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And He said unto them, ‘Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while’

Mark 6:31

Friend to Friend

It seems we always have a helicopter landing in our house! Have you ever been nearby when a helicopter lands? Everything is in total chaos. The air from the rotors knocks everything in its path off its feet – mainly you. Everything around you is loud and unsettled. It is a rush – and a panic attack all rolled up into one. I’m not a fan. And yet I bring this situation on myself.

My husband says that being married to me is a lot like living on a helicopter-landing pad. I am always on the move and always have a plan. I have to admit that I tend to equate busyness with productivity – a statement that is not always true.

Busyness is the enemy of our soul and will destroy our peace and our relationship with God. And yet most of us lead hurried lives. We cram more into our days than will fit. We mean to take breaks and get some quiet time with God – but we often let that get squeezed out.

There is an antidote to busyness in Scripture. It is the simple idea of getting daily time to be with God – daily time just to be with Him – daily time to be quiet – daily time to listen for His voice above all others.

How do we pull that off? Here is a challenge for you. Spend 15 minutes a day for one month getting alone with God. Find a chair, a quiet place. Do three things in that time. Your time with God needs three practices.

Stopping. Psalm 46:10 tells us “Be still and know that I am God.” I need a few minutes each day to stop and be still! I know that – just like you know that. But if we do not schedule it, and practice it, it will not happen.

We were not made to run non-stop 24 hours a day. We were made to stop and be still and know God. We cannot know God fully on the run. We have to stop. We have to be still.

Centering. Psalm 37:7 commands us to “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Our posture while we are having this quiet time with God needs to be that of waiting. Waiting for Him to speak. Waiting for Him to show up. Waiting for Him to set the agenda.

The Quakers of old practiced a concept called “centering down” or “spinning off.” They discovered that when they got still to spend time with God, their thoughts would race to random thoughts such as errands to run, work to be done, etc. So they would capture that thought, make a plan to deal with it later, and spin it off. (I keep a pad and pencil handy to jot down whatever random thought pops up.) They would then turn their mind back toward centering down and being still.

Silencing. In Isaiah 41:1 God tells us to “Listen in silence before me.” Dan’s dad taught him a great truth as a child. “The one who knows the most in the conversation should do most of the talking; the one who knows the least in the conversation should do most of the listening.” Wow! My prayer life does not follow that truth! Does yours? I tend to make God a list of the things I need Him to do – and especially the ones that I need Him to do ASAP! I tend to do all the talking in my prayer time. I rarely take the time to just listen.

The purpose of this daily time with God is not Bible study. It is not about prayer where I give God my list. It is not about meditation or memorization of the Scriptures. It is simply time to be with God. It is time to stop, to center, and to silence your heart and mind before the Almighty.

God will speak – when we meet Him every day. God will show up – when we slow down each day. God wants time with us, and will reveal Himself to us, when we meet Him on a daily basis.

Try it for a month – and get ready for God to show up!

Let’s Pray

Father, I need to hear from You. Today, I make the commitment to start having a daily quiet time. I will listen for Your voice above all of the other voices in my life. Lord, teach me how to center my life on You and help me obey what I hear You say.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Choose a time and a place to have your daily quiet time with God. Consider it holy ground, a place where you spend time with your God. Every time you see that place during the course of your day, thank God for the fact that you can come to Him in a one-on-one conversation.

More from the Girlfriends

Mary’s husband, Dan, has written a book, Chair Time, in which he shares his personal story of learning to listen to God. It is a simple story of a simple man learning a life changing truth. God wants to speak to us! He will … if we get in the chair!

9 Responses to “Way Too Busy”

  1. Eileen says:

    I thoroughly enjoy the GIG devotionals.
    In the past, I have shared some of them to my Pinterest page….so I can re-read again.
    Lately, I haven’t been able to share the GIG devotional to my Pinterest page. It just comes up as an “oops error” & says it cannot pin it.
    Is there someway that this can be corrected, so I can start putting it on Pinterest again?
    Thanks for your devotionals! It is a great way to start my day with a blessing!
    Eileen

  2. Lori McCollum says:

    As I read this devotion, I immediately knew this needs to be an afternoon event with God. I have a great time in the morning, but afternoons, after work and errands, 15 quiet with God. I’m challenging myself! Thank you Mary.

  3. Ardett says:

    Thank you for sharing this message today. I really need to make this happen each day in my life.It seems like there is never enough time to work, family, friends and to maintain a health relationship with God. I ACCEPT your Challenge this morning. I have my chair; it just time for me to use it. How is it that I can make time for everything else except the one that can make everything else happen.My priorities need to change.Christ rose early before day break to have that quite time with God. If we are to take His example, shouldn’t we seek him first also? Thanks again Mary!

  4. Abby says:

    I am so overwhelmed. It seems like my quiet times are spent giving God my list and thinking of all of he things I have to do that day. Maybe that’s why I am depressed.

  5. Abby says:

    It seems like my quiet times are spent giving God my list and thinking of all of he things I have to do that day. Maybe that’s why I am depressed.

  6. Cindy says:

    Thank you for blog. I felt alone with the problem of busyness. I recently retired, and should have plenty of time for God. I get so busy with “things” that are not Eternal. A few years ago, I made time for God even when I was working two jobs, caring for my husband & children. Now, I get “too busy” to carve time out for God. But today, I spent time journaling with God. My attitude is different after spending time with Him. It is an attitude of peace. That’s what I want to feel everyday.
    Thank you again for your words.
    Cindy

  7. Marijean says:

    I love the idae of keeping a pad ready to “spin off” those interferring thoughts

  8. Deb says:

    Thank you for sharing what this quiet time should look like. I look forward to spending these 15 minutes with God, but felt like I should be studying scripture so He could talk to me through His Word. I like the thought of God centering (and keeping a note pad close to write down those distractions that might creep into His conversation with me) and listening for His Word to flood my spirit. Thank you again. Blessings! Deb

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