It is especially hard for mothers of young children, (who are up at night with feedings or non-sleeping little ones) to try and get up early to spend some quiet time with God. In this exhausting season of life, we even nap when the little ones nap! So how can you sneak in quiet time. I read children's devotions to my preschooler. She loves the one-on-one time we spend reading. Don't think you could learn anything from a children's devotional book? Today's lesson was on Philippians 2:14, "Do everything without complaining or arguing." Surely none of you has a problem with that one? (I do!) So while the examples they use in the book may not be relevant to me, but my daughter, I can still challenge myself with the verses and apply them to my life.
Maybe you're busy in the car. Whether you are a busy executive heading to meetings, or the car pool mom, the radio is a great source of quiet time. When taking my oldest daughter to school every day, I always listened to an awesome pastor, Bob Coy. I never failed to be challenged and learn something. He is no longer in the time slot of my car pool drive, much to my disappointment, but I can still find his radio show here.
I'm sure there are loads on Internet pastors out there, for those of you who spend lots of time hanging out at the PC. If listening is your thing, you can hit Bob Coy or another site. Reading more your thing? I receive the P31 daily devotion in my email inbox every day. While checking my email, I squeeze in devotion time by reading their daily devotion. Even some of the blogs I read challenge me and teach me biblical lessons. Quiet time? Yes it is.
Want more bible intake without someone else's commentary? How about the bible on CD? I have it, and can take my 2 mile walk while listening to scripture come alive with animated voices. It is energizing to hear and picture the scriptures come to life while I walk. This is also a wonderful time to pray without interruption! Combining walking & quiet time gives me a chance to exercise my body & spirit.
Finally, I'm about to tell you my NEW SECRET WEAPON. Yes, this is going to revolutionize my quiet time. I just know it. Remember you heard it here first. THE TIME CHANGE! Yes, next weekend (Nov. 2) daylight savings time will end and we will revert to standard time. This means we'll FALL BACK gaining an hour. Well, usually I still wake up with my body clock saying "yes, I know the clock says it's 6, but feels like 7 to me." I plan on using my body clock to start having quiet time in the morning. It won't be a stretch to wake up at the same time as I have been, only now it will be one hour earlier. I'll let you know how it goes.
Do you have any quiet time tips?
Mark 1:35 -- Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Luke 5:16 -- But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed
Luke 9:28 -- About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.