What Time Zone Am I In?

I don’t know about you guys, but Dan and I talk a lot during the day.  Not a lot of time usually, but we have short conversations several times during the day.  We have always been that way, and that being the example, our kids are that way too.  My grown ones call me once or twice a day, just to say “Hi” or to just check-in.  
As you know, Dan is in China, he does business there several times a year and it really puts a damper on our communication.  There is a 13 hour time difference, so when he is up and not working, it’s the middle of the night there.   When I am at a good point to talk, it’s the middle of the night there.  I say, “Oh, well, the middle of the night is better than not talking to him.”  So we do what it takes to be able to talk.  I get up way earlier than normal and he stays up later than he should sometimes, but it is well worth it.  Just the thought of not being able to talk to him sure makes me appreciate being able to when he is here though.
This trip has made me think about talking to Jesus, do I take that time for granted too, do I appreciate it like I should?  Do I spend the time with Him I should?  Or, do I go through my day knowing I can talk to Him whenever I want, giving Him only bits and pieces.  Do I get so caught up in my life and what I have to do that sometimes He gets what’s left?  
What if He was on a different time zone than me and I could only talk to Him in the middle of the night, would I get up and give Him that time?  Would I appreciate it more?  Would I make it top priority always because He isn’t always available?  How does He feel about it?  
Joy being one of my favorite words, I love this quote by Oswald Chambers - 

"It is a JOY to Jesus when a person takes time to walk more intimately with Him. The bearing of fruit is always shown in Scripture to be a visible result of an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ." 

He thinks it’s a JOY to talk to ME!!
Why as human beings do we want what we can’t have and not always appreciate what we do have?
Jim Elliott said - "O, the fullness, the pleasure, the sheer excitement of knowing God here on earth."
Knowing the wonderful difference it makes in our lives when we spend that time with Him, when we give Him our first and not our leftovers, why would it ever not be top priority...
I wish I could say that I always give Him the time He desires, but the truth is, sometimes I don’t.  
Dear Lord, as it says in Psalm 16:11, show me the way of life, grant me the JOY of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.  
Let this always be the desire of our hearts!!
Counting it all Joy!


Heart2Heart said...


Great points you drive home in appreciating our hubby's more when they are home then when we can talk to them as often as we'd like. Drives me to talk to God even more. I plan on spending a lifetime with Him.

Here is hoping that Dan comes back real soon!

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Gregg Metcalf said...

Wondeful post and great reminders about fellowship and communiation with both spouse and our Lord. Thanks for dropping by.

Mich said...

I love this post! Something I so needed to hear.

I am in awe of you ladies who give up time with the hubbies, so they can do what they need to do. My hubs is gone all this week. Something God allows, I'm sure, so that I will appreciate him and all he does for me, more.

He & Me + 3 said...

Funny you should post this today. My daughter and I were just discussing our talk time with Jesus today on the way to school. I will have to read this to her.

RCUBEs said...

Thanks for the follow so I traced your "footprints" and folowing you now, too :) Boy! Am I grateful that the Lord is always there, eager to talk with us. I am hoping and praying that I'll be more sensitive in giving Him more time as I should. May the Lord's comfort shower over you as your hubby is far away. And may He protect you and your family. God bless.

bp said...

You have made a great point here about the frequency of which we talk to God. I like you talk to my hubby through the day and email my Mom all day long. I love the communication and feeling connected. That connection with God is a must too! I am thankful I can pause and say a prayer whenever and whatever I'm doing.

Mari said...

Good reminders all the way around. My hubby isn't supposed to get phone calls at work, but I need to take advantage of the time he is home better! And I need to spend more time with God too!

Loren said...

Once again.... we are alike....

Brian and I talk so many times during the day and sometimes people look at me like ...."seriously he is calling again ?" LOL I dont care because I love talking to him :)

I talk to the Lord but like you sometimes I take it for granted although I can HONESTLY say today I did NOT. I was running late to get to physical therapy and couldn't find my matching shoe...So I did was I normally do. I said "Lord, PLEASE help me find my other shoe so I won't be too terribly late...guess what, found it right away but not til I asked HIM !!!" ISn't HE the best!

Got your email....will respond after prom....things are insane but know I love you, am praying for you and would love to get together!

Beth E. said...

"My grown ones call me once or twice a day, just to say “Hi” or to just check-in."

This statement floored me! How awesome is that?! Do you have grown daughters? Because my boys RARELY call...including my husband. They're just not much for talking on the phone.

What a blessing!