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The Art of Time Carving

At the end of the day, I’m so exhausted I usually have nothing left to give. I call it my ‘leftovers’ because it’s not the good stuff …it’s the stuff that nobody else wanted. During the week, my husband goes into work around 7:30 and gets home at 5:30. By the time we eat dinner, have “family time”, put the kids to bed, and then pick up the house; it’s 8:30. We then plop on the couch to watch a show or get on our phones because we’re mentally done. One of us finally remembers to ask the other about how their day had been. Then it’s bedtime. When we only give each other our leftovers, it leaves us feeling disconnected. But when we’re intentional about setting aside some time for us to talk or go on a date, our connection is rekindled.  

We sometimes give God our leftovers. It usually shows up when we’re praying before bed and fall asleep mid sentence or have to read the same verse 6 times because we’re mentally distracted. If we want to stay connected to God, we need to be intentional about spending time with God.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” – Mark 1:35

Even Jesus needed alone time with God. You may not always succeed in intentionally carving out a few minutes of alone time with God every day. It’s ok because God is full of grace. But it’s still important to try and give God more than our leftovers.

By: Lyndsay Crews