Friday, October 24, 2008

Ours Forever...It Will Not Be Taken Away!

"But ONE THING is NEEDED, and Mary has chosen
that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
Luke 10:42 (emphasis added)
"I delight in Your decrees,
I will not neglect your Word."
Psalm 119:16

It is because of my love and out of my weaknesses that I purposefully structure my days around my quiet time with my Bridegroom. It is because I love and need Him and His Word, my Savior and my Sustenance. It is because as I abide in Him, staying rooted in His Word, living close to the streams of Living Water, then He will bear fruit in my life for my family. In my weaknesses, He shows His strength. I love Him, revere Him, and depend on Him. He loves perfectly and beautifully. "I am the Vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15:5 (NIV)

In the preface to his book "The Holiest of All", Andrew Murray writes: "I have not been afraid of continually repeating this one thought: Our one need is to know Jesus better, and the one cure for all our feebleness is to look to Him on the throne of heaven and really claim the heavenly life He waits to impart."

In the 20+ years I have walked with the Lord, becoming a wife and mom (hello....feebleness and "uglies" sprouting up all over!) brought me to the place of intentionally structuring my days around my quiet time in His word and in prayer. I treasure this time with my Bridegroom.

His Word is alive indeed. (Hebrews 4:12) And I do delight in His Word. It is a treasure. His Word is truth and life, and it brings us to a place of intimacy with Him. My heart craves it everyday, and I pray He keeps my heart postured in that precious place.

The other day, Chatty Kelly was asking about how we do our quiet time. I loved reading everyone's thoughts and ideas (do share!) So, I wanted to share how I replied here. Spending time with Him is the most important part of every single day's "to do list".

Morning Quiet Time: Since I am a morning gal, I wake up early while the house is truly quiet. It's hard to have "quiet time" when it isn't actually quiet!

Prepare The Evening Before: I prepare the evening before so my mornings have the least amount of distractions as possible. Lunches and snacks are prepared, school bags are packed, the table is set for breakfast, the kids outfits are ready to go, and the coffee machine is loaded and ready for a push of the button.

A Special Place: My special place is my dining room table. I keep my Bible, journal, pens, devotional, Bible study guides and books there. My seat there has become a sanctuary of sorts.

Go Straight to Him: Going straight to His Word and talking with Him is best for me! If I check e-mail or even an on-line devotion, I can get easily distracted.

Bible and Devotional: Trusting Him to lead me, I usually read through a Psalm a day, or part of a Psalm. And I like to read New Testament and Old Testament each day. I also have a favorite devotional ("Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young) that I use with a few other great books. Another great one is John Piper's "Pierced by the Word". A devotional that puts me into God's Word is what I look for. Currently, I am studying 1 Samuel and Hebrews with Bible study groups, so I have been spending a lot of time there.

He Gives Us Our Portion: He is faithful to meet us in His Word. Sometimes, one single verse pops out at me so strongly that I know I just need to digest that for a while. Some mornings, it's just that one verse that stirs and speaks to my heart. Other days, I may read a few chapters. If I am feeling like I am at a "dry spot", I just keep opening His word.

Devoted Time: I love having at least 45 minutes to an hour of quiet time, and that happens often. However, if I over-sleep or am interrupted and only have 15 minutes, then I go with it. All of the time, I have undone things on my "to do list". But I do not want to neglect His Word. (Psalm 119:16)

Grace...Grace...Grace: He wants our hearts devoted to Him. He wants our quiet time to be intimate and meaningful. If I miss a day of quiet time altogether, His grace covers that and we move on to my next quiet time. Don't throw in the towel or be discouraged if you miss one day...or more...of quiet time. He's there to meet us continually.

It Will Not Be Taken Away: The best part is...the time we spend with the Lord will not be taken away from us. (Luke 10:42) Those intimate treasures of Him are in our hearts forever. The investment of time we have intentionally made with Him is OURS FOREVER!

Please share your thoughts and ideas and any good devotionals you have read! Let's spur one another on!

"For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him." 2 Chronicles 16:9


Edie said...

Great thoughts and suggestions for making more time for HIM. I just started babysitting my grandaughters and have had to make some adjustments to my schedule as a result. One thing God impressed on me to do was to take my Bible study with me when I'm dropping off and picking up the girls from school. Since I have to wait in line for about 20 minutes, I can use that time to be with HIM.

Chatty Kelly said...

I loved your comment over at my blog, and am glad you are sharing similiarly here. Thanks for the mention!! I am going to implement your plan on Nov 3 (after the time change.) I'll touch base with you and let you know how it goes. I know the organziation part is a necessity, or else I would worry about getting it all together to get everyone out the door.

Thanks again for the tips!

Runner Mom said...

This was just awesome, Sharon! Yesterday, a sweet friend in Christ called me, and was talking to me about quiet time. I referred her to Chatty Kelly's post as well as yours. This post is the answer to her request!!Thanks!! I love the way that you broke it down.

Ejoy your weekend--soccer and all!! One more Cross Country meet!! Woohoo!!!

Love ya,

Joyful said...

This is such a precious post Sharon. It reminded me of my first trip down to "She Speaks" in 2005. The message I used for my evaluation group was based on this verse, entitled, "One Thing".

I get up just before 6am every morning and have about half an hour in His Word. Then, after I take my son to school around 8am, and stop off and work-out on the treadmill, I'm home just after 9am and I have an hour in prayer before the rest of my day closes in around me. It's a precious time. I know that Satan would love to crowd that hour out, but prayer is the 'one thing' that the enemy truly hates. He'd rather see us doing anything, but praying. He knows that prayerful lives are powerful lives. Even Bible reading alone, which is wonderful, does not threaten him as does prayer, because as Beth Moore says, "he knows we'll never have both deep understanding and the power to live what we've learned without prayer."

Thanks for sharing this encouraging post. I am needful, but He is all I need.