A "Quiet Time" makes all the difference

Quiet…

Do we even know what that word means anymore? People living today are bombarded with more noise and distractions than ever before in history. (Well, I haven’t conducted a research study on that fact, but that’s what I think. Wouldn’t you agree?)

Even during the night, e-mails are coming into our computers, and texts are going off on our phones. There is no true “quiet” in our lives anymore.

Though our lives and surroundings are not quiet, our hearts can be. When our hearts are quiet, we can be at peace in the midst of a one hundred thousand seat football stadium with 100,000 screaming fans – even if we’re for the losing team!!!

The secret to this quiet heart is in having a daily “Quiet Time“.

When I refer to a “Quiet Time” I’m not talking about a time in the morning when you are silently sipping coffee and reading the morning news paper.

What I’m talking about is more like a “Time Out” but in the most positive sense of the words. Taking a “time out” of every day (preferably before the rest of the busy and noisy day starts) where you are alone with God and draw up close to Him, laying your burdens for the day at His feet, hearing from Him, and having your hearts stilled and quietened before Him.

Jesus, even though He was God, knew the importance of getting away before the day started to be filled with the strength that only time with the Father can provide. Mark 1:35 says, “And in the morning, long before daylight, He got up and went out to a deserted place, and there He prayed.”

If Jesus needed to do this, how much more do we? Especially during this very busy season as we bustle about under the guise of “celebrating Jesus’ birthday“.

Our hearts need this time with the Father in His Word and prayer like our bodies need water. We thirst for the stillness of soul that comes over us when we draw close to, sit with, and hear from our Lord.

Martin Luther knew the importance of getting up and spending time with the Lord – especially on those busy days. He said, “Tomorrow I plan to work, work, from early until late. In fact I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” (Aren’t we guilty of thinking just the opposite!?!?)

I know I need that time in the morning with the Lord (and my family knows I need it too!) A Quiet Time produces a Quiet Heart. And a quiet heart produces a peacefilled mama. And we all know that a peace-filled mama sets the tone for a peace-filled home!

A Quiet Time makes all the difference for you and those around you.

Come back tomorrow to find out how to develop and manage a quiet time for yourself ~ especially during these next few very busy weeks. Blessings to each of you on this Monday, and may you accomplish all God desires for you to accomplish! 🙂

Jennifer

Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

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Comments

  1. Smelling Coffee says:

    Oh, Jill~ How wonderful!!! I'm so glad you took the challenge and that spending time in the morning with the Lord has been such a blessing to you that you haven't missed it since!!! PTL! and Thanks for sharing that. 🙂
    Jennifer

  2. One week at CBS last year you challenged us to try to have a morning quiet time every day that week. It was something I hadn't been doing, but I took on your challenge. I did it, and don't think I've missed a day of having one since!

  3. A much needed message for this time of year. Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to the next post. 🙂

  4. Praise the Lord Jen! A quiet time creates a quiet heart is so right!!! Love this message and LOVE YOU!

  5. Amen sister! We need our Quiet Time! I love how you pointed out that if Jesus needed quiet time… how much more do we need quiet time! Can't wait until tomorrow's post!