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Sundown Devotional: Quality Time with God

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Sundown Devotional brings friends together as the sun sets on the workweek. We relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our peaceful meditation on a short Scripture passage. In this session, we focus on sending quality time with God. Christian or not, we will all be inspired. Welcome!

Quality Time with God. Photo by Gerrit Vermeulen

Quality Time with God. Photo by Gerrit Vermeulen

The Devotional

Come closer, and listen to this . . . “I am the Lord your God.
Isaiah 48: 16, 17 (NLT)

Who in their right minds would turn down an invitation from God to come closer? The initial call was to people who had previously listened and had become negligent toward His plan for their lives. (Isaiah 48:12-19) He was offering another chance to huddle with Him and listen again. Do we also need another chance?

We know from experience that His love and forgiveness impact us most powerfully in His presence. Besides, His call is not only for us to repent from our rebellion; He also wants to empower us “for my own sake and for the honor of my name.” (Isaiah 48:9) He benefits as much as we do from the quality time we spend with Him.

Our benefit is that as we hear from Him in prayer, in Bible meditation, in sermons and spiritual songs, His character traits rub off on us: He is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry, filled with unfailing love, good to everyone, always keeps his promises, gracious in all he does, lifts those who bend beneath their loads, righteous in everything he does, filled with kindness. (Psalm 145: 8 -17)

His benefit is that when we demonstrate these attributes, the world gets to see Him in us —not only in the worship service, but also in our everyday display of attitudes, speech and performances which result from our quality time with Him. No matter where we are, no matter the event, we can demonstrate the virtues which we absorb in our vine-branch closeness with Him. (John 15: 5)

Let us practice to sense God’s presence at our desk in the office, at the busy traffic intersection while we wait, despite the texts we read on our iPhones. As often as possible, let’s get closer for quality time with Him, and mature into the vessels He designed us to be for His purpose. The benefit is a win-win improvement for us and for His kingdom.

Prayer: We love you Lord, and enjoy the quality time we spend in Your presence. You remain our refuge and strength, our calm in life storms, and we thank You in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Spending time with God. Submitted by Waterbaby

Spending time with God. Submitted by Waterbaby

Ten Benefits of Quality Time With God

1. Blessings

"It is your eternal relationship with God that brings you blessing, not your personality or ability.” ―Pastor Rod W. Larkins

2. Certainty

“An ever-growing, ever-constant relationship with God makes us certain of what we believe and enables us to run with endurance.” ―Katy Kauffman

3. Friendship

“I came to think of God as more of a gracious friend who was accompanying me on this journey, a friend who wanted to carry my burdens and speak into my life and shape me into who I really was and who I would become.” ―Joanna Gaines

4. Growth

"The fruit of abiding with Christ is one that does not always grow quickly, but it does grow. And it is worth it." ―Jen Herrmann

5. Help

"I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me." ―William Nicholson

6. Integrity

"The time you spend alone with God will transform your character and increase your devotion. Then your integrity and godly behavior in an unbelieving world will make others long to know the Lord." ―Charles Stanley

7. Joy

“Real joy comes when we get the right desire met - the desire for God himself, for a life led by the Spirit, fulfilling not our material desires but our deepest need, which is to be in a close relationship with our Creator." ―Michael W. Smith

8. Partnership

“Such is my relationship with God: on my gigantic canvass of life, I am the one throwing all of the brightly-colored paints . . . God is the one with the paintbrush who stands beside my canvass filling all the intricate and amazing details. . . We're happy together!” ―C. JoyBell C.

9. Relief

"When someone’s primary love language is quality time, uninterrupted times of communion with God are . . . burden lifting." ―Gary Chapman

10. Strength

"Prayer is the strength of the Christian. When alone, he is not alone; he feels the presence of the One who said, 'Lo, I am with you alway.'"―Ellen White

Prayer is the strenght of the Christian. Photo by Neil Ward

Prayer is the strenght of the Christian. Photo by Neil Ward

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Time with God Poll

© 2018 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 01, 2018:

Thanks, Rajan. Happy to know that spending time with God is a regular habit for you. I appreciate your affirmation of the selected Scriptures.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 31, 2018:

Being a believer in God, spending some time offering prayer every day is very important to me. To make it a quality time I try to consciously keep my mind focused so that it wavers to the minimum.

