A closer walk with our beloved friend.

So Little Time For



 But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation. Bible in Basic English

Quick, tell me what is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

For me it is going to conversation with my Heavenly Beloved, beginning with saying good morning I love you. Then giving Him thanks and requesting His guidance through out the coming day.

Quick: what is the fist thing you do when you climb into bed at night?

For me it is giving thanks to my Heavenly Beloved for all of His blessings He has showered on my through out the day and asking for forgiveness for when I messed up. And ending with saying good night I love you.

Then, there are the numerous times through out the day when we have conversations. Sometimes it is with what is happening to me during the day. Sometimes it is thanking Him for the blessings He has given me. Sometimes it is just admiring the beauty He is sharing with me and talking about it.

Prayer should be the first thing a Christian does upon opening their eyes and the last thing they do before closing them. It should be as natural as breathing. Joseph a son of Jehovah

“Why is there so much running to and fro to meetings, conventions, fellowship gatherings and yet so little time for prayer?” — Andrew Bonar

Prayer: Thank you oh my deepest love Jehovah Shammah ( The Lord is Present) for the most wonderful blessing of all, being in Your loving presence every day. It is the most precious treasure there could ever be. I exalt You in the name of He with whom I look forward to receiving the ultimate treasure of walking with Him and talking with Him in Your Heavenly home Jesus Christ. Amen

Wishing you a house full of sunshine, hearts full of cheer and love that grows deeper each day of the year. Welsh blessing

Author: ropheka

As Christ is our King, so too are we His free will servants Joseph a son of Jehovah I have been a faithful servant of our Lord for the past forty years. He has led me to move from the farm to the city. It was there I learned natural medicine as well as to serve by doin volunteer work in a hospital. This was preparing me for the next stage of growth and service unto Him. The next phase was to live in a tent in the western provinces of Canada planting trees. It has here in His marvelous creation of nature that He taught me so much of Himself while serving others in camp as a first aid attendant. If anybody got sick or injured they always came to me. As well, I learned to be a big brother and care about their mental health and for most, it was the first time they were ever loved. This caring for others prepared me for the next step which was to be a teacher all over China. Here not only did my example guide many to our Heavenly King but also taught me how to deal with narcissist. This prepared me to come home to take care of a narcissistic mother while dealing with narcissist family members. It was in China that the Lord also guided me to become a Christian writer which has been faithfully done for the past ten years. I know not what will happen tomorrow but I know who holds tomorrow in His hands and it is Him I place my total confidence and trust in. Joseph a son of Jehovah

39 thoughts on “So Little Time For

  1. What a lovely reminder and inspiration!! I am guilty… please pray for me that I might have your natural ease and first and last thoughts each day. May God grant you peace and bless your journey.

    • Thank you.

      Just make a habit of thanking Jehovah every morning for everything He has done in your life. In the evening thank Him for everything He has done for you through out the day.

      It will become a habit. I cannot begin my day nor end my day without saying thank you. If I try there is a big feeling of something important left out of my day. It will not leave me until the thank you is said.

      Jehovah bless you with a heart of gratitude every day which leads to a heart of joy.

      • Excellent practice and I will! I want to share with you that my father who had parkinson, made a habit of saying thank you to God but also everyone around him. When he passed away, we asked the person if they remembered what his last words were and we were not surprised when we heard Thank you. Since that time I meet a man who said “Good to see you!” Every time you met. This man has also passed away. These are my two earthly fathers and so I have made habits to start with each person with a “good to see you! And end with “thank you” 😉

      • Very good habits sister.

        I have these as well. Folks are shocked when I say good morning or afternoon to them. We usually continue on with good conversations. They are also shocked when I say please and thank you. This comes from living in a small town. It was drilled into my head when a boy.

      • But so important and makes a difference. Keep doing your thing. Hugs to you and family

      • It is so important. It can make someones day.

        Best of blessings to you and your family as well.

  2. This was something I needed to read today, Joseph. Thank you for sharing it. Too often we get up in the morning distracted by our cares for the day. Thanks for the reminder that we should begin and end our days in His presence (and talk with him throughout the day, too!). 🙂

    • You are very welcome precious sister.

      The thing I find interesting is that when saying my prayers I find it difficult to stay awake. The minute I stop, I am wide awake.

      How is your asthma coming?

      We are having monsoon like weather here this week.

      I planted our crops in one of the raised gardens. A tarp was put over the top to prevent too much water getting in and to protect the plants from frost if it comes.

