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Keeping Watch of the Time

The Watered Soul: Keeping Watch of the Time

Aug 4, 2010

Keeping Watch of the Time

 Romans 13-12

But make sure that you don't get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can't afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don't loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!  Romans 13:11-14 (The Message)

It’s something about having another birthday roll around that makes me more cognizant of the passing of time. It seems like it was just a few days ago when I longed for the freedom of adulthood. Along with new liberties, adulthood ushered in new responsibilities. As I’ve gone about the business of living, it’s been easy to get caught up in the have-to(s) of life and lose focus of the essential.

Lord, as I celebrate another year of life today help me to be alert and sensitive to you. Show me how to make the most of my days. Let me not spend my time in trivial pursuits. Don’t let me miss what you are doing God.

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43 Comments:

At August 4, 2010 at 12:45 AM , Blogger Renee said...

Well, Happy Birthday!!!!!!
What an excellent post and gorgeous picture!
I love The Message translation of this verse. I've never heard that translation, and it is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm glad I got to read this today.

 
At August 4, 2010 at 1:54 AM , Blogger cHe said...

great post u have here:)Thanks for this:)

 
At August 4, 2010 at 1:56 AM , Blogger welcome to my world of poetry said...

Happy Birthday ,have a wonderful day.
Enjoyed the post.

Yvonne.

 
At August 4, 2010 at 1:58 AM , Anonymous Amanda said...

Happy Birthday Wanda! Yes, birthdays come around all too quickly these days... one month rolls into the other so rapidly.

I love your picture and you speak of an important message! In the busy-ness of life, He must be the centre of our attention and desires.

 
At August 4, 2010 at 5:56 AM , Blogger Beth in NC said...

Happy Birthday sweet Sister!

What wisdom in this scripture. It seems like I muddle through each day with all of the "have to's" on my list. What a great reminder to clothe ourselves in Christ and be alert to see what God is doing.

Bless you!
Beth

 
At August 4, 2010 at 6:25 AM , Blogger CeCe Wilson said...

Happy Birthday Wanda!! I hope you enjoy this wonderful day to the fullest! I really look forward to your Word-Filled Wednesdays and today is no exception. The scripture is perfect for me today as I grumbled and complained about having to get up so "early" this morning. God bless you on this day and everyday as you keep on exalting Him!

 
At August 4, 2010 at 7:39 AM , Blogger Joanne Sher said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Wanda! (mine was yesterday - we're ALMOST birthday twins!) I love this reminder. LOVE IT! He is the only one who can help us "number our days." Thanks sweetie!

 
At August 4, 2010 at 7:50 AM , Anonymous ozjane said...

Happy and blessed birthday with more to come.
I join you in praying that we might live consciously in His presence in each of our days.

 
At August 4, 2010 at 8:01 AM , Blogger A Stone Gatherer said...

I love pictures of the sky!!! Beautiful and wonderful words of truth!

 
At August 4, 2010 at 8:20 AM , Blogger godsown said...

BLESSINGS on YOUR( our) BIRTHDAY!!!
What an special day for us.....
You know that the Holy Spirit guided or thoughts in the same direction......
To be clothed by Christ was my prayer also in my yesterday post and to hold my gaze on Him and Him alone!

Reminizing about how fast the years are going came to my mind also......
Your post and comment blessed me Wanda!

Have an very special birthday!
Bernice

 
At August 4, 2010 at 8:21 AM , Blogger Julie Arduini.com: The Surrendered Scribe said...

Happy Birthday! Perfect verse and picture. Thank you!

 
At August 4, 2010 at 8:35 AM , Blogger Daughter of the KING said...

Happy Birthday, Wanda. Really enjoyed your post today.

blessings,
Linda J

 
At August 4, 2010 at 9:38 AM , Blogger BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

Blessings, Wanda. May God use you mightly in the coming year. I pray for you Psalm 138.

"The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me. Lord, Your love is eternal; do not abandon the work of Your hands." - Psalm 138:8

 
At August 4, 2010 at 9:43 AM , Blogger Peggy said...

Blessings Wanda and a special happy birthday to you! may it be as wonderful as this glorious photo & WORD! WOW!!! I love how detailed The Message gives and your own reflection. May the Lord celebrate with you in a very special and significant way! May your day be filled with His glory & love & all your dreams & hopes met in Him!!!

Happy Birthday Wanda!
Peggy

 
At August 4, 2010 at 10:03 AM , Blogger Joyfull said...

Birthday blessings to you! What a beautiful picture and reflection from the heart!

 
At August 4, 2010 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Bear said...

Awesome birthday thoughts and devotional! I can tell you invited the Holy Spirit to your Birthday Party. ;-)

 
At August 4, 2010 at 10:20 AM , Blogger lori said...

