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The alarm gradually penetrated my sleepy brain, and I turned it off and closed my eyes again. I’m so tired… But then the mental battle began. I need to have my quiet time. I challenged the kids to read through their Bibles this year, so I need to do the same. So I really can’t slack off. I need to have my quiet time.
Every sentence was interrupted with the temptation to just sleep. Just this once. Just today…
Fortunately the “need to have my quiet time” side won, and I got up.
I say fortunately because it was during this very quiet time that I realized how crazy my thinking has been. See, I’ve been insisting I need to have my quiet time because it’s the “right thing” to do. And then there’s the challenge. Setting an example for my kids. Those kinds of things.
But as I read my Bible this morning, I realized I was feeling empty. Everyone wants a piece of me. Hubby, kids, ministry…
Maybe for you it’s work, aging parents, or school. Have you felt it?
Some days I just want someone to care for me instead of needing me to care for them.
And then I understood.
I need to have my quiet time not to check that imaginary box, but because everyone wants a piece of me!
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When the crowds pressed around Jesus, they all wanted a piece of Him. But sometimes He had to get away — on a mountain, in a boat — to spend time in prayer. He needed a quiet time with the Father, to be in fellowship together, so He could continue to be about His Father’s work.
And He invites us to do the same. I need to have my quiet time so my heavenly Father can fill me and love me so I’m ready to do His work, whether that’s at home, at work, or in ministry. Whatever He brings today, He’ll prepare me for it if I’ll just take that time to spend with Him each day.