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Using my time wisely

These are a few of the things I’ve been making while having to stay in my room due to the air quality.

I hadn’t planned on being confined, so when it became obvious that I would be, I began praying.

Seeking the Lord, for His plans during this time.

I wanted to use my time wisely.

Of course I continued to home school.

But I felt there were other things the Lord wanted me to do as well.

So, my yarn box came out of the closet and I began working.

I’m actually very grateful to God.

He helped me so much!

I’ve been able to make six Christmas gifts while under confinement.

Nothing fancy, but definitely a blessing.

Christmas is a long way off, but since we have three birthdays that month, I’ve learned to work earlier.

Last year I didn’t think about shipping times, so several gifts were very late.

This year I’m trying to get it done in plenty of time to avoid a replay.

As I am able to leave my room and return to my household duties, I’m still praying for wisdom.

Just because I’m able to do more, doesn’t mean I always know the best use for my time.

But, I know how to find out what is.

Time with Jesus.

He always answers and guides my day if I let Him lead.

Of course there are times when I don’t.

I get busy with my own agenda and off I go…

I normally end up with something going sideways which brings me back to the Shepherd.

I’m so thankful to Him for His faithfulness.

Although there is such tragedy and difficult things happening all around us, I am encouraged by the personal testimonies of people helping and loving one another.

I’m not able to go out and do those things.

But I can stand in prayer for them.

I can do what God puts on my heart daily and trust Him.

I can use my time wisely, and honor God with my praise.

I can thank Him for all the ways He is helping the hurting and saving the lost.

I can be obedient in today and let go of the things I can’t do.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for being in today. Thank You for being a part of each day. Thank You for shining Your truth into my heart and mind. Lord, I want to use my time wisely, because I don’t know how much I get and I don’t want to waste any. Thank You for always being so faithful, for guiding and directing me, especially when I’m heading in the wrong way. Lord, please keep my feet firmly in Your paths. Please keep my eyes fixed upon You. Please keep the throne of my heart as only You deserve to be there. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Colossians 4:5 NKJV — Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

Love is spelled T-I-M-E

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Beautiful…

God’s creation never fails to impress me.

Yet I almost missed getting to see it.

My hubby,  his dad, and our son were planning on driving in the mountains and doing some shooting.

I wasn’t thrilled.

I wanted to spend time with them, but they were going to be gone most of the day.

I had a very long list of things which needed to be completed, but I just wanted to be with my family.

Struggling with myself on this conflict my husband asked a simple question :

“Why don’t you come with us?”

Of course the list of things stood in my way, as well as my own fatigue, but I didn’t have a good reason not to go.

Nothing had to be completed which  wouldn’t be able to be finished another time.

Yet,
I still
wavered.

Then the Lord spoke to my heart.

“Don’t miss an opportunity to love.”

I found my extra warm clothes and jumped in the truck.

We had a terrific day.

My husband teaches Hunter Safety and was able to give our son a lot of instruction in the safe handling of a firearm.

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Jason was so excited to know I was standing there watching him learn and then we walked over and he showed me where he had hit the target.

We enjoyed the time, the success of practice,  and the beauty of God’s creation.

Although, I’m working on the list I didn’t do, I’m enjoying the fruits of yesterday.

And in reflection, it came to me, something I was told when our first child was a newborn:

Love is spelled T-I-M-E.

No wonder it was a good day.

Love is time spent together.

No list of ‘To Do’s can compete with the joy of loving and being loved.

“Thank you, Lord for reminding me of the true joys in life. Thank you for my family. Please help me to remember no amount of stuff will fill my heart or the hearts of my family. Please continue to help me choose love.”

Knowing that they are loved

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“And every day Mordecai paced in front of the court of the women’s quarters, to learn of Esther ‘ s welfare and what was happening to her.” Esther 2:10

Do you think Esther had any doubt that Mordecai loved her?

Being given a piece of every single day just to find out how she was doing is a good indication that she was loved.

Because love is spelled:

T-I-M-E.

How do I know?

I have seen it.

I have felt it.

And I have watched the consequences of its lack.

Did you ever grow a seed in school?

When you are with everyone else and caring for it day after day it grew and flourished.

However once it went home there wasn’t anything to remind one of waterings.

When it out – grew the plastic cup there wasn’t anyone to suggest it be transplanted.

I remember looking down at the withered little plant and wondering what happened.

Well, neglect doesn’t help anything to grow,  including love.

People in the Bible are not perfect but Mordecai is a good example of how to let someone he loved know that they are loved.

He applied time and attention to her-
daily.

As the school year draws near and the schedule begins to fill up I am praying for clarity.

Clarity in priorities.

I want my family and friends to know that they are loved and I want to apply the time and attention to make this happen.