message I received with interest included the same question, what is the very least you will take for this? As I opened another message asking the same question, I sighed and grumbled a bit about the cheek; like who really wants to say what is their lowest offer, how could people think this was ok?
Just as I grumbled on to myself while typing the reply, I felt God press in on my heart. I felt like the question he was asking was isn’t this what you ask me sometimes, Terri. My heart sank. How very well my God knows me. He knows when to speak and how gently to do it.
I do this, not all the time but sometimes my attitude towards God is what is the least you’ll accept from me, today Lord!
Of course, that price has already been paid for by Jesus. We can’t buy our way into heaven with daily prayers and devotionals. God doesn’t work in reward charts for jobs well done. We can’t serve our way, pray our way, fast our way or donate our way into heaven.
We don’t pray and read scripture to obtain imaginary spiritual brownie points. God doesn’t need us. He wants us to fellowship with him… why! Because he delights in us. He is so proud of us, and we bring him so much joy. Just like my kids bring me so much joy, and I’m so proud of them. It would be bizarre if I never spoke to them or they never spoke to me.
“We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!”
1 John 1:3-4 MSG
I heard a speaker this week talking about choosing not to be intentional about time connecting with God is like having all the equipment and the best broadband for all the access on the internet and not connecting to the actual wifi. but still wanting to access all the information on the web.
When we connect to God regularly, we have access to all his power, wisdom, peace, love and guidance. And yet, still some of us, like me at times, still let other things preoccupy our valuable time with God, while we ask God, what is the very least you will accept from me, God?