Practicing Early Time With God

Written by Demetria Zinga

“Spending time with God is something every Christian woman should set aside time for.” Perhaps this is a fairly common statement that we’ve heard all too often. We all know this to be true, and yet it still seems to be a most incredible struggle to obtain that blessed time with God each and every day of our lives. So, how do we wear allrepparttar hats and still have time to be still and quiet in God’s presence? How do we makerepparttar 147892 time to sit quietly before our Savior when our toddlers are stampeding through our living rooms with permanent markers only inches away from our furniture and walls? When do we findrepparttar 147893 time to say a prayer long enough to our Savior before we are interrupted with “MOM! She hit me!”, or “Honey, I can’t find my keys!” True, we all wear different hats—some of us are mothers, some of us are married, many of us work from home or have full time jobs outside ofrepparttar 147894 home…but one thing we all have in common is our need forrepparttar 147895 peace of God in our lives. We ALL needrepparttar 147896 Lord!

With that said, let’s talk for a minute about some practical things we can do each day to allowrepparttar 147897 Lord first place in our lives. We are not only discussing our time in general with God each day, butrepparttar 147898 fact that we can also give Godrepparttar 147899 first of our day. “Impossible!” you might exclaim…but it’s true. We can do this! I am a living witness that despiterepparttar 147900 busy-ness of each morning, it is VERY possible for me and anyone else to give Godrepparttar 147901 very first few minutes of each of my day. Tryrepparttar 147902 following steps for 21 days and see if you’ll notice a difference in your outlook on life. Also note any changes in your relationship with God (you’ll most definitely feel more aware of how closerepparttar 147903 Lord really is to you, especially during many of your stressful times)! In addition, take note of your relationships to your family and friends, and to people around you. As you spend time, and EARLY time withrepparttar 147904 Lord, you will find your relationships with others changing as YOUR heart changes. Your heart will change because you start to become more like Christ as you draw closer to Him in fellowship each and every morning when you first awake. Here’s how I do it:

1.)Upon awaking each morning, thank God for a brand new day. Believe it or not, this very small act of gratitude takes you a long way during your stress throughoutrepparttar 147905 day. 2.)Look out your window. Appreciaterepparttar 147906 nature. Thank God for what you see. Observerepparttar 147907 weather. Whether it be raining or sunny, thank God forrepparttar 147908 weather. If it’s raining, don’t complain, but thank God forrepparttar 147909 rain. Thank Him forrepparttar 147910 sun. Thank Him forrepparttar 147911 birds inrepparttar 147912 air, andrepparttar 147913 trees. Thank God for His handiwork. 3.)If your children and husband are still asleep, that means you still have time to spend with God! So get started! Open your bible and read some scripture, then MEDITATE on it. Think about what it means to you. Consider how you might applyrepparttar 147914 scriptures to your life that day.

Imagining the Life of Mary, Mother of Jesus

Written by Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

So little is said about Mary,repparttar mother of Jesus, inrepparttar 147680 Gospels. We can only imagine her thoughts and feelings as she went from being a simple Jewish girl torepparttar 147681 mother ofrepparttar 147682 Son of God. In "Shalom, Mary: Lettersrepparttar 147683 Blessed Virgin Might have Written", Kathleen Culligan Techler has done just that. This is indeed a work of fiction. Obviously, no one but Mary herself (and God above) know whatrepparttar 147684 experience was like for her. Yet, in reading "Shalom, Mary", one getsrepparttar 147685 sense that it might have been this way. This is a human Mary struggling to make sense ofrepparttar 147686 unusual set of circumstances she has found herself in.

Techler has Mary share her intimate thoughts with Rebekah, a girlhood friend who has since moved away. The letters begin with news ofrepparttar 147687 Annunciation. Here we find Mary not sure how to tell her parents or her betrothed she is pregnant: "Whateverrepparttar 147688 future brings, I want to do God's will. My sonrepparttar 147689 Son of God! How can I tell my parents? . . . And what of Joseph? . . . How could he possibly accept this news asrepparttar 147690 truth?" Yes, you can almost seerepparttar 147691 scared teenager confiding her secret to her dearest friend. Throughrepparttar 147692 years, Mary shares her perspective on her trip to visit Elizabeth, Jesus' birth andrepparttar 147693 strangers that came to visit them in Bethlehem, their hurried journey to Egypt, and Jesus growing up. She tells of everyday occurrences such as meals made andrepparttar 147694 joy of watching Joseph and Jesus work together inrepparttar 147695 workshop. Techler's Mary speaks with a mother's pride: "I know you are smiling, Rebekah, at my pride in Jesus and his accomplishments. We mothers are all alike, aren't we?"

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