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Wednesday, September 18, 2013


I used to have a quiet time first thing in the morning.  This was way back in the day when my kids were growing up.  I had a full-time job so I had to cram all of my home time around my job.

To accommodate the quiet time, I got up an hour early to pray.  I had a small notebook with pages upon pages of people and situations to pray for.  Once you got on my list, you didn't get off.  Even dying didn't take you off, because then I prayed for your family.
And being a dutiful pray-er, I would ask God what he wanted from me.  Most times I would go on and on about how I wanted to be used by Him, suggesting different things that I was interested in. 

But sometimes – sometimes – I would shut up and just listen.  Be still.  Try not to think of anything.  Well, of course, I would have these random thoughts go through my head. 
"I wonder if Alice ever found her other shoe." 

"Surely Mark has finally picked up his room." 
"I need to tell David about that funny noise the car is making."

Or people's names would float through my mind or their circumstances.
"I hope Mable is feeling better." 

"I wonder if Randy got that job he applied for." 
"The preacher looked a little pale last Sunday.  I hope he's okay."  

And I would try my best to ignore them all.  They were intruding upon my quiet time, and we couldn't have that, now, could we?
One day it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, those thoughts were the answers I had been looking for.  I had asked God to use me, and then I ignored his directions to me! 

Perhaps I thought of Mable because she could use a call from me or a note to cheer her up.  I could call Randy and ask about his job situation.  I could stop by the church office and look in on the preacher. 
I came to call those thoughts "holy thoughts."  They are not mine.  I'm not that bright. 

But God is.  And He loves us so.


  1. I have been praying for more quiet time, and now it seems like I have it, but I'm finding myself not quite sure what to do with it. I, too, have tried to clear my mind of all the ramblings going on. Thanks for the tip. Maybe I'll start listening closer to some of those random thoughts.

    1. I have had the problem of not knowing what to do with the time I have available. Right now I'm using Jesus Calling as a devotional book and I really like it. I've also started Kay Arthur's Lord, Teach Me How to Study the Bible in 28 Days. I'm enjoying that, too. But sometimes I just stare off into space and let my mind and soul wander around on their own. Thanks for commenting, Stacie. I enjoyed our lunch...

    2. Carol, I enjoyed this. I have a hard time staying awake when I pray early in the morning and if I pray in bed at night I fall asleep, but that's the most blissful sleep ever!

      Linda M.

    3. I usually fall asleep at night, too. I try to just praise Him at night so that the last thing on my mind is joyful. And, you're right, the sleep is divine! Thanks for commenting...

  2. You know I have this problem, too. I think our name is legion! Good advice, as usual. Loved the picture of your lily!