Written by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill
Good Morning, We are His Daughters OBSers!!!
I count it an incredible privilege and honour to hold this seat for our ‘Keep It Shut’ OBS. Each week I will be choosing a quote or concept that Karen Ehman has written about in the week’s assigned chapters and will be sharing some insights as the Lord leads.
This first week we will be reading and discussing chapters one through three. I want to start off by saying that I absolutely adore Karen Ehman and the way she shares her heart in this book. It takes courage to be as transparent as she has been, and I commend her for that bravery.
Karen reminds us within the first couple of pages that our words are powerful and have consequences. On page 18 she says, “How I use my words, whether for good or for evil, can often, although not always, be traced back to the quality time I am (or am not) spending with the Lord each day, how intentional I am about investing in my relationship with him, and whether or not I am taking steps to become more like his son, Jesus Christ.”
In 2012 I found myself a new mom for the third time, lacking sleep in enormous quantities and simultaneously lacking in any form of intentionality when it came to my time with the Lord. When I could grab a moment, I’d sit down with my bible and read a chapter or two. Even those sporadic encounters were chased away by simple day-to-day living and routine. It wasn’t long before my lack of sleep matched my lack of relationship with the Lord.
One of my spiritual mentors noticed I was operating on low fuel and lovingly called me on it. She encouraged me to set a time every day to read my bible, pray and worship. As I began to think on when would be best to unwrap this much needed time with God — there was always something that stood in the way. So, I stepped outside of my comfort zone and made time! I would normally get up around 7am every morning, but decided to rewind the clock and get up at 6am every day instead setting aside the first hour of my day to spend with Jesus.
In all fairness, the first month of this new routine was hideous. I would drag myself downstairs, brew a cup of coffee and become incredibly distracted by the fact that I could barely even keep my eyelids open. But, it wasn’t long before that hour became the most precious portion of my day! God stirred within me a passion for His word – all simply because I showed up every day to sit as His feet and listen to what He had to say before I used any words of my own. And today, because I grew so much in that discipline, I get up even earlier everyday (5am) to spend with Jesus.
I think it is also very important to recognize that it takes more than simply showing up to really see the difference. “But the most important thing is responding to the Holy Spirit’s tap on my heart when He whispers to me.” (Keep It Shut, pg. 19)
No matter how together you feel, or how much you feel like you are falling apart — we all desperately need to spend quality time with the Lord. Karen hit the nail on the head when she said how I use my words can be traced back to the quality time I am spending with the Lord each day.
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In the comment section below, please choose one or more of the following questions to discuss with other OBSers:
- Do you currently carve out intentional time to spend with Jesus every day? If yes, please share what that looks like for you. If not, what are some of the main things standing in your way?
- Do you find when you read your bible, pray and take time to personally worship the Lord that your attitude changes? How so?
- What attainable goal can you set this week to carve out that special time with God. If you already have a time set apart, what goal can you set to push yourself a little deeper?