As we started the series “Making Space” this weekend, we have begun a journey of the spiritual disciplines. I shared on the spiritual disciplines, and the need for us to take focused time each day for prayer, worship, solitude, meditation, study, and wonderful fellowship with the Father.
“Giving God time is creating sacred space in our lives in which God can act.”
Some have asked me what I do. I will give you today’s sacred time for me.
Monday is our Sabbath. After a full weekend with 3 services, preaching, talking, laughing, and serving, on Mondays I can be worn out spiritually. The Sabbath is not just a rest from work, but a rest from work in the Lord. I need refilled and refreshed more than ever. After the focused time with Father, I’ll take a walk with Wendy, maybe carve today, be with my dad, get some errands done, and I always try to have the mowing done so I don’t have to do that on Monday.
I awoke this morning, and am just finishing up some of my time. I came down the stairs, and as every morning Wendy was already in deep fellowship with the Lord. I got my coffee (yes I have to have that) and went outside to our patio. I will also take some sacred time and “make room” before the end of the day. This morning I started with silence, coffee, and solitude. I did some thinking. I heard the birds, the traffic, the silence, and then the Lord. I prayed the Lord’s Prayer, read and Prayed, though and about my “Daily Office”. I sat in silence, sipping my coffee, allowing my thoughts to be on God. I thanked him for the weekend, the provision of a new Family Life Pastor. I said my confession of faith. I journaled a few simple thoughts and read Romans 1-5. I I often paused my reading to reflect, to think, and to listen to the voice of my Father. I journaled some prayers, prayed blessing upon my family, my kids, my week, our church. I asked God to help me be a blessing. I prayed in my prayer language for a few minutes (tongues).
During my morning I always read more than the Bible. I always have 4 or 5 books going at once, like my carving projects. I am reading “Celebration of Discipline” again by Richard Foster. Finished the chapter on meditation.
It’s not complicated. It’s simple. It’s the time priority that trips us up. It’s not doing, it’s being with the Lord. If we really take time, God will act deeply on our behalf, changing us, molding us, and spiritual shaping us.
The important point is taking time and making time. We can always sleep a little longer, stay on our phones in the morning, turn the TV on right away to get our news “fix” or rush right on to all our tasks. I am guilty of all of these things and have learned years ago that these will not add the value to myself, like time with the Living God. During that time with Him, I find encouragement. I hear His voice about decisions. I ask Him about appointments during the day and often receive supernatural insight. I reset in His fellowship and receive refreshing by His Spirit. This time will help me keep my mind and thoughts on Christ during the day. And if I do another short “Daily Office” during the day that will help even more.
My prayer and desire from Jesus and that we will make time to let Jesus by the power of His Spirit do His will in our lives, hearts, and souls. From that will come change, from the inside out. Praying for us all, Pastor Nate Elarton
Take some time to comment some of your thoughts about this. thanks
Some Scripture that encourage
“My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation (Psalm 62.1).
“Deep calls to deep (Psalm 42.7).
“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there (Mark 1.35).
“Be still and know that I am God (Psalms 42.10).”