I will make time...
More tired than I was the night before,
Work starts in less than an hour,
Out of the corner of my eye I spy my Word for Today
No time for Quiet Time
Will have to pray in the shower.
Boiler playing up, so its a cold shower marathon today.
Two minutes and I'm out, prayer will have to wait.
Weetabix and toast gulped down as I try to read my bible,
I lay it aside, can't concentrate at all.
Dashing out, I miss the bus, trot to the station heels in my hand,
My iPhone is ringing, the Blackberry is vibrating as peeps are hitting me.
Facebook is open and someone is poking me, another tagging me.
Everyone wants a piece of me
I'm empty... I need refreshing...yesterday was just as bad
I need to make time,
I will make time
Three hours and two projects later, leave the office
Lunch with the girls, salads and chicken to fill our hard worked bellies,
Doesn't do much for me, should've brought my pounded yam from home.
Where did all the time go?
I want some time to myself
Is it ever gonna happen today?
Doesn't look like it...
But tomorrow I will make time.
Soaps, Reality shows and Facebook keep me company as I have my supper
More phone calls and chats online.
As I get into bed, I want to pray
To the Land of The Nod I go,
A void within needs refreshing...
I need to make time,
I will make time
I Will Make Time Part 2
The first part of this post is a piece I wrote last year but I've included it again because it speaks my heart at this point. Of late life has been quite hectic and I’ve found myself often feeling tired and at times overwhelmed with stuff to do. As a result I found myself spending less time in prayer and reading the word. Sometimes the best I could do was listen to a podcast on my iPod as I dashed from one place to the other. And as the days went by I found myself suffering from spiritual malnutrition. I also found myself getting impatient with people around me and snapping at them. Yeah like... the person walking slowly in front of me at the train station, the shop attendant taking a zillion years to give me back my change, the list is endless. I was annoyed with them all.
I long to always enjoy sweet fellowship with God all the time but sometimes its hard to have a consistently intimate and great relationship with God. The enemy once had a great relationship with God before he was cast out and he knows how great and beneficial it is to be in God’s presence, therefore he doesn’t want us to spend any time with God at all. The devil will do anything to keep us from spending time with God.
Think about the number of distractions that seem to pop up every time you set aside time to pray or read the bible. In my case the phone usually rings just as I start having a quiet time with God or I suddenly remember a dozen and one other things that also need doing around the house.
I realised that I need to jealously guard my time with God. I immediately made some quick changes to my schedule so that I could prioritise stuff that would help me grow spiritually. If you don't do so already I'd suggest that you set aside a specific time in the day whether morning, afternoon or evening to spend some QUALITY time with God and stick with it. TV, work, school, Twitter, going out with friends and BBM will always be there. Spend a little less time on those things and a little more with God and you will begin to see the change in yourself and in other areas of your life. The more time you spend with God, the more shape things will begin to take in your life for example you may begin to notice your relationships with other people improving, more wisdom and understand of things such as job/career/business related matters, more fruit in your ministry and certainly more joy and peace that comes from having a flourishing relationship with God.
Jesus says in John 15:4-5 “Remain in me and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. The one who remains in me – and I in him - bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing.”
Without Him we are nothing and we cannot accomplish anything. Not staying close to the Father in terms of prayer and fellowship with Him, is almost like a person in a hospital bed pulling off their life support because they think they can live without it. Let’s not commit spiritual suicide, lets hang on to God for dear life and remind Him every day that He is the special love of our life.
Have a great week, xoxo