Here I reply to a young woman who is finding time to connect with the Lord:
I appreciate your words, especially coming from a busy wife with young children and a job. I’m past that point, but still can struggle having concentrated time with the Lord each day. Part of it is a lack of developing discipline. I am much closer in my relationship with God now than I used to be. By the time I actually met Jesus, I was 21 and a mother of 2 with the third on the way. I had not been raised reading the Bible and praying each day, so I wasn’t sure how to do time devoted to the Lord. At that time, if I could do a 15 minute devotional book each day, I was doing a stellar job when I was raising my children. I resorted to listening to a lot of Scripture songs and Christian radio. I learned a lot of Scriptures from my children’s cassettes and the Worship songs we did in church. Kind of thin feedings, (kind of like the boxed mac & cheese I swore I’d NEVER feed my own children!) but that’s what I could wrap my mind around at that point. I believe the best thing you can do is seek the Lord and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what’s right for you TODAY!
Well, here’s where I’ve been at recently with my “devotional time”. The end of March I purchased The Gaither Homecoming Bible. In it, I began reading Genesis and Galatians daily, a chapter or two each day along with the hymns and devotional thoughts scattered through the pages. I heard several testimonies of people taking daily communion; Smith Wigglesworth took daily communion to remind himself “Christ’s life was exchanged for mine” and others encourage it for healing and Spiritual growth, so I decided to start taking communion each morning. Well, just over a month later, this is what my “devotional time” has morphed into:
- The Healing Scriptures by Sid Roth
- Names Of Christ Edited and Introduced by James S. Bell, Jr.
- The Power of The Blood of Jesus by Andrew Murray
- Draw Me Close To You; Integrity Devotions by Greg Asimakoupoulos
So, I sit for communion in my “quiet place” with my “shot glass” of watered down grape juice [I’ve learned “wine” in the Bible was the fresh crushed grapes boiled down and diluted 20/1 with water] and my thin rice cake [I don’t do gluten, but that’s for another post!], my note book w/pen, reading glasses and the Bible & books I listed (The Healing Scriptures is a free download at http://www.SidRoth.org so I’m not showing it).
Once seated, I give thanks to the Lord, then read and contemplate one name of Christ and one page of The Healing Scriptures. Following the accounts in Matthew 26: 26-30, Mark 14:22-26, Luke 22;15-20 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 I take the “bread” and give thanks to God and remember this is Christ’s body broken for me and for the nations. I read one thought of The Power of The Blood of Jesus and take the cup, which is reminding me of the new covenant – Jew and Gentile becoming one new man, the 39 stripes Jesus took for my healing, complete coverage for sin and the bringing together the Church. After giving thanks, I take and drink. Then, as they did at the last supper, I sing the song for the day and read the short devotion with a prayer at the end from Draw Me Close To You . Depending on the day, I may stay in my quiet place for a bit more.
Needless to say, I haven’t read long passages in my Bible the last week or so since I got the books listed above. I endeavor to have an extended time in my “quiet place” a few times a week to seek the Lord in a deeper way and/or soak in worship. This time in my life is also a time of teaching as I’ve gotten some books and teaching CD’s from Sid Roth’s ministry (ex. The Power of The Blood) All this has stemmed from choosing ABBA/Father for my word for 2018, desiring to grow closer to Father God and to grow in understanding of healing and other things of God!
So, at this point in my life, it’s much different than any other in my adult life has been. We are emptynesters and my husband is away several days each week. In some ways, it’s more challenging because some days I can busy myself with odd things and not do my “normal” routine. I have determined not to take condemnation if I don’t get the whole routine in or if I end up doing it at a different time of day or once in a while- usually when we’re travelling – don’t get a real quiet time. I know He is with me always, so I strive to take this time to remind me of that fact.
Seasons change and challenges of life are different, but at any time – if you just ask – the Lord WILL increase your desire and lead you to His feet! Remember: Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8a)
As you find your way with the Spirit’s help to spend time with the Lord, I encourage you with the following Scripture: