By Miriam Rossow
My best friend and her family were in town for a week. It was wonderful. There was laughter and chatter throughout the house from adults and children alike.
Because we are friends and spend time together talking we know each other’s likes and dislikes. We share with each other struggles and joys. We talk together and we just sit in quiet when nothing needs to be said.
I know that she enjoys coffee in the morning and water the rest of the day, except for the occasional diet coke. I know her favorite color is yellow. I know that she values healthy eating for her and her family and that they have a variety of food allergy issues. I know that she struggles with back pain.
I know that she has a beautiful smile, wonderful laugh, and a warm hug. I know that she has a heart for the Lord and speaking His love into those she meets. I know her reasons for homeschooling her children. I know her struggles with decisions she has made or has to make. And she knows these things about me also!
In knowing Jamie and spending time with her I become a better woman, mother, wife, friend, and follower of Jesus.
As I think about Jesus and the time I spend talking and walking with Him I wonder why that time always seems like a burden? Why would I not look forward to spending time talking with the creator of the world? Why would I not spend time talking with the one who desires such an intimate relationship with me? Why would I not spend time getting to know Him better?
In the time I spend with Jesus, I get to know His love more fully. I get to know what pleases and delights Him. I get to know His voice.
In the time I spend with Jesus, I get to know His love more fully.
In knowing God and spending time with Him I become a better woman, mother, wife, friend and follower of Jesus!
The times when our families lived in the same city are the times my relationship with Jamie was developed. We were able to spend time together in our everyday lives that allowed us to know and love each other better.
As Jamie and her family left, sadness filled our house because now we would not get to wake up and share our morning routines with each other. Now we will go about our daily lives and most likely not talk each day. And although our friendship will continue, we lose a closeness when we don’t talk each day. When we don’t share our thoughts and feelings with each other on a daily basis we miss parts of each others lives.
As I go about my day without sharing it with Jesus I lose the chance to know Him better. I lose the chance to be so connected with Jesus that I know when He is talking to me and when it is something or someone else talking to me. He wants to have an intimate relationship with me. Jesus wants to spend the mornings, afternoons, and evenings with me. He wants to share in every part of my life. Jesus wants to be my best friend.
Jesus wants to spend the mornings, afternoons, and evenings with me.
So why would I not spend time talking to Him and being with Him? Why would I not share my every thought and feeling with Him?
Prayer is not a burden. It is a gift where we get to know our maker better!