It is the wee early morning, and the clock has struck midnight over an hour and half ago. Have you ever wondered as I, why they call it midnight and morning in the same breath? Is it yet night, or is it now morning? Perhaps it seems a bit trivial, and perhaps it reflects what man’s heart already knows, and that is whether it is morning or night, time is escaping us. Time. Now there is nothing trivial about time, though many hours have been wasted trivializing it. If we were all to take a moment to reflect, we too would realize that time itself has become a force in which to contend with, and many of us are losing. We either have too much of it on our hands or not near enough.
Paul warns in Ephesians, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)
Lord knows I have wasted time, and at other moments, allowed it to escape me while rushing to and fro in busyness. Time management, or the lack of, has been a sore spot in my soul that has continued to gnaw at my flesh man like a dog with a fresh bone given straight from the marketplace.
I indeed have failed to make the best of my time. For instance, it is customary to find me in a state ready to express myself through words and losing all track of time in the midst of my penning. In fact, Like Dr. Seuss, I have commented on many of an occasion throughout the years, “How did it get so late so soon?” At other times, I am found tossing to and fro with lyrics, verses or deep mysteries mulling around in my head for hours upon my pillow until I am forced to get up and write. Then when daylight comes, like a nocturnal animal, I seek refuge in the warmth of cover and the gentleness of my pillow in which I lay to rest, while the world awakens and begins to race through the day. I do not miss it. I relish in the fact that I have the better of two worlds. I can sleep when needed, write when one must and venture outside when my body says “Let’s go!”
Do not think that I am unlike you, for I am forced to go at times when my body is seriously inquiring, “Are you going to rest?” Sleep deprivation is the result of sporadic life patterns that steal away slumber one minute, one hour or one day at a time and leave us entirely overcome and unable to function naturally. Oh yes, we might paste a smile on our face or force ourselves to glide through the day, all while spending the hours ahead longing for blissful moments of rest. How can we avoid the trap that sleep deprivation causes?
I believe the solution lies in the words that our precious Lord Jesus spoke, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
If we should only humble ourselves, we would make a way to find the time to seek first the Kingdom of God. In doing so, we in turn should find in the center of our seeking of His kingdom—God’s will.
It is clear now. We can find God’s will as spoken in Ephesians by Paul when we find time to seek the Kingdom of God. In our quest, we discover that we are capable of being wise with our time…No, God’s time. If we realize that we are on God’s clock during the day, we then can be more aware of how our time is being spent. I have come to understand that one single moment with God can utterly transform the next hour, days, weeks, and years of my life!
In the New Year, 2015, I am going to make a cognizant decision to seek first His Kingdom, know His will for my life and manage my time wisely.
If we were to realize that this was the last day we would ever live, I would dare to say that not one of us would spend a moment in waste. Mother Teresa said, “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” Does this mean that I am going to be moving fast forward? No. It means that I will enjoy His presence along the way; for in His presence, time is never wasted!
By Jane Morin
So, after church, my hubby and I went out with friends for lunch. When we arrived a young man sat us in a corner of the restaurant. Now, it is nothing uncommon for me (Jane) to ask our waitress or waiter if there is something that we can pray for them about, while we ask a blessing on our meal. The conversation went something like this:
Me: Thanks for bringing our food, may I ask your name?
Waiter: Sure. It’s Ramon. (Ramon appears to be in his 20’s)
Me: Ramon? I love to pray for our waiters or waitresses, and wonder if there is anything that I can pray for you about today, while we pray over our food?
Ramon: (Moving over into the corner where I sat) He looked me in the eye and said, “There sure is. My grandma just had back surgery and she is not doing well at all. (He gave the details that were similar to my own back surgery of recent days). Could you please pray for her as she is in so much pain and cannot sit up straight?"
Me: We would love to do that. (Ramon decides to stay at table) I pray.
Ramon: (After prayer, teary-eyed) Thank you so much! Did you say you have had the same surgery?
Me: Yes, it is no accident that you wanted me to pray for her today. Do you believe that?
Ramon: (Shaking his head in agreement) Yes! I feel better. (He thanks me and leaves)
(About 20 minutes later Ramon returns to the corner of the restaurant and comes and stands in my corner by the table with this goofy, but sweet grin on his face.)
Me: Can I do something else for you Ramon? ( I smile)
Ramon: I don’t know why I am here! It just feels so good here, I want to be in the corner with you.
