Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.
[I have been getting lots of questions lately about the "quiet time" I've talked about on my Facebook page. Since I've been in a list frame of mind lately, I came up with five things to help you get started. Nothing like gettin' right with Jesus early in the morning before ya start your day. #checkcheck]
I’m about to tell you something I never thought I’d ever say:
I’ve been getting up early.
I know. I knowwww. No one will believe me - the girl that has 11,000 alarms on her phone and the girl that sets them ALL. Every morning. Just to press snooze on them.
I’m sure it’s probably annoying to everyone else, but I’ve got some things to do.
I feel like women have been doing this for centuries or whatever, but if you’re like me? If you’ve just now started a quiet time routine? You might feel a little overwhelmed. Maybe a little lost? The bible is a big, holy book full of direction and truth. But it can also be daunting.
I started last winter with a little bit of grit. I could do it. And so can you.
If you’re just starting out - here are some guidelines that I found to be crucial:
1. Consistency is key. If you're going to dedicate a portion of your morning, then stick to mornings. If you’re a night owl, stick with the nights. I found that once I got off of my schedule, it was all the more difficult to jump back on the schedule.
2. Find your place. My desk is in my bedroom, so it makes things wildly convenient. I stumble out of bed, brush my teeth and wash my face, turn on my lamp, and then I begin. Again: consistency is important.
3. Stay Organized. I started with Open Your Bible: God’s Word is For You and For Now basically because it had a pretty cover. It was a pretty vital jump-start for me, though, and I was impressed with it's overall impact. I try to work on a bible study for thirty minutes and then a devotional or book for another fifteen.
My Favorite Books So Far: Fervent and Wild and Free: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough
4. Pray. This is kind of weird to have on the list, you know? Kind of obvious? Here's what happened to me, though: I would study, study, study. I would highlight, mark in my margins, think about becoming one of those bible-margin-illustrators, write scriptures down in my notes ... but I wouldn't pray. In the beginning, I went at Quiet Time like I was a student in college: notecards, fresh books. I forgot all about the talking part. The part where I had to say, "Hey. I know it's early, but I also know You're here. Can you sit with me for a second?"
I had to practice the praying. Isn't that so funny to think? I've been going to church since I was a baby. I have been sitting in those pews ever since I can remember, but I had to learn how to sit in the quiet. How to speak out loud. How to ask. And at first they were just whispers, you guys, but I'm getting better.
5. Listen. When He says, "be still and know that I am God," He's not lying. Take deep breaths and practice listening. Close your eyes, and wait for Him.
These 30-45 minutes of my life in the mornings have been such a game changer for me - the way I think every day, and the way I look at life and other people. If you're not already, maybe try it out for a couple of days.
Find a cozy spot.
Find your bible.
And find Him.
. About Moi .
I love, love, love flannel sheets and I am really passionate about lists on post it notes and most of the time I'm sad that no one else is as excited as I am about Diet Mountain Dew. I also adore run-on sentences.
He saw her before he saw
anything else in the room.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
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