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Schedule a date with Jesus

Schedule a date with Jesus

When was the last time you went on a date?  Maybe it was a fancy meal outside, or maybe it was as simple as a latte at your favorite coffee shop. We all know that keeping relationships strong and flourishing requires a devotion of time and effort.  Just like with our other important relationships, setting up a date with Jesus is a great way to spend quality time with Him.  And, carving out time to spend with Jesus doesn’t have to be a scheduling nightmare, in fact, it can be quite easy.

Thankfully, this Florida household has finally settled back into some normalcy after the spring and summer of imbalance.  The holidays were still different and lacked the usual parties, meetings, and functions that usually fill the books from November through January.  Even as a former educator, having my two boys at home during the pandemic left me feeling out of sorts a lot of the time.  Virtual learning started at 7:45 am and went full force until 2:00, with a quick lunch break and thankfully some “PE” time outside (sorry, neighbors, for the constant stream of baseballs being hit over the fence).  I was extremely appreciative of our teachers as they kept my two boys very busy but they still required my presence (which required me to be patient).  Yes, I know that scripture promises that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28) but many minutes during the day had me looking up, praying for peace.  Two dogs, two boys, plus a working-from-home husband resulted in a house that was a flurry of action and noise.  I didn’t have much peace in my day, and I couldn’t escape very far to find respite.  Day after day, plans, activities, church, weddings, fundraisers, all cancelled and night after night we were home, cooking, and playing outside together, which was indeed special albeit different, but not having a single plan for weeks on end left me feeling dismal and even isolated at the same time.   

I found that having daily conversations with the Lord helped right this ship.  Instead of reading more news, I’d pause and just fill God in on my morning.  He was a great listener!  Isaiah 1:18 “Please come, and let’s reason together,” implores the Lord. “Even though your sins are like scarlet, they’ll be white like snow. Though they’re like crimson, they’ll become like wool.”  This verse found its way into my day one afternoon when I was feeling especially lonely.  Most of our sports and practices had returned to the schedule, and my conversations with God dwindled.  I hadn’t scheduled time with our Lord, our creator.  Don’t get me wrong—He wasn’t angry—He just needed some undivided time from me.  Gosh, I’d taken good care of everyone else around me!  How did I miss this?!   

Even though I often resist this truth, God is the one in control and if we overlook this fundamental attribute of God, His sovereignty, I was merely living by chance.  Day after day of going through all the motions and not giving enough time to Jesus.  I needed that encouragement and I needed His ear.  All the other pieces of my life were being put back, but had not nurtured my relationship with Jesus.  I’d expected this relationship to grow itself. 

As social creatures, even as we navigate through this Coronavirus, we make plans with people we care about and with those who bring good company.  How about inviting Him to spend time with you?  Carve out a date with Jesus!  He won’t say no.  It’s a sure bet.  You’ll also have His full attention the entire time.  Try it.  It doesn't have to be formal.   Hop on your bike or go for a walk in the park.  See nature.  Point being, schedule a conversation with Jesus where you can pour out your heart and feel His presence.  Talk to Him.  You’ll find that the time alone with Jesus will inject energy, power, and strength into your heart.   Now that bible studies are resuming, committing to a weekly study is a guaranteed date with Jesus.  So many studies are online—CBSBSF both offer in-depth, nondenominational bible study that encourage you to set up a daily date with Jesus in His Words, and the fellowship shared is also a beautiful facet of joining such.  Proverbs 31 is another great resource for an independent study where you’ll hear The Word of the Lord.    

Finally, with holidays in the past and spring almost here, our days are finally resuming normalcy.  As a child of God, we live under His control and we have to trust Him to carry us through these days.  He wants to be IN our plans.  He wants us to be present with Him and draw near to Him.  In the planning of your day, position yourself to hear from God.  Now’s a great time to commit to communicating with our Savior.  Open your heart and open your ears to His Word.  You might feel tired and these are tiring times (and sometimes I even tire of hearing that expression).  Jeremiah 2:32 reads,  “Does a young woman forget her jewelry? Does a bride hide her wedding dress? Yet for years on end my people have forgotten me.”  

If I’ve learned nothing from this pandemic, it’s that the plans we have are merely an erasure away.  Nothing but our Lord’s word is written in stone.  Everything else is worldly!  Without spending time with God, I lose focus on Him.  Plan a conversation with Jesus, our best friend.  Express to Him what’s on your heart—big and small.  Share your daily desires.  Praise what’s going right in your life.  Let Him listen when you’re talking to Him.  He won’t disappoint, He won’t be late, and He is trustworthy.  

