Observe. Do. Show and tell. Or tell and show… “Teaching teachers how to teach,” is what I called it, The Art of Teaching class I once taught in the 1980s. Students ranged in age from 18 to 20-something. In this small Bible college, the class contained about twenty students with only a couple of them […]
Luke 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
As most of you know, I enjoy doing leather work. There is some thing about it that just allows me to clear my head and all my aggravations just seem to leave. In fact, I often find that as I work on a project I’m able to focus more on the things of God. Perhaps the concentration I put into the project clears out the “cob webs” just enough to allow the Word to really penetrate; I can’t really explain it much clearer than that. But I do know that much of the most profitable meditation time for me comes when I’m tooling a belt, for example.
Jesus set the example for us in His words and deeds: We need to get away from the “multitudes” of life, what ever they may be for each of us, and have alone time with God. Christ often went into the wilderness to pray. I know a preacher that gets some of his best alone time on his riding mower. And I have some of mine at my leather work bench. We are all different, with different situations, likes, dislikes, hobbies, etc. But we all need to find our “prayer closet” to get into and away from every one and every thing that might distract us. That intimate time with God is vital, no matter where your’s occurs at, to our spiritual life and walk of faith.
Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
The last few weeks, months, really, have been very hectic for me. I’ve had a lot on my plate and my mind. Just to name a few things, we had the stress and anxiety of our daughter’s wedding, I got sick, pneumonia, just before the “big event”, and announcing my call to preach, among other things, all added, shall I say, a little extra to my acid reflux.
Over the past few weeks I had been putting so much thought and time into other things I let “my” time with God kind of slide onto the back burner. This week He gently reminded me of this. And I’m so thankful He did!
Sometimes we can get so busy with “stuff”, even good thing like praying for others and trying to be a help to someone, that we neglect our own spiritual health. The Lord showed me that I had allowed this to happen and that I was suffering for it.
While we always want to be a help, to edify when we can and to intercede for others, we have to remember that we need our time every day in our prayer closet just for ourselves. As Pastor Danny said, nothing can take the place of the fellowship we have one-on-one with our Lord. And it is imperative that we not neglect that daily time.
Change: many times we don’t like it. But it can be a most wonderful gift. Read more at http://relijournal.com/hinduism/the-prize-of-change/.
I believe that from time to time we all need a reminder of what power we have through the Spirit that lives in each of us. And also a prompt to (I do a least) do that which God wants us to do. The piece, published on Relijournal, is a “dialog” between the Trinity exhorting us to press on, “enduring to the end.
An excerpt from the introduction to an article published today on Relijournal:
Life is full of decisions. Some are big and important, other are small, even insignificant. How we go about making those decisions, big or small, should be something we give lots of thought to and seek guidance on.
Last night was our monthly business meeting, which is proceeded by our weekly Prayer Service. Some changes have been made to the business portion, making it more stream-lined, I think, and thus more efficient. All this without compromising the business portion. I know they are welcomed changes by me and I suspect by all.
The business portion of the night used to, speaking for myself (I can’t say what others thought), kind of ‘loom’ over the Prayer service part. I knew that it was coming and I just couldn’t seem to get into the Spirit because of that. Last night was so much better than business nights usually are for me. I was able to not even think about the business-part of the service and just praise and worship my Lord. For the first time in a long time, I felt the Spirit on business meeting night. It was a great service, at least in my opinion.
To add to the night we had a visitor. A young man who had been out with us one other time, some months ago, came and honored us with his attendance. It was a joy and a blessing to get to meet and speak with him a bit. I hope he will join us again, sooner this time, and maybe even consider making our little church his church, too.
All in all, it was just a blessing to be able to be out in God’s house, with His people one more time.