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A New Hunger

February 16, 2012 by Trina 5 Comments

I know I mainly post about clothes, nail polish or my kids or something else completely random and very much “on the surface” here on the blog.  But every now and then I have a piece of my heart to share and I hope you’ll not mind.

I’ve been trying to do better at being more consistent with my quiet time each day.  I tried to find what worked for me and took to doing mine at night because  I’m really not much of a morning person.  However, I have found that my days go better {or rather I am better equipped to handle what comes my way} when I prepare for the day with scripture and prayer.

I have found that since listening to the Soul Therapy series at Highlands and after the fast, I have a new hunger for prayer and knowing the Word.  And so now I’m getting up earlier to read and pray.  It’s hard for this non-morning lover to do, but doing the easy never got anyone anywhere.  Right?

This morning I read 2 Peter 3:8 and continued on through verse 13 in the Message.  It really spoke to me and I wanted to share it.

8-9Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.

10But when the Day of God’s Judgment does come, it will be unannounced, like a thief. The sky will collapse with a thunderous bang, everything disintegrating in a huge conflagration, earth and all its works exposed to the scrutiny of Judgment.

11-13Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.

I shared these verses on Facebook and added this afterward.  I’m speaking to myself more than anyone…

It’s easy to go about our daily lives and forget about Eternity. Our life is but a vapor.  Jesus will come again and we are not promised tomorrow.  Are you living each day for Eternity?  Knowing that every day you have the chance to make a difference in someone’s life for the Glory of God?  Or are you just floating through life, not giving a thought to what opportunities you’re missing?  Don’t let your life waste away.  Live boldly for Christ, looking to share His good new with others.  And love the unlovable.

My prayer is that Eternity stays fresh on my mind.  When I’m riding the bus or doing laundry or brushing my teeth.  I don’t want it to seem like some far away thing, because who knows what could happen tomorrow.  I want to be ready and I want to have shared it with as many people as I had an opportunity to.  I love what verse 12 says…“Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival.”  Eager…

So now I ask, what is your quiet time routine?  Do you read a devotional or just scriptures?  What helps you grow?

 

5 Comments

  1. I completely understand this. Both about how difficult it is when you’re not a morning person and how much better is goes when you do make time for it in the morning. I have a short devotional I usually read and I usually make time to read in whatever book I’m reading. Not a fiction book, but a Christian living sort of book. I’m not sure what my routine would look like if I had to leave the house for work early though. It’s hard to get up early when you didn’t get a good night sleep.

  2. This is a very timely message, Trina. Thanks for sharing it! Jesus IS coming soon and we need to be ready.

    My current morning quiet time routine consists of Jesus Calling, Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word Day by Day and prayer. I’m also doing the Bible in 90 days program, which I started in January. I read during my lunch break and at night.

  3. I love the messages’ version of this verse. really cool. honestly I have a devotional on my phone from a pastor named Joseph Prince (amazing revelation about God’s word I haven’t ever heard from anyone) and while I get a get a minute I read it and read the verse…but honestly I start my day with prayer and try to keep my heart open all day to what God is saying…I mean, if my husband called me in the middle of the day I would answer the phone, because I have a relationship with him, I want that to be like with God…constant communication. after reading 1000 gifts I understood that God is always “calling” me during the day and I have started to take notice….but my iphone devotional helps me with what to read ….

  4. Oh my sweet Trina….

    I need to get back on a routine. I need to be giving God the time He deserves, and not just in the times I need Him. But always.

    Thank you for reminding me friend.

    Love you.

  5. Trina I used to do just fine with mornings back in high school, then college, and also work when I worked days (day shift), but over the years I have become more of a nightowl than a morning person so I can definitely relate to that. I also know that my days have always been better, smoother and just all-around gone good when I do a women’s Bible study work-book (from my class or on my own) which is always Beth Moore mostly since I would have to do the work-book and read the Bible and a lot of times lately I get Girlfriends in God daily devotionals from Bible Gateway which is great since I read it while I am having my coffee, and also in some devotions I can reach around and grab my Bible and look up the scriptures and do what they may ask of me/us. If anyone needs or wants a good female devtional GIG is a really good one. Again I tend to do more of my spiritual reading and praying during the morning out of habit just not as early as I used to, but it still seems that more often than not the day goes a little bit better when I read my Bible or do my morning devotional. Yes we are living in the End Times and God is coming, but I know I must be prepared and I don’t want to waste one day when I could have done something He would have wanted me to, but I know I fall short may miss an opportunity to have made a difference, but I have always been a prayer warrior and I do pray a whole lot and have a strong faith and am so very thankful for all He has done in my life and for me and my family. He is such a merciful loving God and we need to paraise HIm every chance we get! I think it is very fitting that you touched on this since it was on your heart and like me you speak from your heart and there is never anything wrong with that. You are such a wonderful giving person with a very tender spirit who wants to share with others and that is what He has called us all to do, so I think it’s great Trina that you are putting this out there.