In the past month, Raleigh and I have had a lot of discussions about time.  How we spend our time, what we want to do with our time, and how we want our time with the Lord to glorify His name in a mighty way.  Just in the past two weeks, I have had the opportunity to speak at two different events at our church.  It was an amazing experience and I hope I can do it more.  One thing that I have to continually tell myself is to trust God with my future.  Not ask Him what will happen next.  Just follow Him.  It's easy to think that just because you go to church you know Him.  Yes, that's a start....but there is so much more if we allow ourselves to go deeper.  There are some women in my church that I admire so much.  They have this love for Jesus that shines on their faces.  I hear about how they spend intimate moments with Him each day and I listen as they speak His word off of their lips.  It is a beautiful sound.  Being around these women has made me realize something big. I want to know Jesus more.

My God has moved my mountains, protected me from my fears, and loves me tremendously.  I know Him.  I know what He has done for my family.  I believe in Jesus and the sacrifice that He made for me.  The Holy Spirit dwells inside of me.

But, I want to know him more.

This past Saturday, Raleigh and I took a much needed day-cation.  We packed up the girls and headed to the lovely Callaway Gardens.

We had the best time hanging out just the four of us.  Everything was so beautiful there.  Just this week, I finished reading in the book of Job.  Towards the end of this book God says, "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?  Tell me, if you understand.  Who marked off its dimensions?  Surely you know!  Who stretched a measuring line across it?  On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone - while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?" (Job 38:4-7)

As we were riding along the country road leading to the gardens, I couldn't help but think about all the beauty around me.  God made the rolling green pastures and He made the birds sing their lovely song.  Thank you God for giving us such beauty on this Earth!  I know heaven is going to be far more marvelous and extravagant but THANK YOU for giving us a taste of heaven.

Spending the day around nature with our family did a lot of good for our marriage.  Raleigh is my best friend and I love spending time with him.  As we walked and talked, we both knew that this was how we needed to spend our time on that day.  Not in an office or doing chores around the house...with each other.  Our girls give us so much joy and we needed those little munchkins with us that day.  Later that night, after the girls layed their weary heads down to sleep, Raleigh and I enjoyed dinner just the two of us.  It was a nice ending to a nice day.

Me & Adeline

Raleigh & Maralee

Time.  It goes by so fast.  I get so anxious about how I spend my time.  David tells us in Psalm 5:3, "In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."  What David is saying is he gives his requests to the Lord through prayer.  Prayerfully he waits in expectation to see what God is going to do in his life that day.  Instead of being anxious, he prays.  Instead of worry, he trusts.

He comes to the Lord each morning because he wanted to know him more.

Do you want to know Him more?

I think many of us are reluctant to take the next step.  We believe in God and have accepted Jesus to be our Savior, but our faith comes to a halt there.  Taking the next step means that we give up control over our days.  It might mean that we don't get our to-do list completed.  Or, we hastily make decisions without prayerfully considering if that was the right choice to make.  If we would simply take some time to pray, we would be taking that first step in knowing Jesus more.  This reminds me of a team-building game that we used to play at random retreats.  Many of you have played it, I'm sure.  You stand with your back to the group, cross your arms over your chest, and fall backwards.  You decide to fall because you have faith that the group behind you is going to catch you.  You decide to trust them with your future.  The next step in getting to know Jesus more is having that faith that He is going to catch us.  It is giving Him our days, trusting that He is going to use them in a mighty way.

I want so much for my life.  For my husband, for my children, and for myself.  My biggest want is that we live lives glorifying Christ.  Yes, I want a lovely house one day and yes, I want my goals to be fulfilled, and yes, I want the girls to marry a great guy one day....but my biggest want is living lives that glorify Christ.  I want us to love Him, to trust Him, and WANT to spend time with Him.  I also want you to want that.  I want you to want Jesus.  I want this for you because I know that taking the next step gives you this rich beauty, uncontainable joy, and comforting peace.  If we all challenged ourselves to spend time communing with Jesus, lives would be changed.  Marriages would be pieced back together, families would love one another, and communities would be united.

But this can only happen if we make the decision to get to know Him more.

Walking around the blooming azaleas and sturdy pine trees, I got to know my Jesus a little more.  I spent quality time with my family and I continually thanked God for that day of being together.  It was a sweet time and I enjoyed every minute of it.  I pray that we all give our days to God and let Him use them for His glory.

Below is an old praise song from Delirious titled, "I Want to Know You More."  Allow these words to give you some peace and help you find time to intimately spend with the One who loves us more.

 

In the secret in the quiet place in the stillness You are there in the secret in the quiet hour i wait only for You 'cuz i want to know you more

i want to know you i want to hear your voice i want to know you more i want to touch you i want to see your face i want to know you more

i am reaching for the highest goal that i might receive the prize pressing onward pushing every hindrance aside out of my way 'cuz i want to know you more

i want to know you i want to hear your voice i want to know you more i want to touch you i want to see your face i want to know you more

 

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen

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