These are beautiful quotes from the Scriptures and very motivating. Thank you for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 26, 2018:

Thanks, Lawrence. That's a great benefit and we really couldn't live without it.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on July 26, 2018:

MsDora

My favourite is "The Angel of the LORD encamps around thise who fear him"

Great encouragement, thank you

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 17, 2018:

Syed, thanks your sharing your experience with prayer. More peace as you continue your prayer journey.

Syed Aabis from Pakistan on July 17, 2018:

I am muslim. I pray 5 times a day. I am making efforts to improve my self. Peace came into my life after i started praying

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 16, 2018:

Thank you, Alexis. Stay in the Word is a wise decision.

Alexis Kenyatta on July 16, 2018:

I was raised in church but in my adult life after loved ones passed on, it made me see the power and control God has and life on Earth is not forever. It made me depend on God more and want to know Him. I try my best to develop a habit of reading God's Word and doing what He says in His Word. I enjoyed your article very much.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 02, 2018:

Shaloo, thanks for sharing your way of spending time with God. We all need to improve. Let's keep at it.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 02, 2018:

Devika, thanks for the affirmation. It makes me happy when readers can relate.

Shaloo Walia from India on July 02, 2018:

I spend time daily chanting the holy names of God but I feel that I need to improve the quality of my chanting. Thanks for sharing the numerous benefits which serve as a reminder to make time with God a priority.

DDE on June 29, 2018:

Something so true and great for all. A part of our lives that can't be ignored in many paths of our lives.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 25, 2018:

Denise, thanks for your affirmation. We need as many testimonies as possible to document that quality time works.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on June 25, 2018:

My daily time with God is just as vital to my health and well being as eating and sleeping. It is one of the first things I do every morning and I have experienced many of the benefits listed here. These are some of my favorite verses!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 25, 2018:

Thanks Bill. We have to learn how to carry the 'secret place' with us on our busy schedules, so that we can retreat whenever want to. No one needs this retreat more than the pastor.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 25, 2018:

Thanks Patricia, I can identify with driving and praising. Thanks for sharing and continue to enjoy God's presence.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on June 24, 2018:

Even as a pastor, Dora, I fight busy schedules, and so need that quality time with the Lord. It's hard but so necessary. Thanks for sharing this.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 23, 2018:

Spending time with God...listening and feeling His presence is so important on a daily basis. And I find that even as I am driving I am praising Him and thanking Him. We are so blessed to have God's power in our lives. Well done ..Ms. Dora.

Angels once again are headed your way ps

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 22, 2018:

Frank, thanks for your encouragement. My pleasure to quote these quality words about time with God.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 22, 2018:

quality words to really live by MsDora.. awesome and thank you for sharing...:)

Liz Westwood from UK on June 20, 2018:

Thanks for your encouragement, Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 20, 2018:

Thanks, Liz. I appreciate you sharing the benefits of your time with God. Keep on beginning your day with Him.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 20, 2018:

Mike, your Secret Place to meet with God is no laughing matter. You can testify to the real benefits you receive. Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 20, 2018:

Thanks, Manatita. God's promise to be with us always is also an anchor for me.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 20, 2018:

Thanks, Flourish. Those who can find mercy, refuge, strength and all our other needs in God are at an advantage.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 20, 2018:

Thanks, Jackie. I'm with you. I also like to feel His embrace and hear His whispers of love. That usually happens in the Secret Place (Psalm 91:1).

Liz Westwood from UK on June 20, 2018:

I don't feel that my day gets off to a good start without a time with God at the beginning. Too often though I'm guilty of doing this and forgetting him as the day goes on. Psalm 34 and Psalm 23 were especially relevant to us at a time of great family tragedy. Your Bible verses are always inspirational.

