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This morning I was using Examen.me for my quiet time and the first thing you do is write out your prayer to God before you see the scriptures you are reading.  This is part of my prayer I wrote:

Thank you for the good and the bad in my life. I trust you. I know you know what your doing.

When I hit submit and went to the next page, this is the first verse that appeared.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

I’ve heard Perry say many times if you want to know God’s will for your life you need to be reading the Bible.  I want to confess that I have wasted so many years thinking activity with/for God was so important, but He wants intimacy not activity. Whatever your doing for God make sure you are spending time with Him first and foremost. (I’m preaching to myself here)

Also just as some encouragement, I have never been a reader. Never enjoyed reading anything. I’ve always known and believed it is necessary and agree that “leaders are readers” but never disciplined myself to be one. But as I have fought through the awkwardness of sitting down and thinking of 1,000 other things while trying to read, it has slowly gotten better. God can change you into a reader.

Quite Time Funny

Tim Lemons —  September 10, 2008 — Leave a comment

I love spending time with God.  I was a little down about something and as I started my quiet time I prayed God teach me something from your word today as I always do.  I opened to my daily reading and it was Ezekiel chapter 3, ““Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a straight razor, shaving your head and your beard.”  I had to laugh out loud.  It’s a good thing we have discernment from the Holy Spirit because I have a really weird dent in the back of my head and I’m pretty sure it would look weird with a shaved head.

Anybody else have any funny stories like that they want to share?

So during my quiet time tonight I was reading 2 Kings 4 and God spoke to me about meeting my family’s needs and taking care of us.  I began to pray after reading and had an amazing conversation w/ God.  Anyways while praying for my kids I hear Luke start crying in the back bedroom.  So I think it’s probably no big deal because he has been whiny today.  I felt God impress on my heart that He is always there for me and I should go be there for my son.

I get in the room and he is laying on the bed crying, “I want Pikachu!”  He was playing his Nintendo DS and was sad because he lost Pikachu character on the game.  I had two choices.  Say, “Ah it’ll be alright.  It’s just a game.” or “Son, you’re a great Pokemon player and I’m sure if you try hard you can get him back eventually.”  I chose the second.  He immediately picked up his DS and started trying again.

I love how when you pray and read God’s Word you are changed.  PERIOD.  If I had not just left quiet time w/ my Father, I honestly probably would not have reacted the same way as I did.  Also I think it’s great to note that God is concerned about the little things in our lives.  I don’t really have a vested interest in Luke’s Pokemon playing.  But I do care that he was genuinly hurt.  That’s the same for our heavenly Father.  I don’t have “In A Pit With A Lion…”with me, but if I did I would quote the part where Mark talks about the floating ax head story in the Bible.  Go read the book.  But only if you’ve read the Bible today. It’s more important.

Quiet time

Tim Lemons —  August 9, 2008 — 1 Comment

11 I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. 12 “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. 13 “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else,

14 I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree.

I’m glad He knows what He’s doing, cause I sure don’t!

Quiet Time 4.30.08

Tim Lemons —  April 30, 2008 — Leave a comment

Ecc 9:7-18 

7 Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, Drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure!

 

8 Dress festively every morning. Don’t skimp on colors and scarves.

 

9 Relish life with the spouse you love Each and every day of your precarious life. Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange For the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one!

 

10 Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily! This is your last and only chance at it, For there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think In the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed.

 

11 I took another walk around the neighborhood and realized that on this earth as it is— The race is not always to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor satisfaction to the wise, Nor riches to the smart, Nor grace to the learned. Sooner or later bad luck hits us all.

 

12 No one can predict misfortune. Like fish caught in a cruel net or birds in a trap, So men and women are caught By accidents evil and sudden. Wisdom Is Better than Muscle 13 One day as I was observing how wisdom fares on this earth, I saw something that made me sit up and take notice. 14 There was a small town with only a few people in it. A strong king came and mounted an attack, building trenches and attack posts around it. 15 There was a poor but wise man in that town whose wisdom saved the town, but he was promptly forgotten. (He was only a poor man, after all.) 16 All the same, I still say that wisdom is better than muscle, even though the wise poor man was treated with contempt and soon forgotten.

 

17 The quiet words of the wise are more effective Than the ranting of a king of fools.

 

18 Wisdom is better than warheads, But one hothead can ruin the good earth.

 

Verse 9 – I’m looking forward to my date night with my wife this Friday! I am falling in love with her all over again since moving to Houston! 

Read this in my quiet time today.

Proverbs 2

It was just cool because I’m not gonna lie, I am stressed.  I am preaching this Wednesday for the first time @ Truth.  I also have had to communicate to the band, vocalist, tech team, creative team, etc about everything going on this Wednesday.  So this morning I prayed that I wouldn’t stress and that God would give me knowledge of what to say to the hurting students.  Then in quiet time the Bible said:

1 My son, if you accept my words 

and store up my commands within you,

2 turning your ear to wisdom

and applying your heart to understanding,

3 and if you call out for insight

and cry aloud for understanding,

4 and if you look for it as for silver

and search for it as for hidden treasure,

5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD

and find the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD gives wisdom,

and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.