A part of my "job" with Campus Crusade for Christ is taking an extended time with the Lord on a monthly basis. It is a wise requirement because ministry can easily become an overwhelming list of "to do's." My monthly extended time with the Lord is always scheduled with Pete so he can watch the little ones and give me the freedom to go off to a coffee shop (or Chick fil A) for the mid-morning. I look forward to these "Dates with Jesus" and it is always filling to my soul.
For my regular life...I usually have at least 20 to 30 minutes of Bible
reading and prayer each morning before the rest of the house wakes up. God has been so gracious to meet me in these (almost daily) times with Him even though they are brief. This morning while the rest of the house slumbered, I woke early and instead of taking a half an hour and then quickly onto the laundry, breakfast, email, etc. ...I lingered....
...I didn't even mean to linger... I had glanced at a magazine article left in the bathroom. The Holy Spirit used that one snippet of perspective to send me down a precious, convicting and encouraging time with Him. I went to the Word, I lingered in my prayer journal. I was drawn to listen to some worship music that I had never heard before. I have just enjoyed some sweet "extended time" with Christ that was uncoordinated, unstructured (by me at least!) and unexpected.
What a gift this chilly January morning. I just wanted to share that with you!