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Creating Home: Make Spending Time with God a Priority

Make spending time with God a priority
Being a work away wife I know I struggle with trying to stay on top of spending quality time with God. It’s not that I don’t want to or even that I don’t try but I don’t always succeed in my endeavors and sadly more times then not God get placed on the back burner. I mean I pray a lot and skim my Bible every now and then but I am not spending the time with God that I should be. Of course I have a plethora of valid excuses but that doesn’t make me feel any better and I am sure it is the same for you. You see lately I have noticed a CONSIDERABLE change in my husband. He has always been quite and loving. He has never had a anger problem (yes he gets angry sometimes but that is different). He has never been the slothful type either. However, as of late, despite our circumstances, he has been very happy. Things don’t bother him like they used to. Honestly a big change has happened and it is one of those changes that make you think. After getting married he and I kind of both sank in and out of depression as we dealt with family, loss, and stress of everything. I noticed a change in him that he wasn’t quite the “fun loving” care free happy guy I married. But I didn’t think much of it because lets face it I was a stressed out mess and just assumed it was the change that naturally came about when you get married and have to deal with finances, family, responsibilities and so on. But lets circle back around to as of late…You see as of late he has been increasingly loving, caring, calm, happy, and there is something in general that is different about him. Guess why? He has been diligently seek God. I can not only see a difference in him in general but I can see a more tailored difference in the way he leads. This has been a major impact to me because I often struggles with the fact that I didn’t feel like he was leading “correctly.” We will circle back to that in a later post. Anyway, I think the biggest impact it has had on me is conviction I have been strongly convicted about my lack of time with God because I have seen the MASSIVE difference that it brings. This has obviously inspired me to want to inspire you to take the time and find a way to spend time with God. If that means wake up early, missing that show, staying up later, whatever. We as Christians can’t shine our light if we aren’t taking the time to light the fire. So I want to challenge you to start spending time with God. Start small if you have to. Even if you are just reading the Bible that is okay. I’ve often found that just reading but doing so consistently will slowly cultivate a Bible study you didn’t know you were doing. So here is the deal. I want you to see if you can see the change. Get a notebook, a journal, blank paper, sticky notes, whatever. Everyday write the date, and what passage you read. If you read something and it sparked an interest write it down. If it spoke to you in someway write it down. If you read it and that is it, that is FINE! One of the biggest things that always turned me off of Bible studies is that they tended to make you feel bad if you didn’t gain some profound new discovery out of every passage. Guess what! it is okay to not “get anything” out of a passage. Why? Because God speaks to us in different ways at different times. I have read and re-read the same verse and nothing. One day though something stands out to me that has a great impact on me. That’s why reading the Bible once is never enough. So anyway back to the point. I want you to write something if you can and if not that’s cool. But here is what I want you to see. As time goes by you will start to notice that you are writing more and more stuff in the “what you learned” section. The idea is to see the actual impact that reading God’s Word has and the way that it is beneficial for you. Write down anything you are struggling with and pray about it. Give it about a month or so and I bet you will see a big difference in your own self and also in those around you. So since I don’t have an opt-in yet I am going to ask that if you are interested in joining this little mini challenge that you would leave a comment saying you’re in, or send me an email (maryannapartlow@gmail.com). I would love to add you to a separate email list for weekly encouragement for this challenge. It really isn’t about finding time for God, it is about MAKING time for Him. One of the things that my husband said that I think had the biggest impact on me is, “It’s weird since I have been reading more I feel like I just have more time in my day. Like I am not rushing around trying to get things done.” I feel like often our first instinct is how am I supposed to spend time with God when I have ALL these things that I need to get done?!?! Hearing him say that made me really understand that by making that time to spend with the Lord you are actually finding more time in your day. Instead of trying to get it all done you are relaxed and calm knowing that you’ve spent your day wisely and that things will get done when they get done. I hope you discover what a huge impact making time for the Lord can and will have in you and your life. I look forward to going on this journey with each and everyone of you!
Many blessings and don’t forget to shoot me an email so I can add you to a special email list!!!! and don’t forget to like and share on facebook! Lets get as many people involved as we can!!! 🙂
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