Tuesdays and Wednesdays are long days for me. We pack a lot of learning, study and fun into these two days. And if I’m not equipped with my quiet time, these days can drain me and push my limits of self-control.
That’s why even when I don’t feel like it, I make time for a few minutes of Bible and prayer time. It doesn’t look the same every day, but it’s something I’m committed to.
When I let that commitment slide, I notice that my temper is shorter, my spirit is uneasy and stress rules what should be fun, fueling days. What’s the difference?
I made note of this the past few weeks when I rose early enough to take the dog out for a quick walk, drink some coffee and spend time with God or spend time with my work. I chose my work because deadlines were looming. I’d had some computer troubles that put a big project on hold. So, I chose to work on the project and said I would do my quiet time later.
I’m a person who needs to start her day with quiet. I need the time to think and sort and pray. And when I skip this step, it’s not good. I spend a lot more time on those days biting back harsh answers and wandering where my patience went.
It’s because I didn’t get my focus right. I didn’t spend a few minutes centering my day on Him and the help He offers.
That’s why I recommend a 15-30 minute study and prayer time in the morning. I find myself needing an hour because I like to copy Scripture and write in my prayer journal. I use this time as a processing time and that looks different depending on what’s going on in my life.
It also depends on who gets up. I’ve had to be extra vigilant to not make this time an idol. My kids often join me in the early light of dawn. My first reaction is often, “This is MY time. How could you interrupt?” I have to remind myself that them seeing me in this practice is just as important as the practice itself.
Today’s Training Exercise: Determine what part of your day gives you the BEST opportunity for prayer and study. Some Scriptures to help guide you:
- “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” – Luke 5:16 (It’s ok to take a break to pray. I often do this when the tide of raising kids is getting too high.)
- “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” – Mark 1:35 (I like very early in the morning because it’s my best time. Some of us are better at night when the house is quiet. Find a time for YOU.)
- “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.” – Matthew 14:23 (When you’re weary, prayer or reading your Bible is a way to restore your soul. Don’t be afraid to listen to that call to replenish your spirit.)
For discussion: When do you pray and study? Do you do them together or separately? See you tomorrow!