In His Presence
by Tamara Eaton
If someone asked us if we'd like to meet personally with our Heavenly Father and hear what important things He has to say, wouldn't we all say yes? Jesus has already made that possible for us by His shed Blood--we can enter into the Holy of Holies. What a privilege and honor--never to be taken for granted. We should delight to come into God's presence and study His Word! Even so, making time to spend with the Lord and in His Word is a common challenge for busy homeschool moms--but so essential to our Christian walk.
My time to read the Word of God usually comes at night after the rest of the household has settled down, or right before naptime each afternoon. I often grab my Bible and read a small portion at different times during the day, too--kind of a quick "snack" to give me strength and something to meditate upon as I go about my daily tasks.
I have found that while I enjoy praying first thing in the morning, and last thing at night (alone!), I also have ample opportunity during the course of the day to communicate with the Lord and have an attitude of prayer. I pray when I drive, I pray when I shower, I pray when I vacuum, I pray when I begin to make a phone call, I pray when I cook dinner (Oh help me Lord! What shall I cook tonight?!), I pray when I answer mail.... My children do this as well--they see that prayer and the Word of God is something that is an integral part of our lives, not something to be separated and done only in church or during "devotions". When we enjoy that close communion with the Lord, then He is a part of our everyday experiences and we are reminded to abide in Him--truly "in Him we live, and move, and have our being..." (Acts 17:28)
Years ago, I attended a church where the pastor said, "If you don't spend at least an hour a day alone in prayer with God, you are not serious about God!" He also stressed the need to spend at least that amount of time in study of the Word of God. At the time, it was very difficult for me to "get my hours in" each day. I had little ones and there always seemed to be something going on! I did pray as I worked, worshiped and praised the Lord in song with my little ones, listened to teaching tapes, etc., but deep down, I always felt guilty--like I just wasn't doing enough. At some point, the Lord set me free from that guilt and condemnation. He showed me that as I had my heart toward Him and loved Him and His Word, I didn't have to worry about logging in a certain amount of time a day in prayer and the Word, nor compare myself with others. This really made a difference in my life!
I began to view my entire life as an opportunity to serve and glorify Him and commune with Him even as I ministered to my family. (Colossians 3:23) God understands busy moms and knows that sometimes we don't have as much time for formal Bible studies and prayer alone as other times. However, I believe we can ask Him to help us find that needed time to recharge and get His Word deep within our hearts.
I often tell Christians who have not been spending time in the Word to begin by faithfully spending short segments of time reading the Bible--even fifteen minutes a day will do at first. Planning longer periods often results in inconsistency and failure. Really enjoy the Word, pray over it, ask for understanding and for it to get into your heart--this will cause your love and desire for the Lord and His Word to grow and soon you will be wanting to spend more time!
It is better to read just one verse and really meditate upon it and get it into your heart, than to skim through several chapters with your mind wandering and yet say, "Well, at this rate, I should be through with the Bible in one year." Expect His Word to come ALIVE to you, cleanse you, change you--expect Him to show you how to apply it to your life right now! Ask Him to give you a hunger and thirst for more of Him--He'll never disappoint you. Won't you make time to fellowship with Him today?
Psalm 55:17 "Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice."
Psalm 84:2 "My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God."
Psalm 119:18 "Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law."
Psalm 119:11 "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."
[NOTE: Kay Arthur has some wonderful Bible studies for both new Christians and more mature Christians. Her studies will get you into the Word and help you understand how to apply it to your life. For more information see: http://www.precept.org ]
© Copyright Tamara Eaton 1994-2000, all rights reserved.
Permission is given to reprint any of Tamara's articles in non-profit publications as long as the article is reprinted in full and contains the copyright information and website address. Please send a copy of the publication to :Deeper Life Family Ministries, P.O. Box 909, Killen, AL 35645.
We have always homeschooled our six children (elementary through high school and beyond!) and enjoy encouraging other families in their homeschooling, parenting and in the Lord! For more help and information, please join us on the Christian Homeschool Fellowship Message Board.
[ Please don't forget to include your email address within the body of your message--we've had some of our responses returned due to insufficient email addresses! ]
"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
and great shall be the peace of thy children."