Quiet Time Phases

My best time during the day is went I am alone with God early in the morning (with a good cup of coffee). I feel very close to the Lord and He speak to my soul through His Word the Bible. I particularly enjoyed this morning what Stephen D. Eyre wrote in his book  Drawing Close to God. “I have discerned five different phases in my quiet times: occasional quiet time, determined quiet time, study quiet time, desert quiet time and devotional quiet time. Each phase has its own characteristics, its own strengths and weaknesses, its own dangers and delights. The first two, occasional and determined quiet times, deal with frequency— how often we have a quiet time. The study quiet time focuses on what we do in a quiet time. The last two phases, desert and devotional quiet times, are distinguished by how we feel during a quiet time.”

Remember Jesus word “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and
open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20 (NLT)

 

Stephen D. Eyre, Drawing Close to God: The Essentials of a Dynamic Quiet Time: a Lifeguide Resource (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995).

Determination

Many young people have to leave home either for study, or work, or military life. For many it is a challenging time in their life, many new pressures are building up on their shoulders. History offers an interesting example of a young man that was force away from home. His own country lost a war and the enemy tactic was to expatriate young promising people to the enemy territory. This young man name was Daniel. We can learn some important lessons on how to survive in anew surrounding. Like many of today cities Babylon was a very wicked place to live. We can read in the Bible that Daniel determine in his heart what not to do. Away from Daniel familiar network into a new one came with many new temptations. Here is how Daniel manages the situation. He “determine” not to compromise with he knew to be evil.

Some year ago I read the life story of R. G. LeTourneau. I was moved to make a few resolutions. The author A.W. Tozer summarized well my stand. “Tie up the loose ends of your life. Begin to tithe; institute family prayer; pay up your debts as far as possible and make some kind of frank arrangement with every creditor you cannot pay immediately; make restitution as far as you can; set aside time to pray and search the Scriptures; surrender wholly to the will of God. You will be surprised and delighted with the results.” Inspire by LeTourneau example, I decide to give God the ‘first place’ with my time and money. Reading God’s Word became a top priority each morning. I also realize that God did answer prayers. I avoided like pest going into debt. I can say that life was never the same since.

Like Daniel, LeTourneau’s life had a very positive testimony after taking a stand for God. LeTourneau was a known as “God’s businessman”. You could read more about LeTourneau. [1]

“The Breakdown Moment”

Mrs. Iyanla Vanzant  wrote “Each of us faces a moment in our lives called “the breakdown moment”. This is the time when you must stand toe to toe, eyeball to eyeball, with the very thing you have tried desperately to avoid. In that moment, when there is nothing standing between you and the thing you fear the most, you will be forced to step into your greatness, because that is what life is demanding of you.”

At those “breaking moment” remember Jesus powerful words, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

When life is challenging, what you are facing situation that you cannot avoid; what you need is not harshness treatment, but someone that is gentle. Accepting God’s comfort and grace during trials develops an attitude of kindness and gentleness toward others.

 

The Breakdown Moment

The risk factor is very present in life. Surveys ask a question to elderly people “if you could go back what you would do differently?” One answer that came over and over was “I would take more risk.” What keep us to risk more? This morning on Facebook I read the remark from a dear friend, in her 2013 Scrapbook she mention what a blessed life she had in 2013. She quoted Iyanla Vanzant meditation called “the breakdown moment.”

“There are always rick related with every important decisions in life. I am to the point where I must make important decision and there is always risk related.  Each of us faces a moment in our lives called “the breakdown moment.” This is the time when you must stand toe to toe, eyeball to eyeball, with the very thing you have tried desperately to avoid. In that moment, when there is nothing standing between you and the thing you fear the most, you will be forced to step into your greatness, because that is what life is demanding of you.

Susan Gorman comments to her blog was also very rich, “When you’ve come to the edge of all you’ve known and are about to step into darkness, one of two things will happen: either there will be something solid for you to stand on or you will be taught to fly.”

I am at that “breaking moment” in my own life, and to take the easy path is very tempting, but is it the best path? I want to make a decision that when I will back I will be able to say “what a blessed life I had in 2014”.  

Café with a Friend

“If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal (coffee) together as friends.” (Revelation 3: 20) What a great way to start a day with such a friend! You might be surprise what Jesus want to share with you. He speak directly to the inner part of us. The soul need to be feed just like the body need a couple meals every day. A. W. Tozer said “To meet with God, we need to slow down inwardly so that we can relax and open our spiritual eyes and ears”