Devotional: God’s Calendar Is Unlike Ours

2 PETER 3:8

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Today Charles left to go back to school after church. My cousin and I were bemoaning the fact that we will be empty-nesters and about how much we miss our kids being at home.

Now he was gone less than a week, but it seems that every time my children come and leave again, they take a piece of my heart with them. My eyes get a little tear as I watch the car pull out of the drive and down the road, finally out of sight.

Why is it that it seems like their growing up and time they come to spend for a visit, both fly by so quickly?

I rather like the “thousand year” concept. (Not counting argument over messy bedrooms, things strewn all over the house, dirty plates or glasses are found right after starting the dishwasher or the contest to see who gets control of the tv remote first, I am talking about the good times). I somewhat like the concept other nationalities have where many generations live under the same roof.

Granted, I do not want the absolute necessity to be forced into that arrangement, but do I think that many younger children, pre-teens and young adults are missing out quite substantially by not having enough exposure to their elders.

Although the times together flee quickly, let’s stretch those experiences together out as long as we can through sharing memories. TAKE PICTURES and JOURNAL funny and special times…such is the way history is preserved.

PRAYER

Almighty God
Thank You for our family and friends
We appreciate the time we get to spend together

Please be the focus of our lives
Glorious Savior and Lord
We need You to be our Anchor

Father, how we look forward to eternity with You
Theoretically, we can calculate 1000 years
But, O God
How amazing it will be to spend every moment with You

Father, our concept of time is so limited
Our vision is narrow
But You
The ALPHA and OMEGA
The One Who Was, Is and Is to Come
You hold time in Your hand

Throughout our lives, Blessed Lord
We have faced
Or will go through times
Of agony and pain
And also, I pray, of extreme gladness

Please give us the wisdom to appreciate the wonderful
And peace as we persevere through times of distress

As Your children, we are picked up and cradled in the comfort and safety of Your soft and gentle wings

When we are sorrowful, You give comfort
In moments of triumph, You allow a sense of accomplishment
More than that, though, You give us an opportunity to turn praise back to You

May we live our lives for You, Almighty
No prize would be greater than to hear “Well done, My Good and Faithful Servant.”

Help us, please, show us how to get there from where we are right now.

We long to bring gifts to the One Who gave us life!

In the Name of our Precious and Perfect Savior, Jesus
AMEN

SONGS

“CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS”

“BETER IS ONE DAY”

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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