|My quiet spot in the den.|
Being back in the mode of leading Bible study on the tails of the holidays has caused me to have a bit of a feeling of trying to catch up but not being able to do so.
I haven’t taken time to really be still…alone. And here I have been encouraging the women in the studies to do this very thing. Funny thing…the ladies who I lead who work seem to be better about budgeting their time for this than those of us who don’t work outside the home. I surmise it is due to the fact that if we work in the home as keepers of the home, we are constantly “at work” and therefore, less likely to make time to sit still.
More personally, I know I can waste, waste, waste some serious time on this laptop and not accomplish anything for hours. This blessing can be a curse. Ultimately, it’s my fault for not taking time when I feel the call to do so.
Part of the assignment for two groups who are studying Cindi Wood’s Frazzled Female, was to find a spot in their homes for a time of quiet for praying and, devotional and Scripture reading. I had them take a picture on their phones and bring it to class this week.
All of us but one had a chair somewhere draped with a blanket or pillow, hidden in a corner of a quiet place in the house. One had a table where she is more inclined to have her quiet time and not get too cozy and recline instead.
My quiet space is in the den on most mornings. Sometimes I may wander from that spot to another chair in another room or outside on the back porch, weather permitting.
So, what about you? Where do you meet with God in your house?
Read this Psalm below and note those things in it that remind you of God’s goodness towards you. It is this God we seek out in our quiet spots, wherever they may be.
For the choir director: A song. A psalm of David.
1 What mighty praise, O God,
belongs to you in Zion.
We will fulfill our vows to you,
2 for you answer our prayers.
All of us must come to you.
3 Though we are overwhelmed by our sins,
you forgive them all.
4 What joy for those you choose to bring near,
those who live in your holy courts.
What festivities await us
inside your holy Temple.
5 You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds,
O God our savior.
You are the hope of everyone on earth,
even those who sail on distant seas.
6 You formed the mountains by your power
and armed yourself with mighty strength.
7 You quieted the raging oceans
with their pounding waves
and silenced the shouting of the nations.
8 Those who live at the ends of the earth
stand in awe of your wonders.
From where the sun rises to where it sets,
you inspire shouts of joy.
9 You take care of the earth and water it,
making it rich and fertile.
The river of God has plenty of water;
it provides a bountiful harvest of grain,
for you have ordered it so.
10 You drench the plowed ground with rain,
melting the clods and leveling the ridges.
You soften the earth with showers
and bless its abundant crops.
11 You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;
even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.
12 The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture,
and the hillsides blossom with joy.
13 The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,
and the valleys are carpeted with grain.
They all shout and sing for joy!
Tyndale House Publishers. (2007). Holy Bible : New Living Translation. (3rd ed.) (Ps 65). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Leave a comment saying where your quiet spot is and what it looks like.