My quiet time isn’t working: is yours?

March 6, 2009

i’ve started reading the book i got for such a great price, and i can already tell that it’s going to be great!  It’s called Oxygen:  Deep Breathing for the Soul, written by Keri Wyatt Kent.

i must admit:  i can be a bit uptight.  A by the book, follow the rules kind of girl.  i like things to be plainly stated, in black and white.

So, with my personality geared the way it is, sometimes i struggle with things that may require a bit of interpretation.  Like hearing God’s voice, for instance.  My preferred method of communication with God would be chatting over a nice cup of coffee, face to face.  i want to audibly hear Him, so my little brain will know for sure what God is trying to say.

Well, last time i checked, God isn’t speaking from burning bushes much anymore, and the only rumblings from above turned out to be thunder!  That means that i have to learn to hear Him in my everyday life, in the ways that He chooses to speak to me.

That’s the part i’m not very good at.

i get up at 4:45 am every weekday to get quiet time before i go to work.  i usually pray, and spend a few minutes reading my bible or working on a study.  i often feel rushed (especially when i hit snooze three times!), and end up checking my watch to make sure i don’t run late for work. 

i end up feeling hurried, guilty, and frankly, don’t get much out of it.  i rattle off my prayer, frequently very similar to the day before.  Then i go straight to my reading.

i don’t leave time for God to talk back to me.  i may be quiet and still for a moment, but when i don’t hear God’s voice booming through the house after i pray, i move on and fill my mind with the words of a Bible teacher or devotional writer.  Don’t get me wrong:  bible studies are wonderful, and devotionals are great ways to make the most of a limited quiet time by giving you guidance and something to ponder.

But i want more.  When I pray to my Father, i’m usually asking for more of Him.  To know Him better.  To understand and recognize His will.  To see His plan for me.

So if i want all these answers from Him, shouldn’t i listen for His answer? 

i know God blesses me for the effort, but i’m not pleased with my effort.  God deserves so much better than what i offer! 

Oxygen is going to show me ways to make better use of my quiet time.  Keri uses different techniques to help you find the way that you hear God best.  Day One used Deep Listening and let me tell you, it was a doozy!  I feel so much more connected and refreshed already!

For the next few posts, i’m going to share with you what i’m learning.  It may be specifics for my life and answers i’m seeking.  It may be principles that apply to us all.  i just want to be true to my God and share what He leads me to!  i invite you to come back and see how it’s going, whether you have a fulfilling quiet time or not.  My hope is that God will speak through this experience, in ways that we can all hear Him!

Tell you what:  let’s make this a little interactive discussion.  What does your quiet time look like?

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Livin’ on a Prayer

February 27, 2009

(Sorry.  i had to do it!  Bon Jovi was my FAVORITE when i was young!)

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Anyway, i’m going to have a little feature on here called “Livin’ on a Prayer” from time to time, and it’s basically a prayer request forum.  i’ll post requests of my own, and so can you!  You may leave requests in the comments if you’d like them visible to get as many prayer warriors as possible on your side, or you may email me privately and i will pray for you personally.

Easy enough?

I’ll start.

1.  Please pray for my dad.  He’s 81 and has difficulty driving, but isn’t going to readily admit it.  He  terrifies my teen who, now that he has a permit, is going to drive when they are together.

2.  Dad also has a few health issues right now that make him dizzy, forgetful, and leaves him with excruciating pain in his hip and leg.  That’s his biggest complaint.

3.  My nephew:  drug addict, thief, on house arrest.  He’s just a young’un, and it kills us to see the path he’s on.  He’s been living with my parents, who are frankly too old for his crap (excuse me, but he’s really difficult!)  He’s moving back in with his dad today, and those two always end up in a physical confrontation when tempers get hot, which is often and easily.

4.  My sister-in-law, who has a number of financial, marriage and emotional issues.  She, and her entire family, could really use some prayers.

Lord, there are so many things in this world that can cause us to worry, make us stumble, bring us grief…But You promise to always listen to us, Father, when we cry out to You.  In fact, our prayers are a pleasing scent to you, offered on Your Throne.    The Holy Spirit prays for us even when we can’t pray for ourselves.  Hear us today, God.

“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”Ephesians 6:18