Quiet Times

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An Appointed Time for Labor, An Appointed Time for Rest

selah an expression occurring frequently in the Psalms, thought to be a liturgical or musical direction…perhaps an indication of a pause. First John 5:14 tells us that there is real power to be unleashed by praying through Scripture, in accordance with God’s will, and my own experiences have ben more than enough to convince me. Sadly, I

You’re Not Crazy if You Talk to Yourself

If you haven’t yet, go back and listen to Keith’s sermon from this past Sunday. He addressed the distance that we often feel in our relationship with God – the insecurity we feel, the loneliness, the not feeling good enough. And he gave us truth after truth that reminds us of the security we can find in Jesus, no matter what we think or believe in the moment.

It was a good reminder for me because I often tend to wallow in my feelings or in my insecurities, landing there and just sitting in them. In my sin, I often respond to circumstances, to people, or to God in ways that are disconnected from what I confess to believe. Irritation, fear, anxiety, impatience, and discouragement fill my head and stalk my heart. 

What’s Your Plan?

In Dave’s sermon Sunday, he quoted Tim Keller in his book Prayer: “The ordinary way we can experience God is by meditating on Scripture.” If Jesus tells us that listening to his word in Scripture is the one thing we need, and if we’re able to really experience God by being in Scripture, then it seems it would do us well to heed this advice. But sometimes we just need a plan, because without one, we’re lost in the frenzy of our lives, like a blizzard when you can’t quite see where you’re going. So let’s get practical:

  1. Eliminate distractions. What distracts us from keeping our daily appointments to read God’s word and pray? Watching Netflix (another episode of Fixer Upper? Sure!), staying up too late at night, loving sleep too much, keeping up with Facebook, texting, checking email first thing in the morning and getting sucked in… these are all my personal examples. We must say no to the things that are keeping us from the one thing that is necessary, because five minutes of Instagram turns into 20 and my time in the word is cut short, or completely cut out.

The One Necessary Resolution

It’s January 13th, and many Americans are 13 days into their New Year’s resolutions. A Nielson survey showed that “staying fit and healthy” and “losing weight” were the top two resolutions made. No surprise, of course, because those often seem to top our thinking when it comes to making a change for the better. But check out this passage in Luke about what should top our thinking:

“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her [italics mine].”’ (Luke 10:39-42)

Martha gets a little rebuke from Jesus here because she was serving him. Jesus was in her home and I’m sure she couldn’t stop thinking of everything she needed to do: make sure Jesus was comfortable, that he had a meal and a hot drink, that she needed to put her house in order, because after all, this company was the best company they had ever had!  

Unless the Lord Builds Bedtime

As a parent of young adults – as well as an eight-year-old – I know firsthand how hard parenting can be. No matter how many parenting books you read or how much advice you seek from others, there are simply times when it feels like parenting is an unsolvable mystery. I really thought when my

The Main Thing: ‘Prepare Him Room’

Stuart McAllister is a big, burly Scotsman with a thick accent who previously made his living beating people up. If you know anything about me at all, you will correctly surmise that I took to him immediately. I was first introduced to McAllister through the radio ministry of RZIM.org, where I heard him preach and teach. I

Don’t Let Unrealistic Expectations Ruin Your Quiet Time

For the past two years I enjoyed the silence of my apartment for an hour before work. I used this time to pray and read my Bible and meet with God. But over the last few months that’s changed. Work requires more morning commitments, a new dog requires morning walks and feedings, and a new