Friday, September 30, 2016

It is October Ready or Not

I had a few goals I wanted to accomplish before Labor Day, then I extended the self-imposed deadline to September 30, and here we are...I am not finished with a massive reorganization of business files which I began mid-August, though I did sort through 600 LBS of documents some of which I shredded and some of which I had shredded. Every 5 years per a client's contract, I can destroy hard copies of their orders and the results I submit to them.

It feels good to have more room in my office, less paperwork in filing cabinets. Many clients allow me to store their work digitally, but not all do. Paperwork and clutter are like the proverbial snowball, they begin to grow, almost as if multiplying when you skip a day or 2 of handling them. The next thing you know, flat surfaces are no longer visible under the clutter and paper. The job is now big, time-consuming, and tedious.

When we let our time with the Lord slide for a day or two, metaphorically speaking Labor Day has come and gone and October begins tomorrow because in many cases a day or 2 becomes many days. Life if busy, there are work and family demands. Schedules are interrupted for many reasons.

Another way to look at skipping time with the Lord, the little hurt/offense is like a splinter and we neglect to remove it. It goes from being a minor annoyance to an aching, red, inflamed inconvenience. The problem is bigger. Had we taken care of it immediately, it would be healed.

Our goal is to stay close to the Lord and serve Him. His Word is a lamp to our path (APV - Annette Paraphrase Version), it is a balm to our aching/broken hearts. Wisdom is found from Genesis to Revelation. We have the Lord's example of how to pray, He prayed alone and He taught the disciples how to pray. There are prayers and hymns throughout the Psalms. Open your Bibles, let them wash over you and bring solace, healing, and joy.

If you have gotten away from daily time with our Lord, it is not too late. Begin anew, He is waiting. Ask,seek, knock!

Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!"

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