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Finding Your Quiet Place

By Craig Smith

November 9, 2020

finding your quiet place, prayer habits, spending time with the Lord

Three Steps to Create the Habit of Spending Time with the Lord and Finding Your Quiet Place.

The key to Jesus’ relationship with his Heavenly Father was his continued practice of finding a quiet place to spend time with Him. One example…rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. – Mark 1:35

I recently had the opportunity to spend time in a quiet lake cove. The peacefulness allowed me to be there for over an hour and think it had only been a few minutes. When our circumstances don’t offer us a perfect location for peace, we have the ability to proactively create a place; whether it’s a small closet purposed for prayer, the break room at your work, or a walk in the backyard.

Susanna Wesley was the mother of nineteen children, two of whom were John and Charles Wesley, founders of Methodism. Finding a quiet place to pray among such a large family in a small house was not easy for her. She started placing her apron over her head to signal to her family that she was entering her quiet time with God and was not to be disturbed, and it worked. She is indeed an example of discipline, focus, and determination to find a quiet place to communion with the Lord.

We live in a time overloaded with information, distraction, peace deprivation, and noise from every direction. Creating a habit in your daily routine, like Susanna Wesley, will help you access peace.

Finding Your Quiet Place

Creating the Habit of Spending Time with the Lord.

My encouragement to you is to begin carving out a quiet time to spend with God now. If you’re reading this in the evening, set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier in your morning routine. Resist the urge to look at your cell phone, and don’t be concerned about being fidgety initially. Do these three things settle into the habit:

  1. Tell God you want to give this extra time you have set aside to be with him.
  2. Read a Bible verse and think of what it means. How it might apply to your life. There may be direction in it for some situation you need an answer to. Don’t have a verse? Let me suggest a part of one…Christ is all that matters… – Colossians 3:11. There is a lot of weight in those five words. If you contemplate them a bit, I’m pretty certain they will revisit you the rest of your day.
  3. Ask God to show you how to spend more time with him tomorrow. He will!

Finding a quiet place has always been important, but in these uncertain times, you will discover it as your time of peace with the Father. The singular source of genuine, effective, enduring peace is in God the Father.

When we emerge from the quiet time with God, we are the recipients of centeredness of soul, peacefulness of heart, and newness of mind.

Find your quiet place and you’ll begin to see it grow as a very valuable part of your life.

-Craig Smith

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