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Wow! The many of you who left comments on my last post, Jesus Calling, was both a comfort and a concern to me.
A comfort to know I’m not the only one who has a struggle carving out time alone with God each day and a concern for all of us because I know from experience that when we don’t, it can soon spell D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R in a gal’s life!
When I haven’t filled up with all things Jesus—His calm, His wisdom, His example in actions & reactions—as my fuel for the day and then along comes someone or something who jars me suddenly or even subtly, well then out of me can pour all sorts of things that look nothing like Jesus.
You get the picture.
But somehow, (I’ve been a Christ-follower for over 30 years and I STILL don’t entirely know how!) when I’ve been intentional to sit and soak before the day gets going, something mystical happens.
My fuse lengthens.
You know, that fuse we women have that is oft-times way too short. It transports us to ugly in an instant when someone crosses us, or even appears to cross us!
At those times, what we need ladies, is the Cross!
Jesus doing what He did on the cross means we have full access to the Father and to His work in our lives.
But we have to plan time to sit and soak.
To sit—be still.
That means shut off your phone, unplug from the computer, put down the project and just be quiet.
And soak—like a spiritual sponge, drink deep of all God has for you that day.
Read His words to us.
Even memorize them.
So, I thought we’d do a little brainstorming together cyber friends about this topic.
Tell me, what helps you and what hinders you in your quest to connect with Jesus?
Here are a few of my thoughts:
~ Keep all the components of alone time with God in a special tote bag. That way, when you have a few minutes to steal away—to a quiet room, your back deck or front porch or even when you’ll be waiting in the doctor’s office or before a sporting event, you can take so time to connect.
~ In the bag keep a Bible, a devotional book, a notebook and pen, an MP3 or Ipod loaded with music that helps you center on God & some notecards and stamps in case you feel prompted to jot someone an old-fashioned, encouraging note.
~ Be intentional. While it is great to have this bag ready for those short bursts of time when you can connect with Jesus, nothing is better than having an appointment with His regularly.
No legalism now! I’ve had people try to convince me that if it isn’t first thing in the morning, then it doesn’t really count. Hello?? There was a stretch of time in my life when my kiddos were very small that naptime was my only window.
Then later, I’d often go to McDonalds, grab me a coffee and get a large fry for the kids to split. They’d frolic in the play area and I’d meet Jesus in a booth!!
Now, what about you?
What helps (or hinders) you when it comes to carving out time?
Your cyber-sisters want to know!