Every morning and every evening before bed, while I was away from my home, I spent time with Jesus. I would rest in Him. I wouldn't even dare to think about starting my day without His presence, His guidance, His favor going before me! I knew how extremely important inviting Him to go about my day with me was! It was precious!
Why? Oh, Why did I stop when I came home? I fell right back into my routine of waking up at the last possible moment~ quickly thanking Him for my day and moving on. NOT making sure I started off my day fellowshipping with Him. NOT making sure I sang praises to Him at night before I went to bed. NOT thanking Him for His awesomeness, grace & love.
I recently read in a Daily Bible Devotional (which I was behind in reading) , "God longs for us just to want to be with Him." ~ From Faith to Faith. What if we stopped constantly going to Him with our cares and worries~ don't get me wrong, there IS a time and place for that.
But, what if...
We actually took the time to wake up 30 minutes earlier to spend time with our Heavenly Daddy. We talked to Him about what is going on in our lives and then listened to Him in return. We let the Living Word of God wash over us and wash us anew. We fellowshipped with him throughout the day~ giving Him thanks & praise. We didn't fall asleep at night without counting our blessings~ even if the only one we could think of for that day is that He loves us and died for us.
We were able to turn our worries into praises. When troubles come (and they do come) we took our mind off of them and put our mind on the Author and Creator of this amazing Universe. I am not saying our troubles will "magically" vanish. What I am saying is that when we cast our cares upon Him, when we stop to think of His mercy in our lives when we soooo don't deserve it, that our troubles seem to vanish and our hearts are mended.
I have been too guilty of not waking up to spend time with Him and not talking to Him throughout my day. I have noticed in moments of distress and pain, I have yet to go to my Lord and Savior. When I do, I am at peace. Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord Our Peace! Have you been guilty of this as well?
As I write this, I am encouraged! I am encouraged because I know that when I run to Jesus, He is there with open and loving arms. He will not turn His back to me! When I wake up to spend time with Him tomorrow morning (and the rest of my mornings) and as I fellowship with Him throughout my day (and the rest of my days) and end my evening (and the rest of my evenings) singing Him praise, I look forward to getting to know my Savior more! Will you, too, get to know our precious God?!?!