      Happy Easter

      • You are not alone in that prayer dilemma, Joseph! The same thing can happen when I am reading the Bible (I can be wide-awake in the middle of night, but the moment I try to read the Bible, I suddenly feel very tired! That is why I like listening to the Bible as I stretch in the morning).

        MY asthma is generally better – thank you for asking. 🙂 I just saw my doctor this week, and he said I was greatly improved. However, I still have to watch my diet and avoid the foods that can trigger asthma symptoms, and also stretch and exercise regularly to keep the muscles relaxed (tight muscle can inhibit lung function).

        I’ve never been in a monsoon before, but it sounds very serious! I will pray for the Lord‘s protection over your crops. It sounds like you are well prepared either way (that is wisdom!).

        Do you have any updated prayer requests, my friend? As you know, you are regularly in my prayers. ✝️

      • I agree that diet and exercises (especially yoga) are very good for your asthma.

        It may seem cruel but I would like you to pray that mom stops being so unfair. That she stops giving money to my older brother, her grand daughter and great grand children. She gives them money and they never come down here and help out. Meanwhile I do all the work and she gives me a pittance of money (spending money which is very little). It makes me so very angry.

        Jehovah bless you with strong lungs.

      • I don’t think your prayer request sounds cruel at all. In fact, I have been wondering about what had happened with your family – you could alluded to the situation with your mother and brother last year, but I was not aware of any update. I shall pray that the Lord opens the eyes of your mother to see the situation for what it really is, and to distribute His resources in a way that pleases Him.

        Thank you for continuing to pray for asthma! I’m definitely feeling better, but I simply need to be careful each day,

      • Especially living in California with the pollution being so bad. If you live on the coast it is not good for asthma as well. I had it when I was a child but out grew it. It is not fun having an asthma attack.

        The Lord is amazing. Every time I feel discouraged with the manner in which mom behaves He sends me reassuring messages which strengthens me and encourages me.

      • Praise God for His faithfulness! I have been praying about the situation with your mother and brother. The Lord sees it all and will intervene in the matter when He is ready. In the meantime, we wait.

        Thankfully, where I live (in Northern California), the air quality is generally pretty good (except for the fires last November). I have much harder time in Los Angeles, though — thankfully I don’t live anywhere near there!

      • I liked Northern California but thought southern was crazy.

        Thank you for your prayers. Mom has to go in for an operation on poylops in her bowels. Would you please pray for her.

      • Absolutely! I will pray for her now. When is the procedure?

      • Thank you.

        We do not know. We have to wait for the hospital to call.

        Are you enjoying spring like weather now?

        Two days ago we we walking around in tee shirts and shorts. Today it is a parka.

        How is the job going? I believe that most full time jobs today are few and far between and the ones that are there have little benefits. It is not like it was forty years ago.

      • Joseph! I have been praying for you and your mother. Has she had the surgery? And how are you doing these days?

      • Thank you so much precious sister.

        She has her surgery in July and it is a minor one but at her age who knows.
        I am extremely busy. Everything is two months behind because of the cold rainy weather. It is now hot and dry and boy am I getting a lot of work done.

        As far as our relationship is concerned it is still strained. I stay away from her as much as possible because she is very negative and demanding.

        I am glad you wrote because I have not seen any of your articles for a while.How are you doing? How is your asthma? Have a full time position yet?

        You are in my morning prayers every day.
        Your caring brother in Christ

      • I will continue praying for your mother, Joseph. It sounds like you are making wise choices regarding your boundaries — we have to be careful about who we keep in our inner circle (especially when the person has been hurtful).

        I will pray for success with your harvest, and that the Lord will allow you to catch up on the past two months of work. Please take care and do not overwork yourself!

        My asthma is better now. I had a flare-up over the weekend (big change in the weather), but rested and am fine now. That is good news!

        I am interviewing for a full-time job — I should find out this week whether or not I got it.

        I have missed you, my friend! Thanks for your patience with me.

      • I am very glad your asthma is better and will pray you get accepted for the job.

        You are in my morning prayers every day and I enjoy us sharing our lives on this site.

        Recently we had a flare up with the neighbor from Hell. The police were eventually called. The police agreed we were right in the dispute. Things have calmed down now but with these psychos you never know when they will explode again. When they do, it will be filmed and they will be put in a psychiatric hospital. They have been nothing but trouble since they moved in.
        Strange thing is though that everyone I have talked with is going through the same sort of trouble.
        It is not like it used to be where neighbors helped each other and associated with each other (we used to have picnics and have pot luck suppers.
        Now everyone is demanding their own rights while stomping on others.

