In February, I attended Blissdom. During the session “Being Present in a Demanding World,” I chatted with a group of women who all had young kids. Universally, everyone struggled with finding time to be still, read their bibles and have dedicated quiet times.
One woman said, “I wake up to a little hand poking my face.”
Another said, “I don’t have any time for myself during the day.”
And each statement was affirmed by nods from the other women at the table – me included.
This season of my life has been dry spiritually. Since my daughter Adeline was born in June 2011, I estimate that I have gotten about 600 less hours of sleep than the average woman should.
It is all I can do to work-full time and take care of my family.
And yet, even in hearing that I was not alone in my lack of quiet times, I felt the Holy Spirit pressing me to make a change.
The week after Blissdom, with the words of those women still fresh in my mind, I made an intentional commitment to pursue the Lord more intentionally. I pulled Streams of the Desert off my bookshelf, along with my Bible, committing to read something every night.
The words of March 1 impacted me.
You cannot expect to be victorious, if the day begins only in your own strength. Face the work of every day with the influence of a few thoughtful, quiet moments with your heart and God. Do not meet other people, even those of your own home, until you have first met the great Guest and honored Companion of your life–Jesus Christ.
Meet Him alone. Meet Him regularly. Meet Him with His open Book of counsel before you; and face the regular and the irregular duties of each day with the influence of His personality definitely controlling your every act.
Did you catch that?
Do not meet other people, even those of your own home, until you have first met the great Guest and honored Companion of your life–Jesus Christ.
Those words caused me to realize how different my days might be if I started them with the one who gave me the day in the first place.
So I am on a journey to change my routine. I am not perfect at it yet.
Some days I choose 15 more minutes of sleep before the baby starts her 6 am cries.
But on the days I say yes to the Holy Spirit’s prompting and I start the day with the Lord, I am a better wife, mother, colleague and friend.
Q: Do you have daily quiet times? Do you have them in the morning? How do they impact you?