Monday, June 17, 2013

Quiet Time

My quiet time with God is never at the same time. I don't sit down at the table with a journal, a cup of coffee and my Bible app ready to spend a quiet hour contemplating the scriptures. I have four kids under 5. My quiet time is usually one of the following:

  • I'm on the potty and they haven't found me yet.
  • In a hot bath trying to work the kink out of my back after picking up the playroom.
  • When I wake up an hour before my alarm because the baby started fussing and I'm trying to assess just how urgent her needs are.
  • In the car when I'm going back to Target because Milly threw a fit yesterday and I blanked out on half of my list while trying to keep her from exploding in the dairy aisle.
  • During the kids' quiet time when everyone is in their rooms and the baby is finally asleep in her swing.
When I do have these times with God, I usually just talk to Him like a friend. It always feels like a conversation. I pray about those that need something. I pray about the names He gives me but I don't know why. I pray about my kids. I pray that I won't fling my kids off of the roof. I pray over my husband. I pray that my husband won't fling the kids off of the roof.

Sometimes everything is serious:

"Lord, I want to go back to college so badly. I want to get a degree in Biblical Studies. I feel like You would like for me to do this. But that's ridiculous, right? I can't start until all of the kids are in school full-time and I wouldn't be done until I'm in my 40's. What would You do with a 43-year old mother of four who hasn't worked in 20 years?"

Sometimes I get curious:

"So, lettuce has no real nutritive value. Iceberg lettuce, I mean. I know that there are some dark, leafy greens that I'm supposed to be eating all of the time. But, lettuce? Are we doing it wrong? Did You actually make it for some other purpose and we just started eating it because it's crunchy and good with ranch? Are You looking down on us and chuckling at your adorable little children like I do when Milly wears her Easter basket like a hat?"

What this really boils down to is that I am constantly talking to God. I feel close to Him and that helps me when I need direction. He wants this, too. You don't need to make an appointment to talk to Him. You don't need to only come to Him with giant life-changing questions. You're His child. He just wants to talk to you.


  1. 40 is the new 30, and 30 is the new 25. So you will basically be 25 when you finish!

    Seriously -- always worth doing. A certain fellow who lives in my house with me took 10 years to finish his bachelor's degree and it was worth it.

  2. Thank you for this. I know God had me stumble across it today. Kelly, I love reading your blog and keeping us with you and your precious family through Facebook. You are a beautiful and godly woman, mom, wife. I wish we could keep in touch as face-to-face friends. But, in the chaos we call life as moms, and living in different places, I'll take what I can get : )