Today’s Scripture: Matthew 14
One of my favorite things to do is to spend time with my loved ones. I enjoy date night with my husband, or just being in the same room with him while he watches TV and I read. I love spending time with my daughters. It doesn’t matter what we are doing as long as we are together. I adore having time with my friends. Yesterday, my Life Group met for the first time in a few weeks. Everyone was there. We laughed, shared our stories, prayed, and made time to start a Beth Moore study. Some of us also went to lunch.
As much as I love these times together…. there is something even more important to me: spending time with Jesus. It is easy to get legalistic about this, thinking, “I have to do this, so I can check it off my list.” I am happy to say, spending time with Jesus is the high-point of my day. I go into my family room, start the fireplace, and turn on my diffuser and salt lamp. (I love things that glow, it relaxes me.) I sit on a recliner with my dog, Snickers. I love how she cuddles with me. The recliner faces sliding glass doors so I can look outside and praise God for the beauty I see. I try to take a deep relaxing breath and clear my mind. I have a couple of index cards with prayers on them. I begin my study by praying. Then I read the Bible, I pray, and I praise God.
I do this almost every morning. This time to me is sacred, and I look forward to it. But some days when I need to stop early to get ready for work or an appointment, I am sad to see this time come to an end. When I was little, I loved watching the Carol Burnett Show. I looked forward to it all week. I knew when the show was over, I had to go to bed. At the end of the show, Carol used to sing this song, “I am so glad we had this time together just to have a laugh or sing a song, it seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say goodbye.”
This is how I feel when my quiet time ends in the morning. Please don’t get me wrong, I spend time with Jesus all day long, but there is something so special about that uninterrupted time with Jesus. It fills me with peace and joy.
In Matthew 14, Jesus healed many people and then he fed 5,000 men. Immediately after that, Jesus insisted the disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home.
After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.
Read verse 23 again. After Jesus was done healing and feeding the people, he went up to the hills by himself to pray. Jesus, the Son of God, needed to pray. I know if Jesus needed time alone with God, I need it even more. After all, Jesus couldn’t fulfill his purpose without spending time with God, and nor can I.
Are you spending daily time alone with God?
How do you view this time? Is it a joy or a duty?
If you do not spend daily time with him, why not?
Take time daily to spend with Jesus. Spend time praising and worshipping him. Thank him for all he has done. Repent of your sins. Pray and pour out your heart to him. Read the Bible, do the LIO.
Find out what time works best for your schedule, and then do it.
Journal the changes that occur in your day when you take time for Jesus.
Jesus, you are the King of Kings and yet you love me so much you want to spend time with me! I am so humbled by your love, kindness, mercy, and peace. I feel like my heart is ready to burst with gratitude. Jesus, help me to long for you,”as a deer pants for water.” Help me to realize how blessed I am that you want to be in constant contact with me. I am so thankful for your presence. I love and worship you!!! Amen.
This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.
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