Making Time for Jesus

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

John 6: 66-68 KJV

I will never forget a lesson I learned several years ago, during a course I attended at university. One day, as a class, we discussed the importance of scripture, and how to improve our personal study of the Lord’s word. One individual said, “When I read the scriptures, I feel like I am spending time with Him”, and her simple thought left a lasting impression on me.

The more time we spend with God, the more we grow to love Him, and to know He loves us.

You see, my first love language, the way I feel the most loved in all the world, is quality time. I feel distanced from my spouse if we go more than a couple of days without truly connecting. Often, I spend all day trying to think of a question to ask him that I won’t know the answer to— to learn something new, to spark real conversation, and to check in. Sometimes, we sit on our back porch to watch the sun set while we talk.

This investment makes our relationship so much more meaningful. As I labor to make quality time with my loved ones a priority, I wonder, how can I cultivate such love and space in my heart for the people around me, and yet forget my Creator?

He gave us this precious gift in sending us to Earth, to learn, and to become, but how He must miss us. He wants to hear about our daily lives, happy, sad, or mundane as they may be. More than that, He desires to bless us, and to give us the insight that only He can provide. He cares about the details. He hears our prayers. I know that, not because He keeps me from adversity, but because I feel Him with me in adversity.

Jesus at the Door by Del Parson

When Jesus instituted the practice of the Sacrament, He asked His disciples to remember Him, even after His departure, and many murmured, “This is an hard saying” (John 6:60 KJV). Perhaps He was simply pleading, Spend time with Me, Please don’t forget Me, when He asked, “Will ye also go away?” (John 6:67 KJV).

May we choose to invest in Him, and answer as Peter did, Where else would I go? I testify that as you walk with Him, you will feel His love.

Here’s to missing heaven, and to heaven missing us.

❤ Jenny

8 thoughts on “Making Time for Jesus

  1. Yes. This. I used to be so good at this. During my junior and senior years of college, I had a spot on campus where I would go between classes and work my way through one of those read the Bible in a year plans (when I get to 1997 in my blog, you’ll read more about that). It took me 17 months, because I only did it 4-5 times a week, but that’s still a lot more than I do this today. I know it’s important to spend time in Scripture and prayer. Life is just so overwhelming right now, and keeping this house standing all by myself has been more exhausting lately… 😦

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    1. Yes! Much of life felt simpler in college– pre children, and pre needing to keep the house standing. Prayer always seems to help with that. Scripture takes a bit more mental effort, I think. I’m impressed though, 17 months is pretty good. I confess I haven’t made it through the Bible yet 😬 I’ve read the New Testament several times; it’s the Old Testament that gets me. I’ve studied scattered passagess here and there, and I love Isaiah.

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      1. I’m definitely a lot familiar with the New Testament than the Old, because it seems like that gets preached and taught more in churches today. The OT is about preparing God’s people for Jesus, but Jesus comes in the NT and sends his message out to all people, which is where we are today in history. (And I know you guys have other Scriptures in addition to that; you said you’re LDS, right?) I think there are some parts of the OT which I still haven’t read since 1997-98, like some of the genealogies. But other parts of the OT show a lot about the character of God, which is still relevant.

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      2. I’m excited to read about your 1997 experiences when we get there 🙂

        Yes, we also study the Book of Mormon. We believe it is Christ’s teachings while visiting the people in the Americas, so much of it is actually similar to, or overlaps with, the NT, sometimes word for word.

        That’s a valid point about the OT and the character of God, though. It has been a goal of mine to make it through, but, yes, the genealogies! Haha. Maybe I should test out a version other than the KJV.

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      3. New International Version, New Revised Standard Version, and English Standard Version are the ones I’ve mostly used. A lot of people get really picky about which is the correct version (I have a funny story about that), especially people who use the New American Standard Bible (which I haven’t). NASB users are like vegans and Crossfitters in that they always seem to have to point out that they use the NASB. But for the most part, the differences are relatively minor and don’t change the important parts of the Gospel.

        A lot of the differences depend on whether the translation focuses on translating individual words (as does the NASB and King James) or meanings of phrases (as does the NIV).

        At the current point in my blog, I was still Catholic (that’s kind of a spoiler, sorry) and not really all that knowledgeable about the Bible. Modern Catholics use the New American Bible, which includes a few more books in the Old Testament written after the rest of the OT but before the coming of Jesus. I still go to Catholic Mass occasionally when visiting my Catholic mom and grandma, and I haven’t really noticed any significant differences between the Catholic NAB and the other translations I mentioned above. Most of the differences in Catholic theology from other Christians aren’t based on things in the Bible itself.

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