Faith Filled Fridays From Croley’s Corner of Chicklit Power

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Good morning, Coffee Hour friends,   I’m hoping that your days have slowed down a bit and you’re now enjoying all the benefits of your holiday season. if you can believe it, I’m still trying to put things back into their perspective places, what a job! Today as you join me for Faith Filled Friday, I pray it will encourage you as much as this word encouraged me, so grab your pen, journal and coffee, and join me as we discover something together:

Being busy about nothing

As women, for the most part, we’re pretty good at multitasking, but as I’ve gotten older, I have found that I am easily distracted. In fact, I would venture to say, lately, managing my time has seemed very frustrating to me. My husband asked me the other day if I had finished a certain project. My response to him was “No, I was busy”.  But why was I so busy and what was I so busy doing? Perhaps I had already determined that everything I was doing was truly within the will of God, but was it?  Am I doing things inefficiently –and not in the manner that God expects me to do them? I do understand that I am doing the will of God, but am I appropriating it wisely?

As my children were growing up, I recall as their mother I was always trying to teach them that their time was valuable, to pick and choose what was important not only to them but mainly to God. We should always reflect carefully on the ultimate purpose of the things we spend our time on.

Paul states in Ephesians 5:16 & 17 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. The perilous times in which we live make it all the more urgent for us to be good stewards of our time. Everything that we do must be carefully evaluated, so as not to get ourselves caught up in the many self-seeking pursuits of the world or just being busy about nothing.

I’m remtimeinded of a story about Mary and Martha found in Luke 10: 38-42, Jesus came to visit Mary, who sat at the feet of Jesus listening to His teaching, and Martha, where was she? Well, she was anxiously about doing many things.  Martha was apparently upset that Mary would take the time to sit when things needed to be done. Can’t you just see her frustration?

To value the time we spend engaging in the things of the world can distract us from redeeming our time wisely for the Lord.

There’s a good reason why He has placed us where we are right now, why He has given us certain abilities, unique gifts and talents! Are we using our time wisely seeking to glorify God, or to glorify ourselves in the same way that the world is doing?

Redeeming the time is capitalizing on every appropriate opportunity. Let us always be praying that God will lead us each step of the way to do the right thing at the right time, wisely.

As we begin 2015 with great expectations for this New Year, let us be reminded that we must be careful how we redeem our time…is it Godly and pleasing to Him? Does it bring Him glory? And finally…. are we the example that He desires us to be for a lost and dying world?

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Colossians 4:5

Redeeming my time wisely <3

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