Love = Time

What makes you feel loved? Does receiving a gift or help make you feel loved? How about hugs and kisses? Maybe you feel loved when someone tells you you look nice or that you did a great job on a project.

For me, the thing that makes me feel most loved is uninterruptable time and undivided attention.

Time is a priceless irreplaceable commodity. To give someone our time and full attention is to say, “You are valuable to me.”

In this busy, overly stimulated, entertainment addicted world, giving others time and attention is an extream rarity. That is why it’s such an amazing way to express our love for one another. Because it actually takes effort.

What might giving someone our time and attention look like?

It may look like actually looking at the person while they are speaking to us instead of a phone or a laptop. Or maybe it looks like turning off the television and actually having a meaningful conversation with someone.

Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Likewise, we can express our love for God by giving Him uninterruptable time and undivided attention. We can turn off our phones, computers, and televisions and talk to Him and listen to Him through His Word and His Spirit.

We will never be able to repay God for all He’s done for us but we can show Him that we love Him and that we are thankful by spending quality time with Him.

King David knew how to express his love for God.

Psalms 63:1,6,8 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

We could all learn a thing or two about showing others and God how much we love them.

How about you? How do you express your love for others? Do you give them your uninterruptable time? Do you give them your undivided attention?

Do you make time to spend with God? Do you turn your electronic devices off and just focus on the One who loves you so much that He gave His one and only Son to be sacrificed for your sins so He could be in a relationship with you and spend eternity with you?

Don’t waste your irreplaceable commodity -time- on things that aren’t worth it. Spend it on the ones you love and the One that loves you unconditionally, perfectly, and completely.

Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself.”

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

What is Your Value?

How do you determine your value? Do you determine it by how others treat you? Do you determine it by what others say to you or about you?

Maybe you determine your value by your regretful past. Or maybe by how you look, what you do, or what you own.

A long time ago I heard a statement that has stuck with me all of these years. I think I may have heard while watching Antique Road Show.

The statement is, “The value of an item is determined by what someone is willing to pay for it.”

Now, let me tell you how valuable you are.

You are so valuable that the creator of heaven, earth, and all living things gave His one and only Son, whom He loves, to die for you. In dying for you Jesus paid the price to redeem you from a life of slavery to sin and to give you eternal life with Him [Romans 6:23].

That may sound cliche to you but when you consider how much Jesus excruciatingly suffered in order to pay that price to set you free and give you eternal life, you will realize that you are priceless to God.

Isaiah 53:3-10

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of the people, he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

I know those were a lot of scriptures but read them again. Slowly this time. Allow them to soak into your heart and mind.

When you get a full grasp of what Jesus went through for you; you will realize that the only thing that makes you valuable is what God through Jesus was willing to pay for you.

They gave everything for you. You are priceless!

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Time

As one year comes to an end and another year begins, I find myself reflecting. I think most of us do that this time of year.

Some of us ask ourselves, “What did I do right last year or what could I have done different or better?” Isn’t that the question that results in New Year’s resolutions?

As I ask myself this timely question, one word continues to pop up-TIME.

How did I spend my time last year? “How did I spend my time?” As if time were like money.

Did I spend my time wisely or thoughtlessly? Did I make good investments or bad ones? Did I guard my time or allow it to be stolen?

When we spend money on something, we expect to get something in return. Right? We look at it as a form of investment. When we invest our money we expect a yield or reward.

The more money we spend on a product, the better we think it should be. Most of us are not willing to spend good money on something that we know is going to be a bad investment or a wasted investment.

And we don’t just throw money away as if it were of no value. No! We protect it! We put our money in a bank or a safe where it won’t be stolen. Our money is important to us. We want to take care of it. We guard it! After all, God wants us to be good stewards over all that He gives us.

1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Isn’t time more valuable than money? When we spend money, make a bad investment and lose it or if our money is stolen from us, we can potentially earn more. But we can never earn more time. Once it’s gone it’s gone. We can’t get it back! We could quite literally say that time is priceless.

During my reflection of the past year, as I sat contemplating the pricelessness of time, I realized I had treated time improperly. I had not treated it as valuable and irreplaceable.

I saw missed time investment opportunities. I saw time wasted. I saw time unguarded. Extensive time spent on social media could have been more time spent in prayer, bible study, or exercise. I definitely need better time management skills going into the new year.

How did you spend your time last year? What changes will you make this year?

Will you spend more time praying and less time gossiping? Will you invest more time in your health and less time on the couch in front of the television or computer? More time being thankful and less time complaining?

More time with family and friends that love and care about you and less time with people that drag you down? More time helping others and less time feeling sorry for yourself? More time noticing the hurting people around you and less time looking down at your phone?

