Hello FAM!

Time, they say is money and as Christians, we are not to manage our time the same way the world manages theirs.

We must make sure that we seek God in everything that we do.
We are to organize our time and plan wisely for the future.

God’s Word advises us to use our time wisely because He knows that there are many things in life that can distract us from what truly matters.
Do not waste your time so that you do not look back with regret – you don’t know what tomorrow holds!

Start at the Top; plan:
You definitely can’t do everything, right? But you can do the most important things.
Set aside some time to plan your daily schedule.
A clear plan allows you to make good use of available time and resources.
Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead only to plenty, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”

Prioritize; Be organized:
Once you have your plan in place, it is essential that you stick to it! In order to guide against forgetting the basic or primary schedules, appointments or things to do per time, you need adequate planning and this is easily achievable using a phone calendar or day planner.
You need something to help you keep a detailed schedule of all of your assignments, appointments and responsibilities—as well as an up-to-date list of important phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
A phone calendar or day planner will help keep you from double-booking; it will also help keep you from losing assignments and important phone numbers.
Colossians 4:5 “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”

Be Nice to Yourself:
With all the things you have to do, it’s easy to forget about taking care of your body. Don’t let that happen!
To utilize your day maximally, it is vital that your mind and body get enough rest. Get a good eight hours of sleep to rejuvenate yourself.
When you’re healthy and well rested, you feel better and you usually end up making the best use of the time you have.
Ephesians 5:15-17 “So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time because the times are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Assert yourself:
Being firm and saying no is very important. Respect your time as well as that of others. Every day is the hiding place for small spaces of time.
Search them out and put them to work.

Do not take up more than what you can handle. It just slows you down.
Matthew 5:37 “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”
Time is perhaps the one most valuable thing that has been gifted equally to every human being.
Make sure you invest in time wisely, so you have no regrets and live a fruitful life.

Hello Friend,
Have you ever been on WhatsApp and a broadcast message comes in with a very emotional message and just when you are approaching the end, still basking in the euphoria of the ‘deep’ heartfelt message, you stop dead in your tracks when the last few words read “forward to 10 people in 20mins if not you will experience failure for seven days’’?

Yes!

I am sure we have at one time or the other.
It becomes more hilarious when some people actually repost these messages.

There and then, these questions pop up on my mind:
“Where do your blessings truly lie?”
“Are they resident in someone’s utterance?”
“What effects do these pronunciations have; do they even have any at all?”
“Should such messages even be condoned in the first place?”
and then,
“What does the Bible say about such?”

To answer these questions, I went through the Bible and oh boy!
Look what I found:

Lamentations 3
37 “Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?”

Ezekiel 13
3 “Thus says the Lord God, Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!”

Romans 8
1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”

What do these tell us in essence?
In as much as it might be important to rebroadcast these messages, you are not under any obligation to!
It is your sole decision to either repost these messages or not to.
Therefore, all ye broadcast ‘guilt trippers’, you need not and all ye that live in fear of these threats, Jesus has you covered!

Consciously keeping a daily appointment with God will help make observing your quiet time become an important part of your day. Little wonder I often meet people who want to begin a daily quiet time but aren’t sure how. Well, it really isn’t as complicated as we often make it out to be because the main thing is simply to do something.

From the Bible, we’ve been made to understand how to spend quiet time with God. Jesus gave us examples in the scriptures where He stepped away from the limelight, retreating to a quiet place to commune with His Father. These quiet times spent with God had some very important elements in common.

We, therefore, need to rid ourselves of the thought that the time we set aside for our “sacred habit” is one that must be monotonous and boring, because, having a quiet time should not be seen as a duty but as a delight. It takes discipline and should be guarded selfishly. The benefits of maintaining it far outweigh the effort.

When we spend time with God in this way, it helps us to know Him better, we learn more about His thoughts on issues bothering on love, friendship, business, marriage, purity, communication skills, priorities, money, and other matters relevant to our everyday life. It will reshape our view of life and people through His eyes, and our perspectives would mature as we freely allow His thoughts pervade ours.

Sometimes, I wonder if there are other people who feel guilty when they don’t “feel” like having a quiet time with God?

 

Yeah, we should spend time with God not just because our Pastors or Sunday school teachers say so but with the knowledge that we need to fill our hearts with God’s Word, and because we know it’s important for us to talk to God and listen to Him in prayer.

 

Let me use myself as an example, when my alarm clock screeches at 4:00 a.m. (the time I allocated for my daily quiet moment with the Lord) and my bed is warm and cosy, or when I come home from a crazy day at work and just want to watch a movie on TV, sincerely, my first desire is not always to open my Bible and start praying. And that usually makes me feel really bad.

 

So, which would you say is better – to have a quiet time when you’re not feeling it, or skip the quiet time altogether?

 

Irrespective of how we feel, I think we should come to God anyway. Even when it feels awkward, we can be honest with Him and tell Him how we’re feeling. Truth is, He already knows! The most beautiful thing is that we can ask God to change our hearts.

 

According to Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (ESV). God is willing and able to come into the messy places of our hearts and clean us out, equipping us to live the best life He’s created for us.

 

What if each day, you decided whether or not to go to work based on if you “felt” like it? Or what if you ate whatever foods you “felt” like eating, even if that turned out to be pizza five times a week? This way of living would not be sustainable for long. Because God has called us into fellowship with his son, Jesus Christ (1 Cor 1:9), we, therefore, have been called to “share our lives in common,” to “become friends” of the most intimate sort.

 

The thing is even if we don’t feel like prioritizing time with God over other areas of our life, doing so is an act of obedience that shows God we’re serious about seeking Him.

 

In order to worship God properly, we need strength and consolation in the Christian life. Strength to faithfully obey and consolation when we fail. In particular, we need strength to pray, to meditate on the Scripture in Christ’s presence, and to obey what God makes known to us. We need mercy in our times of wandering from the Lord.

 

The book of Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (ESV).

 

If you are going through a dry spell in your quiet time, think about different ways you can interact with God’s Word and worship Him in prayer. Establishing a daily quiet time with God is transforming, and it will do the same for all who pursue this discipline of delight.

 

Here are a few suggestions to get started and to keep your quiet time with Him vibrant:

 

  • Go somewhere different, i.e., an area free of distraction;
  • Create your own “sacred space”;
  • God’s Word; try studying using a Bible version that’s easy to understand;
  • Express yourself; pray aloud if that’s what your spirit yearns for;
  • Listening to the Bible can be fun; you should consider getting the audio version of your preferred Bible version;
  • Prayer and thanksgiving: play an instrument if you have one, just have fun in His presence!

 

In conclusion, your quiet time is not just another thing to do on top of the already overwhelming list of things to do, but as an opportunity to deepen your bond of love with an ultimate Friend.

 

As believers, we should look forward to it like we did Christmas mornings as youngsters.

 

I hope your quiet time with God from now will be a duty of sheer delight.