A Great Example!

Early Morning Light!

Good Day! We had a great day yesterday at Northwood.  The band did an incredible job and even though the enemy was attacking – we did not let Him win!  Thanks to all of you that help us each week to help people get into the presence of our Creator!

The Challenge! Yesterday – we challenged everyone to begin their day for the next 21 Days with God!  I want to thank each of you for making the committment to practice a small discipline that will produce big results in your life.  I am so excited about the challenge and change that can take place in our lives during the next 21 days!

QT Training! Yesterday we gave every one a QT Training Guide that can walk you through a daily time with God.  It only takes about 7 – 10 minutes and allows you the begin your day with your Creator.  If you did not get a copy – drop by the office and we will be glad to give you one.  Also we are putting the daily info on the Northwood Group Page on Facebook!

God’s Word! Today we began with a simple and powerful verse found in Mark 1:35!  It says:  “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.”

Let’s break it down: First we see that it was in the early morning, before the busyness of the day began.  Jesus escaped, got away to a private place to spend time with the Creator.  Beginning our day with the Creator allows our fist steps of the day to be steps in the right direction!

Next we see that Jesus left the house and went to a secluded place!  We need to get away from all of the distractions of life.  We all need a little time in every day to escape the distractions, so that we can get focused on what really matters.  Walk away from the distractions, they will be there when you get back, but won’t be near as destructive if you have invested valuable time with the Master!

Why did Jesus get up early and go to a private place?  So that he could pray!  So that he could spend time with his Creator!  What did he do during this time?  He talked – shared what was on his heart and mind with God.  And He listened – opened his life to receive what was on the heart and mind of God.

God loves you and has an amazing plan for your life.  We get in on that plan by spending some of our precious time with Him at the very beginning of our day.  Jesus did it and I figure if it was important to him, then it should be important to us!  God Bless, Press On And Keep It Real!

2 thoughts on “A Great Example!”

  1. I want to encourage women to read ‘A Place of Quiet Rest’ by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. The book is focused on finding intimacy with God through a daily devotional life. This book has really opend my eyes to how many excuses I have actually used that has kept me from my Quiet Time with the Lord. This book has helped me see the true desires of my heart; which is to spend time with God. I am almost finished so any lady may borrow my copy however you will also be reading my notations, highlights and so forth (I don’t mind).

    I cannot urge, in agreement with MJ, the importance of Quiet Time. Once you start you really see God at work especially when you miss a date with the Lord. You’ll ask yourself why is your day getting tougher and tougher then it will dawn in you…Because you didn’t spend time with the Lord so He could prepare you, bless you and walk with you “early in the morning”.

  2. In the past, I have always had my quite time in the evenings because this was the best time to suit my schedule. My time with the Lord has always been good. Because it worked so well, I didn’t see any reason to change things. You know what they say: if it’s not broke, why fix it. After hearing over and over again about morning quiet time from numerous sources, I have decided not to be hard-headed anymore. Today was my first early morning quiet time. I got up extra early. I did everything according to Michael Joe’s intructions (Bible, pen, paper, no distractions, devotional guide). I didn’t want to mess anything up due to some technicality. It’s a learning process. For example, I learned today that I need to get up just a little earlier. Anyway, the point is I think that the change actually is going to make a difference. I’ve only done it for one day so far but I’m very optimistic. I can’t really explain it, but it has just made me feel different about my day. I’m excited about getting up and doing it again tomorrow. If you are reading this and you haven’t started to participate in the first-thing-in-the-morning quiet time, I urge you to start as soon as you can. Use the help that Michael Joe has given. Commit to change. Starting is the hardest part.

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