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Things Which Matter Most

God has been drawing me close to Him, reminding me that nothing matters more than an abiding relationship with Him.
Nothing.

The temptation to let the circumstances of life fill my heart and mind, is constantly knocking. But no, nothing matters more than Jesus! When life is full, and it seems we don’t have enough time for all of it; when we’re tempted to skip over our quiet time with Jesus  and rush into our day, isn’t that really when we need that time with Him the most?

What is the first thing we fill our hearts and minds and time with? Little details? Laundry, cleaning, errands to run? What color to paint the kitchen or where to go on vacation? What should I wear, or what should we eat?

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ … your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” Matthew 6:31,32b

Perhaps we’re making time for bigger things. Our marriages? Our children? Teaching them well? Part time or full time jobs? Ministry? After all, ministry is certainly worthy of our time, right?

And yet, where will our relationship with Jesus fit into our time and our lives, if our hearts are first filled with details and even worthy callings?
When will we fill our hearts with Him?

First.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33

When we place Him as first priority, spending time with Him each day, drawing near to Him in His Word and seeking to know Him more, He will uphold us and stretch our time so that every worthy calling will fit.

And because He is so good to us, when we place Jesus into our hearts first, He even makes room in our lives for the details.
Enjoying sweet fellowship with my Lord this morning.

Staying Steadfast

It’s so easy to get sidetracked by this world’s day to day activity, the distractions that arise as a busy mom and wife. Full lives being lived and time passing us by. But I don’t want time to slip by and one day find myself far from the Lord and His Word. I’m recognizing the importance of abiding in Him. How very much I need His renewing love and grace every day. I know there is no formula for living this Christian life. It’s a day by day, moment by moment choice to remain in Christ; in His will and in His grace. So what is the secret to staying in Him; staying steadfast? I can only share my thoughts… this closest thing to a formula that I can offer…  5 steps to take, daily.

Staying Steadfast:

1. Seek Him. Seek the Lord with your whole heart. Desire to know him more. Spend time with him, in his word, every day.

2. Study. There is so much truth within his Word. More than we can possibly grasp. But the only way we can even come close to understanding how great his love is for us, is to dig in deep to the truth of his word. Deeper. And deeper still. Don’t settle for a shallow understanding, Study His Word.

3. Surrender. Christ taught that the attitude of our heart is what matters most. We can fill our head with information, but if we’re not willing to accept his truth; to surrender our hearts to his will, then our knowledge means nothing. Choose to be fully his; willing to believe him, willing to trust him, willing to accept his will.

4. Be Still. Don’t let the distractions of life keep you from spending time in the presence of God. Be still before Him, every day. Speak to him in prayer, worship him, and listen to his gentle whisper.

5. Be Spirit-led. Respond to his whisper. Our knowledge, our heart, and our actions need to match. We need even more than a surrendered heart, we need a surrendered life. One that is not easily distracted by the nature of our flesh, but one that displays a humble obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit. The more we seek, study, surrender, and be still before him, the more strength we will receive to continue on the path he leads us.

“Therefore my beloved brothers(sisters), be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1Cor. 15:58

Praying for your steadfast hearts my friends!

Shared from my heart ~ Stacy

Full Fridays Are My Favorite

 

Will you join me for another Five Minute Friday over at Lisa Jo’s “The Gypsy Mama”? “Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays. We try to remember what it was like to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.”

The word this week… Empty


An early morning today, I Tiptoe down the stairs while it is still dark hoping for some time with the Lord before the littles wake up. My heart has lately felt a bit empty and I’m desperate for Him to fill me with his Word. I start the fire and drag my tired feet toward the kitchen where my hubby and his servant’s heart have prepared the coffee before heading off to work. I whisper a silent thank you in my mind and fill my cup with a perfect mixture of coffee and creme brulee, then I walk to the sofa next to the fire and open my Bible. 


“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper [in the thing] for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11


God always speaks with such appropriate timing, and my morning spent with Him is so sweet. All the aching empty places are soothed and tears of praise are released. A little one soon joins me, snuggled up beside me with his Beginner’s Bible, reading quietly except for an occasional “what’s this word Mom?” I can smile and help him sound it out because I am no longer depleted, but ready to pour out. My coffee cup is empty, but my heart is full.


Your turn. Click over to The Gypsy Mama and give us your best 5 minutes on Empty

Morning Wisdom

My husband is an early riser and usually the first one up in the mornings. He starts the coffee and sits down to read his Bible. When I wake up in the mornings I’m often greeted with a warm cup of coffee and I stay in bed to start my day by also spending time with the Lord in His Word, while my husband tends to the morning needs of any early risers. I rather like this routine. I am spoiled. But before you decide that I am too spoiled, you should know that it hasn’t always been this way. In fact most of my married life my husband has had to work odd hours. Either swings; bringing him home in the middle of the night and sleeping late into the day, or graveyards; bringing him home in the early morning and sleeping through the day. So that meant that I was the one slipping out of the room to make the coffee and tend to the morning needs of the kids. Those of you who know me, know that I am NOT a morning person.   Not.  At.  All.   I am simply not a normal functioning human until I have had an entire pot of coffee and time to acclimate to the bizarre idea of daytime.

So having a regular, meaningful time of morning devotions has often been a struggle for me.

I know the necessity of “meeting with the Master in the morning” as a dear friend always calls it. And my desire is to do so. When my three oldest boys were younger I would often drag myself out of bed, pour my coffee, sit down with my Bible and try to focus my eyes as I was waking up. But just about the time I felt coherent enough to really communicate with Jesus, in walked a little boy or two or three, wanting my attention. Some mornings I just wasn’t ready for that yet. I hadn’t had enough time to absorb the Word of God, to prepare my heart, to change the irritable, grumpy me, into a gentle, patient mom. Can you relate? But by God’s grace He has helped me to grow in this area. . I began (and continue) to ask Him to grow a deeper desire within me for our time together in the mornings, so that I would not have to drag myself out of bed, but rather I would get up excited to spend time with Him. He is faithful…Waking me earlier, blessing a shorter time with greater richness, helping me to teach my children to respect my quiet time with Jesus when they awoke. Sometimes they would crawl up into my lap and lay quietly until I was ready. Those moments of early interruptions have become fewer and fewer, leading all the way up to this point, where most mornings I am now blessed to have uninterrupted time with Him before I even leave my bed. I am certainly thankful, but the Lord showed me today that those early interruptions are never wasted moments. It wasn’t, and isn’t, about me. Sometimes it is for our children. My two youngest boys often wake up to find their daddy sitting on the sofa reading his Bible, and they too are learning to respect his quiet time, sometimes crawling up on his lap to wait until he is ready. This morning he needed to go to work earlier than usual so it was me who was sitting on the sofa when my youngest came in. He crawled onto my lap and said “What are you doing?”
” I am praying.”
“What are you praying about?”
I recently pulled a wonderful book off my shelf that I read long ago and started it again called The Power of A Praying Wife. I showed him the book, “I am praying for Daddy.”
He wanted to know more so I began to tell him all the things I was praying for his daddy… his job, his mind, his purpose, etc.  Eventually I said “I am praying that daddy will make wise choices.”
With complete confidence he replied “Oh, he will definitely do that!”
“Do you think so?”
“Yes!”
“Yes, I think so too. Do you know why he is able to make wise choices?”
And with wisdom well beyond his young age he replied, “Because he prays to God and reads his Bible.”
Amen!