Quiet Time

Deb Goolsby

“But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what He wants.  Then the other things will be yours as well."  Matthew 6:33 CEV

Do you struggle with keeping up with your quiet time with the Lord?  I do!  Everyone struggles with quiet-time at some point in their life.  You’re not alone!  Being that it is so common, there are common solutions.  It just depends on whether you desire to change or not.  Maybe you are not struggling at this point, but let me share some practical ways to either handle the struggle now or be on guard:

1.  Make a commitment.  Commit to God that you will spend at least some time – even if it’s just a few minutes a day – with Him in your life.  You will be surprised how those “few minutes” will grow into “many minutes”.  Put it in writing!  It’s a promise that you have with God, not because everyone else is doing it, but because you really want to. 

2.  Schedule it.  Now that you have put it in writing, put it on your schedule.  Take your iPhone and make it reoccurring.  Just as you schedule meeting, luncheons or doctor appointments, be serious about your appointment with God.

3.  Prepare yourself for the attack.   Satan is going to do whatever it takes to make you mess up with your appointed time with God.  To be forewarned is to be forearmed!  Our God is more powerful and when these attacks happen (and they will) immediately ask God to fight the battle and you will win!

4.  Repetition!  It is proven that when you do something repetitively for 6 weeks, it then become and habit.  Then 3 more weeks for it to become a solid habit.  Doesn’t that excite you to know that your Quiet Time can become a solid habit?  Does me!  But I need to remember that I cannot make excuses for “just-this-once”.  Because they can unravel all that you are trying to do -  spend quiet time with God.

5.  God-power not will-power!  God gave us his Holy Spirit to receive the power to fight the battles before us and this will be a battle.  Don’t depend on your will-power because we know where that lands you.  But make the choice to depend on God-power!

God wants to spend time with us and He wants you to take time to just listen to Him.  Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God.”  Think about what priorities you have in your life and make sure that this is at the top of your priority list.  He just waits patiently for us to choose Him over whatever that might be that distract us.  Why not make that commitment this New Year?

Next time you see me, ask me how I am doing with my Quiet Time!

 

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