I Trust You with My Time

My times are in Your hand. (Psalm 31:15, NASB)

Creator of all eternity,
Lender of my life,
I trust You with my time.
Help me relax and listen,
letting You be the Master of my moments,
accepting each one from Your hand
as I receive each borrowed breath,
each meal,
each joy,
with appreciation and anticipation.

Teach me to walk in all the freedom Your love provides.
Thank You, my Father.

Calmly, quietly attend to what
God has assigned you today.
You can accomplish far more by
calm, thoughtful work
done in God’s sight
than by hurried human busy-ness.
(paraphrased from Francois Fenelon)

Hymn: Content in You

Risen with Jesus Christ

John 15:5; Romans 6:3-8; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Galatians 2:20

This hymn is meaningful anytime
but is especially suitable for baptisms.
The tune is adapted from a spiritual.

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Risen with Jesus Christ,
Breathing eternal life!
Knowing that my Lord is true,
I’ll do all He says to do.
I’m risen with Jesus Christ!

Jesus now lives in me—
Power and liberty!
Just a branch in Christ the Vine,
All His love and joy are mine,
For Jesus now lives in me!

Praise You, Lord Jesus Christ!
Thank You for boundless life!
You are great and good and true.
All I need is found in You.
I praise You, Lord Jesus Christ!

by Ken Bible, © 2012 LNWhymns.com.

Time

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27, NIV)

When we consider the natural world, we begin to realize that time hides from us many of the Creator’s most spectacular miracles. Some are too split-second for us to perceive; others are too gradual to appreciate.

For instance, on one hand, consider a single beat of a hummingbird’s wing (up to 80 per second!). On the other hand, ponder the sculpting of the Grand Canyon.

Or think of the human body. Each simple function is a chain of interworkings, incredibly complex, yet almost instantaneous. But just as marvelous is the transformation of a microscopic egg into an adult human being, capable of reason, imagination, love, work, and worship. (Growth seems to be God’s favorite miracle. Up close, it’s invisible. From a distance, it’s breathtaking . . . too beautiful to rush.)

We are locked into the present, with narrow notions of fast and slow. We are caught in the blindness of time, space, and self. The Everlasting One blesses us, and we do not see Him coming or going. We fail to trace all the wonders of Him who is unhurried and unhindered by time, reigning in eternity. To the Overlord of all the ages, the Master of each moment, nothing is fast or slow. Time is not a barrier or a restraint, but a tool wielded by His wisdom.

How foolish, then, for us to pretend to be masters of our time. We frantically try to control what we cannot control. Rigid, rushed schedules are our attempts to bring productivity, consistency, and balance into our confusion and fatigue.

But the Lord reminded me years ago that time anxiety is as foolish and unproductive as all other anxieties. Anxiety blocks our free and open response to God’s moment-by-moment leadership. Worry produces only tension, selfishness, and insensitivity. It chokes out love, gentleness, and joy.

Turn to one of the Gospels in the Bible (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) and read about Jesus. Notice that while He had so much to accomplish in so little time, He never rushed. He was busy, but He never seemed tense or hurried.

That’s because He focused on only one priority: following His Father’s leadership step by step. Each moment was in His Father’s hands, so Jesus simply did as He was directed to do and worked as He was enabled to work.

Our Creator, our Father gives us the same privilege. We don’t need to juggle our priorities and obligations in our own wisdom. God wants us to lead and balance our lives by his wisdom. He calls us to listen and respond to His leadership regarding time. We are to use our self-discipline there rather than toward our own arbitrary schedules. As we do, He breathes natural balance and joy, a peace and productivity into each moment, of both labor and rest. He slips accomplishments into our schedules that surprise and delight us.

He is personally with you always. He would be delighted to guide and provide for your time needs. This is just one more area in which He calls us into a closer, more constant fellowship with himself.

God’s gifts are practical. They are more satisfying than we have tasted or imagined. He invites us to discover them all.

God is never in a hurry.
He is the master of time,

not its slave.
Walk with Him in His peace.

Hymn: I Leave It in Your Hands

May Our Loved Ones Come to Know You

Matthew 9:36; 18:12-14; Luke 15; 2 Peter 3:9

How we long for our loved ones to
know God in all His fullness!
This hymn of intercession helps us
express those longings
in prayer.

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May our loved ones come to know You.
Face by face we lift this prayer.
Father, may Your Spirit grow You
In each heart now unaware.

Help them sense how much they need You.
You are where fulfillment starts.
All the searching that precedes You
Cannot feed their famished hearts.

Faithful love forever speaking,
Offering all that we pursue,
Savior, Shepherd ever seeking,
Lead our loved ones home to You.

by Ken Bible, © 2020 LNWhymns.com.

Hebrews, Chapters 12-13

Fresh Views of Timeless Truths

For the next two weeks, reflect on Hebrews, Chapters 12-13. This free pdf consists of scripture, prayers, reflections, and 9 new hymns for public and personal worship.

It is part of the new series, Fresh Views of Timeless Truth, focused reflections on key topics.

LINKS:
Free pdf of Hebrews, Chapters 12-13
Complete list of available volumes in Fresh Views of Timeless Truths

In Your Time

This is what the high and exalted One says –
He who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place,
But also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit.”
(Isaiah 57:15, NIV)

Transcendent God, You live in eternity
above all time,
unlimited,
unhurried,
untouched by its relentless flow.
You are the Lord of time,
not its servant.
Time means change, and
You are beyond all change.
You are unchanging fullness,
unchanging perfection.

Yet we humans need time, Father.
We need its opportunities to
change and grow.
We are only the seeds of
who we need to be.
And You are like a gardener,
content to work,
content to wait,
content to patiently nurture us
until the time is exactly right and
we are all Your love intended us to be.

You will not rush.
What seems like delays is
only Your mercy,
only Your unflinching determination to give
only Your best to Your children.

Transcendent God, we cannot think Your thoughts.
We cannot trace Your ways,
But we trust Your perfect wisdom and
Your unchanging love.
Help us to work and rest
in Your Spirit,
in Your time,
in Your peace.

Father,
You are completely unlimited by
space and time.
You never lack
time or
materials or
expertise.
Help me to look beyond my own limitations and
simply rest in all You are.

Hymn: Eternal God, Unbound by Time

If I Could See

God’s wonderful promises
stir within us a
deep longing for our glorious future.
But don’t miss the marvelous now of
walking with Him moment by moment.

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If I could see You always here,
Lord, I’d be a rock
Unmoved by fear,
But step by step I’ll follow
And look to You.

If I could reach and touch Your hand,
I’d smile at the pain
Your love has planned,
But step by step I’ll follow
And look to You.

I cannot see, but I can pray.
I cannot touch, but I can say
My Father is the Lord of all,
And He will do what’s best.

When pain is gone and faith is sight,
We’ll walk and we’ll talk
All bathed in light,
So step by step I’ll follow
And look to You.

by Ken Bible, © 2005 LNWhymns.com.

What a Day!

“They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:15-17, NIV)

Imagine the moment of Jesus’ resurrection,
when the power of the Father crushed death—
we will share in it.

Imagine the full splendor of His glory—
we will share in it.

Imagine when all the universe crowns Him
King of Kings and Lord of Lords—
we will share in it.

Imagine the beauty of His life and love,
spreading, blooming, growing everywhere and forever—
we will share in it.

We will share in all He is.

Father,
Your realm is all reality.
Your time is all eternity.
Whenever and wherever I am,
I am engulfed in You.

Hymn: Come, Our Lord!

I Am Your Salvation

Salvation is not a
“something” Christ brings to us.
He Himself is our salvation.
His Spirit within is
our life,
our strength,
our holiness,
our joy.
This hymn is meaningful year-round,
but especially through the Lent and Easter seasons.

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I am your salvation.
I am Christ your Lord,
Crucified and buried,
Now alive forevermore;
Crushed for your forgiveness,
Broken for your sin,
Risen for your endless joy
And mighty now within.

I am your salvation.
Rest in me today.
Don’t you know I’m with you
And I listen as you pray?
Fear and grief may gather.
Doubt will do its best.
Stand and simply trust in Me,
And I will do the rest.

Alpha and Omega,
Ever on the throne-
All you see will fade and die,
And I will reign alone.
I am your salvation.
I am your reward.
Boldly lose your life in Me
And prove that I am Lord.

by Ken Bible, © 2002 LNWhymns.com.

Hebrews, Chapter 11

Fresh Views of Timeless Truths

For the next two weeks, reflect on Hebrews, Chapter 11, the faith chapter of the Bible (the remainder of the book of Hebrews will follow). This free pdf consists of scripture, prayers, reflections, and 12 new hymns for public and personal worship.

It is part of the new series, Fresh Views of Timeless Truth, focused reflections on key topics.

LINKS:
Free pdf of Hebrews, Chapter 11
Complete list of available volumes in Fresh Views of Timeless Truths