If I had my way every single day, I would start my morning with an hour of prayer. I don’t say that to sound all awesome and holy. It’s just that right now, at this point in my life, lots of early morning quiet time (early morning in my book equals 8:00 AM) is just my thing.
My husband on the other hand very rarely starts his morning with an hour of prayer. Instead, he prays at other times of the day in other ways. It’s just his thing.
It’s fine. We’re not comparing things, because that would be silly.
But what I am saying is that as much as I love being still, it’s usually the first thing to go when things get crazy. I can’t tell you how many times my ideal one hour turns into 10 minutes. Or 20 minutes on a “good” day. And while that might be a lot of time for some people, it’s not enough for how I’m wired. And so I’m running on a shortage of “still.”
I share all this because the other day I publicly confided in my bloggy friend Delonna that I was totally humbled, inspired, and jealous (in like a good way) of all the amazing things God is doing in her God-sized dream to help orphans.
And she responded by telling me it all started with being still.
Did you hear that? Being still. The very phrase God gave me as my One Word this year. Go figure!
So, since we’re doing life now instead of just talking about life here’s action number one: I’m going to pick up a piece of my ideal “being still” routine that I haven’t been so good with lately and spend 15 minutes a night studying the Bible.
I’m going to do it at night because I like to spend my morning time in prayer. So night is my reading time. And I’m telling you because maybe you can encourage me and maybe we can encourage each other. And because we already know abiding is where real life begins.
What about you guys? We’ve talked about being still a lot. Do you have a favorite being still practice or routine?
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