In His Presence
by Tamara Eaton
If someone asked us if we'd like to meet personally with our Heavenly
Father and hear what important things He has to say, wouldn't we all say yes?
Jesus has already made that possible for us by His shed Blood--we can enter
into the Holy of Holies. What a privilege and honor--never to be taken for
granted. We should delight to come into God's presence and study His Word!
Even so, making time to spend with the Lord and in His Word is a common
challenge for busy homeschool moms--but so essential to our Christian walk.
My time to read the Word of God usually comes at night after the rest of
the household has settled down, or right before naptime each afternoon. I
often grab my Bible and read a small portion at different times during the
day, too--kind of a quick "snack" to give me strength and something
to meditate upon as I go about my daily tasks.
I have found that while I enjoy praying first thing in the morning, and
last thing at night (alone!), I also have ample opportunity during the course
of the day to communicate with the Lord and have an attitude of prayer. I pray
when I drive, I pray when I shower, I pray when I vacuum, I pray when I begin
to make a phone call, I pray when I cook dinner (Oh help me Lord! What shall I
cook tonight?!), I pray when I answer mail.... My children do this as
well--they see that prayer and the Word of God is something that is an
integral part of our lives, not something to be separated and done only in
church or during "devotions". When we enjoy that close communion
with the Lord, then He is a part of our everyday experiences and we are
reminded to abide in Him--truly "in Him we live, and move, and have
our being..." (Acts 17:28)
Years ago, I attended a church where the pastor said, "If you don't
spend at least an hour a day alone in prayer with God, you are not serious
about God!" He also stressed the need to spend at least that amount of
time in study of the Word of God. At the time, it was very difficult for me to
"get my hours in" each day. I had little ones and there always
seemed to be something going on! I did pray as I worked, worshiped and praised
the Lord in song with my little ones, listened to teaching tapes, etc., but
deep down, I always felt guilty--like I just wasn't doing enough. At some
point, the Lord set me free from that guilt and condemnation. He showed me
that as I had my heart toward Him and loved Him and His Word, I didn't have to
worry about logging in a certain amount of time a day in prayer and the Word,
nor compare myself with others. This really made a difference in my life!
I began to view my entire life as an opportunity to serve and
glorify Him and commune with Him even as I ministered to my family. (Colossians
3:23) God understands busy moms and knows that sometimes we don't have as
much time for formal Bible studies and prayer alone as other times. However, I
believe we can ask Him to help us find that needed time to recharge and get
His Word deep within our hearts.
I often tell Christians who have not been spending time in the Word to begin
by faithfully spending short segments of time reading the Bible--even
fifteen minutes a day will do at first. Planning longer periods often results
in inconsistency and failure. Really enjoy the Word, pray over it, ask for
understanding and for it to get into your heart--this will cause your love
and desire for the Lord and His Word to grow and soon you will be wanting to
spend more time!
It is better to read just one verse and really meditate upon it and get it
into your heart, than to skim through several chapters with your mind
wandering and yet say, "Well, at this rate, I should be through with the
Bible in one year." Expect His Word to come ALIVE to you, cleanse you,
change you--expect Him to show you how to apply it to your life right now!
Ask Him to give you a hunger and thirst for more of Him--He'll never
disappoint you. Won't you make time to fellowship with Him today?
Psalm 55:17 "Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray,
and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice."
Psalm 84:2 "My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the
courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God."
Psalm 119:18 "Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of thy law."
Psalm 119:11 "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I
might not sin against thee."
[NOTE: Kay Arthur has some wonderful Bible studies for both new
Christians and more mature Christians. Her studies will get you into the Word
and help you understand how to apply it to your life. For more information
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