Saving Time For God

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Show Me Your Friends And I'll Tell You Who You Are ~ Anon

Time for God is not something I'm particularly good at, in fact I'm downright terrible at it! I have three children, young children - 6, 3 and 1! I also suffer from poor health and disabilities which restrict my daily life so how can I find time for God in amongst all that's going on, on a daily basis? Oh how I pray for help with this, oh how I struggle with this on a daily basis!! I really wish this were easier but in our current lifestyles but it's so hard! Sometimes I feel as if life runs at 100 miles an hour, with more trying to cram itself in.

I'm sure I'm no different to most in that my phone alerts me with emails, messages, notifications of all the people getting in touch with me, the ways I can make my home better, the things I should be doing and appointments I have to be at. It can be overwhelming to have so much going on and at the end of the day (at the end of the day, it gets dark, as my father says!) I can feel exhausted and Bible study is the last thing I want to be doing. Sometimes I try to work out how I can squeeze God into my life at a regular time and realise that with 3 young children that's next to impossible!

"Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are.” ~ (Anonymous) 
Should we be trying to "squeeze" God in? Maybe not... When we look at the quote above we are reminded that we are like those we spend time with. If we want to be more like God then we need to spend more time with him. He should be first in our lives, not at the end of the list. For most people, myself included, every week or every day can be different from the one before. How can we make regular time for God if this is the case? I just got myself a new planner, so I can sit down each day or week and work out what I'm doing and when and make sure God is on that page every day, at least that's the plan!

Even with everything planned out to the second, sometimes life doesn't listen and throws a curve ball our way. It's not about God begging us to spend time with Him, or being upset because something popped up that wasn't in our schedule that we had to attend to. We should WANT to spend time with Him because it helps us become more like Him.

"And what value was there in fighting wild beasts—those people of Ephesus —if there will be no resurrection from the dead? And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all." ~ 1 Corinthians 15:32-34
Looking at Corinthians and seeing the way some of the people of Ephesus behaved and to be told that "bad company corrupts good character" it's obvious that the company we keep will reflect on the way we behave ourselves. Does this change how we organise our lives? Does it change how important it is to make time with God? I hope so. My prayer for all of us is that we put God first and sit in his presence, to become more like Him and live each day with Him being the most important thing on our planner.

God Bless,


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