Daily Slasher Time with God

Everyone loses it now and then.

That much is normal, right? But unfortunately, when I snapped, it took the form of a knife-wielding slasher attack… Yeah, I know. Not so normal.

I’m usually a non-violent person, but lately I’ve been under a lot of pressure. Everything in my life seemed to be going wrong. Then finally, I was sorely provoked. Suddenly, I snapped… and that’s when the knife came out.

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I’m not trying to justify the extreme nature of my actions, but in my defense, the victim had it coming. No, really. The stabbing was over due, and the victim was asking for it, literally. There was actually a sign that said, “Vent here.”

No, I’m not actually a murderer, but for an instant I felt like I was. In that moment of insane fury, I grabbed my knife and deeply, maliciously, stabbed my victim three or four times. I mercilessly twisted the dull blade after embedding it to the hilt so as to do maximum damage. Never mind that my stabbing victim was actually a large jug of water.

So why do battle with a water jug? It’s pretty simply, really. My mom is allergic to, well, everything, including many of the chemicals found in our city’s tap water. Rather than buying endless cases of bottled water, I thought I’d purchase a specially designed refrigerator pack of spring water.

I thought the pack was the perfect solution to my dilemma of how to keep Mom hydrated. The water jug is shaped sort of like a cinderblock and holds 2.5 gallons of water. It even comes compete with a little spout toward the bottom that can be easily opened and closed.

The idea behind the design is that you can place this jug on a shelf in the refrigerator and simply pull the spout open to allow the water to flow into your glass. No hassle. No Mess. It’s easy, or at least that’s how it was advertised.

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At first, the jug worked great, and I congratulated myself for having made such a wise purchase… But then things started getting a little tricky. The water started coming out more slowly. Periodically the flow would stop altogether as the jug gasped, sucking air into the imploding container.

I knew I had to do something. I even saw a little circle toward the top of the container with writing urging me to “vent here.” The jug needed an air intake hole, but I was too busy to do anything about it.

What did I do instead? I squeezed the bottle to push out more water. Then, I squeezed it even harder. After a couple days of this treatment, the jug was an angular crushed mess. Still, it had another gallon or so left to go.

I needed some of that elusive water to give my mom her medication at 3 a.m. one morning. I was tired and sore, yet suddenly only the tiniest trickle of water would come out. It didn’t matter how hard I squeezed or pushed or crushed. Nothing else was coming out of that jug.

Then I lost it. Suddenly, I was yelling, “Vent here? You want me to vent here?! I’ll show you VENT HERE!!” Yeah, that’s when the knife came out.

Looking back on it, I realize now that I was a lot like that jug.

I’d been pushing myself. I’d squeezed every last once of care, love, and concern out of me until I was a grumpy ball of agitation and raw nerves. I was gasping for air internally. I needed an intake vent.

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We’re told to love one another, because love comes from God (1 John 4:7). But what I didn’t fully realize until that night was that we can’t continue to give love if we don’t take time to receive it.

I don’t know how many times I’ve been preached to on the importance of spending daily time with God. Spiritual leaders are always saying that “Prayer and Bible reading are important.” Well, so are clean dishes, clothes that don’t smell like low tide, and food, not to mention doctors appointments, medication for my mom, and the list goes on. Non-essentials, like the dust bunnies that keep multiplying like rabbits, get moved to the bottom of my to-do list. Sometimes I just don’t have time to worry about them.

I thought I didn’t have time to worry about devotional time with God either. I was wrong.

I love my mom. I consider it a privilege to have her in my life and to be able to care for her in my home, but I can’t continue to love her and care for her if I don’t make time to take love in.

My time with God is my “intake vent.” The time I spend praying and reading his Word is my time to take in the love and strength I need to continue giving it to others. As the old saying goes, “You can’t give what you ain’t got.”

My life is a crazy busy mess sometimes, but after that knife attack in the kitchen, I go on slasher rampages of a different kind. No matter how jammed my schedule may be, I find ways to make a hole large enough to fit in time with God. I’ll look at my day, pick a time, and, if necessary, actually write down in the schedule, “vent here.” No matter how busy life may get, I need my “slasher time” with God.

