I think a lot about the choices we make as parents. I want us to be the best we can be so our children can grow up in a happy home, knowing they are loved and knowing who they are in Christ. We want to always make great decisions and right decisions, but we are human.
When we left our previous church I made a promise to God and to Clay that I would not work like a horse and volunteer all my time again. I promised that wherever we go to church, we would go to serve the Lord, not man and I would put my husband and children before the church. God first. Family second. Then, everything else gets it’s place. With this came the fact that we aren’t at the church building as much as we always had been. I use to say yes to everything. In fact, I probably should have had my on office with “Rachel, the Yes Girl” written on the title bar across the door. Don’t get me wrong. I loved most of it. I really did. But, after getting married and having more family and new family spread out over the state and then having babies I truly had to make a decision. I had to start saying no. I wasn’t a single college student anymore.
So now, we go to church on Sunday’s. Occasionally I sing. Some Sunday’s we take off. If we’ve been super busy with work and we haven’t had time together, we’ll go somewhere fun or relaxing, and I truly believe it’s important to say “This is ok!” But, it has gotten me to think.
See, we pray together every night, unless the kids fall asleep early. I quote scripture to them and over them all the time and tell them to act like Jesus would act. We have I Corinthians 13 on our wall in vinyl lettering as soon as you walk in the door. Proverbs 31 in vinyl lettering is in my office. Clay and I walk the walk. We aren’t perfect by any means, but we aren’t fake either! We say what we mean and we live a life of conviction. We serve the Lord. We give to several different ministries monthly and when the Lord places it on our hearts to give more, we give more. We show this to our children. But, some don’t. Some just take their children to church on Sundays for an hour of “good influences” and they go home and have no regard for the Word of God. They don’t pray with their children. They don’t read their Bibles. They go to work, then home, then bed, then wake up and repeat that same cycle Monday through Friday. They have people over on Saturday and then go to church for an hour on Sunday, then repeat again. It’s not a terrible life, but it reminds me of that thought that “good people go to Heaven”.
Is 52 hours really enough? Is 1 hour per Sunday all year long enough of Jesus for you and your children? Is 52 hours of hearing the Word of God good enough for your marriage or good enough to make you a better parent? Is 52 hours a year really good enough to make you understand salvation in Christ and what it means to live in Him allowing Him to live in you?
Wow! When you think that there are 168 hours in 1 week and you only spend 1 of those hours with God, doesn’t that make you feel like you’re missing something? And really, how many of those minutes of that 1 hour are you not paying attention to your pastor? How many minutes do you sit thinking “His voice annoys me”, “Great, here we go again, why does he keep saying that?”, “I hope he’s listening to this one, cause it’s for HIM!”, “Mmm Hmm, I know who that word’s for!”? How many minutes of Praise & Worship are you actually thinking “I hate this song”, “Did she wear that last Sunday”, “I can’t believe that heifer sat in my seat… again!”, “I hate this song”, “this music is too loud!”, “Now, it’s too soft. Can’t they get the volume right?”, “Did I say, “I hate this song!?”?
52 hours. Is 52 hours enough?
Today, I want you to really think about your time with the Lord each week. When you grab your phone first thing in the morning, click that Bible app instead of the FB app. It’s a great start to feeding your soul. Then, read the Word to your children and pray with your spouse.
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
1 You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory
Ask yourself, Do I earnestly seek God? Am I thirsty for His living water? Have I seen Him in His sanctuary?
God! I pour out my soul and cry out to you right in this very moment. I declare that 52 hours a year is not enough time. I need you more. God I really do thirst for you and I hunger for you to take over my life. I want to see you in the sanctuary. I want to earnestly seek you and to know you deeper. Lord, help me. Help me put aside things that take my time and attention away from you. Show me who you are in all your splendor. Thank you Jesus. I love you Lord. Amen.