15 January 2015

Seeking God: Because Time Equals Relationship

Founders Note: Today on the blog we have a guest post from Malinda, she is sharing her heart on this month's theme Seeking God. You can learn more about Malinda in her bio at the end of the post. 

A long time ago I heard the phrase "time equals relationship." At the time it was in reference to building a relationship with the opposite gender. But the same truth applies to any relationship: with children, co-workers, friends, even "online relationships."

And I believe there are two components to investing time: quantity and quality.

The apostle Paul writes to the believers encouraging them to pray all the time. 1Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Never stop praying.”

Paul was not referring to a 24/7 prayer meeting. He didn’t intend for them to neglect their responsibilities or other relationships in order to “get on their knees in prayer.” What he encouraged is meant to be an ongoing conversation that happens throughout the day.

What would I do if my husband checked a box after a 5 minute conversation over our coffee in the morning - but then neglected to talk to me again during the day? Our relationship grows deeper and matures as we talk and ask each other questions, and dream together. The same happens when we regularly seek God.

When we seek God, He makes us a promise: “we will find Him.” In the book of Jeremiah it says, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (29:13)

The only caveat He gives is that it must be sincere. Seek him honestly. Earnestly. With pure motives and a genuine heart. With devotion. Without hesitation or distraction.

Maybe you’re like me. You wake up in a sweat because you didn't "do" your bible reading for the day. If that’s the case, then maybe you need to focus on quality time. Read through one book of the bible. Go slow. Ask God to show you something amazing in every line of you read. Or perhaps you need to focus on memorizing one verse. Until it changes your thinking. Your actions. Your life. 

And if you're someone who needs a kick in the pants to do anything - (procrastinators unite!) you need to focus on quantity time. You might do well to set a big goal for the year. Get into a good devotional or bible reading plan. This could be the year you focus on reading the whole bible cover to cover.

Our goal is always to be closer to God.  Not to check boxes or cross an item off our to-do list. We don’t seek Him out of obligation because “we know we should,” We were made to know Him. And when we invest both quality and a quantity of time, we will find Him. It’s His promise. 

My name is Malinda and I write over at www.malindafuller.com
I'm also on instagram and Twitter as @maleefuller And facebook: Malinda Fuller 

I'm a wife, mom, writer, dreamer, Jesus lover and Canadian - living in SoCal. I love and work in natural health (and I'm starting to dabble in essential oils). We love being outdoors, being a part of our church and are starting the home school adventure this fall. 
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  1. Thanks for that post Malinda! It's funny because quality time is my love language and I'm horrible at it lol. I'm an introvert by nature so I'm usually in my own head so I feel like I'm horrible with relationships in general but I agree with you that a sincere heart and desire to spend time with God is what He's looking for. Thank you for that reminder :)

  2. Thank you for this... I am the check my devotional of my to do list person cause if i don't i never seen to find the time to complete it. Time to refocus

  3. Olivia - glad you were encouraged. It isn't about a set amount of time, or some formula that "gets" us closer to God. We are closer to God when we have made the time. Time = relationship.


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