Time is ticking and as you get older it seems to tick even faster. The things that held little value when you were young, now mean a great deal. Take Christmas, with all its wonder and madness, add up all the hours of shopping, preparing food, cleaning your house and preparing for family and then, blink. Immediately, you realize it has ended. You blinked and it was gone and a new year is on its way. Aren't you grateful that when you blink and life changes, Christ is there? I am.
With the year ending, have you taken a moment to look at 2011? I have kept a journal ever since my mom passed away in 2009. It is full of prayers for my family, friends and even people I don't know. I have a habit of reading the years past entries after I have completed the current day; it is amazing how many of those prayers were answered. I know that before I kept a journal; I couldn't tell you anything that happened the year before. It is important that we take the time to see what the Lord is doing around us, so that we don't forget Him when the road gets rough.
With all the changes in today's families, have you ever noticed how busy women are today? If you work, you are a full time employee with a night job. If you have the privilege of being a stay at home mom, you are working 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. Either way, women are busy. I believe that in our busyness, we lose sight of the one thing that matters, Christ. Like all things in life that have meaning, faith has a price, with great risk there is reward. The reward is in spending time with Him. The risk is believing that He is faithful. Finally, the benefit is faith for a lifetime.
During my journey on the road to faith, I have found solace in Psalms. David understood that within the responsibility and busyness of life; he had an obligation to talk, walk, and sing with our creator. When we stand still and really look up, we gain more in a day than a list full of accomplishments. We gain the hand of God!
Psalm 18:1-3 NIV:
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
Three simple words, I love you. It takes a few minutes every day to reflect on what our Lord has done in our lives. I would encourage you to begin to say I love you, Lord, every morning before you start your day. Things may become chaotic 60 seconds after you have said them but at least your first thoughts weren't about the tasks of the day; they were about loving your savior.
No matter where you are today, God loves you. He loves you when you are knee deep in laundry, hurrying to get your kids to school, or just living. He knows that life is tumultuous, that's why he calls us to reflect on Him. Every faith journey begins with I love you, Lord. Every thought and every prayer is full of a belief that God is with us. Even when we can't see him, He is our rock, our fortress, our deliverer. Time is of the essence, seize the day!
My prayer today:
Lord as we go about our very busy lives, please help us to look toward you. Allow us to have moments where we can reflect on your love and where we treasure the times we can be still with You. Take each woman by the hand today and give them the confidence that You are their fortress. I pray that we would all take more time daily to reflect on the past and be ever present in the love you provide daily. Lord, I ask that as we go about today that You would increase our awareness of the Holy Spirit and we would love you more. Please give us the gift of You. Amen