Heavenly Father,

The older I get, the faster my life seems to be going! I spent a lot of time this weekend with family members from near and far. It seems like just yesterday I was holding my babies in my arms…and now I am holding their babies (and even their baby’s baby) in my arms. When I was younger, I thought I had all the time in the world to do whatever I wanted. Yet now, I know I’ve used up probably two-thirds of my time here! I’m not worried about dying because I know I will finally be Home with You, Lord…but I am much more aware of how I’m spending the time I have left here on this earth. I sure want to do all I can to help bring Your Kingdom here on earth as it is in Heaven. It’s crazy that You actually allow me to be a part of Your kingdom-building!

It certainly causes me to prioritize how I’m spending my time. Am I doing what You want me to? Do my regular activities bring glory and honor to You? Am I making anyone hungry and thirsty for more of You? Are there things in my life that are taking up too much time that are not going to make a difference eternally? Am I spending my time simply loving You and others more deeply? Do I take time to tell others of the wonderful things You do? Am I studying and sharing Your word, Your truth with others? Am I truly letting You rule my life (or am I at least getting better at surrendering?) Do I spend all my prayer time telling You what I want, or do I listen to what You want? (Your way is always better!!)

Father, I know when I breathe my last breath I am ready because I have no doubt I will live forever in Your presence. Yet there are so many here on earth who still don’t realize they are not complete without You. Whatever time I have left, Father, help me make it count for eternity. I don’t want to see anyone left behind. Even if it’s only tiny seeds that I sow, let my life be fruitful for Your kingdom. Let my short bit of time shoot far into forever!
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“Again, it (the kingdom of heaven) will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” Matthew 25:14-30

October 7, 2015

Heavenly Father,

 

It is one of the saddest sights to watch someone walk away from their chance at new life through Jesus Christ…especially after I’ve poured my heart out trying to help them see what they can have through a life lived with You…especially when I see them walking back into a hopeless destructive situation. What a joy when someone sees the choice of Eternal Life in front of them and takes it!!!! It’s like sharing the greatest treasure ever discovered with so much more available than we could ever use! There’s so much to share – we could share it with the whole world and we will never use it up! It holds the answers to all things. It endows us with peace, joy, love, wisdom, contentment and an everlasting life with You. We will never be alone again. We will never fight a battle again without You. It is a treasure that grows as we learn to fully live in all its glory! How remarkable that You- the God Almighty, Maker of all, Source of Love, Creator of universes- would love us so dearly and be intimately involved in all aspects of our lives!!!  So how sad it is when someone walks away from the greatest treasure ever offered.

 

I can recall times I just wanted to shake someone so they will open their eyes to see what You have freely given them! If only we could chose for them…but You didn’t create us that way. It has to be a choice from each individual heart. You could have designed us to worship and honor You without thought. But I guess You wanted it to be true love and worship which can only freely be given by our choice. No one else can make that choice for us. Oh! How I wish I could!! Every single one of my friends and family, coworkers, neighbors, strangers, people I pass on the street…and the vilest offenders I hear about on the news would all have their lives made new in Jesus Christ! What a joy when someone I have prayed for makes that choice!!! What heartbreak when someone makes a choice to walk away from Jesus and live life their old way.

 

Lord, You know even more than I, how sad a sight that is… to watch someone walk away from yet another chance to turn to You and receive all You desire to give them. Yet it is Your desire that every single person come to their own personal decision to live with and for You through Jesus. So though You let them walk away, You still patiently wait for the day they will come to You. I will not give up. I will keep on praying for the ones who are walking away. May the day come when they will know the unspeakable joy of walking with You instead of away from You. Then they will wonder like I did, why did I take so long?!!

 

 

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“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now chose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him.”  Deuteronomy 30:19-20

 

“Jesus looked at him and loved him, ‘One thing you lack,’ He said. ‘Go and sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow Me.’ At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.”   Mark 10:21-22

 

Jesus told this story to show God’s heartache of a child walking away and then His joy of him returning.

After the young son had demanded his inheritance from his father, and walked away to another land and wasted all he had been given on wild living, he walked back to the Father’s home, hoping to be a hired hand…   “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; He ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick Bring the best robe and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fatted calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate.”   Luke 15:20-23

 

“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish , but everyone come to repentance…Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard, so you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men, and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:9, 17-18