BALANCE YOUR TIME
Lately I have had a hard time finding a balance between busyness and time to be still. I used to have a good routine going when I went upstairs after breakfast to read the Bible and pray. Then I would spend a short time exercising. During that time I felt better, with more energy and no sluggishness at all. But I’ve allowed too many little things to creep in and steal that time.
How can I find the balance between duties, leisure and time at the Savior’s feet?
FINDING BALANCE IN QUIET TIME WITH GOD
The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.
Reading further in the passage we see that their quiet time with Jesus was pretty short. It lasted only while they were in the boat. When they got to the other side the people had gone ahead on foot and greeted them there. But Jesus still had compassion on them. But even a little time alone with God is better than none at all.
Earlier this week I was chatting with some friends about needing time to be still, to get alone.
I knew I needed time to sit quietly before God listening to Him while praying and reading the Bible. My friend, Anna, had recently spent several hours one day in quietness before God. It meant she didn’t get other things done, but it was what she needed. In her instagram post that day Anna shares a little of what came out of her time of quietness. And this she shared with Bettie and me:
It meant a messy house that day I chose to sit still….but the mess opened a window of grace. ~Anna~
FOLLOW THE PROMPTINGS OF YOUR HEART
After chatting with Anna and Bettie I saw a notebook that held some of the poems I had written. I had the urge to open it, though I wasn’t sure why. They are just some old poems, I said to myself. But the thought persisted so I opened it.
One of the first things I found was a prayer/poem that was perfect for me to pray again that day.
Here is the part I shared with my friends:
FAITHFUL LOVE FROM GOD AND FRIENDS HELP FIND BALANCE
Next, I came to another poem that was also something I needed to read again. I shared it with Anna and Bettie, too, because we have each been dealing with spiritual attacks in different ways.
When things seem overwhelming and I feel discouraged or have a heavy heart I need to remember to go to Jesus.
I believe He is the one who prompted me to open that notebook and find these prayers. I hope you are encouraged by them, too.
10 “Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the [b]nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Never underestimate the power of God and of faithful friends who pray and always point you back to God.