A “Quiet Time” makes all the difference
Monday, December 7, 2009
Do we even know what that word means anymore? People living today are bombarded with more noise and distractions than ever before in history. (Well, I haven’t conducted a research study on that fact, but that’s what I think. Wouldn’t you agree?)
Even during the night, e-mails are coming into our computers, and texts are going off on our phones. There is no true “quiet” in our lives anymore.
Though our lives and surroundings are not quiet, our hearts can be. When our hearts are quiet, we can be at peace in the midst of a one hundred thousand seat football stadium with 100,000 screaming fans – even if we’re for the losing team!!!
The secret to this quiet heart is in having a daily “Quiet Time“.
When I refer to a “Quiet Time” I’m not talking about a time in the morning when you are silently sipping coffee and reading the morning news paper.
What I’m talking about is more like a “Time Out” but in the most positive sense of the words. Taking a “time out” of every day (preferably before the rest of the busy and noisy day starts) where you are alone with God and draw up close to Him, laying your burdens for the day at His feet, hearing from Him, and having your hearts stilled and quietened before Him.
Jesus, even though He was God, knew the importance of getting away before the day started to be filled with the strength that only time with the Father can provide. Mark 1:35 says, “And in the morning, long before daylight, He got up and went out to a deserted place, and there He prayed.”
If Jesus needed to do this, how much more do we? Especially during this very busy season as we bustle about under the guise of “celebrating Jesus’ birthday“.
Our hearts need this time with the Father in His Word and prayer like our bodies need water. We thirst for the stillness of soul that comes over us when we draw close to, sit with, and hear from our Lord.
Martin Luther knew the importance of getting up and spending time with the Lord – especially on those busy days. He said, “Tomorrow I plan to work, work, from early until late. In fact I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” (Aren’t we guilty of thinking just the opposite!?!?)
I know I need that time in the morning with the Lord (and my family knows I need it too!) A Quiet Time produces a Quiet Heart. And a quiet heart produces a peacefilled mama. And we all know that a peace-filled mama sets the tone for a peace-filled home