I woke up this morning feeling very drowsy and tired. Guess it was because I went to bed quite late or maybe I am not just a morning person! As usual, it took me quite a while to peel myself out of bed. When I eventually realized I was awake and not in a dream, I got up and reached out for my phone to check the time. To my greatest surprise and joy, it was about 4:30am. I was so elated and pleased with myself.
For about 4months now, the Holy Spirit has been prompting me to wake up earlier to spend some time with Him and in the Word. I must confess that the struggle has been so real! I believe if my alarm could talk, it would definitely scold some sense into me. My initial goal was to wake up at 5:00am as opposed to my usual time of 6:00am. (Part of the luxury you enjoy when you are single and you work close to your home …😊) I started by setting my alarm for 4:45am so it can start ringing and just maybe I can hear it before 5am and start my waking up process plus that gave me enough time to tap that snooze button.
I am sure by now, you are beginning to wonder how “unserious” I must be or maybe you can probably relate. My alarm strategy eventually failed; I went from waking up to hitting snooze to ignoring it to playing it like a lullaby and finally, I intentionally put my alarm on silent mode. Since I was not determined enough to get through my alarm strategy, I just resulted to going to bed earlier than usual and praying that the Holy Spirit taps me up just at the right time. This is my current strategy and so far, it has been going great. Sometimes, I wonder how mothers or parents cope with creating a quiet time for themselves, not just in the morning but at anytime of the day. I guess initially they have a tough time, but they eventually make sacrifices and intentionally create the time despite all their responsibilities. I pray for grace to cope with all of that when the time comes. That is why I encourage singles to take advantage of their season of singleness! When we get married, we would have a fuller plate of responsibilities to juggle. Now is the time to uninterruptedly pursue most of the things we desire and even build a very intimate relationship with God. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 7:33-35 (MSG):
“I want you to live as free of complications as possible. When you’re unmarried, you’re free to concentrate on simply pleasing the Master. Marriage involves you in all the nuts and bolts of domestic life and in wanting to please your spouse which leads to more demand on your attention. The time and energy that married people spend on caring for and nurturing each other, the unmarried can spend in becoming whole and holy instruments of God. I am trying to be helpful and make it as easy as possible for you, not make things harder. All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend enough time together with the Master without a lot of distractions.”
Back to me this morning! I finally got my sleepy head to focus and I started my devotion. While I was praying, the Holy Spirit asked me to pause. I wondered why but I obeyed. Then He began to tell me how for a long time, my quiet time has not been what it should be. He told me how I had made it a religious act rather than an intimate relationship time. He said my quiet time was not really quiet like I called it. He also pointed out the fact that I was only going through the motions in a physically quiet environment, but my mind was usually very noisy. I felt down but somewhere in my heart, I was glad He corrected me, and I prayed for the grace to amend my actions and attitude.
I don’t know if this sounds like you, but I believe it is important for us to re-evaluate our quiet time occasionally. Why are we doing it? Is it a religious act or a relationship act? Is it really a “Quiet-Time”? Are we intentional about it or it has become just one of our “daily routines”? How can we revitalize our quiet time to make it more effective? How consistent are we with our quiet time? These were the questions I had to ask myself this morning. For everyone the answers might be similar or different but we all know where we need to make changes, put in more effort or pray for grace. The benefits of having your quiet time are enormous. For me, it helps me soak in all the love and affirmation I can receive from the Father and gives me an opportunity to love on Him. More importantly, it is my life line, the place and time where/when I gain my balance, direction and focus.
You can have a quiet time as many times as you want in a day. Having a quiet time in the morning is so important for my confidence through out the day so I try not to skip it. The morning is a typical time when most people are well rested, have a clear head and the atmosphere is quiet and serene; it opens a new day, so it won’t be a bad idea to set apart a quiet time to put God first in your day’s itinerary. It can also help you speak faith into your day and commune with God to gain direction and instructions for the day. The Bible tells us that Jesus, our greatest example, prayed in the morning; Mark 1:35- “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Quiet time isn’t limited to a specific time of the day, it can be done at anytime you can achieve a distraction free environment both internally and externally. David said in psalms 119:147-148(NCV) – “I wake up early in the morning and cry out. I hope in your word. I stay awake all night, so I can think about your promises”. He also said in Psalms 55:17 (NKJV)- “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.”
Depending on what our different schedules may look like or whether or not we are in transit or on a journey, it is important each day, to create some quiet time to spend with Jesus. Just like one of my Pastors (Pastor Opuaya Bipiminayefie Agha, the president of When Women Pray International Ministry) would say, “A spiritual gatekeeper must not slumber. Therefore, if you are too busy to pray, check your priorities again.” I pray God gives us the grace and strength to make all the amends necessary and delve deeper into intimacy with Him via “quiet time”.
Please, I would be so glad if you can share your quiet time experience with me in the comment section below. You may also help me with possible tips you use that you think can boost mine. Thank you so much! I look forward to hearing from you! Until then, Thank you for reading. I love you! Stay firm in the Father’s love!