We've reached the end of "the love month", and now we look forward to St. Patrick's Day in March, and on to Resurrection Sunday in April. We are on our way, entering the month leading up to Christ's betrothal of the Church, otherwise known as The Last Supper.
Did you tell Christ you love Him this month? Did He get a valentine's gift from you? How did you go about showing Him that more than anyone or anything else around you, He has your heart?
For myself, I decided to make an adjustment to how I go about my days. Due to my health being what it is, I endeavour to ensure that I get in 8hrs of sleep every night. This generally means starting my day by 8:30am or 9am depending on how well I slept the night before and how many times my sleep was interrupted either by washroom stops, or the kids getting up and around to begin their day. My son begins his day around 5am and my daughter begins her day 45 minutes later. She wakes me up to drive her to work, and then I come home to return to bed for another hour or two so that I can add up 8 actual hours of sleep. Nights when I'm dead to the world will see me begin my day by 8am, but those night's don't come often enough.
So the adjustment I chose to make, was that when I turn my computer on and take my morning natural antihistamine, instead of opening my browser and checking messages and such right away, I will also open e-Sword, and engage in morning quiet time with just me and the Lover of my soul, Jesus Christ. I'll spend some quiet time in gratitude and prayer and just "being" in His presence, then turn to e-Sword to ready the next chapter as I go through the Bible again from beginning to end. I read Exodus chapter 31 today.
The danger of making my devotional time first thing in the morning, is that if I journal/blog about what I read, it can be an hour or more before I get to my work for the day. . . and that includes making time for breakfast too. It's a good thing I can work in my PJ's, because I can push off "washing up" till I have to go out, allowing me to be more productive right after my devotional/breakfast time than I otherwise might be.
I began this change when I realized that for now, that time of day is relatively unchanging for me. It is a time of day that I can set aside and engage with God on a more regular basis than if I waited for a more ideal time later on. I believe in giving God a portion of the most productive part of my day, unfortunately, that equals times of day when everyone else wants a piece of me too!
Mornings honestly aren't the best time mentally or physically, and sometimes that translates into emotionally either, but mornings are currently the only regular time of day I can offer. God appears to be honouring this sacrifice too, and doesn't seem to mind holding me as I wake up in His presence. Usually by the time clients begin calling me, at least my devotional time is largely wrapped up, whether or not I've had breakfast yet.
So I'm doing what I can regarding the needed rest my body requires, engaging in the newfound time frame for deliberately setting time aside with God rather than fitting it in whereever I can, and engaging in techsupport for my day job's clientelle as well! God is bringing in the work, and whether that is a result of all of your prayers on my behalf, or whether God is honouring my desire to spend time with Him regardless of my mental/emotional/physical state at the time, either way, work is coming in and I am incredibly grateful!
We show God we love Him by choosing to spend time with Him, by following Christ's example to set ourselves apart every day to be just with Him alone, and by our obedience to His commands as He directs in John 14.
Have you made changes to show God your love for Him? Care to share?