Monday, March 28, 2016

NOT ENOUGH TIME?

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges
 
I rise before the dawning of the morning,
And cry for help; I hope in Your word.
My eyes are awake through the night watches,
That I may meditate on Your word.
Psalm 119:147-148

NOT ENOUGH TIME

I rushed right through my devotions
didn’t take much time to pray
there was too much on my schedule
just couldn’t afford any delays.

But when temptations surfaced
and trials came I couldn’t bear
I didn’t have the strength to endure them
I fell right into their snare.

With sudden guilt and frustration
I fell upon my knees
asking God to please forgive me
for treating my time with Him so casually.

With a heart redeemed and restored
I knelt down upon the floor
took time to thank my loving Savior
for His mercy and His Word.

We talked for quite awhile
didn’t worry or fret about the time
and in those precious moments
we communed with bread and wine.

Now I know how extremely important
it is to begin my day with Him
to receive from Him the armor
that will shield my day from sin.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©2015, All Rights Reserved.
 

Lately the Lord has been pressing on my heart, asking me if my priorities are in the right place. Am I giving God first priority? In my heart? In my life? In my day?

As my final essay for my English degree, I am reading John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. The main character is a man named Christian. He lives in a city called Destruction. Christian has been reading a book that explains to him that his city is doomed to be destroyed—burned with fire from Heaven. Christian carries a heavy burden on his back and laments about his plight so much so that he is willing to leave his wife and children to go to the Celestial City. He has tried and tried to persuade them to come with him; but since they refuse to, he makes the decision to make the journey by himself.

As I have been reading this allegory by Bunyan, the thing that strikes me hardest is Christian’s single-mindedness to his goal. He meets with many hardships and temptations along his way, but he is so focused on finding relief from his burden and getting to the Celestial City, he will not let anyone persuade him to leave the path that he has been told to follow.

So I wonder, why have I let my priorities lead me astray? How many times do I go off that narrow path only to find myself wishing that I’d had that talk with Jesus that morning? Wishing that I’d put on the armor God was holding out for me to ward off Satan’s attacks.

Christian’s priority was to serve God and follow Him alone to that Celestial City at any cost. Am I willing to do the same? Where is my focus in the mornings?

Think on these things...

TWEETABLES!
Is God your first or last priority of the day?
I rushed through my devotions, couldn't afford any delays 

Communion with Jesus in the morning starts my day off right  

*********************************************************************************************************************
Dear Readers, Friends,
 
Over the next few weeks I will be working hard to finish my senior year of college to graduate in May with my Bachelors of Arts in English. I would cherish your prayers as I work to accomplish this goal. I am so excited to introduce several guest bloggers to you over the next few weeks as I will be so busy. But please know, I will be praying for each of you and thinking of you during this time of my absence. Thank you for your faithfulness in reading my blog posts.

From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie

5 comments:

  1. Wise words and wonderful poem, dear Marcie. I've read Pilgrim's Progress several times and often think of it when I'm tempted to swim in the "Slough of Despond". He is risen to set us free. I can always tell when I've neglected my early morning prayers, and I usually remedy that with late morning prayers before I lose all my peace and all sight of the path. :) I'm weak and lost without Him.
    Easter Blessings ~ Wendy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Wendy! I read the children's version growing up but this is my first time reading the "adult" version. I'm enjoying it. I know exactly what you mean! I think when we recognize we've not started the day off with prayer the sooner we can do it the better our day becomes. Blessings to you sweet friend :-)

      Delete
  2. I love this Marcie. Thank you for sharing your heart with us and for being an accountability partner for me as we walk this journey together :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Many thanks for being one with me as well. So glad you enjoyed this Nan :-)

      Delete

Thank you for visiting with me and letting me know you've been here. I love hearing from my readers!