Time spent making precious memories with family and friends is never wasted time. Helping someone in need, mentoring someone, or encouraging someone is always a good investment. Time spent on our spiritual growth or praying for others is priceless. Time put into increasing our knowledge, skills, or improving our health is always valuable.

Focusing on wasted time, ill-spent time, or stolen time could get depressing. What’s past is past!

Let’s learn from our time management mistakes and consider ways we can better invest our time this new year. Let’s move forward with a new attitude about our precious, valuable time.

We all get 24 hours in a day but it’s up to us how we spend it. Ecclesiastes 3:2 tells us that there’s a time to live and a time to die.

We never know when our time on earth will run out. Let’s spend, invest, and guard our invaluable, irreplaceable time wisely!

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

~Patrice Maguire

Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Christmas Miracle

The Sunday before Christmas, December 23, 2018, started the way I expected it would. I woke up before 8am to be ready to go to church around 10:15. My granddaughter had spent Saturday night with my husband and me so she accompanied me to church that morning.

This is where the day takes an unexpected turn. After the meet and greet segment of the church service, I always apply hand sanitizer to my hands. As I was spreading the sanitizer I noticed two of my rings were not on my hand where I had placed them that morning.

I felt a little uneasy about it but assumed I must have left them in my automobile when I took them off to apply lotion to my legs. The assumption made it easier for me to focus on the sermon.

After the service, my granddaughter and I slowly shuffled through the crowd toward the exit. We made our way back to my Jeep. No rings!

My granddaughter put me at ease by suggesting that I must have left them at home. So I drove off. While driving, I mentally retraced my steps of that morning.

Realizing that when I left my house I was wearing my rings, I immediately called a friend, who I knew would still be at the church. I ask her if anyone had turned two diamond rings in to lost and found. “No,” she responded.

At this point, I’m remembering the application of lotion to my legs thinking I must have put the rings in my lap to apply the lotion and forgot to put them back on my hands afterward. I had probably gotten out of my automobile with the rings in my lap and they fell onto the parking lot.

Thankfully I remembered where I had parked. My friend selflessly offered to go out into the parking lot to search for them. I was so grateful! But I never heard back from her. This was not a good sign.

Meanwhile, my granddaughter and I were on our way to get our traditional after church smoothie. I didn’t want to spoil our time together with concerns about my rings so I tried not to talk about it.

Afterwards, on my way to taking her home, I announced that I was going back to the church to look for my rings before going back to my house. She agreed that it was a good idea.

I prayed, off and on, as I drove back to the church parking lot. I prayed when I got there and while I was searching. My prayer was that I would find the rings unharmed or If someone else had found them that they would return them to the church.

I searched for a while; going over and over the area where I remembered parking. Getting discouraged, I nearly gave up searching but I kept praying and asking God to help me find my rings.

Finally, I found one of them! The excitement I felt at that moment is indescribable! I knew that the other one had to be nearby. Once I calmed down a bit, I resumed searching and praying. Then, there it was! I had found it!

They were both found and intact. I began to cry and laugh simultaneously. I was so happy! I text everyone that I had told about losing my rings to tell them the good news. They rejoiced with me!

It was a miracle that no one had seen them and taken them. It was a miracle that no one had run over them. It was a miracle that I didn’t give up and kept searching for them. It was a miracle that I had found them. It was my Christmas miracle!

Those rings mean so much to me. One is the engagement ring that I’ve had about 29 years and the other is a ring my husband bought me about 20 years ago. I’m not sure of their monetary value but to me they are priceless.

We are like those rings. We are either lost or were lost; separated from God due to sin.

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. [Luke 19:10]

In Luke 15:4-7, Jesus tells the parable of a shepherd who had 100 sheep but lost one. He left the 99 to find the one that was lost. When the sheep was found the shepherd rejoiced and called his friends and neighbors to rejoice with him.

We are the lost sheep. Jesus is the good Shepherd. When He finds us there is tremendous rejoicing in heaven!

Just as my rings are priceless to me; to God we are priceless! God gave His best, one and only, to purchase us; Jesus!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

To you, John 3:16 might just be a sign you see people holding up in the stands at ball games but it’s so much more than that. It’s the true meaning of Christmas! It’s a real reason to celebrate.

Sure my once lost rings are very precious to me. My heart would have been broken had I not been able to find them. But those rings can be replaced.

A human spirit cannot be replaced. Jesus is actively searching for those who are lost. Just as I was praying to find my rings, I am praying that Jesus finds you if you are lost.

You are priceless because the priceless blood of Jesus was shed for your salvation. I rejoiced when I found my rings, but that’s nothing compared to the rejoicing that will take place in heaven when you are found.

Luke 15:10 “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

~Patrice Maguire

Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.