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The best five minutes of your day

Sheryl H. Boldt Special to The Star
The Star

Do you remember the way your heart ached when you were dating your husband or wife and you had to go a whole day without talking to them? Circumstances kept you from connecting and you couldn’t wait until the next day so you could spend time with them again.

Do you ever feel this way spiritually? Maybe you feel disconnected from God and wish you had a better relationship with Him. You want to connect, but before you know it, the day is over and you haven’t done a thing. You promise yourself (and God), “I’ll connect with Him tomorrow.”

In spite of your failures, you can’t deny the growing desire within you. As believers, we feel an ache, an undeniable longing to get to know and spend time with our awesome, wonderful God.

Here’s the good news: God loves us so much that He calls us His children. First John 3:1 (ESV) confirms this. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”

As our heavenly Father, God wants to spend time with us, too. Think about it: God – the Creator of all things – wants a relationship with us. With you!

If you’re struggling to get to know God more, try setting the timer to read your Bible for five minutes every day. When the timer goes off, mark the last verse you read so you know where to begin the next day. You could start in Psalms, Proverbs, the first book of the Bible (Genesis), or the first book of the New Testament (Matthew).

Beginning with this manageable step might even help you gradually increase the time you spend in God’s Word.

I confess. There are days when I don’t take time to read the Bible and pray. Eventually God draws me back, and I recommit to my quiet time.

When I miss a day, I feel something missing in my spirit. I miss God’s presence, and I miss His power – both of which I’ve grown to need and appreciate. When I skip several days in a row, my family and friends can tell I haven’t had my time with God. They may not know exactly what’s causing me to act out of sorts, but I know – I went too long without spending time with the One Who loves me most.

What about you? Can others tell when you haven’t been fellowshipping with God?

Sheryl H. Boldt is the author of the blog, www.TodayCanBeDifferent.net. You can reach her at SherylHBoldt@gmail.com