Quiet Time and Healthy Living
From the beginning of my life as a new mom, I knew that I needed quiet time. Today�s new mom might think that term means time for the kids to be quiet and take a nap. Yippee! But it�s really a time for you to be quiet with God; a time to spend alone with Him, to read His Word and share your heart with Him. It�s a time of spiritual refreshment so that you can be filled with grace and strength to do what you need to do in your daily life. It keeps you healthy� spiritually, emotionally and physically.
God Rewards Those Who Earnestly Seek Him
Oh, yeah. It�s true. Here�s a list of scriptures that are your promises from God that He will show up when you seek Him�.and He will reward you!
- Matthew 6:33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.
- Psalm 34:10 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him�those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
- Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds;and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
- Hebrews 11:6 Without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Rewards come in all forms-spiritual, physical and emotional-but my favorites are the reward of His presence...
His wisdom to make tough decisions...
His grace to deal with difficult circumstances...
and being filled with His glory.
I hope these rewards don�t sound �super-spiritual� to you but if you seek Him, you�ll know what I mean by all these lofty terms and see that those rewards satisfy your soul like nothing else.
Steps to Establishing a Quiet Time
First, remember that quiet time is for your benefit, not God�s.Although He longs to be with you, you are the one who will ultimately benefit by His presence. In the beginning, it might feel awkward, to be still and quiet so�
Second, find a quiet place.When I first began having a quiet time with God, I literally sat in my closet. Since I had my quiet time in the morning, I didn�t want to wake anyone up�especially the babies! The closet was the quietest place I could find.
Third, have a Bible and a notebook with you. Read the word and write down your thoughts about what you�re reading in the Bible. You will be surprised what God will reveal to you if you meditate on His Word.
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By the Way
What should you read? Here are some suggestions but you should find out what�s right for you.
- Start with the Psalms. They are mainly songs of praise to God, although some of them express pain and sadness. I guarantee you will find something there to relate to and help you speak honestly to God.
- Proverbs. Wisdom! 'nuff said!
- Begin at the beginning-Genesis-and keep going until you're done. A chapter at a time or two or three; whatever you have time for.
- One chapter from the Old Testament and one chapter from the New Testament. Personally,I always like to read something about Jesus everyday. The gospels are so great because they have such practical wisdom and really sum up everything that God has to say to you. You can really experience the love of God when you are reading about Jesus. I read the Old Testament sometimes because it is great history, teaches a lot of life lessons and points the way to Jesus.
Fourth, pray. Prayer is nothing more than talking to God. Begin by praising Him. Ask for His forgiveness. Bring to Him what you are concerned about. Declare back to Him what His Word says about you.
By The Way
If you are just beginning to read God�s Word, you may not have scriptures readily available in your mind to declare. That�s why you should write things down as you read His Word. Don�t write the whole Bible down, although you can if you really want to. As you read, write down scriptures that speak to your heart and give you hope and encouragement. You�ll recognize them as you go along. Speak them out loud and eventually, they will be set into your heart. Then they will flow naturally out of your heart as you speak to God.
Fifth, Listen for His voice. Finish your prayer by thanking Him for His mighty works and blessings. This may take 5 minutes or 15 minutes or an hour or more. It�s all up to you. God understands if you have crying babies and need to go make breakfast. The point is that you are communicating with Him on a daily basis. Some days you may have more time, some days less. No matter what, enjoy the time you have with Him!
A Final Thought...
Beware that you do not become �legalistic� or �religious� about your quiet time. Legalistic means that you establish rules and you must follow those rules every time or it won�t �work� for you. Being �religious� about something means that if you �follow the rules�, you will come closer to God. Instead, follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and go with the flow! He will be your "very great reward�!