Monday, October 1, 2012

Quiet Time: Part 1 & FAVES

And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.
And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord. ~Genesis 12:7-8~

Abraham had an altar, a place where he talked to God. He had built a special place where he spent time alone with God. He was known as a man of faith but he wasn't always filled with faith (remember Sarah and Abimelech), he strengthened his faith through time spent with God, alone, at the altar.

So, I am going to gather some of the many (many) rocks in my woods and build an altar. Probably not. Slowing down to read this passage more closely gives me some ideas. Abraham built an altar. Having a special place prepared to meet God each day is a great idea.

Do you have that special place to spend time with God?

When my children were young, I had a desk in our basement near the girls' room. I had my Quiet Time where any of my children could easily find me. I had everything (Bible, pens, notebook) that I would need. This was not the time in my life to shut myself off behind a closed door. That thought was inconceivable to me. I wanted to be accessible to my children.

Some people have a special chair in their bedroom. A few years ago, my bedroom was not an option as a baby slept in a crib there too. 

Now, I have a bamboo rocking chair in a corner between two windows looking out into the woods. A little bed-side table sits beside the chair with all the books I might possible need to use for study. I don't usually use them. I like to just read and copy Bible verses. I am no theologian. I will leave that for someone else.

(I made these pillows for my mother's 90th birthday)

In the morning, I get my glass of water (no coffee for me, ladies!!) as I come freely to the Living Water. I also have my list of To-Do's in case my mind wanders to the urgent things needing to be done.

I can read my Bible anywhere. I don't mind being in the kitchen, living room, or reading it on my phone (should my phone just happen to cooperate) or read God's Word on my laptop. I can listen to Alexander Scourby but there is NOTHING equal to reading the actual pages held in my hands. 

God's Word is Living and sharper than any two-edged sword. It convicts of sin and gives me a light to follow through my day. So needed!! Spend time alone with Jesus today, this week. Try to be faithful like Abraham and make a special place for your altar where you bow your heart before the Maker of the Universe and our Creator.

Do you have a special place that you have prepared to spend time with your Lord? Do you share your time with a child (or two) if they should wake during that time set aside for God?


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  1. I don't have one. but I think it would probably helped. everywhere in our house makes me feel stressed, if I look around at all I'm hit with thinking about all the things that need cleaned, or scrubbed or organized. We live in a tiny 2bedroom apartment with 2 kids under the age of 2, so not much extra space....any ideas on making a stress free area for Bible study?

  2. When I lived in a tiny little cottage I did everything possible to organize it and keep it neat. Of course, we were newly married and I didn't know anything about cleaning, organizing, or cooking. Back then my husband's scuba equipment could take over :-) A Quiet Time is so important. I know everything is busy and demanding for you right now, but if you start having one, lots of things and issues will start falling into place for you. Little by little. How about the kitchen table? If it is cleaned after meals that would likely be the best place either before your children get up or while they are napping? The Colossians study from Good Morning Girls really doesn't take a lot of time and is very doable. Also, when I found it impossible to have a Q.T. I read the Bible (yes, I did) to my little children...and a sound bible story book that teaches them about God. Start with Creation. A four year old can sit and listen for a little bit.

  3. Mine is in my chair. With an active toddler I take time when I can. Usually I get a few minutes of quiet in the morning (my morning 'coffee' is 2 cups = 1.5 cups almond milk and .5 cups coffee) I just love the taste but can't handle the caffenine. Good thing God is always available and ready to share himself any time of day!

  4. Hi! I found you through BeSimplyBetter Tuesday's link up and I have to say that I really love this post. :) I definitely agree with finding a place for quiet time and really spending that time alone with God. My place seems to vary but often times, it's right in my bed just propped up against my pillows. I do enjoy that quiet time and it really energizes me to get through the day.
    I love reading about other people's quite times though because it makes me realize I'm not the only one who has it and I love to hear what other people do during their quiet times so thank you for sharing this post!! :) Glad I found it! :)


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