Thursday, November 6, 2008

More time with the Lord

Don't you wish you had more time with the Lord? I sure do! Sometimes I wish that I was called to full time ministry so that I could be more in the Word. At least I would be forced to do so. And so often I I hear of others who have an enormous amount of time to read, meditate, and pray. Now, I am also aware that many of those situations are people without children or their kids are grown up and out of the house. And I'm not saying that I want my kids to grow up and move out. I am saying that I would love to figure out how to have what "they" have and do it well with kids!

But, I have to remember that a big part of my ministry is my family.

So for now, I need to focus on using my time wisely. I so often moan and complain while folding laudry or wash dishes, instead of taking my thoughts to the Lord. I could be praying. And when the day is done and I have had a rough, busy day with the kids, I choose to plop (or collapse) on the couch and watch T.V. to relax. Instead, I could lay in bed and listen to soft worship music to heal my tiredness. And mornings? Lately, it has also been very tempting to sleep every last second until the kids wake up (or better yet, stay in bed while they get a good cartoon or two in their system). It should be easier now with the brighter mornings and birds chirping outisde, to get up praise the Lord for a beautiful new day. I know I need to get my heart ready for the day before I see my kids anyway :)

Lord, bring me back to you in every moment and thought of my day! Always!

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." - Ephesians 6:18




Kelly said...

Amen sister! I have committed to do my bible study every morning during Lucy's first nap. It's working out really well. I thought being a stay at home mom would solve my time crunch to "squeeze in" my time w/the Lord, but I'm just as busy! Thank you Lord for time with you and for always being ready to meet with me!

Cassie - Homeschooling Four said...

It is amazing to me how this struggle seems to be lifelong, or at least that is what I hear. I think it is a good thing that it is a struggle. Otherwise, we would just think we've got it down and be lazy. I have been feeling very dry in that department lately. Thanks for the reminder again of what I need!

fran said...

Hate to discourage you younguns' - but it does seem as if there is always something to pull you in another direction. WE do a small group thing now that is daily - but sometimes that ends up being a check the box type thing. So I try to spend a lot of my day in an "attitude" of prayer - it does not always work - but on those days things just go so much better.

Peter said...

I can least partially. I don't have any kids and don't really have the whole hectic home life but I can totally relate to wanting more time with God. I work a lot and when I work in the evening I try to help my wife out with the daily chores around the house and when I work in the morning I will usually spend my evening taking the dog for a walk, checking up on my parents, or just flat passed out on the sofa. I know that I should try to talk with God more but a lot of the time my mind just has a hard time going there. It's not like I don't make an effort.....It's just that I don't think about it until later.
I hope all works out for you and I will pray that you find more time to spend with the Lord!!!!

Dearest Jessica said...

What a great reminder..i know this is a great season of our life, but I too look for the day where I can spend more hours in word.

Joe Tessin said...

Jaime, Nice post and let me make a few comments. Don't be too zealous for full time ministry thinking it would allow you more "time in the word". You're right that there is a sense of being forced to study but in addition to juggling the life of your family and personal struggles you have to juggle everyone else's also! I used to find myself saying all the time "I wish I had more money, time, energy, etc...." Then I sensed God saying to me you wouldn't do any better with the more than you are doing with the little. That was an ouch for me. But I'm learning that He is right. That's what your post reminded me of so thanks for waking me up yet again!

Flamingo Mama said...

Jamie, I'm thrilled to have you following along my crazy journey! I will excited to see where your heart leads you!

Ok..this post hit too close to home for me. i've been very selfish lately with my time. i sleep every last second and spend more time in a novel than with God. Thanks for the encouragement.