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Quiet Time

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It’s quiet time.  Sometimes with a houseful of small children, or even just one youngster, quiet time can be as beneficial to Mom as it is to the kids.

As my children outgrew their afternoon naps, they graduated to quiet time. This time was usually for a half hour to an hour and books were quietly looked at. Each child had a blanket and pillow, and then laid down on the living room floor. I got comfy in the recliner with my own reading material, which was often times my Bible, or journal. Sometimes the kids and/or I would would even doze for a bit. It was amazing how as short as half an hour of quiet could re-energize me, and spread peace and companionship among the children. The children got up ready to play together again. Quiet time was welcome and refreshing.

Our quiet time with God can and should be the same, welcome and refreshing. I especially enjoy spending this time outside, and have several niches in my yard landscape to invite a quiet sit. Out there I am not distracted with electronics or other man-made niceties, but I can easily reflect on God’s abundant grace and love. It is a place I can pray, listen, ponder, spend quiet time with God.

Recently, at a women’s meeting, the speaker addressed the fact that so often we get so busy DOING things, we don’t take time to rest quietly. This does not mean you have to lay down for a nap, but think about it. If we are constantly on the go and our time of prayer is only petitions and telling God what He should do, how are we ever going to hear his quiet gentle voice?

In the Bible, Mark 6, The apostles gathered around Jesus and were reporting all they had been doing. In fact, they were ministering to so many people, they hadn’t even had time to take a lunch break. They were tired and hungry, and Jesus said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31) I believe Jesus would like to extend that same invitation to you and me.

My speaker friend thought so too. She made each woman in attendance a special invitation as if it were from Jesus, himself. I’d like to pass that invitation along to you.

ImageFind a time and place for some much needed quiet time today. You’ll be glad you did.

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Twas the Night Before [Christmas] Wedding

Twas the night before Christmas Wedding when all through the church
Everything was in place every step was rehearsed.
The lights were hung by the rafters with care
In hopes that Thomas Albert soon would be there.

The Bride was home all snug in her bed
While visions of ‘I Dos’ danced in her head.
Dad’s suit was all pressed along with my dress
And as Parents of the Bride we’re trying not to be stressed.

When out in the garage there arose such a clatter,
I ran down the stairs to see what was the matter.
The Brothers were there planning out a surprise
For the Bride and her Groom on their most special night.

I went up to my bed, but could not fall asleep.
I tossed and I turned then counted some sheep.
Instead of wasting time I decided to pray
And ask my Heavenly Father to bless the Wedding Day.

“Dear God, you gave this Daughter to me
To love and hold and teach her of Thee.
Now you are asking me to let her go
To a land far away with the man she loves so.

I’ve prayed and prayed since she was li’l
For a man who loves You and seeks Your will,
To love her and cherish, lead and provide
And Thomas is the one for this Precious Bride.

Give me the courage to set her free
To become the wife you’ve designed her to be
To submit to him as unto You
And to be his helper in all they do.

As dawn is dawning, please pave the way
For the most beautiful and blessed Wedding Day.
May you, God, be glorified in all that’s said and done
So all guests may see that You’re Number One.”

Today, I do not lose a Daughter, but rather, I gain another Son. I love you both!
Start the music and let the ceremony begin!