Monday, June 30, 2008

Is God in Your Schedule?

One day several years ago during our Bible Study time, the kids & I were discussing Psalm 139:7-10.

“Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me; your right hand will hold me fast.”

We discussed that it doesn’t matter where we are God is always there. One of my sons said, “Yeah, like He’s right here.”, as he patted the sofa seat beside him. Then he looked down and noticed that the sofa was covered with books, pencils and paper so he began moving it aside so that there would be room for God to sit.

We all had a good laugh out of that, but I thought later, “Have I made room for Christ in my life, what needs to be moved over or out so that he can sit with me?” We get so busy with our little ones and the daily routines of life that we gradually squeeze God out. Before we know it there just isn’t time for a quiet time or prayer.

The good news is God is everywhere we are. We can call on Him any time, any where. That is a great comfort to me to know that I can call on Him anytime of day and anywhere I am when I do find myself drowning in my day. But, I know that He is blessed when I go to Him first in my day. He wants to speak His blessings & wisdom to us before any attacks are thrown at us.

5 minutes of prayer with him can make a huge difference in our day. It won’t change what happens to us in our day, but it can help to change how we will respond to it, maybe in a more God glorifying manner. A few days of praying for the short 5 minutes will quickly turn into 10 minutes & then you will turn to the scriptures & before you know it an hour has gone by! I love when that happens! If you can’t find 5 minutes in your day then you are way too busy. Someone once asked me, “How do you get to know someone?” Well, by talking to them & spending time with them of course. That is how you will get to know the Lord, but it won’t just happen. You have to set aside time for it.

As you plan out your days and weeks ahead, don’t forget to make room for God in your schedule & plans. Give yourself a specific God time in your day. Your family will love you for it! Your family will be blessed by it.

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