Making time for what matters ~ Quiet times

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This past week was the final week for women’s Bible study group at our church. We were strongly encouraged to devote ourselves to a daily Bible reading plan. After getting a few friends committed to journey through the Bible with me, my husband presented several reading plans for me to consider. I chose the M’Cheyne reading plan because it is 4 chapters a day in 4 different Bible books. I like it this way because when we go through some of the more challenging books, we will only need to read a chapter in them each day and still have 3 other books to read too.  Most likely, in a least one of the books you will have something to really look forward to reading and that encourages consistency. I also like this plan because my friends and I can get it on our phones and tablets through the youversion app.

Today was the second day of our plan. We are reading in Genesis, Matthew, Ezra, and Acts. Several of the other ladies in our church are even doing a 90 day plan (rather than the year plan I am doing), which is some serious reading. I know that some of us would LOVE to do that but may lack the time. That is understandable. However, as a christian we must MAKE the time to spend with our Lord. Each day we should be in the Word to some capacity and spending some time in prayer. Today I timed how long it took for me to do the reading [the 2nd chapters of the previously named books] and it was a total of 8 minutes and 30 seconds. I am not a super fast reader, it really doesn’t take that long. Sure, you will have some longer chapters sometimes but it will probably be 10-15 minutes of reading tops.

Please, be encouraged. I have been feeling so convicted about this lately. I spend more time doing my hair and makeup each day than time in the Word. And you know what else? I would be very uncomfortable leaving my home for the day without giving any time to my hair or makeup. But why doesn’t it phase me at all to leave my home for the day without spending any time with Christ to help me prepare for the day? But in eternity, when I am with the Lord Jesus… what is going to be of more worth: how my hair and makeup looked on this one day of my life… or if I spent time with the Lord to become closer to Him and become more godly? Don’t misunderstand me, I am not saying that it is wrong to spend time doing your hair, makeup, or anything else for that matter. On the other hand, life is busy and only gets busier. At some point, somethings gotta give. Something may have to be sacrificed to make the time for what is important [prioritizing!].

The best example of a daily walk with God is provided by our Savior Himself. Jesus OFTEN withdrew Himself to pray.

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” Mark 1:35-37

Don’t discourage yourself or cut yourself short. Don’t talk yourself out of such a wonderful blessing: truly walking with the Lord. Find some friends that will hold you accountable and rise to the challenge, you can do it.

I know it has been a while since I have updated on here… I’m sorry and I will try to stay on top of this thing a little better 😉 I just wanted to share what was on my heart today. Make it a great day!

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