Family Matters

Monday was designated for Family Day. This goes to show the importance of the need to spend time with family. Our loved ones often crave to have our undivided attention. But with the business and pressures of life it has compromised our family time. 

There is no specific definition set in stone for “what is spending time with family”. We all come from different walks of life and every family has different needs. What may work for my family may not necessarily work for yours. At the end of the day it all comes down to being intentional on how we make use of family time.

From my very own personal experience, having 4 children, now expecting another child and operating Twin Fish, I may not have mastered it yet, but I certainly try my very best to make time for my family. My children find such excitement In the simple things we can do together- movie night at home with microwaved popcorn, or just going to baskin Robbins or Demetre's for ice cream even in this cold weather. With my eldest it’s the enjoyment of hanging out at the mall shopping and drinking bubble tea from Chatime. Then of course I have my husband whom I need to set aside time for as well. Despite my marriage having hurdles from time to time, we still find those date nights to spark the love that has been buried away from the day to day hurt and responsibilities. Truthfully thank God for my mom that it is even possible we can have these date nights. She watches all the grandchildren for us to enjoy a night out together. 

Nonetheless, nothing we do will be done in vain if we are doing it with the intention of honouring God. As the Word says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)

With this verse in mind, it will help take off the pressure and weight of doing things for the sake of it or to please those around us. Instead, it redirects our focus on God which in turn will enable us to wear evidence of Him in the way we spend time and treat our loved ones.

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For every season, there's a reason

We all can agree we want good things to happen in our lives. The problem is that we want it now, not later. We easily get frustrated if things don’t go our way. We are tempted to question God “what’s taking so long?” Not to mention moments where we want to give up waiting on God to work things out for our good.

Learning to trust in God’s timing for all matters is essential. However, we live in a world where nearly everything is conditioned around time. There are deadlines to meet, due dates given as a reminder for us to pay our bills, submitting projects to our professor before midnight, taking your medication every 4-6 hours, eating at a buffet with a seating limit of 2 hours. As a result, we have become time-oriented, manifesting itself in our inability to be patient waiting on God's timing. 

God’s timing is perfect, never early or too late. We may be ignorant of God’s timing, but we are called to enjoy life in our present season and trust in His sovereignty. Solomon wrote in the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven.” This lets us know that we will all experience different seasons in our life. 

I personally have gone through different seasons in my life -- good and bad ones alike. I have had seasons of rain where nothing but tears kept streaming down my cheeks; cold long nights where I couldn’t understand why I was facing such challenges and asked God “why do you seem so far?”; moments where my faith was so dry I really couldn’t get myself to carry on for another day. Then of course, the optimum season where all was great. With each one of these moments, I have understood and learned that God was always doing the very best for me in whatever season I was experiencing.

I encourage all of you: do not let your good or bad seasons defeat you. Be reminded “that in all things (good or bad) God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. It is in these moments where God is preparing, shaping and building in You to be “a man or woman after his own heart”. Regardless of what season you may be in right now, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight”. Proverbs 3:5-6

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Time is a Gift

Being a mother of 4 children and running a restaurant, I often juggle with time. Time at work, time helping my children with homework, time at the bank, time at the grocery store, time at church, time driving to work and home, time trying to visit family and friends, time to read the bible, time to pray and so many more. Time is constantly ticking! Time doesn’t want to stop for me. It goes by so fast and I can’t seem to keep up. 

Time won’t stop and travel backwards just so we can have another chance to redo the things we should have or wanted to do. From time to time we say “ I wish I had more then 24 hours in a day” There is no doubt that the responsibilities of this world crave for our attention. The endless things pulling us in different directions makes it easy for our time to get swallowed up in mundane day to day matters. Those matters that have eternal value are then often pushed aside.

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul cautioned the church, “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. Living wisely involves using our time carefully. Knowing that time is rapidly passing us by, let us be diligent in how we should make better use of it.  

Time is so precious, time is so valuable, Have you ever considered that time is a gift from God?

How are you using God’s gift in your life? Are you wasting time by staying angry at someone or rebuilding broken ones? Are you using your time with your eyes fixed onto your phone clicking “like” on Facebook or Instagram? Or is your time allotted to reading the bible? Are you using your time visiting a friend or family in need or spent at the mall updating yourself with the latest fashion? Are you over staying your time at work rather than home with loved ones? What is important to you? If it matters how you use your time, then now is the time to take this moment to pray. 

Prayer: Lord I pray you help me learn to prioritize my time on what matters and remove any activities or distractions that should not be in my life. I ask  all this in Your mighty Name, Amen!

I hope this devotion resonated with you in some way. Have a blessed week, friends! 

Love,

Anne Ngo 

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