Posts Tagged ‘spending time’

Have You Asked Where He Is Staying?

Jan 01

by Victoria Robinson

Have you ever thought to ask Jesus, “Where are you staying?” Two men once did just that and spent the day with Jesus at His place. How cool is that? So many people have a story about meeting someone famous and spending time with them. Excitement gushes from them every time they retell their infamous story. Yet there is no one more famous and important than Jesus. Here these two men, John and Andrew, had only to ask where He was staying and He took them home and spent the day with them. Because John and Andrew inquired of Jesus, they not only spent the day with Him, but became His disciples.

Andrew then went on to bring his brother, Simon Peter, to Jesus. Andrew tells his brother Simon, “We have found the Messiah.” Here is where we see true discipleship in action. It should always be our response to having found Jesus to bring others to Him.

Girlfriends, have you thought to ask Jesus today, “Where are you staying?” If you do, He will spend the day with you and impart all that He is to you. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would make a concerted effort to always understand “where Jesus is staying” so that we can spend time with Him.

The following day, John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and then declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” Then John’s two disciples turned and followed Jesus. Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them. They replied, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place, and they stayed there the rest of the day. ~ John 1:35-39 NLT

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who had heard what John said and then followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother, Simon, and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means the Christ). Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “You are Simon, the son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means Peter). ~ John 1:40-42 NLT

A Hurried Day

Dec 31

by Victoria Robinson

Sometimes it is hard to believe there are only twenty-four hours in a day. In fact King Solomon said, “The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.” He makes it sound like our days are just a whirlwind of hurry, hurry, hurry!  So much to do, so little time! Yet He who created our days knows far better than we mere humans how much time is needed in each day to achieve what He desires.

Spending time wisely can make for an interesting day. We are to take care of ourselves and part of that includes sleeping. Yet the Word of God warns us that, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come …” We should also consider spending some time in physical exercise, and yet we are told, “Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.” Serving at our church is important, and yet we must not neglect our families in the process.

It seems the key to all this is to seek our heavenly Father’s guidance on what activities we should be involved in. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would be wise time managers with the days our heavenly Father has given us.

The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. ~ Ecclesiastes 1:5 NIV
 
Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness. Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next. ~ 1 Timothy 4:7-8 NLT
 
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven … ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
 
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. ~ Proverbs 6:9-11 NIV