97 Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.
98 Your commands are always with me
and make me wiser than my enemies.
My husband likes me to call him first thing in the morning before I wake up the kids and start my day. Well it is really my second thing because I talk to God in bed before I get up. However today I thought about doing that but I got distracted and then the morning routine kicked in. So my husband texts me regarding the lack of communication, I called him and assured him that I had thought about calling him. That must give me some brownie points, right? Wrong. My husband, whom I seldom give enough credit for his wisdom, painted this picture. Imagine you stand before a judge for robbery. You explain to the judge that you thought about not robbing the bank and would like credit for that. You’re going to jail. We both laughed but that makes a lot of sense.
If we look over our day yesterday, how much of our time was given to God? Most of us are awake for at least 15 hours. Out of our 15 hour day, how much time was spent in prayer, His word, worship, or meditating on the things of God? If our answer to the question was 0, He was not our God yesterday. I know that sounds harsh but it’s true. What was our main focus? If we are too busy working, making money, raising our children, tending to our spouses or you name it, to give God any of our time, then He is not our God. Now most of us fit God in there somewhere and that is great, right? We are good. No, He is supposed to come FIRST. He is not to be second to your spouse, kids, job, family, hobbies, dreams, money, etc. We can say we love God and say He comes first but without the walk, the talk is cheap.
My love affair with God reminds me of David in Psalms. Sometimes I go to God rejoicing, sometimes I cry out with sadness, sometimes I am angry, often I am just worshiping and desiring to be close to Him. Always I come before Him with humility and respect. I haven’t always talked to God first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I haven’t always saturated myself with the things of God throughout my day. I am here to tell you it can be done!
I am an ordinary women, mother, wife, I work full time as an Administrator and it can be done! I am not bragging, I am testifying. I use to go to God when trials hit and I needed Him. I stayed at His feet if I knew I couldn’t get through it without Him. Or I went to Him when I wanted something. Can you imagine having a friend who only came to you when they needed something? Or a friend who leaned on you for strength but when everything was good or you wanted a favor they were nowhere to be found? That was me, I may have been singing about being a friend of God, but I was no friend of God. But now I can honestly say I walk in friendship with my Savior every day, Praise God!
If you are realizing you have not been a good friend to God, here are some tips to help you.
1) Put Him first. Talk to Him first thing as soon as you awake.
2) Start your day with worship. Play worship music or a sermon in the background as you get ready in the morning instead of the news.
3) Saturate yourself. Switch your radio station to a Christian station (99.5 is what I listen to), or play worship Cd’s.
4) Saturate yourself-part 2. If possible have worship music play at your desk or in your Ipod throughout the day.
5) Write His laws on your heart. Memorize different verses until it becomes a part of your heart such as Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the mediations of my heart, be pleasing to you.” Pray it until you mean it and it transforms you.
6) Walk away from your desk at least once a day like you were a smoker. (If you haven’t read that blog, it will explain this).
7) Protect your mind and heart. Turn off the T.V. for at least an hour at night, start smaller if you need. Replace it with something that will feed your spirit in a positive way. Don’t engage in watching others sin (most TV. shows) and call it entertainment.
I will leave you with these 7 tips. I pray that anyone who is thinking about trying these steps will turn those thoughts to action. Love is a verb-an action, not a feeling. Jesus showed his love for us. Your walk with God began when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You don’t have to wait until you die to enjoy living in the presence of God, so why would you?