Enjoy the present.

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This “adulting” thing I have to do keeps me pretty occupied. I praise God and am grateful that I have a full-time job, church, family and the BCU ministry (essentially run pretty full time). In between all that, I like to see friends and family, minister to people, keep house, eat, read and especially rest and sleep.

In fact, I look forward to the holidays and precious few and far in between days off to just. do. nothing. I’m the kind of vacation person that LIKES to stay home, with no plans, no clock to punch, no set time do, be, or go anywhere. I call that, “the slow hurry.” Those are my million dollar days.

It just so happens this year, I have a week off coming up and while a couple of those days are already spoken for, I can rest in the remainder of the time being mine. As I was talking to my friend Kenya about it, I started to lament about my life AFTER my time off was finished. It would be MONTHS before my next big block of time was coming up! I started thinking about how long those days would be and how hard it would be to get through them. During those days, there was nothing to look forward to, until the next vacation. The Lord checked me on that.

“Enjoy the present.”

We have a habit of saving the anticipation-filled phrases like, “I can’t wait…” or “I am looking forward to…” for special occasions, while saying, “I’ll be glad when this day is over”, or “it is Monday…already”, or “I wish this day would hurry up and come…” with dread and disdain. We wish away the days, complain the about the time we have to spend at work, going to and from work, doing chores, shopping, cleaning, running kids around—we even complain about the time we give God. Why does the message take so long? He prays too long! A second service? Why?

When we FINALLY get to the free time we couldn’t wait for, how are we really spending it? Looking our loved ones in the face, studying their words and actions—conversing intently? Or are our faces glued to our devices, while we catch snippets and fragments of what is being said? I’d venture to guess that many of us do the latter. Keeping that in mind…

What if….we were intentional about rejoicing in the day the Lord made (which would be all of them, including Monday)… See Psalm 118:24 

What if... instead of complaining about our jobs and wishing the day away, we payed attention to the people we work with for an opportunity to bless, encourage or be a witness to them—even if it’s demonstrated through our attitudes and actions. See Matthew 5:16. 

What if.. rather than complain about the job God blessed us with, we take all the tasks, including those those mundane meetings, the clean-up, the less glamorous parts that have to be done, along with tasks we enjoy, keeping in mind, that we work unto God as not as unto men. See Colossians 3:23-24. 

What if… we practiced being content..even if things are not where we want them to be at the moment? The spouse you prayed for? Thank God. The kids you asked God for? Thank God. The spouse you are waiting for? Thank God.  Struggling to pay bills? Thank God. We have the money to pay the bill? Thank God. It’s important that we live in the state of contentment. See Philippians 4:11. 

What if…we prepared our hearts, minds and bodies for the services we attend—looking for the Lord to bless, heal, deliver, save and set free in a mighty way? What if we arrived rested, full, prayed up and ready to see what we can do to be a blessing—and excitedly anticipate what God has for us? See Psalm 133:1. 

What if...prayed fervently (rather than half-way and sarcastically) that the Spirit of the Lord rest upon the hearts of the people during service, so much so, that people walk out differently than how they came in? And rather than complain about the time, we rejoiced in the fact that people are being blessed? See James 5:16 (b). 

BCU Family, whether we like it or not, our days are numbered. In Psalm 90:10, Moses said that we the days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years. Threescore is 60, add another 10 and that’s 70. So, fourscore is 80. Of course, some live longer and some shorter—that’s all in God’s hands. No, we don’t know when we’ll leave here- but what we can do, with the help of the Lord, while we are living for Him, is to enjoy our days to the fullest.

Ecclesiastes 5:18 reminds us, “it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of labor that he takes under the sun all the days of his life, which God gives, for it is his portion.”

Enjoy the present. Amen? Amen.


BCU Fam, I really have to be intentional about not rushing through my days and wishing my time away. I had to catch myself just this weekend–I was thinking “I need to hurry through this chore to get my free time”. Rather than rush through my schedule, the Lord reminded me to take my time. I confess, I was blessed in the process, and got home in plenty of time to rest.  We often miss how we can be a blessing and God blessing us, because we are operating in chronos time  (keeping a schedule), versus being present in kairos time (God’s opportune moments). So, how do you do in this area? Is the struggle real? Let me know in the comments section so we can continue our chat.

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Just an average girl. Saved by and serving an AWESOME God who assigned me to help encourage His people to #StayOnTheWall.

6 thoughts on “Enjoy the present.

  1. I love this sis! I have to remind myself constantly to stop looking at the things I want to change or wish were different and simply be grateful for where God has me at this moment. God has definitely brought me and my family through many situations and seasons and for that I am truly grateful 🙂 Thank you for the reminder!

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    1. LadyWhipp!!!!!!!

      How ARE you? I remember some posts you shared and how the Lord brought you all out, so I am GLAD this post resonated with you. With the help of the Lord, we will enjoy the time we have right in front of us.

      Thank YOU for stopping by–you blessed my heart big-time! ☺️Come back anytime!

      xoxox

      Blen

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      1. Hey girl, hey!! I’m doing awesome!! Yes it hit the right places at the right time for me! Just trying to enjoy my time now while it’s still fresh! Love you! XOXO

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  2. I used to live in such a place of anxiety. I would wake up with DREAD about the days to come. As a matter of fact, I used to end up in the ER on many Sunday nights with Afib and chest pains because I had to go to work. ANXIETY used to take me OUT! God delivered me from the situation (corporate job), but it would still happen. I know ALL the scriptures about casting our cares and trusting God, but I was so very wrapped up in myself and my flesh. My pain. My hurt. My, my, my. Get the pattern? My life was all about me. My focus was on me, not on Jesus. You touched on so many points in our contentment study. That’s what focusing on Jesus gives. I am still obsessive and anxious about things. I’m still tempted to “dread the day”, but studying the Word of God, praying and living in place of gratitude and contentment has changed my entire life. I give Him all of it and keep giving it to Him when it creeps back up. These things have been the catalysts for so much healing and strength. I praise God for His deliverance. I cherish every single day. I don’t work 24/7 anymore. I strive to avoid getting anxious about what’s coming. Jesus said not to take thought for tomorrow. Especially now, in this season of my life AND in this holiday season, I will do just that.

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    1. Hey Angel!

      “Anxiety USED to take me out…God delivered me…” THAT line spoke to my spirit, along with us shifting our focus from us to Jesus—that’s good right there!!!!!!! Practicing intentional thankfulness and trusting our Savior brings on a spirit of peace and contentment that NOT cannot be bought or sold. So yes, let’s do that, with the help of the Lord!

      I so look forward to your comments, Angel—you encourage my soul every time you stop by the conversation board! Thank you!

      xoxo

      Blen

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