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November 9, 2012

How do we get to a quiet place so the cracks in our spirit don’t cause us to break?

~ Get Alone.

While it is possible to read the Bible or pray with oo nearby (and sometimes moms with small children don’t have much choice!) it is best if you can get alone. No other people present. Find a quiet room out of the main traffic of the house. (I go into our master bedroom’s large closet sometimes and shut the door!) Withdraw for a while.

~ Get Quiet.

Being alone isn’t enough. It is possible to be alone but not be quiet. Especially if you insist on taking along your phone. Having it buzz and beep at you is not being quiet. So turn off the TV. Silence the radio. Put the phone away for a while. Try just sitting in silence for a while and asking God to calm you and speak to your heart.

~ Get Real.

No sense in trying to fool God. He knows your thoughts before they are even formed! Talk honestly to Him, telling Him of your feelings, desires, hopes and regrets. Ask for His guidance. Seek His forgiveness. Beg for His wisdom. Talk to Him as if you were confiding in your best friend. Being real and raw is the place to start rather than saying what you think sounds “religious” when you pray. I’m not saying to throw respect and reverence out the door, just to be honest as you pour your heart out to the Lord.

~ Go Deep.

Yes, read the Bible during your time alone with God, but also learn to utilize some great classic books of the faith to understand the concepts in scripture or disciplines of the faith that aren’t always so clear. My favorites are Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, Forgotten God, Crazy Love, and Erasing Hell by Francis Chan, Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis and The Reason for God by TImothy Keller.

~ Go Forth.

Yes, chasing and capturing quiet is essential to our spiritual lives but it is not an end in itself. Our goal in seeking quiet is to emerge stronger, more rested, more focused and ready to live our lives to the glory of God!

Now, how about you? Do you seek quiet? Why or why not? Any tips? Hopes? Other thoughts?

One person who comments will win the items above. They are:

~ A cup and saucer from Blessings Unlimited

~ A box of one of my favorite teas—Tazo Wild Sweet Orange

~ Two Bible highlighter pencils

~ Some fall lotion from Bath & Body Works in the Leaves scent (I LOVE this scent!!!)

Okay…….comment away! Winner announced Friday. Well today is Friday, and since I knew it would not be me who would win this, I can say with sincerity that this past week has been full on the gift getting. Now most would not understand this, but a 20, 24 pack of Diet Coke plus a Pressure Cooker (2qt) more than filled my love tank of a sort in the compassion department. I got out of debt for the first time in 5 months and groceries restocked.


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