If you are like me, you are busy.Â You have a job (or two or three), probablyÂ a fewÂ children and a husband, a house to run and bills to pay and clothes to wash and food to prepare.Â You wear a lot of hats, and you stay up late and you get up early to try and get it all done.Â The days and weeks sometimes go by so fast, you are surprised to find it’s the weekend again… and then again.
If you are like me, you would like life to slow down a little.Â You’d like some quiet time, some solitude, some spiritual renewal.Â You know you need to make time for it, but the demands of children and work and husband and life… well…let’s just say that there isÂ a not-so-nice being out there… (whoÂ roams around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour)Â …and he’d like you to think that all those demands come first, before spiritual renewal, before quiet time, before solitude and prayer.
But, he’s wrong, and if you are like me, you know it’s time to recapture some ofÂ the time in each day to devote to quietness and worship and a word with God.
So, what works for me?Â Lately, I’ve been spending time each morning at Heartlight.org.Â I read the new devo for the day, and I read Phil Ware’s blog, and I read any other devos or articles that jump out at me.Â I’ve also signed up for several of their emails, so when I check my email (first thing AFTER my devo time), I have a few additional scriptures to read over and think about as I start my day.Â If a scripture or devo thought seems especially relevant (as many of them often do), I leave the email in my Inbox, so I can read over it a few more times whenever IÂ check my email.Â (If you are like me, you check your email 50 times a day or more – oh wait, is that just me?)
Yes, I know it seems a little odd – to have my “quiet time” over my keyboard, but for right now, it works for me.Â
I am working on some additional tools to help meÂ make the most ofÂ my moments of solitude and worship and pray.Â I’ll share more about those next week.