Happy Birthday girl! What wisdom you've acquired! You are so right and your verse pairs so beautifully with mine...

I LOVE this translation...it hits me square between the eyes!

Loved it and have a wonderful birthday! Celebrating YOU!

peace,
lori

 
At August 4, 2010 at 10:25 AM , Blogger Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Happy birthday! What wonderful words today!!

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt 6:33
Have a great day!
Sherry

 
At August 4, 2010 at 11:08 AM , Blogger LivingforGod said...

Happy Birthday, Wanda! Hope you have a joy-filled day and a blessed year ahead!

What a beautiful WFW this is! Time flies so fast and it is good to be reminded that we need to redeem our time. "Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15-16

Thanks for visiting my photo blog today.

 
At August 4, 2010 at 11:38 AM , Blogger HL said...

Happy Birthday!!
Beautiful picture & reminder in Scripture!
Thanks! Hugs, HL

 
At August 4, 2010 at 1:35 PM , Blogger e-Mom said...

Happy Birthday! This verse is so encouraging and uplifting... love it! ღ

 
At August 4, 2010 at 3:20 PM , Anonymous Monica said...

Happy birthday, Wanda, and thank you for this beautiful reminder. I pray you have a wonderful day!

 
At August 4, 2010 at 3:56 PM , Blogger Karen said...

I love The Message version of this scripture...

Very wise advice...with age comes wisdom...and eventually...gray hairs!

Happy Birthday!

 
At August 4, 2010 at 4:02 PM , Blogger Bud Ezekiel H. said...

Happy Birthday, Wanda!:)

 
At August 4, 2010 at 4:03 PM , Blogger GlowinGirl said...

Oh, I love, love this. Thank you for bringing this to my attention in a whole new way.

And Happy Birthday, friend! I pray for a year or blessing and purpose for you.

 
At August 4, 2010 at 4:21 PM , Blogger Denise said...

Praying many birthday blessings into your life today. Enjoyed your WFW.

 
At August 4, 2010 at 4:44 PM , Blogger Faith Imagined said...

Time does fly by if we don't stop to enjoy it! Happy Birthday!!!!

 
At August 4, 2010 at 6:26 PM , Blogger Debra Kaye said...

Wanda,

This is so beautiful and so true. Really speaks to my heart, Blessings to you!

 
At August 4, 2010 at 7:27 PM , Blogger Joan said...

Happy birthday, Wanda. I love your photo and post. I like the message translation of this passage - really says it like it is.

Blessings,
Joan

 
At August 4, 2010 at 7:32 PM , Blogger Wanda said...

Thanks for all the lovely birthday greetings, scriptures and kind words. Having you drop helped to brighten my day. God bless each of you.

 
At August 4, 2010 at 7:56 PM , Blogger Cathy said...

Very pretty and a wonderful Word ~ Happy Birthday!

 
At August 4, 2010 at 8:24 PM , Blogger Whidbey Woman said...

I hope your WFW and Birthday have been blessed! Love the scripture you shared today... very nice image,too. Summer sunsets can't be beat! Nor can spending time with the Lord as we unwind from the business of the day.

 
At August 4, 2010 at 11:26 PM , Blogger jackie said...

you are absolutely right Wanda... Such a very nice post which reminds me to focus on the main thing: to follow God

 
At August 4, 2010 at 11:27 PM , Blogger jackie said...

happy new year! ♥

 
At August 4, 2010 at 11:54 PM , Blogger Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

Something to really ponder! I must make wise use of my time!

And Happy Birthday!

Blessings,
Janis

 
At August 5, 2010 at 2:22 AM , Blogger Tracy said...

Gorgeous shot! Love the verse. Thanks for visiting my blog!

 
At August 6, 2010 at 1:17 AM , Blogger Ellie said...

Happy Birthday Wanda; I hope it was glorious!!! Great post~xXx

 
At August 6, 2010 at 9:24 AM , Blogger Missie said...

wow, this verse really hits home. thank you so much for sharing!

Happy Birthday too!

 
At August 6, 2010 at 2:32 PM , Blogger sarah said...

Happy Happy Birthday to an amazing special child of God...Hope it was the best...

 
At August 6, 2010 at 7:08 PM , Blogger Amydeanne said...

love the version you picked for the verse Wanda! it really hits home!

 
At August 6, 2010 at 7:08 PM , Blogger Amydeanne said...

oh! and

HAPPPYYYYYYYYYYYYY
BIRTHHHHHHHHHHDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

 
At August 7, 2010 at 6:23 AM , Blogger Karen said...

Happy Birthday! I need keep my focus on what is near and dear to the heart of God! Thanks for sharing this passage.

 
At August 10, 2010 at 11:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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