Does anyone like going to the doctor? I can’t be the only one who dreads the trip to the doctor or dentist. Here is the funny thing, the reason that I hate going to the doctor is now about the actual visit; it is about the waiting in the different rooms before the doctor ever comes to check on me. I understand that things happen, and schedules can get backed up. But, have you ever noticed that the doctor’s offices want you to show up for your appointment at least 15 minutes early? They don’t want to be left waiting on us, but they don’t mind having you sit and wait on them.

I am not picking on doctor’s offices, because I have been to hairstylist and nail salons, where the wait is just as bad. My hairdresser doesn’t like to work on multiple ladies in her shop, so it usually is not a wait when I go there. But, even though that is the case, I still call ahead of time to see how her schedule is going before I leave my house.

I have an alarm set on my phone to go off at 8:00 am every morning.  That alarm is to remind me to do my morning devotional. My mornings are hectic, and I can get caught up in what is happening, or what needs to be happening, and the day will slip by without me doing my daily devotional. I have also been known to turn the alarm off if I was in the middle of something, with all of the greatest intentions of doing my devotional once I finished my project. I bet you can guess how that turns out.

It just hit me this week, that the Lord is ALWAYS there for me. I will never set an appointment with the Lord, where he won’t show up. I then started thinking about my morning devotional time, and I wondered if that was an “appointment” that I had set with the Lord, and about all of the times that I didn’t show up. Was the Lord there….waiting on me to show? The blood drained from my face at the thought. Big tears rolled down my cheeks, and I prayed to the Lord for forgiveness.

Ever since I started thinking of my devotional time as an appointment with the Lord, I have not been late. I now have an alarm that goes off at 7:55 am so that I have 5 minutes to wrap up anything that I am working on or get to a stopping place so that I am not late to my appointment. I never want the Lord to think that He is not a priority for me, or that He is worked into my life whenever it is convenient. Spending time with the Lord is the most important that I will do each day, and I needed to get my priorities in order.

Psalm 1:2-3

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Matthew 22:37-38

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment.

I hope that you will always be on time for your scheduled appointment with the Lord, even if the doctors continue to make you wait.

Have A Blessed Day!





      • Boy, you hit the nail on the conviction head today! My daughter’s wedding reception was this past weekend, and with so many family coming in town, I have pushed aside my daily devotions as well. I am embarrassed and saddened by my getting caught up in all the activities. Thank you for the reminder to keep God first!!

    • Great insight on our appointments…especially our appointment with God! I am always amazed of how God uses our everyday tasks to bring a message home to us. Blessings!

      • Tania Reply

        It is all of the small tasks that show how we really think. The words that we speak, the people we hang around with, and even the time we give to the Lord.

  1. Dana Buckingham Reply

    Thank you, Tania. This is a very timely reminder for me. It spoke to my heart. Bless you!

    • Tania Reply

      It shook me to the core, Dana. That is why I had to share with everyone.

  2. I am reading this just as we are leaving for church. Your words are a great reminder as we start a new week. Thank you, Tania!

    • Tania Reply

      Gail, I just got back from church, got lunch fixed, and now I am finally getting around to seeing everyone’s comments. I am glad that you liked the message.

  3. These are some of my favorite verses! Thank you for sharing your faith ever Sunday!

    • Tania Reply

      I share my faith, as well as my struggles. I am glad that you enjoy the posts.

  4. kristin greene Reply

    Just love hearing others talk about Jesus. I love Jesus too. I liked how you put time with
    God as an appointment. At our house (my kids are still at home) we talk about how do we show God He is first in our lives. One thing is that the first thing we do in the morning is read His Word. This all got started because it is so easy for our family to get caught up in the day we end up not spending time with God. God makes each of us unique and I just love hearing how God has guided you! Thanks for sharing your heart!

    • Tania Reply

      Kristen, that is awesome that you are showing the kids that the Lord comes first. It is so easy to get caught up in the “I’m hungry, Johnny is looking at me” or any other million things that go on in the mornings.

    • Tania Reply

      Thanks, Lori. I feel humbled that the Lord is using me as a vehicle to get his message to every one.

  5. This is exactly what I needed to hear today, Tania! Thank you! It is so easy to get up in the morning and get preoccupied checking emails (including your wonderful posts ?) that my appointment with my Lord & Savior sometimes gets pushed aside. I am committed to spending my appointment time with my Lord before I check my emails! Have a beautiful and blessed day!

    • Tania Reply

      I agree, Cyndy. That is why I have found that the alarm works for me. Otherwise, I have a million small things to do, and then the day has slipped away.

  6. I like this post. Simple but we make it so hard. When I think about Him waiting on me my stomach dropped. Thank you. I needed the reminder.

  7. Thank you Tania for this message. When I get up every morning, I grab my coffee (I am retired) and go outside to read my Bible devotions and journal. This is first! Always! No excuses! It has changed my thinking and my studies. May you have a blessed week.

  8. Great perspective Tania! Seems as tho during bedtime prayers, I often pray for forgiveness for “missing that appointment”. Love this post and good timing!

  9. Wow…talking about a wake-up call?! This morning I was thinking about my daily schedule and how I would “work” in my devotion. Thankfully, I quickly came to my senses. And your Word today was confirmation. God is…

  10. Took a few moments immediately after reading this to pray and thank God for all the blessings in my life. Realized I hopped out of bed this very morning without saying my prayers. See– just what I needed to hear today! He always sends us what we need. Thanks, Tania. <3 🙂

  11. Wow, this is very powerful. I am extremely guilty of not showing up for my appointment with God, and just working him in where it is convenient. I am committing to changing that starting today – I will probably slip up, but I am going to work very hard on giving God the time He deserves. Even if it is just a quick prayer thanking him for my blessings. Thank you for this message, I really needed to hear it!

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