For more months that I care to admit, I have been crying out to the Lord to help me find a special time to have my “quiet time” with Him. I’ve listened to others as to what they do and then I may have tried “their way” and in a couple days I fall away from that routine. So I try another one. But it just wasn’t working. “Lord, why isn’t this working?” Then one morning as I was walking, I realized that I had found my time. Let me back up a little. “Lord, please wake me up 45 minutes earlier tomorrow morning so I can start my walking routine before my day gets started.” That was my prayer and guess what? That gentle nudge came at 5:00 a.m. the next morning. So after a number of “that can’t be you, Lord” and falling back to sleep, I just got up and did it. I have found my quiet time with the Lord. As I walk and listen to music or a podcast sermon, or just the birds talking, I am feeling such a passion for my Heavenly Father.
“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b
I know that I can have my quiet time anywhere, but what is my attitude. God wants to know that my heart is in the right place. He knows my heart.
As I am walking, I hear the voice of Jesus remind me of scriptures I have learned, I hear Him tell me how much He loves me. This is when I take my prayer list out and start talking with Him about everything on that list. I know He is listening. But this is also the time I can praise Him for who He is in my life and for what an awesome God He is. We have such beautiful conversation.
Psalm 61:1 says, “O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.”
Wow! He heard my cry! Why am I surprised? I shouldn’t be because every day, every hour, every minute my Heavenly Father is just waiting for me to respond and take that time with Him. We can always come up with the same excuses. I have probably used them all. But what I want to remember is that my passion is for Jesus Christ and the work He has put before me.
Where is your time with the Lord where there are not distractions? Maybe it’s at our desk each morning before work starts. Maybe it’s after the kids have all gone to bed and the house is now quiet and peaceful. Whatever, whenever that time is, make it your passion in life. Make it your time when our Heavenly Father can really get your attention and really start a work in your life. You won’t regret carving out that time for Him. Think of what an example you can be for your kids.
I am still walking really early each morning and having great conversation, hearing great words spoken and getting my heart pumping….pumping for Jesus and pumping for my health!
Posted on Mon, August 17, 2015
by Deb Goolsby