When I need to get up to the Mountain

On Facebook this week, I talked about “God’s Billable Hours” asking how much time do you spend with God?

Jesus was our Perfect example in every aspect of His Life to show us how to live, and I love that it’s no different in how Jesus shows us how to pray.

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Getting up to the mountain to pray

Over and over in Scripture, it says ‘he went up to the mountain’ or ‘he found a quiet place to pray’. He knew he needed quiet and solitude in God’s presence to sustain His connection with His Father.

We all know we need to spend time praying, but it’s hard getting away to a mountain.

I don’t have a mountain, but I am trying to get creative in finding ways to get alone with God. Here are some of my strategies……

Get up early- Now that the kids are sleeping later, I get up early when the house is quiet. I love to sleep late in the summers so this is a big one for me. It’s totally worth it though. I love the sunshine brightening up the house and the birds chirping.

Sit under a tree at sunset– When the sun is going down, the neighborhood gets quiet, and the stillness is calming and relaxing. I’ll grab a folding chair and sit outside during the dusk hour. The hurried, hectic feeling from trying to get everything done on my to-do list releases, and the day washes away.

Lazy summer days are the best!
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Hide in the bathroom– Yep. Keeping it real. Some of my best prayer times are in the bathroom. Be honest…..so is yours, right? Or maybe it’s the shower! I’ll also hide in the laundry room because it’s down in the basement. This spot isn’t my favorite because there’s nothing beautiful to look at like sunshine or pretty stars. Sometimes, though, the solitude is more important than the setting.

Lunch time study– During the school year when I am working, lunchtime is a great time to be by myself for study and prayer. I began this habit about 3 years ago, and it’s been wonderful. The regular, daily time during my lunch has helped me build an appetite for study and prayer, and I can tell how much I’ve miss it when it doesn’t happen.

Driving in the car– When going to pick up kids or run some errands, I try to make the conscious choice to not turn on the radio. Instead, having a Jesus talk gets me some alone time with Him.

Falling asleep at night– This one may seem a little odd, but it’s a habit I’ve learned to develop. At night when I’m trying to fall asleep, I think of all the good things that happened that day for which I’m thankful. I think about my favorite moments with each of my kids or the best moments of the day. I have my final talk with God for all the good stuff He’s given me. This little habit has become such a blessing.

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So there are my ways of getting ‘up to the mountain’ to be with God. I’m not perfect at it, and some days are better than others. There are times when I’m more consistent than others, but the key is to keep at it.

Many of you are probably out of the ‘kids at home’ season, so maybe you have totally different strategies than I do to make prayer time happen. I’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment here or on the WoW Facebook page!

What do you do to get up to the mountain to pray?

~Amy

 

 

A Lesson in Silence…

I learned a lesson in silence this morning……

I’m trying this summer to get up early for prayer and devotions before the kids get up. It’s hard for it to be completely quiet because I have one big-eyed girl who wakes with the sun. For the most part, however, the house is fairly quiet, and I can get some much needed devotional time.

This morning was a little different.

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, the book “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” by Peter Scazzero has been my current read giving me lots of wisdom and insight. This morning’s reading was about the different ways we pray to God and how just being in His presence can be the most intimate. Often, our prayers become a wish list or a to-do list instead of just being with Him.

At that very moment of reading this, a bleary-eyed, blonde- haired boy stumbled down the stairs, into the living room, and climbed into my lap. I put the book down knowing the times of cuddling are fast approaching its end. He plopped in my lap and we sat…in silence…enjoying each other’s company. There were no words. Just hugs and cuddles….and silence.

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It’s like God was demonstrating exactly what I had just been reading.

All too often I know this, but I don’t do this. My prayers often involve talking, asking, wishing, pleading. Yes, ¬†all those prayers are important and necessary. But really, what does He want most from me? He wants me to sit in His lap, bask in His presence, and simply enjoy Him.

With my child in my lap, I asked the Father to help me learn this deep wisdom that this blue-eyed boy already knew.

How have you learned to just “be” in God’s presence? What lessons have you learned in silence?

~Amy