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SIMPLE40 - DAY 21 - Time is of the Essence


To walk with Jesus is to walk with a slow, unhurried pace.

Hurry is the death of prayer and only impedes and spoils our work.

It never advances it.

~Walter Adams

(Spiritual Director to C.S. Lewis)



Today we are turning our focus to the concept of time and how we choose to use it. Time and simplicity are closely related. You will notice that as you begin to simplify you life, you naturally make better use of your time. And the reverse is also true! When you begin to make better use of your time, you find that life becomes less complicated and more simple. It seems that in this day and age (and maybe in all ages) one is never satisfied with how time passes. It's either too fast or too slow. When you have a lot going on and feel rushed, you can become stressed and anxious. On the other hand, when things are moving slowly and you have to wait for something, you can become impatient and frustrated. Neither way is what God wants for you. Have you ever considered that time is sacred and your most precious commodity? Time did not exist before creation and is distinct from the eternity in which God lives. He sanctified time by personally entering into it through the Incarnation. Because time was created by God and completely belongs to Him, you have no control over it, even though you may try. It is a precious gift that is given to you to do with as you choose. Re-frame your thoughts on time and see it as a gift to be respected and used well, not your enemy to do battle with every day. Time is holy. It has a religious significance because it has its origin in God's work of creation...Since God who is eternal and transcendent creates time himself, it must have something of eternity in it. It is true that this eternal dimension of time has been partially lost through the Fall. It becomes the mission of Jesus and each one of us to "redeem" time. ~Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen Click the link to see Fr. Wilfrid Stinisson's book on time. It is a beautiful explanation of how you can experience eternity right now. The closer you draw to the Lord, the easier it becomes. ETERNITY IN THE MIDST OF TIME

 

spiritual In his book, Time for God, Fr. Jacques Philippe states, "Time given to God is not time stolen from other people...But time is not always the real problem. That real problem is knowing what really matters in life." Giving time to God is something that you will never regret. During Lent, we are striving to grow in relationship with God and put Him at the center of all we do. There are so many ways to draw near to Christ from the moment we wake up until we go to sleep at night.


One thing that I have trained my brain to do is to say a prayer of gratitude every time I look at a clock. Sometimes, it's a prayer said out loud such as, "Thank you Lord for this moment in time." Sometimes, it's a quick mental check-in with God: "Here I am, Lord, what will you have me do next?" or just a simple "Thank you, Jesus". This little habit has helped me to recognize the gift of time and how I do not want to take it for granted. Give it a try the next time you look at a clock!

 

self

Take time to start your morning with some sunshine hitting your eyes! Don't let the light of your phone screen be the first light your eyes see. There has been a lot of information coming out lately about the importance of early morning sun. Getting sunlight in your eyes first thing in the morning is absolutely vital to mental and physical health. It is perhaps the most important thing that any and all of us can and should do in order to promote metabolic well-being, promote the positive function of your hormone system, get your mental health steering in the right direction. ~Dr. Andrew Huberman click the link below to learn more... EARLY MORNING SUNLIGHT

 

service Time gives you the opportunity to serve God and others, to grow in knowledge and virtue, and to persevere in pursuing Him. You should not despair or try to rush through your day as each moment holds infinite potential for grace and growth. How can you slow things down a bit this weekend? If not physically, at least mentally!

 

today's recipe

This recipe is a family favorite all year! You can use tilapia or any fresh, firm white fish. Serve with a salad and some good crusty bread.

BROILED TILAPIA PARMESAN

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

1/4 cup butter, soft

3 Tbsp mayonnaise

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/4 tsp dried basil (or Italian seasoning)

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/8 tsp celery salt

2 pounds tilapia fillets


Preheat your oven's broiler.

Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.

In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.


Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.

 












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