Where Did the Time Go?

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Photo by Seth Macey

I don’t know about you, but I have said a million times, “I just can’t find the time.” Now that I have a ton of time on my hands (I’m laid off), I find I waste time. I can watch a movie or read a book and before I know it, three hours have passed me by and I haven’t washed a dish or did laundry. Plus, I can get a little lazy (housekeeping is not my favorite).

Then I start thinking about when I was working and how a lot of this stuff still got done. Sure I had to do it on my day off or at night but it was done. My husband has never gone without clean clothes or his coffee in the morning. I found the time to do the things I needed to do.

And there it is – what I “needed” to do.  I would find time to do those tangible things; the things that someone would notice, however I was letting my spiritual life sit on the back burner. After all, who would notice? I know all the key things to say and to do so no one really knows I have – not left my first love – but I’m certainly not paying much attention to Him. I was drying up.

Then there are the workaholics. You know who you are. You think if you don’t do it, it just won’t get done. You bring your work home, you go to work early and you just can’t seem to find the time for anything else. When are you feeding your spiritual self?  You are missed by God and by those who aren’t benefiting from you being present.

For the moms out there, I believe you need that spiritual break most of all. Take advantage of grandma and grandpa who will take the kids for an hour or so and take time getting close to the Lord. Your kids need you to do that. It not only is a time of quiet, but its a time for you to feed yourself so that you can feed your children.

I know this seems a bit rough. Trust me, I’m sharing this because I have an issue with time management and spiritual balance. I know I can NOT be the only one with this issue. After all, this blog is about getting real about our struggles.

Remember, the Lord is a God of balance. WE NEED to find a balance in our lives.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to week, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

We need to take back our time!

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.  Ephesians 5:15-17

If you look up the Greek word for “redeeming” it is exagoranzo which means to recover from the power of another. That’s right ladies, the enemy wants to keep you busy doing all sorts of other things but the Word tells us to not be fools but be wise and take back the time!

Finally, let’s remember this scripture. In fact, hide it in our hearts and say it often:  

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33

Ladies, together lets treat our time like we treat our tithes. Lets give God our first fruits of time. The rest will be added unto us! Love you all!