In the last 2 years, I have learned how to WORK to hear God speak. No I am not saying by works, you hear Jesus, but you DO have to work to learn to hear Him. I would say quiet times have been a focus of mine the last 6-8 months and this was key and a huge turning point in my walk. You can’t know what he is saying in scripture if you don’t know who he is.
I read an amazing book that put it all into perspective for me and changed my heart about spending devoted time with the Lord. Y’all, I DO NOT read, except blog posts because they are usually 800 words or less. I like blips versus novels. I enjoy learning other's knowledge, I just don’t like sticking my face between two pages and reading lots and lots and lots of words. My brain wanders, I get lost, and lose focus. I also struggled with reading comprehension growing up and I still do. Not to an extreme degree, but I have to reread things to truly understand the depth. It helps me to get the book on audio and actively listen while underlining in the book or taking notes. Anyways, this book was written by Nancy Leigh DeMoss called “A Place of Quiet Rest”. It gives such meaning to why you’d start your day with the Lord and provides scripture that suggests waking up with Him. I highly recommend this read because it hits all reasons you can’t have a quiet time or how to make it priority. I loved it and was impacted by her wisdom.
The book taught me about the preparations for quiet time and selecting a spiritual or prayer closet. My friend and mentor who has taught me so much (looking at you, Melinda Claudepierre) about leaning on Jesus for ALL my needs and listening to Him speak ALWAYS sits in her closet for those sacred times with Him.
Now, I do understand full-time working moms who have to be out the door at 7:08 am or they are late to preschool drop off, late walking in the door to work, late to get the email out that didn’t get sent from the day before...I get it. I know that you already wake up at 5:45 and trying to do 5 am is just too much. My suggestion would be to wake up 15 minutes earlier so you can do some reading based on a reading plan or out of a devotional and COMMIT to praying in the shower. Write scripture on your glass shower door and mirror so that you can start your day with Him. I do think you need a good hour with Him once a week, but he sees your heart and knows your efforts! It is important to tithe your time, when there is a free moment that you could binge on netflix, give half of it to learning about Him.
Those of you who don’t have as straining of a morning, stay at home moms or work by 8:30-9 am type jobs, make it a priority to spend those first 30-40 minutes with Him. It will help alter your perspective on decisions and your reactions. A thankful heart can’t also be a frustrated, selfish heart. For stay-at-home moms, try to get up before his most average wake up time and get your coffee and sit with him in the sacred place you've selected. Sometimes i get 10 minutes and sometimes I get almost an hour. I have to be honest I am not consistent and I am a work in progress but if I don’t get up prior to Brooks, I aim for part of his morning nap. What more could you want than your toddlers KNOWING you are communing with Jesus while they sleep instead of doing the breakfast dishes?
If you have any tips on making quiet time a priority and how you accomplish that in this busy life, PLEASE send us a message! I have to say reading the bible in my quiet time is still my hardest struggle. I do it, but it’s hard for me. Prayer is my sweet spot...maybe because I like to talk, but I LOVE chatting with God. Tune back to Paired for a post on prayer soon!