Sunday, June 1, 2008

Scripture Challenge {Week 22}

Week 22 Challenge Word: Time

Okay, so I imagine most of us can say we never have enough time in our day to do what we would like. I am sure many of us would love more scrappy/crafting time, time to read a fictional book, time to just lounge at the pool, or whatever. Well, what about God? What does He think about how you use your time each day? How much of your time does He get? Does He get what time is left over or do you plan your time around Him?

It seems it is so easy to let the world steal our focus and our time each day? There are so many things demanding our attention each day—our kids, husbands, homes, chores, school, practices, computers, etc., etc., etc. I am sure that each of our lists are very long. However we need to remember that it is worth our time to spend time with Him (in His Word, in prayer, in daily application). We need time away with God each day that is still and focused. We not only need some time, we need chunks of time. He will then guide us and give us the strength and help us to do what He wants us to do with our time each day. Protect that time with Him. Resist answering the telephone or answering the door. Spend time with Him. Think about investing your time each day in things that will last through eternity.

Max Lucado says “If we are not careful with our time, we will allow others to fill it up for us. There will be no time for God. Approach your day in a new way. How much time do you spend driving, working, or eating? What time is wasted? Replace wasted time with an activity that has value in the Kingdom of God.” Trim those time wasters and you will actually add minutes and hours to your day!

For my card this week, I got to use the amazing new June kit from Create My Keepsake. Now the clock was not in the kit but how could I not put a clock on this week’s card? :) Anyway, the verses I chose are some of my favorites:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8—"There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace."

Ecclesiastes 3:11—"He has made everything beautiful in its time. . ."

I hope that you are able to eliminate those time wasters this week and invest your time in Him and the way He wants you to use it. And I would love to see more discussions this week at Create My Keepsake, The Scrapping Spot, Scrapjazz, and Faith Sisters. Enjoy and have a joyous week!


Stephanie said...

What a great reminder and OUCH! on the challenge to make sure we're not letting other things & people crowd out our time with the Lord. Beautiful colors on the card.

Anonymous said...

I agree, what a great reminder. I am going to re-think how I plan out my days. Usually I spend time at night studying, but I know I could use more time during the morning and day. Thanks for the reminder of how God wants us to spend our time. See, this is what I am talking about.... great inspiration and reminders for all of us here on Triple the Scraps!! Thank you!! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, and how could I forget.... BEAUTIFUL card you created! So incredibly perfect for this Scripture Challenge. :)

Ally0005 said...

Wow, love the cards, where did you get that clock?
I so enjoy your scripture challenge.

Trish said...

Yes I have to say OUCH myself! This is a great word and your words are so motivational Patter! Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Great reminder, Patter! For the word TIME, I was also reminded that God's time is not "our" time. His timing is perfect. I'm attempting to jump back into a weakened job market after being off for seven months, and have my first interview this week. Please pray for me! Thanks, Becky

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