Posts Tagged ‘quiet time’

Best Summer Ever

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Today is the official last day of summer break. It’s time to put the swimsuits back in the drawer and to clear my “hanging out schedule” for more serious things like going back to school.

I’ve had a great summer! I can’t remember having a summer this good in a long time. Maybe it’s just an attitude or perspective thing. Either way, I’m diggin’ it!

It’s been a time of growth and change. I think I might be getting the hang of it. Why it’s taken me so long to accept, I don’t know. I’m just grateful to have gotten there.

During this summer, God has done some great things in my life. I never doubted Him, but…. I admit, I have put Him in a box a time or two – constricting His full power over me and all that He wants to do for me. Did you know you can hinder your faith that way?

Don’t misunderstand, God is all-powerful! I can’t stop Him or His goodness, ever. However, I can surely wreck my belief in His power with my DOUBT. I’ve gotten so low before that I’ve thought, “God cannot fix this!”. Or even felt like it was so hopeless that I should just give up and let go!

In all my struggles, I’ve never turned away from God or cursed Him but I’ve fallen so deep into a hole of fear that I’ve literally hindered everything that I know is true and right in my faith.

Ever been there, done that? It’s harsh!

Not this summer. Not the summer that my hubby was over 10 months into an unemployment. Nope. God had all sorts of other plans for me. He does for you too, if you’re willing to go for it.

Every morning, the entire summer….I got up early and went outside with my Bible and journal. Not meaning to, but…. I sat alone with God for hours at a time. I read scripture, I prayed, I sang, I let my mind wander….I got quiet and listened. I stopped letting the world push me around and God had so many sweet lessons for me.

I feel so good about my future.

I have no idea what’s going to happen. I don’t know that I even care to know. I just believe that God is there and He has a perfect plan. I don’t have to know everything.

Trusting God with every little detail isn’t for the faint of heart, I’ll tell ya. I have wasted so many stomach aches and headaches worrying about my life and the lives of the people I love most.

Spending the summer digging into God’s Word has worked like a healing balm for me. I am so thankful for the free time to let God work in my mind & heart. The only negative I’ve felt about school beginning is that my morning routine will have to change and I’m not ready to give up my QUIET TIME with God.

So, I’m going to have to revamp!

After all the messages, the hints…everything over the last year. I know that God wanted ME to really stop and spend time with Him. Because of that, I’ve had the best summer ever!

Wanna see God work in your life? Spend time with Him. Read your Bible. Pray. Listen. Trust. Then, look out!

Prayer Slacker

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

If I were to ask…"How are you doing with your QUIET TIME?"  Would you give me an honest answer?  Or would you ask… "What's a quiet time?".  You know, that special time where you get alone and read your Bible and pray?


Well, uhhh….I'm, working on it!  Or, I'm really busy!  Or, I try but I get distracted!

If you answered (in your head) with any of these answers or even made up a few of your own "excuses"…then you are just who I'm talking to today.

I feel qualified to wrangle with you on the reality of the situation.  I, am a self proclaimed PRAYER SLACKER.  I beebop through many days without even so much as a thought on praying.  Yep, there.  I said it!  I don't do it to be rebellious and I bet you don't either.  I put my own habits first (maybe you do too)–turn on tv, Facebook, check email, read blogs.. and whatever else can steal my attention.  I focus on that instead of making God my first priority.  Sound familiar?

I know what you're thinking…

I can't.  I don't even know where to start.  I would say that you're not alone in feeling awkward when it comes to quiet time.  I didn't grow up doing it and I didn't see anyone in my family praying unless it was out of desperation.  By the way, "God please help me find a good parking space" doesn't count!  I'm talking about relationship building and character shaping time.  If you've ever had a close friendship with someone and loved spending quality time with them….then this is similar to what I'm talking about.

God likes to be with you.

Prayer offers us the chance to speak honestly with God about what we think of Him and what's happening in our life.  It also allows us time to listen and hear directly from Him.  Some of the hardest times in my life were the most blessed because I stuck close to Him by regularly meeting up in prayer.  I've learned some of my most miserable times have been when I've wandered and neglected spending time in prayer.

Prayer changes everything.

I've discovered a special gem of a book on this very subject.  Diane Moody (whom I believe God has directly sent my way) has bravely written down truths from her own heart in CONFESSIONS OF A PRAYER SLACKER.  Listen, Diane doesn't tip-toe around the subject and she doesn't beat you up either.  She simply tells you what God has done in her life and how that change has put her back on the path of obedience!

God created you with fellowship in mind.  He planned it from the get-go.  He also gave you your own free will, you have the right to choose.  For me, I realize that in order for me to live at my prime (and who doesn't want to live at the top?) I have to nurture the relationship I have with my Lord.  I need Him, I need His guidance and I hunger for His mercy.  My life is a wreck when I try to manage it on my own.  Maybe you know what I'm talking about…

Bad attitudes creep in.

Snarky comments slip out.

Gossip seems harmless.

Angry outbursts become regular.

Frustration erupts.

Questionable activities (movies, tv shows, music, places) seem ok.

Whatever slips in and manages your habits and lifestyle.  These are all symptoms of drifting farther away from Christ.  The more you neglect studying God's word and listening to His voice the easier it becomes to fall into these traps.

My challenge for you is to make God a priority EVERY SINGLE MORNING.  I know how difficult this can be but I promise you–if you start your day with prayer and scripture you will soon see a change in your life.  I would also recommend you read Diane's book.  It is available right now on Amazon in Kindle for a whopping 0.00.  Trust me when I say….IT IS WORTH IT! 

One more thing…if you see me out and about I want you to ask me if I've had my quiet time.  It's my own personal challenge and I know that accountability is the best way to success!



Thursday, September 1st, 2011

For the last few mornings….I’ve put on my makeup in a dimly lit bathroom. I really can’t tell you how long it’s been that way. I just happened to notice it yesterday as I was squinting to see my reflection in the mirror. I guess you could say it happened gradually.

Mental note: Tell hubby to replace bulbs, soon.

Fast forward to this morning. I asked hubby if we had any bulbs to go in the light fixture and he quickly jumped to my rescue.

With two floodlight bulbs!

I don’t know about you….but that kind of lighting is a little overboard for doing your makeup and hair. I only had to stand under them a few more minutes but I pity the gal who has to be in there for any longer length of time. She may melt!

One more mental note: Buy bathroom fixture light bulbs, STAT!

This light situation reminds me of how easy it is to get lazy with my faith walk. Everytime I skip reading my Bible or having a quiet time with God, my light begins to dim. I don’t shine for Christ like I should. It happens gradually just like the light in the bathroom. Strong faith takes attention, just like changing out lightbulbs. It requires something of me.

Thank you, Lord for shining the spotlight on my laziness and reminding me…..I need you in order to shine bright for your kingdom!