It was going to be a beautiful morning. I had gotten up early to enjoy some quiet time before exercise and work beckoned. I made myself a hot breakfast (a rare treat) and poured myself some aromatic coffee. I tiptoed down the hall and gingerly retrieved the well-worn Bible and journal that had been sitting far too still on the nightstand the last few crazy days. With my treasures in hand, I hurried back down the hall like a giddy school girl. I had just taken the first sip of delicious coffee when I froze. A gentle cry wafted down the hallway and rested on my ears. Yes, the precious little one tucked snuggly in the nursery had decided that he needed to be up thirty minutes earlier than normal this morning. I looked down at the words that begged to be read and the pen that longed to flow onto the journal pages. I let out a soft sigh and left my picture-perfect scene to walk back into reality.
Does this sound familiar to you? Maybe it’s not family that pulls you away from quality quiet time. Maybe work, worries, fatigue, lack of motivation, or other outside forces steal you away from those intimate moments with the King. Whatever the reason, we are being drained and worn out spiritually. This leads to frustration, guilt, irritability, and loneliness-I know this because I am feeling all of these qualities right now in life. I am embarrassed to share my “lack of spirituality,” but I feel God is compelling me to be vulnerable so that I can grow and so that hopefully this encourages others in the process.
During Easter week I was physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted. I was so down when thinking about my personal circumstances that I used whatever little energy I had left to focus on Jesus instead. The previous week on Palm Sunday I taught the children at church about Jesus’ last days before he died. The coolest thing happens when we teach-we usually learn tons ourselves! I realized when I was reading Jesus’ journey to the kids that He made some interesting choices that fateful, jam-packed last week before being taken captive. He rested. He retreated to a quiet place to pour his heart out to God. These wise choices probably wouldn’t be found on most bucket lists. But the priority that Jesus put into acquiring rest and fellowshipping with God really touched my weary spirit.
So how could I follow His example by making quiet time a reality while working two jobs, raising a child, and running a home? I started brainstorming. Here are a few ideas that I am going to try to implement this coming month:
~Read the Bible 5 minutes before bed at night and 5 minutes before getting out of bed in the morning.
~Get up 30 minutes earlier than normal one morning to read and pray.
~Write a verse on a slip of paper one day and put it in my pocket to look at and meditate on frequently throughout the day.
~Set an alarm to go off a few times one day to remind me to stop for a minute and pray or read a couple verses.
~Turn off my phone for 10 minutes one day and take that time to just be still and quiet.
~Listen to a praise song one day that relaxes me and turns my thoughts to Jesus.
~Talk to God while driving to activities.
~Listen to one podcast a week that encourages my spirit.
I would love to hear some of the ways you are making time to rest and be with the King too. May you and I be faithful in the little things this week and place a priority on being still.
“I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 52:5-6)
“God-you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such a hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains.” (Psalm 63:1-3)