Gosh, we live in a busy world, don’t we? It can really be a challenge to find any quiet time at all, so I want to make sure that when I do, I use my time wisely.
My days start at the crack of dawn, literally, and I run, run, run all day long. Chef, dishwasher, maid, chauffeur, teacher (for 3 different grade levels), caregiver, wife… these are just a few of the titles I dawn week after week.
Women take on so much! By our very nature we work our fingers to the bone meeting the needs of those around us before thinking about our own needs. Its a blessing and a curse, really. Its a gift we have been given to be naturally bent towards a servant-heart. But it quickly becomes a curse when we get emotionally, physically, and spiritually drained from a lack of fulfilling our own needs.
Addressing our spiritual need
I’ve heard it said that we are all born with a “God shaped hole” in our hearts. That hole needs to filled, and re-filled constantly with Jesus so that we can operate in our highest and best.
I have been in that place where my daily need for God’s Word was not being met, and it takes a toll on every other area of my life. Ultimately, when I’m not filling myself with the Word, I get grouchy, emotional, short tempered, lazy, and procrastinate…
On the other hand, when I re-align God’s Word as a priority, I find strength, patience, restraint, joy, kindness, and peace. Then, I find I’m more resilient, look on the bright side of life, and my endurance becomes supernatural. My family and I are both much happier when my spiritual needs are being met.
So, for the benefit of everyone in my life, I purposefully plan structured time every day that is designated to reading the Word.
How I spend purposeful time in the Word
I choose to block off the evenings for my time to study the Word. I’ve tried to do it early in the morning, but lets be real… I have 5 kids so my mornings are never quiet. (Plus it usually takes me a few cups of coffee to become fully alert!) Therefore, I never seem to soak in as much as I want to when I study in the morning. On the other hand, in my house, all is pretty quiet by 8pm, so I capitalize on that time.
I shut myself in my quiet bedroom, and spend the next 30 minutes to and hour just soaking up the Word of God. Sometimes I will also read a bit of a Christian book, or work through a devotional. But no matter what, EVERY SINGLE TIME, I pick up my Bible and read.
I do love to supplement God’s Word with good solid teaching, but I never ever underestimate the fact that the Bible is the BEST tool at my disposal. If I only have time for one thing, the Bible is what I reach for. Every time.
The wisest way to spend your quiet time in the Word
You will do yourself the BEST service if you will commit to READ the Word of God every day. Not a book about the Word, read the Word itself. There really is nothing more important you can do. I promise it will pay off, so commit to it, and jump in!!
So go block off that sacred time and enjoy the peace that follows.