The Writer’s Heart: Time

The Writer’s Heart: Time


We have heard it said, the older we get the faster time slips by. Truth is, time is time and moves at the constant pace God ordained it to travel. I’ve concluded, if time hasn’t sped up, then I must be moving slower and find it harder to keep up. Whichever the case, our time on this earth is brief—even if we live to be as old as Methuselah who lived nine hundred sixty-nine years. In light of eternity that is fleeting.

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:

because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it:

surely the people is grass.”

Isaiah 40:7,KJV

The short definition of time found in my Open Study Bible is, “the period between two eternities.” One person pointed out time is the dash on a tombstone—the period between birth and death we call life.

In light of the brevity of life we are instructed to live—

“Redeeming the time,

because the days are evil.

Wherefore be not unwise,

but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

Ephesians 5:16,17, KJV

One major complaint among writers and authors is, “I don’t have time.” No matter when we carve out a plan in our busy schedules to write, the result is the same—interruptions, loss of focus, too much waiting to be done, and feel free to add your own reasons.

We actually believe a lie when we feed our minds those thoughts. There are twenty-four hours in a day, and we choose how we want to spend it, even when the unexpected happens. Yesterday evening I spent close to two hours watching a show that wasn’t profitable. I could have been writing. How do we overcome wasting precious time?

  • Learn discipline—I’m preaching to myself here.
  • Set our priorities(What can we say, “no” to in order to say, “yes” to writing.)
  • Decide how we handle and lessen interruptions based on our priorities.
  • Recognize when to lay down writing and when to pick it up.
  • Learn to make time a friend and not an enemy.
  • Seize the opportunities before you.

Add your own helps to my short list and share them with us. Solomon, in Ecclesiastes, says,

“To every thing there is a season,

and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted …”

Adding to his list of times, there is a time to write and a time lay it down—but don’t lay it down too long—when time is gone, it’s gone. What is your  biggest hindrance to actual writing?

This week writing takes a back seat to our Day Camp for children. Please, be understanding if I don’t answer your comments or visit your blogs in a timely manner. Thank you.


The Writer’s Heart: Retreat

The Writer’s Heart: Retreat516

People, people everywhere and all wanting one thing—the touch of Jesus. A full day of ministering to the needs of over five thousand hungry souls followed the news of the previous day. John the Baptist had been killed. Jesus longed to be alone but the people came.

I can only imagine how long the day must have felt. But finally, Jesus  was able to send his disciples out to sea and the people back to their homes. Now, he could retreat.

“And when he had sent the multitudes away,

he went up into a mountain apart to pray:

and when the evening was come,

he was there alone.”

Matthew 14:23, KJV

Jesus came to earth with a specific ministry, seek and save the lost—a monumental task. Often, we find him making time to be alone to pray. Jesus needed to retreat from the busyness of the day and the barrage of troubles. He needed to draw near to his Father for strength to keep his eyes, his heart, his mind set on the reason he came. Jesus is our example, calling us, at times, to a retreat from all that steals our focus from the task he has given us.

If our heavenly Father has put it into our hearts to write, it’s imperative we find time to come away from the crowds, the noise, the troubles, and the to do lists, and come into a quiet place with him.

“But it is good for me to draw near to God:

I have put my trust in the Lord God,

that I may declare all thy works.”

Psalm 73:28, KJV

In writing, we set our goal on declaring the works of our Father in unique and creative ways. What better source to go for help, than the Source.

As Jesus set apart time to be with the Father, we can follow his example. It doesn’t have to be an organized weekend full of activity—although, those can be good when our focus is on encouraging one another.

But it does need to be a time when we—

  • Turn off our phones
  • Find a place alone, preferably secluded from interruptions
  • Have our bibles, an old-fashioned writing tablet, and ink pens
  • Start with sitting in silence before the Lord, inviting him to be our only company
  • Praise him for who he is, his faithfulness in the past, that is our hope now and in the future
  • Remember his works and take a moment to write them down and give him thanks

Pray for him

  • to order your day, and direct your steps,
  • his guidance in writing for his glory,
  • him to inspire your words, and use those words to accomplish his purpose.
  • Thank him for hearing your prayer.

And now, unless the Lord directs otherwise, START WRITING. Give him this time and he will give you time. Retreat to advance.

Where is your favorite place to retreat?

