Giving Your Time To God

I was reading Joshua 24:14,15 this morning, and it got me thinking about how I was living and how much of my life was being lived for God.

We have a choice to follow Christ, if we choose to, then it has to be whole-heartedly!

It is a fulltime commitment.

For me it is easy to give God my money, to tithe, but when it comes to giving my time…that’s a whole new story.

I am always moaning when I have to give up my precious time for someone else. God wants my all, this includes my time, which isn’t even mine to begin with.

God doesn’t only want the quick 10 minutes that I give Him in the morning, for my quiet time. No. He wants the whole day, every day. Whether we are at work, at university or at home, our time belongs to God.

How much time do you give to God? Is it only during your quiet time? Or is it in every moment of your day?

My Peace Comes From God

No one likes a Monday, but this Monday was longer and more tiring than usual. It left me feeling stressed and restless. After work that evening, I sat at my desk, thinking over the events of the day. I tried to bring myself out of this low space, but I couldn’t, I just got more anxious and frustrated.

I saw my Bible lying on my desk, and I remember that I hadn’t had my quite time with God that day. At first, I was like: “no. I don’t want to read or chat with God” because I wasn’t feeling up to it, But I made myself open it.

The very first sentence that I read struck me and was in my mind for the rest of the week. This is what I read: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God.” John 14:1

I can’t explain to you how much I needed to hear that. I just sat there afterwards, praying, pouring out all my worries to God. It felt as if the world had been removed from my shoulders. All that stressed was replaced with peace, a peace that stuck with me for the whole week.

I feel like laughing as I look back…so much time wasted on worry when all I should have done was give it all to God from the start.

 

Winter’s Chills

I have a love/hate feeling about winter. I love the rain, the wind and the crisp fresh air. I hate the icy chill that sneaks into my bones when I least expect it, leaving me all shivery and wishing for summer.

We haven’t had a lot of rain this year and so we have water restrictions, our dams are getting scary low. But even so, the little rain we have had is causing all the planty things to grow. Everywhere you look you will see bits of green popping its head out. It looks so beautiful!

As I type this, I am currently wrapped up to my nose in warm and fluffy things. If you had to walk into my lounge now, you would only see my eyes peeking out just below a super thick and chunky beanie! I have a nice hot cup of coffee in my hands as well, the perfect thing to warm my insides.

 

My Weakness Shows God’s Power

We all know we have flaws and weaknesses (no matter how much we would rather deny them). But instead of feeling shame and trying to hide them, why not put them out in the light for the world to see?

Hehe yeah, I know that sounds crazy, but if you do this, you will allow God’s strength and power to be displayed through you.

Through our faults, we learn to rely more and more on God, because we realise that we can’t do life in our own strength. We survive, no…We flourish in life through Christ.

People will see this…they will see how we turn to God, how we trust Him. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially from God.

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” Corinthians 4:7

“Each time he said, My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  Corinthians 12:9-10

Just Bring Yourself

It still amazes me how I can read the same passage in the Bible and every time find something new that I hadn’t seen before.

 This morning I was reading the story of when Jesus fed the five thousand (John 6 vs 1-15). I was wowed by how Jesus took the five loaves and two fish and fed thousands of people.

It struck me that when Jesus asks us to do something He wants us to come with what little we have, He wants us to just have faith. If He can feed five thousand from a boy’s lunch how much more can He multiple our talents and gifts to do the job He wants us to do. Just have faith and take that step into God’s will…That is all He asks of us.

I find that I am often hesitant to do want God wants of me because I don’t think I am ready and I end up make up all sorts of excuses like: “There is someone who could do this better than me”, “God can’t really want me to do that”, “but I am no good at that”, “I am way too shy to do that”.

But I realised that God doesn’t need me to be perfect or good at something to be able to use me (I will never will be perfect). God wants me to come just as I am, with whatever I have…I need to believe that He can, and will use me for His own purpose.

Matthew 28:20

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“I am with you always”

The last words of Jesus in Matthew: “Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

How amazing is this? He promises to be with us, right till the end! I find this so reassuring and just so awesome. God is with me always!

 

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