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Words Of The Latter Rain

Volume 1, Issue 7, November 2008


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Marcia's Musings

Ken Nix

Tuesday, 11/25/2008


Marcia Smeenk

How not to be an “L”

While chatting with friends after church several years ago, Diane’s husband jokingly mentioned that Diane’s middle initial “L” stood for “late”.  We all laughed and then it dawned on me that my middle initial was also “L” so it must be true -  I also tend to run late.  (All of you “E’s” out there need not read any further.)  Although “L’s” have plenty of excuses, some very valid, such as jobs, problem hair, children, etc., they tend to make the maximum use of every second and do “just one more little thing” until they are late leaving and late arriving.  I have firsthand experience.  It is easy to get into a habit of being late if you’re not careful. Although in some societies it is not only acceptable to be late, it is expected, but ours is not one of them. 

Is your day spent rushing around and being late for much of it?   Do you have too much to do and not enough time to get it done?   When you put God first, don't be surprised to find that some of those "important" things you have been doing will no longer seem important and that you do have time you didn’t think you had.  You may find that you can get up earlier without any problem or that your time to get ready is shortened enabling you to leave for work earlier and arrive on time. God has already given us additional time. Getting rid of "distractions" connected to the darkness, such as the majority of TV shows, movies, and books, has freed up many hours.  Spiritually speaking, all of us have changed our lives  attempting to rid them of all darkness, and instead are seeking pursuits which are of the light.  What about the pattern of fasting?  Fasting feeds the spirit, but a side benefit is that it nets us some extra time.  Not eating means less time in food and beverage preparation, consumption, handling of leftovers, washing dishes, etc.  As we move toward becoming completely surrendered and doing only those things which bring glory to the Mighty Ones of Heaven, our priorities will change and many formerly “important" activities will drop from our to-do list.  More available time means we can begin to be “E’s”.

Use your newly found time wisely.  Spend more time in prayer, be on time for the daily sacrifices, ask for guidance, and ask to be timely.  Look to the heavenly pattern and follow it, for our Creator has perfect timing and is never late.




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