I’ve had an area set up in our library for a few years now for all of my “desk” stuff. Crafting, scripture study, scrapbooking. Needless to say, it’s been pretty crowded and not really an area for quality Time with God. So, we moved my husband’s desk into our room for me. Today was the first day and it felt relaxing, instead of hectic. I rolled out of bed, onto the floor for some meditation, then some prayer time, and onto my studies. What a wonderful way to start my day. The best part was that I didn’t leave my room until I was ready for the day and so I wasn’t distracted by stuff that needed to get done.
I am very grateful for the time I have right now to learn and grow at my own pace. I know that most people don’t have that luxury. From someone who spent months getting up at 4:00 in the morning to go to work and came home exhausted and with more work to do around the house, I was overwhelmed. The thought of adding one more thing (or one more bit of guilt) was far too much. The thing I learned from that though, is that gospel study and inspiration aren’t time based. It’s a freeing thought. God will pour out His spirit whether we have five minutes or five hours. He understands and will bless us for those few minutes we give Him. There is power in just the commitment to drawing near Him on a regular basis. Seriously. I promise. Read one verse. Read for five minutes. Read until something speaks to you. Read at a stoplight. Read standing in a line or at lunch or even during breakfast. Go to bed ten minutes earlier, after all, aren’t you just sitting there watching tv?, and read. That was finally my solution.
John Eldredge uses this quote in Waking the Dead, “Healing prayer,” says Payne, “in not the ‘instant fix,’ nor the bypassing of slow and steady growth. It is that which clears the path and makes such progress possible.” I believe this is true of prayer in general. Prayer before any activity clears the path and makes progress possible. It is a lot to consider and so, I will leave you to that.