So, my plan was to start an Advent Bible study on December 1st and then blog about what I got out of each day’s reading.
So much for that.
Busyness and life and drama and laziness and just plain “I’m-not-feeling-it-today-ness” all hit at once, and I didn’t do much other than read Day 1.
But today’s morning devos – which I just now got around to reading during a lull at work – at 3:30 p.m. – convicted me about letting my quiet time slack a little (or a lot) in the busyness of the season. And I can tell a big difference in my attitude, too.
So, I am going to start my Advent readings again tonight and at least attempt to post what I got out of them most days.
Streams in the Desert – L. B. Cowman
He went up on a mountainside by Himself. – Matthew 14:23
“There is a special strength that is born in solitude. . . . Strength is not found in busyness and noise but in quietness . . . . The one thing we need today more than anything else is to spend time alone with our Lord, sitting at His feet in the sacred privacy of His blessed presence. Oh, how we need to reclaim the lost art of meditation! Oh, how we need “the secret place” (Ps. 91:1 KJV) as part of our lifestyle! Oh, how we need the power that comes from waiting upon God!”
Jesus Calling – Sarah Young – Entire Entry
“My thoughts are not your thoughts; neither are you ways My ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways and thoughts higher than yours. Remember who I AM when you spend time with Me. Marvel at the wonder of being able to commune with the King of the universe – any time, any place. Never take this amazing privilege for granted!
Though I am vastly higher and greater than you, I am training you to think My thoughts. As you spend time in My Presence, My thoughts gradually form in your mind. My Spirit is the Director of this process. Sometimes He brings Bible verses to mind. Sometimes He enables you to hear Me “speak” directly to you. These communications strengthen you and prepare you for whatever is before you on your life-path. Take time to listen to My voice. Through your sacrifice of precious time, I bless you far more than you dare to ask.”