I am pretty sure that I’ve said this before but I will say it again partly because I needed to be reminded of it!
When you give God His time He will multiply yours!
It may not seem possible but trust me it is! I had a ton of things to do today and I wasn’t feeling too good this morning when it was time for me to get up. Actually the Lord woke me up with plenty of time to get things done but I just couldn’t will myself to get out of bed. I was tired… So I began to pray for Jesus to help me today and I made up my mind that I was going to do my longer devotional before I left for my internship this morning…
So I got up immediately got dressed (which never happens) read the devotional materials and my Bible, posted my thoughts on our Bible Study page and while I was doing that I was listening to the songs for a conference I will be dancing at next weekend to make sure I had all the steps down (which I do)! I was still able to take a picture and read my daily devotional that I post to twitter (follow me my handle is @terribell85 to receive these). I finished with enough time to grab some items for breakfast grab my belongings and head out… not only was I on time I arrived early to my internship where to my delight the day flew by I got home was able to eat lunch, practice my piano before my lesson later today do stuff for work and write this blog!!
I say all this because I know that I wouldn’t have been nearly as productive if I hadn’t first given God His time. It was only 20 minutes but it was purely devoted to Him and He in returned allowed me to get everything on my to do list taken care of and then some! I encourage you, if you struggle with getting everything on your list done, start your day off in the presence of our King Jesus! What little your give will be multiplied… It always is!
My friend Tracy showed me this offer a few weeks ago to sign up to review this devotional and I am so glad that she did! The devotional is titled Wife After God. It’s by Jennifer Smith and you can check it out here for more information. I like the fact that it doesn’t matter what time of day you do it, there is always time to complete the challenges that are given. I also like the status updates that are provided even if they are a bit canned but that’s mostly because I am on several different social media platforms and that gives me a morsel of content…
But my favorite part about this devotional is the fact that there are questions that can be answered in a small group setting (or if you are like me, on Facebook) and they invoke reactions!! They are not controversial questions more like thought-provoking ones that allow people to think and ponder and really reflect on their lives and marriages… I mean just the other day I asked my Facebook friends this question: Why is it important to know God’s purpose for your marriage? and one of my friends simply put, “so you can see the end result and not get bogged down by the in between-growing into it-stages, and won’t give up when (not if) it gets hard.” I mean I love the wisdom that comes from just sharing one of the questions on a social platform.
If you all know me I love prayer… And she has a prayer for each day that will surely leave you full of joy and encouraged… In fact as soon as I read her opening prayer I knew this would be a great devotional to read and share and do over and over again…she prayed for our hearts to be softened and for us to have the courage to go through and accept the challenges, she also prayed that our hearts would be guarded from distractions and prepared by the Holy Spirit… My faith was built up from the very beginning… not to mention I get to look forward to all the different topics that are covered such as Pure Joy, Marriage Is To Make You Holy, Who You Are Called To Be and Intimacy in Marriage just to name a few!If you are interested in buying a copy for you or a loved one (this would make a great gift) you can buy it here from Amazon. I can definitely see myself learning so much about my marriage during this devotional and I am excited to see what comes from this and how I can incorporate the things I learned into different aspects of my life.
So I don’t know if those who follow me on Facebook have realized or not that I haven’t been on in a while… it’s because I realized that I needed to take a break because I was on it all the time! Especially when I was mad and didn’t want to listen to what was being said… it had definitely become a coping mechanism and probably not the best way to communicate. I thought I would be okay with it but I quickly realized how much 1) I used it to communicate with just about everyone concerning just about everything and 2) that if I used it as a communication tool and didn’t abuse it I could be on Facebook now…
I have no idea how many notifications I have or how many events I missed… All I know is that I need to find a balance between the two. I have enjoyed my extra time that I have had with Jesus and the revelations that have come from reading the Bible and having devotional time and I hope that I will be a bit smarter when I start getting back on Facebook but if not I know that Jesus will not hesitate to convict me and I’ll find myself once again fasting Facebook in hopes of checking my priorities! Have you had to ever stop getting on Facebook? What was the reason?
This week has been chalk full of Jesus and quality time with the hubs and family in general! I did spend an insane amount of time doing homework but pictures of me stressed are not that fun… I did some CrossFit and hung out with friends but I was too busy having fun to snap pictures!! I hope your week was just as full of memories in the making! Blessings to you and yours!