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Beth Coulton is a wife, mom, sister, writer and photographer who loves Jesus, laughter and chocolate. Beth blogs about all that and more at Chocolate for the Heart

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  1. Wow…did this hit home today. I’ve had this whole week planned to be alone and in about 2 days I am bored. No list, no plans, just down time. I have spent time alone with God, but mostly I whittle away at the computer. I have realized that I really don’t know what my heart really needs…just what I think I want. God knows much better than I do, so unless I go to Him first and ASK then how will I ever do His will?
    Also too much of any one thing loses it’s enamor.
    I think just dreaming about this week alone, I put it up on a pedestal too, like you did your day. I too need to remember to worship God not the day. God alone satisfies.

    Thanks for this.
    xoxo

  2. What a great post! I realize that this applies to a lot of other things we deal with. “It’s just _____, don’t make it your god”. I end up worrying and fretting about certain things, trying to make them work out perfectly – and your post addresses that. Don’t put _____ on a pedestal and make it a god. It’s just _________. Worship the One who gives you everything in life and don’t the actual things He gives.

    Thanks so much for your words!

  3. This is fabulous. You really put a name to what has happened to me. Often times there are really important things that don’t make it on my list and I would not know to do them unless I listened to the still, small whisper of my God.

  4. I, too, enjoy time alone – but only in small doses. Without a list of things to accomplish, I can whittle away time at the computer easily – just playing games, reading Bible, doing e-mails & devotions.

    I always try to seek God First Thing in morning – even on days off – that way I know what He wants me to accomplish that day – even if it is just a day of rest for my body & health!!

  5. Thank you, Beth. Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Each day is a gift from God – Oh, that we would learn to praise Him and glory Him first, then surrender our day to Him. Since I use to be a list person, I’ve too had to learn that lesson and was frustated many time when “things” were not accomplished! Isn’t He wonderful that HE loves us so much and is so patient with us while we learn another valueable lesson in our spirital growth and daily walk with HIM – The Lord Jesus Christ!

  6. Beth, wow, I thought I was the only one who ever did this! Thank you for putting into words what I often feel–and offering an amazing new perspective on it. Lovely words, powerful truth! So glad you’re here today!

  7. Worshipping free time? Yes, I think and think about when that precious time will finally arrive, and I plan and replan and turn off the phone, and make sure everything is perfect for MY TIME.

    Yep, I’m guilty, and I don’t like the way that feels.

  8. Beth,
    Thanks for being sensitive to the voice of God, and putting into words what so many of us struggle with but never found a way to say. This comes w/great timing as today is the last day of my work week and I’ve been looking forward to my “free time” – now I will enter my weekend with a much better perspective!

  9. Why do we do this?: “I don’t want to bother You with this, God. I’ll just take care of it on my own.” When will we realize that He wants to be a part of everything we are and do? As we read in Isa 55:8-9 our Father always has a better idea!

  10. Great one, Beth!! Now I need to find one of these days so I can put it into practice!!!

    Sonya

  11. Beth! You hit the nail right on the head! I have tears i my eyes right now. You’ve put into words what I’ve felt on too many occasions…worshiping my time instead of my Lord…”Wow!!!!” I needed that jolt of reality. Thank you!