      • Joseph, what terrible news about your neighbors! It sounds like an extremely distressing turn of events. Are you and your mother in a place of safety? (I am concerned.)

        You are right — several people I know are going through a rough season. That is why we must live one another up in prayer, so that when we see the Lord intervene in our lives, we can celebrate His goodness! (and even if He doesn’t intervene, He’s still good).

        I am grateful for you and your prayers as well. 🙂 Your friendship is a blessing. Thank you for your patience as I continue to catch up on my time away on WordPress! I look forward to reading your blog again soon.

      • I was concerned that you had not been writing for a while and if there is anything you wish for me to pray about or if you would like someone to talk with please let me know.
        The police have let them know if they cause any trouble they will be put away. I am not concerned, Jehovah is my protector. He has been with me through much worse than this. Please do not worry. Thank you for your concern though

        May Jehovah Jireh supply you with all you need to bring you through to victory

      • Thank you, Joseph. I was just resting, but things are better now. I appreciate your thoughtfulness!

        I am so glad to hear that you are safe! I was very concerned. Thank you for letting me know. 🙏🏾

      • We all need to rest once in a while. Believe me I know this all too well.
        I think the neighbors know that their attitude is not acceptable and they straiten up or get out (which is what has happened to them in numerous other towns.)

      • I will continue to pray for protection over your house and all who live within it. I am also praying for your mother’s surgery, as well as for your relationship with her and your brother — may the Lord open her eyes to the true character of your brother, and be careful about how she distributes the financial resources that have been entrusted to her from our heavenly Father.

      • Thank you for your prayers.
        Mom laughed at me when I informed her Jehovah Jireh (God will provide) will provide for me because she refuses to.
        I believe Jehovah is guiding me to set up a GoFundMe page.
        Right now I am making ebooks to offer for a gift of twenty five dollars or more (I am not attempting to solicit funds from you, especially since the site is not even started now). There is a list of ten different categories used in this blog as well as making new ones from my quotes.
        Hopefully the web site will be up and running by the fall. May be I can make colouring pages from the Christian photo’s as well.
        Moms surgery is nothing serious but who knows at her age.
        Jehovah bless you with abundant sunshine of His divine love.

      • She laughed at you? 😮 Oh my. That is not good at all.

        I like your idea about the GoFundMe page and also writing e-books. I will pray that the Lord makes His way clear to you, so that you understand what your next step (if there is one at this time) needs to be.

      • Thank you.
        I have found that with me, He moves slowly so I can digest what is being done and how to do it.
        Every major thing He has chosen for me to do has taken years to perfect so if He is in no hurry neither am I.
        It will take months to have the ebooks prepared.
        Thank you for your prayers. They are much needed and appreciated.

      • I think that the Lord works in a similar way in my life, too. There was a matter that was on my heart almost 10 years ago that I felt really burdened about, and I only came to understand the cause of that burden last week! As you say, He is no hurry.

        After the car accident on Friday, I thought to myself, “I could make myself get up and go to church and run a bunch of errands.” However, it occurred to me about the Lord may have allowed this injury to happen in my life so that I could just be still and be in His presence for awhile without interruption. And that’s what I’ve been doing! I find more that I learn more in my rest times with the Lord than I do when I am busily running to and fro.

        I’m glad to hear that you and the Lord are on the same schedule. 🙂 I find that even with His insight, it often takes time to receive it, process it, understand it, apply it, and then find the words to share it with someone else. It is an ongoing, multi-stage process that never really ends! So I’m glad to hear that you were giving yourself plenty of time to receive whatever message the Lord wants to share with you. I believe that He will honor the choices you have made.

      • Sometimes the Lord has to lay you on your back to get your attention. Being in San Fran is there any nature conservatories nearby that is quiet?
        The Lord speaks the deepest when we are in the quietest place. Joseph a son of Jehovah

      • So very true. There is much that He has been saying — not about my personal circumstances, but other things He wants me to know. I have come to accept that the Lord will give insight and guidance on the matters if greatest concern to Him — not necessarily what concerns me most.

        I do not live in San Francisco — mercifully. That city and I do not get along, and I usually feel quite vexed in my spirit whenever I am there. I live about an hour away when there is no traffic.

      • Do you live on the other side of the Golden State Bridge? There is a great wildlife sanctuary there.

      • No, not quite that far north, but I have heard that it’s beautiful up that way! I will have to check out the wildlife sanctuary that you referenced. Thanks!

      • It is really quiet the experience to go to that sanctuary.

      • It is very special indeed

    I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award. Thanks for inspiring me with your blog!

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