The more I journal, the more I am hearing that intimacy with Him should be our main objective.  Everything flows out of that place of fellowship with God, even ministry.  Especially ministry.  Intimacy is the place where we draw our strength from Him, where His life flows into us. Our home base.

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4 Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will

live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.

I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.  John 15:4,5  Amplified

I have never seen a grape branch bearing fruit without being attached to a vine.  I have also never seen a grape branch stressing and straining to make a grape form.  This happens naturally as it is attached to the vine.

This also is true of us, as we attach ourselves to our beloved Vine, and spend time with Him, His life flows to us, and through us.  We receive His strength, love, comfort, guidance – whatever we need really.  The result?  Grapes!

I am convinced that this should be the purpose of my life – seeking Him first above all.  Seeking His face.  And if I am launched out into ministry, then it will flow out from my relationship with Him, my strong place, my hiding place, and it will be all of Him.

PS – I spend my intimate times with Him by journaling, reading His Word, and sometimes combining the two by talking to Him about what I am reading.

How to journal

How to Get More Hours in your Day


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Recently, I had been having trouble fitting everything into my day, and getting really stressed about it.  I was having to rush around during the day and then work into the night to get everything done.  I was getting exhausted, and really crabby.

Eventually I prayed about it (should have done that first, hey).  I felt to look up the second part of Galatians 6:7 “…..for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”  NKJV.  So if I needed more time, then I will need to sow more time with God.  First.  Before I get tangled up in the other things of the day.  I was giving God my scraps of time at the end of the day.

I must admit that I had trouble at first. Setting time aside to spend with God when there was so much to be done!  Didn’t make sense.  My toes were tapping, my teeth were clenching, and all I needed to do that day would crowd my brain.

But eventually, I began ot enjoy these times with Him.  He began to show me some wonderful things in His Word.  And even though straight away I didn’t seem to get more time in my day, I always got done all that needed to be done, and I was less stressed.

I started off just having my first drink of the day with Him (and no, not alcoholic!) and gradually built up my time from there.  Now I am finding that sometimes I have spare time in my days.  So now coming up into the busy Christmas season, I make my time with Him my number one priority – I can’t risk not too!  (I’ll keep you posted……..)