February 15 – Time Keeps On Ticking                             

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Each day I live I am so reminded of the preciousness of time. My kids are working on scrapbooks, and on a regular basis they show me pictures of days gone by when they were younger. Wow, I think to myself. Where did the time go? In my mind those days aren’t so far removed, but the photos tell a different story.

Whether I like it or not, time keeps on “ticking” and if I don’t manage my share of it, I’ll be the one taking the “licking.” I can’t count the times a wise soul over 70 has confessed to not making the most of every moment when they had the time and were physically able. What’s interesting is meeting older folks who began to view time as a “score card” early on in their life. They are as active now as they were 40 years ago. Why? How? I think they built a habit of time-management so they wouldn’t burn out.

Procrastination comes naturally for most of us. Many times early on in my life I would finish a project at the last minute and not think twice about it. But an intense desire to fulfill my God-given purpose has caused me to get His perspective on how to maximize each moment. And over the years I have found that this can only be accomplished when a person has an intense desire to get the most out of every minute.

Otherwise, human nature kicks in and we waste time and settle for mediocrity. Make no mistake about it, treating time as a resource and managing it takes effort just like anything else. But it is a commodity that grows in value year after year.

There is hardly anything that compares to being able to look back over a year and see that you were able to capture precious moments with your kids, go on dates with your spouse, consistently spend face-time with God, and give the ol’ body a daily workout. I am convinced, we all want to be resourceful, but life has a way of getting in the way…if we let it. Stop letting life steal your moments. It’s time to make your time your own!

Jenny 🙂

Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Ephesians 5:16 New Living Translation

 Biblical Meditation: Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

 

 

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October 3 – Grandora

The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding. Proverbs 9:10 AMP

In my opinion, the beginning of wisdom is knowing that God loves you and me and He’s not mad at us. Even though our actions and our attitudes might warrant His righteous judgment, He grants us grace. For that, He is worthy of our respect and adoration.

On that note, time has proven to me that I get a whole lot more wisdom out of wise people when I value their time, their service, and their insight instead of taking them for granted.

“Grandora” was a great example of wisdom personified. In her nineties, when she went home to be with the Lord, she was dear to our family by then for many years. By her own admission, she was bossy, headstrong, and independent. But this dear soul knew the Lord intimately and longed to introduce every one she could to His love, mercy and grace.

Along the time she came into my life, there were many others who had the same opportunity to mine out the boundless treasures she possessed, but were unwilling to look past the rough edges on the surface to get the good stuff on the inside. Only by the grace of God did I begin to see it. I was so hungry for the wisdom she walked in, I gave her my solemn respect and adoration and in return, she left me and my family with holy insights that will last us for generations.

In a nutshell, that’s what the God-walk is all about. Respect and adoration of our Father and Creator. Not because He heals us or gives us what we think we need at a moment’s notice. But because He is and He knows. Period.

For Him, I have learned, that kind of attitude is undeniable. And like Grandora, He will fill to the full those who adore Him with all the wisdom and understanding their little hearts can hold…He will not deny!