If this sounds like a struggle, it’s ok to pray for a hunger for God’s word!  Ask Godly friends to pray for this for you, too.  They will. James 4:8 reminds us, Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.  As you are penciling in appointments, meetings, and calls on your calendar this year, try adding in a weekly date with Jesus.  He is waiting to hear from you, He is waiting to encourage you, He is waiting to give you abundant life, and that, my friend, is a date you don’t want to miss. 

Feb 15, 2021

Thank you for your message truly spoke to me very encouraging and uplifting . God is so good His Word is strength for my soul and what keeps me going minute by minute and day by day . God Bless until we meet again .

Patricia Blewitt
Feb 13, 2021

It’s in my planner now! Coffee with Jesus! I look so forward to it. Thank you for a beautiful reminder! Draw near to Him and He will come to you! Blessings!

Jan
Jan 27, 2021

Thanks for this challenge. I had never thought of scheduling a date w/Jesus. Such an easy thing to do. Looking forward to scheduling dates w/Jesus.

Olive M Ayers
Jan 27, 2021

Thank you for reminding me to be even more purposeful in the time I wish to spend with God. I do want to carve out time just for God and I, and this reading helped me to see that more clearly. God bless you!

Crystal Ramie-Adams
Jan 25, 2021

What a wonderful message and idea! Thank you for sharing. So many nuggets of wisdom and beauty in this piece- I found myself reading it several times.
Thanks!

Robbie Ergle
Jan 19, 2021

A date! Never really thought of it like that because I’m more like a constant babbling fool to Jesus. I like the “intentional” aspect of a date. Thanks, Laurie!!!

Jenn M
Jan 18, 2021

Thank you so much for sending this prayer and messages every Monday. I wait and when it is on my phone it helps save my day. It is so difficult I. These tumultuous times. And u are there for me. I have shared this w my dear friend. God bless you. And thank you

Patti
Jan 18, 2021

I love receiving these wonderful messages and scriptures on Monday mornings. It helps us get focused on our journey with God each week! Thanks for spreading your love and God’s love to everyone!
Bonnie

Bonnie Riley
Jan 18, 2021

This was such a great message & such a wonderful reminder about what’s most important!

Heather A Elwell
Jan 18, 2021

Laurie, this is so beautiful! I love the Isaiah verse that spoke to you. Thank you for sharing your heart and encouraging us all. God IS in control even when things are challenging. God bless the USA!!! 🇺🇸

Rachel P.
Jan 18, 2021

Thank you for always giving an uplifting
Message to begin the week full of
Life that God holds for us or death
whatever He decides.

Kathy kovell
Jan 18, 2021

Thank you for the encouragement and challenge. A date with Yeshua is so needed He loves to hear our voice and we should love to hear His voice. Loved this timely word. I am choosing to make a date with my Beloved and putting it in ink not pencil.

Penny
Jan 18, 2021

Thank for the reminder, we can get so caught up in our daily routines that we forget the most important routine to take time out and have time for our Lord, the most important of all.

Bobbi
Jan 18, 2021

I love receiving these on Mondays. It’s a nice way to start the day. I have your large cross and it’s always in view. It’s one of my fave things in our house. Thank u for all u do.

Nicole
Jan 18, 2021

This was a wonderful message, thank you for sharing! It is hard to “carve” out time for my own self let along Jesus, you had some reassuring words & for that I am thankful.
Have a blessed week ahead🙏✝️🙏

Cheryl Clifford
Jan 18, 2021

Great lesson today‼️
Thank you😁

Missy Hill
Jan 18, 2021

When I lost my hubby 4 yrs ago, my grieving was a journey of pain, sorrow and numbness to life. I have been a faithful daugther of God but found starting my day with God….brought me comfort, wisdom & peace. Each morning God guides my day with His love.

Karen
Jan 18, 2021

Ty so very much for your kind words and direction every Monday. I’m trying very hard not to linger I my anguish. This is very tumultuous times and God holds us all in his arms. He is in control. Ty for reminding me. Have a blessed day

Patti
Jan 18, 2021

Ty so very much for your kind words and direction every Monday. I’m trying very hard not to linger I my anguish. This is very tumultuous times and God holds us all in his arms. He is in control. Ty for reminding me. Have a blessed day

Patti
Jan 18, 2021

Father I ask that you help me with my health, I cannot do this on my own.
Walk with me on this journey in life.
Teach me your way father. In. Your name I pry, amen

Sharon

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