I have written about this before, this is mostly a reminder to me.
Spending time with Jesus is the most important thing I can accomplish each day. Sure, I can make a list of things that can seem more pressing…. spending time with my children, loving my husband, laundry (ugh), dishes (double ugh), feeding everyone. Quiet time is still more important than all of those because it allows me to do those things well, with a joyful spirit.
It is a discipline, and one that I didn’t quite develop until about 3 1/2 years ago. My best friend and I were both complaining about how we wanted to grow in the Lord but couldn’t quite fit a quiet time in our schedules. We both had little ones and their demands were keeping us busy and distracted during the day. We committed to texting each other at 5:30 every morning with a “Good Morning!” as a nice way to say “Get your booty out of bed and go read your Bible!” Then later (7:30-8ish) we were supposed to report back with a text about what we learned. It was the most fruitful season in my life to date. For the first time ever I had a normal routine that allowed me to get my quiet time in every day.
At first, it was a chore. Getting up early was painful, I wasn’t sure what I was going to read, I was already making lists of everything I had to accomplish that day and kept glancing at the clock till my “hour” was up. Then it grew into my most favorite time of the day because my relationship with Jesus grew! Instead of doing my due diligence I was engaging with my Savior! The long hour before now FLEW by and I reluctantly had to put down my journal and Bible.
In the past 3 1/2 years there have most definitely been seasons, its not always so romantic. I have had 2 babies and moved, she had 1 more baby and completed a masters degree. During the last month of pregnancy and the first month afterwards I don’t get up early to do my time. We don’t text every morning anymore, but the habit of quiet time is still there. It is still the exception when I DON’T get up early.
If I can be of any encouragement to you, just start. Wake up a little bit early and crack open your Bible. Pour yourself a HUGE cup of coffee and enjoy the quiet, where your heart can connect with the Lord.
Blessings from my family to yours.