Me: (I smiled, and placed my hand on the young man’s shoulder and shared with him about how the Holy Spirit works like that and more….) I am going to keep believing that your grandma is fine. We will come back and check on you again soon. (Ramon leaves and is just filled with delight)
MORAL OF THE STORY: When we shine our Light for Jesus, people WANT to be in our corner!
Now YOUR turn….Get out there and SHINE!!!
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
Jane Morin email@example.com
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A few years ago, at a small West Texas church, I was the Keynote Speaker at a Women’s Conference. When the conference began, we ushered each woman into the sanctuary individually, provided a good old-fashioned foot washing, gave them a rose and escorted them to their seat. It was an honor to wash their feet, pray over each woman, and for some, watch dignity and true revelation of WHOSE they are come back in their faces and hearts.
Submission, Humility, and Servant-hood
To wash someone’s feet, you must place yourself in a position of submission, cloak your spirit in humility and serve unconditionally. You see, when I washed those ladies feet, I bowed in submission to Christ, wore humility in honor of Jesus and served HIM with a glad heart.
Have you ever been on the other end of a foot washing? You know… the recipient, the one who is getting their feet washed must allow someone to wash their feet. It involves a tremendous amount of submission and humility on their part too. Oh, there were some women who would have nothing to do with having their feet washed. In the same manner, Peter had difficulty submitting to a foot washing from Jesus. His reply was:
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” (John 13:8)
Can We Realize Foot Washings Daily Among Believer’s and Others?
Today, as I was pondering on the Old and New Testament foot washings, I began to think of what the act of foot washing represents and how we can implement it into our daily lives. For instance, when we pick up the phone to check on an ill or needy church member or neighbor, we are representing a foot washing. We are placing our needs aside and serving those who need us most. When we decide to give a gift to someone in need, we are again representing the same thing by giving of ourselves for the betterment of someone else. How about praying? When we humble ourselves to pray for one another, we are saying to God, no matter what the cost, I am going to press in with fortitude, believing that He is answering that prayer.
The Church Cannot Operate Without a Foot Washing Mindset
No, we might not take out the foot basin, and water pitcher daily to wash each other’s feet, but what part of Christianity does not demand submission, humility, and servant-hood? Every aspect in regard to the life of a believer should never fail to consist of these three elements of faith.
As we go about this week, let’s keep submission, humility, and servant-hood in perspective to our relationship with Jesus. I pray that all of us will pull back the scales on our own eyes, see humanity for what it is and lay aside our pride, selfish desire and any egotistical ways. We then can realize that a life surrendered to the LORDSHIP of Christ calls for nothing less than a good old-fashioned “foot washing” mindset.
By Jane Morin
Do you understand that God set you apart BEFORE you were born to be used by Him DIVINELY?? Imagine what the WORLD would be like if everyone grasped this solid TRUTH?
"Before I formed you in the womb I KNEW you, and before you were born I CONSECRATED you; I appointed you a PROPHET to the NATIONS.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
Many have yet to realize their full potential because they are too busy fighting the enemy everyday. Satan has come to steal, kill and destroy, and as we find within Scripture, he is called the DESTROYER. God is THE ONE who creates while Satan destroys. For every good gift given to us by our Heavenly Father, their is a counterfeit one that Satan hopes that we will choose. If you do, your life most likely will become a train wreck. Some reading this now, have had their lives torn to shreds because they made a poor decision. Often our mistakes begin to identify us In the process we begin to lose who we really are. By then, the identity thief, Satan himself, begins to take control and tell us how worthless, how useless and how undeserving we are of God's love or acceptance. Many have been duped, but God is Sovereign. God set each of us apart before He created us! What are we set apart for? For His GOOD WORKS! If you want to be used by God, the only person stopping you...is YOU!
Some may ask, "Can we prevent the enemy from having such a stronghold over our lives?" OH Yes! Yes indeed!
It takes a life of total surrender to God's will....not haphazard, religious rhetoric that does nothing but give us a temporary "feel good" or "warm fuzzy" feeling. When we learn to hear the voice of God; that still small whisper; we will then discover the mission that He has set before us. Let us become proactive when it comes to our faith and when it comes to hearing that sweet voice!. That voice will call you son or daughter, and will show you unconditional love, give you hope for the future, and not judge you in regard to your past. The ONE behind that small whisper loves you more than life itself!
"It is the Lord who goes before you; He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you; Do not fear or be dismayed." (Duet. 31:8)
I encourage you my beloved: we must allow ourselves time to hear God's voice, and afterward, let us be about our FATHERS' business!"
by Jane Morin
About the Author
Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!