August 7, 2010
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m participating in a bible study with an incredible group of women. One of our “Growing Strong in God’s Family” course objectives is to establish quiet time with God. Simple concept, right? Putting it into action? Well…not so easy. Last year when I began this leg of my journey, one of the first things I was encouraged to do was spend time with God daily reading His Word. Confession time: I avoided it like the plague! I made feeble half-hearted attempts and received nothing in return.
I hope you caught the full impact of that last sentence. God doesn’t want half-hearted attempts! He doesn’t want to “share the stool” (read my last post if you don’t get the analogy) with us either – He wants your FULL HEART! Looking back, I’m not surprised my bible reading felt like…well, for lack of a better word, torture. I was still going through the checklist of what I thought Christians should do, all the while hanging on to worldly values. Bottom line? If your heart isn’t fully committed? It ain’t gonna happen, folks.
And if you’re still not sure, meditate on this scripture: James 1:6-8 “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
Yes…she just quoted scripture! Pretty exciting stuff, huh????? When I first read that passage a year ago, I didn’t quite get it – sure, I got the idea of it, but not the full meaning. Some things just take time and that’s okay.
Now, on to even more exciting news… I’m developing quiet time with God and it feels phenomenal! He is revealing so many wonderful things in my life and it’s hard to keep up…quiet time involves more than reading God’s word and prayer. It includes writing – nothing in depth, just jotting down scripture that stood out to me and my impressions.
But wait! There’s more! God doesn’t stop there! Yes, there are bonuses!!! Not only is it enlightening to go back and see where God has led me over the past few days or weeks, I’m finding that as situations arise, it’s a fantastic reference tool God uses to guide me in conversations – how cool is that?????