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Ten Minutes With God

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
Psalm 145:3

A new year is a good time to make changes in our lives—things we know we need to do differently. As for me, I plan to slow down and to spend more quiet time with God. You may be saying, “I can’t possibly put another thing in my day.” Well, I have a suggestion.

Why not take just ten minutes, go to a quiet place, and spend it with God. In this time, thank God for His blessings—your family, your job, your church, your health, our beautiful world.  During these ten minutes, thank God for individual things He has done for you. Praise Him before you lay your petitions before Him. Use most of these minutes for praise and thanksgiving. Our Bible verse for today reminds us that our Lord is great and worthy of praise. When we thank God and praise Him, our burdens don’t seem so heavy.

Sometimes in our hectic lives, we don’t take time to enjoy the beauty around us. Today as I write, the weather is very cold. Yet, I see beautiful blue skies and birds hopping in and around the birdbath. I see bright, colorful pansies with their delicate blooms. Thank you, God, for the beautiful world You have given us.

During these ten minutes think of the things we take for granted—bright sunshine, trees swaying gently in the breeze, a soft rain. Think, too, of the physical blessings, material blessings, relational blessings, and spiritual blessings that God gives us each day.

We are all very busy, but I believe that if we take just ten minutes and mediate on God’s blessings we will feel more contentment and calmness. We get so bogged down with our problems that we forget the good things around us.

Many of us take coffee breaks during the day. Today try a ten-minute blessing break.

Georgia Andrus

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