Friday, February 8, 2019

A Time to Be Quiet

By: Sarah Geringer

A time to be quiet and a time to speak.

Ecclesiastes 3:7 NLT

What a noisy, rushed, busy culture we all live in today. It's hard to sort out the many messages we receive, and it's difficult to feel heard among the masses.

I have a very difficult time keeping up with emails and texts, maintaining connections with friends, and carving out time to visit extended family.

I'm not the model to follow, to be sure. But I know time to be quiet is an essential counterbalance to all the hustle.

My quiet time is in the morning, before anyone else is up. I get up before 5:00 a.m. and sip my hot tea while I read my Bible. I treasure this quiet, uninterrupted time to commune with God before my busy day begins.

On days I miss out on morning quiet time, I am off-kilter the rest of the day. Small irritations seem huge. My words have an edge to them. I'm not content with anything.

Even on mornings I sleep late, I try to squeeze in 10 minutes of quiet time, because I'm well aware of the cost of not doing so.

Quiet times are ideal for meditating on God's Word, recalling his faithfulness to you, and praising him for what he's doing in your current season of life. You can also use your quiet time to place your trust in him for what's ahead.

My quiet time is the best time for me to draw closer to God. On the days I make time for quiet time, I have greater peace all day long. Yet on the days that I don't get morning quiet time, I try to have it at lunch, during my commute, or even right before bed. It's important for me to choose quiet time every day, because I want to connect with God.

If you're not yet in the practice of having daily quiet time with God, I want to encourage you to try it out. Unlike our human relationships, God is always ready to meet with you. You don't have to schedule an appointment. Simply sharing ten minutes with God every day will grow your faith and increase your peace.

Today's devotion is an adaptation from Chapter 13: Silence and Speaking in my book Newness of Life.
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Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and God's peace to you,

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Reflection questions:

1. When is the best time for you to have a quiet time with God?

2. If you don't have a regular quiet time, will you try it for just one week and see if it makes a difference in your peace level?

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