I absolutely love to be outside. When I mow the lawn, here at the house, it takes me between 1-1/2 to 2 hours with our riding mower. It is a great time to put on my headphones and listen to my audiobooks. As I mow, my dog, “Lulu” loves to follow me around the yard and hangs out where she can keep track of me. Being a smart dog, she usually plants herself in the shade of a tree and occasionally takes a dip in her pool. (A small stock tank on the patio.) When we’re finished with the mowing and everything is put away, I get something to drink, and we sit together on the back patio. All I have to say is “Chair Time!” and she immediately heads for her chair. We each have a chair; I sit in my red chair, and she sits in her blue chair, just to my right. I have learned that our chairs have to be very close together so she can get her ears scratched. If they are too far apart, she will get down, come over, and sit in MY chair…with me. – It’s difficult to read a book with a two-year-old, wiggly dog in your lap. I love our chair time. We sit together, watch the chickens pass by, listen to the birds in the trees, and just enjoy the day. It is…peaceful. – Until Michelle comes home. Now it’s “Michelle Time” and Lulu is done with me. How much “chair time” do you spend with God each day? Each Week? If you’re like me…probably, not enough! God is loving and relationship-based. We find that throughout the Bible. We are too. Why? Because we are created in His image. God profoundly wants us to spend as much chair time with Him as we can. We need to spend loads chair time with Him. It’s that intimate relationship that keeps us Christians in balance. It keeps us rooted in the one thing that truly matters – our commitment and devotion to Him.
Philippians 4:4-7 New International Version (NIV) Pauls’ Final Exhortations 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.