Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

elizabeth-george give-us-this-day-our-daily-bread

Quality Time with God

Our salvation does not begin at death. It begins here and now. He came that we may have life, and have it more abundantly. Jesus is alive and well and looking to spend time in fellowship with us.

Too often we unknowingly disregard Him. I know what it is like. I’ve been there. Many of the moms I’ve spoken to over the years have shared their stories with me as well. I can remember one profound story I read that was written by a sweet young mom.

Importance of Quiet Time with God

She told the story of how she’d had a really chaotic morning: the kids had woken up before her and decided to redecorate and reorganize the kitchen and living area, the phone had rung several times; the kids put too much tissue in the toilet and it overflowed; all of her kids wanted something different to eat for breakfast; she had not had her coffee yet, and the list went on!

She finally got halfway through her day, which had continued to erupt in chaos. As she continued to load the dishwasher her hands slipped off a pot, and it fell right on top of several of her glass dishes, breaking them into pieces.

That’s when she finally couldn’t take the stress anymore. She threw her hands up and began to talk to God. She asked Him why all of this was happening and what had she done wrong.

Then, when she turned around and glanced at her dining table, she saw her partially sipped cup of coffee that was now cold and it was right next to her unopened bible. That’s when she realized she’d missed the most important part of her morning.

Spending Time with God

As life as she knew it happened that day, she forgot to sit down and spend some time with Jesus. She talked about how her heart just broke as she comprehended that she had been too busy to even realize that she had indeed forgotten Him.

The Story of Mary and Martha

As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord's feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was worrying over the big dinner she was preparing.

She came to Jesus and said, "Lord, doesn't it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me." But the Lord said to her, "My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it-and I won't take it away from her.” Luke 10:38- 39

Spiritual Growth by Spending Time with God

All morning she had been doing things she deemed Godly and in the name of Jesus: training her children, preparing food for her family, taking care of her home, and doing ministry things. Yet, she forgot one thing… the most important thing. She forgot to spend time with Him.

We must sit at His feet in order to be raised up by Him. We must be taught by Him if we are going to teach our children. We can’t be worried about eating food and cleaning our home until we receive our daily bread from His Word and receive cleansing from repentance through prayer.

We can’t blame God for the multitude of work and then ask for help when we have yet to submit ourselves to Him for that day. God loves us. He is concerned over the details and will help us with them. He knows what we need but how can we expect to receive it from Him if we never spend time with Him?

RESPOND: FINDING ALONE TIME WITH GOD

Dear Lord, thank You for being ever present in my life. Thank you for being faithful to me even when I neglect to faithfully spend time with you. Please help me to always start my day in your presence. Amen.

elizabeth-george creating-a-beautiful-life

RENEWING RESOURCES:

Creating a Beautiful Life by Elizabeth George—Each new day presents opportunities to grow your faith, manage your work and goals, and make good use of the time God gives you. This book for busy women will help you create a more beautiful and productive life.

REFLECT:

What does your daily time with the Lord look like? Does your day go by more smoothly and with more peace than on days when you don’t spend time with Him?

REMEMBER:

Our salvation does not begin at death. It begins here and now. He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. Jesus is alive and well and looking to spend time in fellowship with us. We must sit at His feet in order to be raised up by Him.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published