Readmikenow on June 20, 2018:

I agree with this article. Sometimes people laugh at me because I get up early in the morning and go into the woods behind my house. I find praying and spending time with God in a natural setting starts my day off right. Watching the sun rise always excites me. Enjoyed reading this.

manatita44 from london on June 19, 2018:

Inspirational and motivational quotes. Well chosen. Nice one from Ellen G at the end. Peace.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 19, 2018:

With all that is happening right now in the world there is such a need for mercy, refuge, strength and many of the benefits you reference. It’s such a sad time in our nation’s history.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 19, 2018:

I do see God in almost everything, but I like to remind myself having Him all around me is not like inviting Him in. I love to feel His arms around me but it is much better when I let Him speak to me. That does not happen unless I remember to be talking to Him. Is that His quirk or mine? I am not real sure!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2018:

Thanks, Tim. There's so much to love about God. I can tell that you know Him on an intimately. Thank you for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2018:

Chitrangada, thanks for sharing your experience of quality time with God. It helps to know someone who gets answers and reassurance as a result of spending time with God.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2018:

Thanks, Peg. True, Nature makes it easier for us to give to God the attention He deserves.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2018:

Thanks, Linda. I hope that non-Bible readers would be attracted too.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on June 19, 2018:

Ms. Dora,

Beautiful, fulfilling, and instructional - I love all of the quotes and message in this article. Truthfully, knowing He's always there helps me get through a day. You pointed out: "Comfort companionship, friendship. . ." qualities I love about our God and our Savior.

Thank you for sharing and writing a powerful article for us to visit and share with others, even those who are interested in why we love our religion the way we do but do not know Christ.

Sincerely,

Tim

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2018:

A very inspiring article, with some beautiful quotes and verses!

I believe, being conscious of the fact, that God is there with us and everywhere, is important. That feeling makes things easier for us.

Sometimes I just close my eyes, and concentrate on him, to get answers.

Even if, I may not be able to achieve my goals, I do feel reassured, that I will, some day. And that, there is nothing to worry, since He is there, always.

Thank you for sharing, another inspirational article!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 19, 2018:

I, too, love the first quote and photo. Nature is true evidence of our creator and his power and glory. Thanks so much for these inspiring quotes to remind us to spend time with God.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 19, 2018:

I love your first photo and its text. You've created a beautiful list of quotes for Bible readers.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2018:

Thanks, Dred. I appreciate your interpretation of that picture. I agree with you, too.

Travel Chef from Manila on June 19, 2018:

I totally agree with the message on your first picture. As we appreciate the beauty of nature, we can at the same time appreciate God because of his creations.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2018:

Eric, you're funny. God hears your prayer, and He helps to make your willingness a reality. Thanks for sharing.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 19, 2018:

I laughed at myself for responding above. I am satisfied but I think God not so much '-) I fear a bad train-wreck when I turn my back on the love. You reminded me that quality time with God means my quality time. I am such a pinhead sometimes."Dear Lord, I Promise to do Quality today!"

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2018:

Thanks, Mary. We all need that occasional reminder. Also remember that even when we forget, He honors our loyalty.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 19, 2018:

I do spend time with God in the midst of what I do. I try to be conscious that He is there all the time. However, in the midst of a busy day, I often forget. Thanks for this reminder.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2018:

Thanks, Rev, for your encouragement. Hoping that folks will be affected the way you suggest.

Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on June 19, 2018:

Dora, you have provided good information about spending time with God. You have reminded those of us who spend time with God to continue doing so. To those who might not spend time with God, you have provoked them to do so. Thanks for your thorough and dedicated work.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2018:

Thanks, Rosheda. You encourage me.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2018:

Thanks Chris. Not a popular topic, but it has been on my mind. I appreciate your comment.

Rosheda Stephenson on June 18, 2018:

Good article!

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on June 18, 2018:

You've put together a good list of verses and suggestions for people to follow as they seek a closer relationship with their God. Very well done and comprehensive.