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so much time, so little to do

February 16, 2011

So much time, so little to do…

…or rather, so little we HAVE to do!

We  have been relishing in the summer days here. We typically work in the morning, sometimes the morning and the evening, but always have the afternoons off to “engage in leisurely activities.”

We are fortunate to have a trail on the property that leads across two rivers and into this massive expanse of land known as Cascade Park. We have spent many afternoons there, lying on a blanket, soaking in the sun, eating oranges, and reading. I love nothing more than a good book on a lazy day! We have been pouring into many books, learning many wonderful things along the way. We have found these-The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, The Herb Book by John B Lust, The Face on Your Plate by Jeffrey Masson, books by Mark Ament, The Ecological Health Garden by Edmond Szekely, Treat Your Own Back and Treat Your Own Neck by Robin McKenzie– to be very insightful and recommend them!

The most beneficial thing we have read and have done with all our time is one thing I have struggled with committing to my entire life. Yes folks, I am talking about having a “quiet time”. Cliche in Christian circles, I have never consistently taken time out of my day to quiet my soul and commune with God. I am irrepressibly glad that I do now.

We started a few weeks ago, Justin and myself, to committing to take time apart first thing in the morning to spend time with God. As simple and as easy as this seems, neither of us had ever been very good at it, using the excuse of busyness or lazy-ness or something. What a difference it makes however!

Our “time” as we call it (ironic since time is such a man-made construct), looks very different from each others and even differs day to day. Justin is often up in the make-shift studio here, singing, playing, and writing songs inspired by God’s love.  I am a little more all over the place: one minute i’m dancing, next i’m listening, reading my bible, thinking, singing, crying, praying. We typically spend about an hour to an hour and a half doing this.

This practice alone has transformed our individual lives and especially our married relationship! Who would have thought spending less time with Justin would actually be better? 😛 But truly, our love for each other has expanded exponentially as we draw closer to God and are filled up by His love for us.

In particular right now, we are being shown in a new light the passages of Hebrews 11 and 12, Galatians 5, and 2 Peter. Also, I had felt compelled awhile back to read through the Old Testament. Interestingly enough, in a dream I had someone asked “what about the 9th chapter of the 20th book?” I woke up and read Proverbs chapter 9, of which verse 10 says

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”

WOAH! Amazing how as you draw near to God he actively leads and participates with you. For me this verse was directly corresponding to my reading through the Old Testament (“the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”) and our drawing close and yearning to live through our spirit, with the Spirit (“and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding”). WOW!

Well, all this to say God is awakening us to a life through Him, and we couldn’t be more excited!!

As simple as it is, we encourage you to set aside time for the Lord, and see what happens!

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Phillipians 1:6 NLT

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”  James 4:8 ESV

 

All our love and blessings and encouragement!!,

a & j

Our Valentine's Day date at The Organic Pizza Company!

 

 

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