Time, Thoughts, and Treasures of God

If taking time to think of another gives one value, then each of us is a treasure unto God.

The Christmas tree sparkled with lights and too many shiny plastic icicles, but it captured all my child’s heart wished for. Underneath the tree sat one package my dad bought for me. My dad did not shop, not even for Christmas. That was Mom’s job. This year was different. He had been away working on the railroad and when he came home he carried a package for me and my brother. The first and only gift I remember from that year, 1959, a “Gail of the Golden West” cowgirl doll, about as tall as I was, still has a place in my home and heart.

The worth of Gail does not lie in her cost but in the value it gave me in my father’s eyes. The time he took from himself and gave to think of me makes her priceless.

If taking time to think of another gives one value, then each of us is a treasure unto God.

“Many, O Lord my God, are they wonderful works…and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned…if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” Psalm 40:5

 “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee.” Psalm 139:17,18

We were in His thoughts before time began. In fact, time began because He thought of us. He has no need of time for He is from everlasting to everlasting. He extends time to give us space to come to Him.

The Lord is…longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come…” 2Peter 3:9,10

When that day comes, time will be no more. He tells us He will shorten the time so those who are his will not be deceived by the evil surrounding them. He lengthens it for the lost and shortens it for the believer…only God. But we are also told we are not promised another day. As God shows  his many thoughts towards us in the time He gives us, He tells us to use His gift of time wisely.

Today is the day of salvation. The moment we are living in is the only moment we have before facing eternity with or without Jesus Christ as our Savior. How we use His gift of time is our gift back to Him.

Time is not the only evidence of His thoughts towards us. We find His greatest thought towards us in the manifestation of Himself in His Son, Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have ever lasting life.” John 3:16

God’s gift is evidence of His loving thoughts towards us. He thought of us and He gave Himself for us.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…”1John 3:1

Jesus is now preparing a place for his followers, and He said, “…if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”John 14:3.

One day time will slide into eternity. The Son has you in His thoughts and is preparing a place for you with Him and the Father for evermore.

“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 

For further reading: Matthew 6:19-21

If you look at how your time is spent, what would it say about what you treasure?

What is your most precious memory? Why?  If you would like to share it, please leave it in the comments below. I would enjoy hearing from you.

Prayer: Father, as your thoughts are towards us may we hold you in our hearts and minds each day  showing forth your glory in a dark world.

As we continue in thanksgiving to the Christmas season I will be reposting some older blogs. I pray they will encourage you to keep your eyes on the Christ of Christmas. May your time with family and friends be blessed.

Ain’t It Time?

“And Moses and the priests, the Levites spake unto all Israel, saying, Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the LORD thy God.” Deut. 27:9.

This day the children of Israel are grown and have retraced the steps of their parents as they now stand where their parents stood forty years earlier. The Absence of their parents serves as a stark reminder of the cost of quitting through unbelief. Now, it is time, their time to go, grow, and give glory to God. Deuteronomy gives them the tools to accomplish the goal before them, even as their example prepares us for the same.



To Go Take Possession: 

To the children the Lord says:

“For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the earth…Deut. 7;6; And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.” 8:2.

To His children today:

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light…1Pet. 2:9; According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2Pet.1:3,4; Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me…Luke 22:28,29; If we endure, we shall also reign with him…2 Tim. 2:12; To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne…Rev. 3:21.


To Grow in Faith:

To the children, Face the giants:

Hear, O Israel; Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thy self, cities great and fenced up to heaven. A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.” Duet. 9:1-3.

To us as we face the giants:

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds…2Cor. 10:4; Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and professed a good profession before many witnesses…1Tim. 6:12; No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier…2Tim. 2:4; Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1Pet. 5:8.


To Give Glory to God:

To the children of Israel.

“Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth…Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he…Deut.32: 1,3,4;

To all the children of God.

“O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods…Ps. 96:1-4; Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven…Matt. 5:16; For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s…1Cor. 6:20; And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever…Rev. 5:13; And a voice came out of the throne, saying, PRAISE OUR GOD, ALL YE HIS SERVANTS, AND YE THAT FEAR HIM, BOTH SMALL AND GREAT…Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Rev. 19:5,6b.


Forgive the English but, ain’t it time as God has highly exalted the Lord Jesus, we,

“…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” Phil. 2:10,11.