Quiet Time

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

I am a morning person.  It’s my favorite time of day. Every day except for the weekends, I set my alarm for 4:40. Crazy early, I know. But life starts early here and in order for me to get everything I want to accomplish before we leave for the day I need to be up early.  (My kid’s school bus arrives shortly after 6am.) I like to exercise first thing. Then I make coffee and settled in for my quiet time with the Lord.  Next we do family devotions with the kids, see them off to school, and then I take my dog for a walk. After walking the dog, I come home and get ready for the day before we leave the house. It’s my routine and I like routine. I find that if I miss a day or two of spending time with the Lord that I feel grumpier and out of sorts.  It sets the tone for the entire day.  It happens though.  Sometimes maybe I didn’t sleep so great the night before and I feel too tired, so I hit the snooze button a few times.  And it is the same way if I miss a day or so of exercising, I feel sluggish and lazy.

1 Tim 4:8 (The Msg) — Exercise daily in God. No spiritual flabbiness please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful but a disciplined life in God is far more so. Making you fit both for today and forever.

Spending time in the Word strengthens us inwardly. It has the power to change us. It helps us when we are tempted because the Lord will bring to remembrance a certain verse that applies to that situation. If we are stressed, His word will give us peace. However, we are not going to know what the Bible says if we don’t read it. God wants to know us and wants us to spend time in his presence, by talking to him, and reading his word. It’s one way He speaks to us. But, we are not going to know Him if we don’t talk to Him.

Psalm 119:11 —I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

One thing that has helped me personally is writing out the scriptures and then meditating on them. There are several scripture writing plans available on line and it only takes about ten minutes or less to write them out.  I bought a pretty new journal at the beginning of the year and have been doing this daily since then. It really helps to keep me disciplined. The one I use is called Sweet Blessings.

If we go without food for any length of time, we become weak and sluggish. I know for me, if I skip a meal, I end up reaching for something not so healthy, like cookies, chips or candy, rather than taking the time to cook something nourishing.  We all know that junk food that doesn’t satisfy. It’s the same way with God’s word. Reading the Bible is nourishment for our souls.

Matthew 4:4 — People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

So, I encourage you if you are not already doing so, to set apart a regular time and place each day to spend time with God.  Morning may not work for you. Some may prefer the afternoon when the kids are napping, and some may prefer at night before bed.  An idea would be to buy a nice journal and write your prayers, scriptures or write what you feel God is speaking to your heart.  While you read His Word and the scriptures you may have read time and again, ask the Lord to reveal to you something new that He wants to show you. I promise you, you will not regret it and as you draw close to God He will draw close to you.

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