Saturday, November 19, 2011

Making the most of your time in the car

A sweet picture of Lily feeding our Beagle Cubby!
Precious Moments!

Lily and I took a short 30 minute trip to visit with wonderful friends this week! I thought oh we will hit some traffic, listen to the radio and then we will be there. Oh how I would have missed out on a great opportunity if I had stayed so stale minded!! I was very inspired by a book to make any trip in the car fruitful for God! I decided to make the trip about speaking of God's creation, telling bible stories- I chose Esther, and praying for the health of dear friends!! Let me make this disclaimer before I continue- I know every trip won't be like this- sometimes we just need to quietly travel but today was special- and I plan to make this more of a habit! I know sometimes I use car time to talk on the phone, but I realized in the car I have Lily's undivided attention!! :) (Of course, please be completely concentrated on the road and make that your top priority:) I thought if I even do this 50% of the time while we are in the car- all that travel time will be investment in the spiral growth of my daughter and who can beat that? In Isaiah 55:11, the Bible explains that "so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty but it shall accomplish that which I purpose and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it."(ESV). Therefore, I know that even though Lily does not understand the breadth of God's word, I am planting seeds that will not return void and that makes me so excited!!! Oh, how I treasure God's word and His promises and wish that I would use each moment as a means to invest in that which is lasting and eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:18 is a beautiful verse that God has written on my heart which says " So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

This is so powerful!! It reminds me that this is not my home and I must keep my eyes "fixed on what is eternal" because everything else will waste away! Lily is still a toddler so this does not yet apply but carpool time is a great time to pray and recite scripture. This is especially true if you have youngsters from other families traveling with you whom may be unsaved. When people know you are a praying family they will feel open to sharing their burdens with you and this could plant a seed for them to accept Christ in God's appointed time! I hope everyone has a beautiful Thansgiving and don't forget to take even the little moments as an opportunity to share the greatness of God as Deuternonmy 6:6-9 encourages! God has given each breath to us as a gift so please don't take any time for granted:) When you feel discouraged, please remember Isaiah 55:11 and Galatians 6:9 which states "let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we reap a harvest if we do not give up."
Challenge for today: memorize Isaiah 55:11:)
May God bless all your efforts!!!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ashley! I just realized you have a blog and wanted to thank you for your encouragement in living as a Titus 2 woman! Your smile shines the love of Jesus, and I miss your contagious joy. I hope you and Matt and Lily are doing really well! Give little Lily a hug for me. Much Love, Jillian