Invitations

In my post from two days ago I shared on making time to spend with God. I do encourage people to set a time aside for God each day, a time to read His Word and pray, a time to sit on the Potter’s wheel and be changed. Especially if you find yourself doing this less and less as the responsibilities of life begin to crowd in. However, I also shared about making time for God in every moment of your day. Today I want to show you how. It’s very simple you see. All you have to do is answer God’s invitations.

God sends invitations? Oh, yes indeed.

Just as I’m waking up each morning I’ll hear a song, a scripture, a word that starts me thinking on Him. And each morning I recognize these as “invitations” to spend time with Him. I’ll get out of bed and put on that song, read that scripture or start searching the scriptures with the word He spoke in my heart that morning. I don’t have a set time anymore, but I do spend time with Him every morning. I simply respond to His invitation.

He always wakes me before anyone else in the house, well before I have to start my day. How many times have you awakened well before the alarm and thought about spending time with Him only to roll over and go back to sleep?

When I wake up at 2:00 a.m. I watch for a moment to see if He is inviting me. If I don’t hear anything or sense His tugging in my heart, I roll over and go back to sleep. But if He is wanting to spend time with me I go and meet with Him no matter what the time.

I enjoy spending time with Him in these early morning hours and then crawling back into bed thinking about Him.

His invitations don’t just come in those early morning hours. As I go about my day, I’ll hear a song, I’ll think of a scripture, I’ll hear a word in my heart and once again, I simply respond to His invitation. The songs invite me to worship Him. The scriptures invite me to spend time in His Word. And often, the songs and the scriptures lead me into prayer. Praying about needs as He leads, but more often than not, just talking to Him.

I mentioned in one post about talking to Him about the butterflies when they fly by. I see every butterfly as an invitation to talk to Him. I see every sunset and every rainbow as a launching pad for our next conversation. I talk to Him about the flowers, the birds and the trees. I talk to Him about the pretty things I see in the stores.

After each mistake I make there’s always on open invitation to receive His mercy and to crawl in His lap with 1 John 1:9 and repent and be changed.

At the end of the day I have spent much time in prayer, much time in His word, much time in worship and not because I planned it, but simply because I recognized and responded to the invitations.

Making Time

Yesterday as I was driving home from the bank the Lord whispered three things in my heart. “Making time. Enjoy the ride. Invitations.” All three were things I said to others this week as I spoke to them about my relationship with God and about the kind of relationship He wants with them. As soon as I heard them, I knew what they were. They are the titles for the next three postings.

Now why did I mention where I was and what I was doing? Because I wanted you all to see that I didn’t hear these things in my prayer time at home. I didn’t hear these things at church. I heard them in my car on the way home from the bank.

Twice this week as I spoke to friends, the subject of “making time” to spend with God came up. And before I get too far, I want to say that I absolutely agree with having a set time with Him daily, to spend time in His word and in prayer.

However, for those who may not go beyond this, I want to encourage you to “make time” to be with Him all day. I don’t mean sitting in your favorite prayer chair, I mean when you’re on your way to the bank or the store or to work. And while your in the bank, the store and at work.

One friend said she just didn’t seem to have the time in her busy schedule. I told her I spent a lot of time with God in the Petite Sophisticate dressing room 🙂 For years I’ve talked to God about whatever I was doing. If I was washing the dishes I thanked Him for my beautiful, blue dishes. Just the other day I went through the Talbot’s catalog and pointed out the things I really like to my Heavenly Father. For years I asked Him what He thought of the outfits I was trying on in that dressing room. I was very surprised when one day deep in my heart I heard Him say, “I like that one on you.”

Since then, whether I hear anything or not, I include Him in every moment of every day. I ask Him constantly about things and sometimes I hear an answer in my heart at that time. Other times I come across the answer as I’m reading the scriptures. Sometimes I hear the answer to the question I asked on Sunday morning being answered by my pastor during the church service. No matter how the answer comes, He always answers.

When a butterfly flies by, I say to Him, “I know you sent that just for me.” He likes it when I say that 🙂 Did He really send the butterfly just for me? I like to think so, but what if He didn’t? I still included Him in that moment of my day.

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) says,

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Many times I have sat in my favorite prayer chair with my Bible and my worship music and waited upon the LORD. Renewing my strength in His Presence.

Listen to what David said in Psalm 25:4-5 (KJV).

Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach my thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Did David spend all day in His prayer chair? Actually, he did so for many years as a shepherd. But I also believe he trained his heart to wait on God all day, regardless of what he was doing.

No matter where I am, what I’m doing, who I am with my heart is still watching and waiting to see what He will say to me (Hab 2:1). I’m also watching for opportunities to fellowship with Him, like the butterfly, a pretty flower, a beautiful sunset. Thanking Him for my husband’s bonus or raise. Thanking Him for His protection after just missing being in an accident.

I used to call my husband all day long and tell him the cute thing the dogs did, the good deal I found on a dress, etc. I soon learned he loved me, but when he was at work he needed to work. So now I tell God the cute things the dogs did. I thank Him for the good deal on the dress and every time I think of it, I tell Him I love Him.