Quiet Times and Busy Lives

I mentioned in a recent post that we were beginning a season of travel in anticipation of my husband getting back into ministry. We’ve now driven hundreds of miles, attended a week at International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO, spent a week home, and a week in Atlanta because Mom was supposed to have surgery. All in a matter of 4 weeks. It’s been a bit crazy!

On top of the travel from East Coast to Midwest, back home, and then to the Southern US, the whirlwind week at home was filled with:

  • Meals and visits with our sons
  • Coffee with friends
  • A going away party
  • Preparing and giving a speech as part of a training exercise
  • Assisting preparations for a weekend women’s conference at our church
  • Dealing with a car accident that took us by surprise the evening after we got home.

I felt like I was involved in a swirling Irish jig filled with intricately choreographed moves. I finished this exhausting week with the women of our church; gratefully refreshed in spirit even if exhausted in body.

Life can be like that at times.

As we traveled this past week to Atlanta and home again, I realized I hadn’t had a whole lot of quiet time for several days. I missed the time with God greatly. Even though my thoughts had been on my relationship with Him much the previous 3 weeks, guilt began to invade. But as suddenly the thought came to me, “Robin, God’s not counting the minutes since your last quiet time. He’s not like that. He sees what’s going on, and He sees your heart. Rest in His love.” Instantly my pulse began to slow, and a sense of praise overcame the invading guilt before it took hold.

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As I think about this whirlwind time of life, I’m reminded there are things that will keep me stable in my walk with Jesus right now:

  • I’ve chosen to make my relationship with Jesus paramount, and so have spent much time over many years regularly focusing on “us” through spending regular time building our relationship – through alone time as well as corporate time in study and worship.
  • Even in the busyness of these days, I long for time with Jesus, and so look for moments alone together with Him – to listen to His voice through His Word as well as to voice my devotion and concerns through prayer and worship.
  • I’m trying to guard my heart by regularly looking for any areas where I’m beginning to long for other things more than Jesus.

Are you in a place right now where you consider your relationship with God stable and secure? If not, you may wish to consider the following questions:

  • Are you as a general habit of life rushing through time with God in order to “check off boxes?” If you answer “yes” you may want to read the book of Malachi. The book comprises God’s people’s expressions of insecurity in their relationship with Him, as well as His response. (If you choose to read it, please do so in a more modern language. Also focus on the heart of God regarding the relationship He longs for with His people rather than focusing on the Old Testament issues addressed by God.)
  • Has God given you a full to overflowing life, but you desperately long to please Him and grow in relationship with Him? Ask yourself the following questions:
    • “Am I doing too much because I’m unable to say “no”? If you answered “yes,” you may want to pray about your current schedule, asking the Holy Spirit to show you if there are activities you should let go in order to spend time with Him.
    • “If my schedule seems to be God ordained, how am I currently seeking opportunities to spend time developing our relationship in the middle?” If you have a heart to grow in relationship with the Lord, and your activities are essential, ask the Holy Spirit to show you creative ways to spend time together. When my son with autism was small, I had so much less dedicated time to spend with the Lord. My life was full to overflowing. At a moment I was bemoaning the fact to my mom, she wisely shared with me that when we were small, her pastor told her, “Put your Bible on the back of the toilet. While you’re sitting, take a couple of minutes to read. The Lord knows your heart, and will bless that as much as someone who has hours to spend.” It was so true. My few minutes of time with Jesus in His Word daily while in the bathroom fed me as much as when I was able to spend hours.

However, years later, when I had more time, the Holy Spirit convicted me that my few moments had become insufficient, because I could now share a greater amount of time together.

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If you’re in the whirlwind, trust God’s heart for you and run to Him in the moments you can have.

If you’ve failed, confess it to the One who loves you more than you know and begin again. Trust His heart for you.

If your time is your own, lavish it on the Lover of Your Soul. The dividends will be beautiful, and you’ll be preparing for those times in life when the dance spins and twirls you like a whirlwind.

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As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4 (NIV)

With love,

Robin <3

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