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Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. In the years that my girls were in school, the Lord showed me that in order to help them learn to manage their time wisely, I needed to take a direct hand in their learning. In order to do this, I had to be intentional about how we spent our time.
Grace to you.
Ekklesia,
The Apostle Paul tells us, "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15-16). Moses, the man of God, prayed, "So teach
us
to number our days, that we may apply
our
unto wisdom" (Psalm 90:12).
In the course of our lives, God's Word shows us that how we spend our days indicates whether we are acting wisely or foolishly. If we fail to number our days, we spend them as if we have an infinity supply of them on the earth. In truth, we have only a limited time.
Paul prays for the Philippian church, ". . . that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and
in
all judgement; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that
ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God" (Philippians 1:9-11).
We must learn to say no to good things in order to approve (or test) the excellent things which will make us sincere, and without offense, and will manifest the fruits of righteousness in us.
Once I suffered severe headaches two days within a week while learning this principle, but as I kept my focus on redeeming the time and helping my girls redeem the time, saying no to the television and computer, looking to that which was necessary, we enjoyed peace and learned to serve one another in love.
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