with my Jesus.
For the longest time I have struggled with when I can have my quiet time with my Lord. I would like first thing in the morning, but I am one of those people who does not wake up wide eyed and bushy-tailed. It takes me a bit to come into focus on my day. Then, by the time I am wide-eyed and bushy-tailed (about 1/2 hour, 45 minutes), I need to start thinking about breakfast for my kiddos who will be surfacing shortly. So this doesn’t work well. I can’t focus on what I am reading in the scriptures and do not feel like I am giving my Lord the best of me.
I also do not want to go through my whole day without having spent time in his presence. So obviously, I do not want to wait til the end of my day when I have little left within me. I want to spend my time with my Lord when I am fully there, fully present, and not half-way through my day. Hence, 10:30am…and it’s quiet time.
At this point in the day, I have fully awakened, fed my children, and have gotten them settled into their schoolwork. Now, I can give Jesus all of me. Yes, I live my day leaning on Him, relying on His wisdom, His guidance, His love! But I am constantly learning more about Him by spending time in His Word.
I grab a beverage, may be a soda, a spiced cider, a latte, or a water and I go to my bedroom…and shut the door. I am not available unless it is an emergency. My boys know that this is my quiet time with the Lord. They know that any questions that may develop on schoolwork can wait til I come out. They know that the telephone ringing is not a concern.
I curl up in my rocker and open my voice to the Lord in praises, thanksgiving, petitions and intercessions. I go where the Lord leads me. This may be just a time of singing praises and worshiping, lately it’s been slow, deep reading of His Word as He is revealing new things to my spirit…I treasure this time. I want more of this time.
Just me and Jesus.
I plan for 30 – 45 minutes in there, but it may be longer. I want longer, but God has blessed me with a home to care for, a husband and children to honor and love, and these require me to attend to various tasks throughout my day.
It’s 10:30am and it’s quiet time…have you grabbed your Bible and your beverage?