Thanks for reading. This week, remember to do yourself a favor. Make a hole in your schedule to let some of God’s love into your life. You’ll be glad you did. God bless you.

Audrey Cunningham

How do you make time for God in your life? What do you do to spiritually revive? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments section below!
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10 thoughts on “Daily Slasher Time with God

    1. Oh, forgot to say how I vent and find time for the Lord! After a yo yo of a life with the Lord, finally at age 52, as I retired, I said NOW I have time! I had role models and decided to do what they do, read the Bible through every year – so it’s a discipline and I got hooked. Actually, I started the year before-my last year I had to live in a different city to finish my career. So I was alone Monday-Thursday nights. So I started then and got hooked! I start my day, before my feet hit the ground, reading my Bible (now actually use YouVersion app so as to not wake hubby as he usually sleeps a bit longer)….the first 2 years, I used the Life Application Bible and read every footnote, then just read cover to cover and wore it out! Then I discovered the Chronological version and love it. My brain likes order and it’s helped me really get the Old Testament. And I also do my praying then….and at least 5 days a week, hubby and I do a Bible study with our breakfast. We’ve pledged to be in church every Sunday (with an occasional miss here and there) when we remarried….I listen only to Christian Radio-when I’m alone. Hubby likes talk radio and a few oldie but goodie stations….but even with all this, I get to the end of my rope periodically and vent! But it’s less and less the older I get-and our daily Bible study is really helping!
      Finally, i love to read about others spiritual journeys and pray for ways to share the Lord when ever and wherever!
      Love your blog for that!

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      1. Thanks for sharing, Debbie! That’s so awesome that your husband will do Bible studies with you. What an amazing way to keep growing together as a couple. Sounds like you guys make a great team. I’ve also found that first thing in the morning works well as far as devo time goes. Life seems to pick up steam like a freight train some days. It just works better if I can squeeze it in before everything stars really moving. Oddly enough, late evening is another time that works for me. When everyone else is asleep, I can take some time for me and for God. I also find it very uplifting reading articles from other Christian bloggers. Your blog has been a blessing to me, and I’m glad I can return the favor. God bless you, Debbie! Audrey

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  1. Audrey, I am so glad I met you (virtually) and can read your blog. Ok, at first this post made me go “whoa…I did not think this lady would stab somebody” but then I read on and smiled. Taking time to yourself (to talk to God and read His word) seems counter-intuitive when there are so many other essential things to do. Lately, little kiddos in my room have been waking up earlier than usual- right when I am trying to pray and read the Bible! It forces me to be creative to either keep them entertained so I can read or find time later in the day or just pray out loud sometimes while playing with them or getting them ready. At first I was frustrated by this but a friend reminded me that 1) it is ok to not read as many chapters as I wanted to or take as long a time to pray. It is about a relationship with God, not keeping a schedule or checklist! And 2) life will not always be this way.
    So thank you for the funny story combined with truth. Hope your weekend goes well and that you can get some “slasher time” with God! (lol)

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    1. Hi Rachel. I know exactly what you mean. Little kids are such a handful! When I started working with special needs kids after college, I was like, “Honestly, not even my time in the BATHROOM is sacred anymore?” I thought maybe it was because they were on the autism spectrum… but then my mom gave me a run down of all the times I came bursting on her while she was on the toilet. LOL I tip my cap to you. It’s a tough and demanding job, but the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these and it sounds like you’re doing an incredible job loving them up AND finding time for yourself and God too. And you’re writing an amazing blog on top of it all. Wow, you’re amazing! God bless you, Rachel!

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    1. Just thought I’d mess with you all a little bit this weekend to keep it interesting. 😉 Thanks for the tip, Donna. I’d wondered if those worked well and was thinking about one for our next fridge. I appreciate the recommendation!

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  2. Humorous beginning, you completed got us all reading further! Love how you’re able to see a much bigger picture in your own life from a seemingly trivial problem with the water jug. 🙂 These realizations are so true, and I appreciate you sharing this one!

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    1. I really glad you liked it, Areany. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog as much as I’ve enjoyed reading yours! You had me thinking about Mumford for days! I think it’s contagious. 😉 God bless you and the start of your week.

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