I hear beeping from the other side of the bed. Loud. Unrelenting. 5:30 already? I’m so tired. Just a few more minutes. I hit the snooze button.
Again beeping. Loud. Unrelenting. 5:40. Just a few more minutes. I hit the snooze button.
Again beeping. Loud. Unrelenting. 5:50. Shoot. Why did I do this? I promised to wake up early. To spend time with You, Lord. I’m so sorry. Why didn’t I just get up? Now I’m late. My heart aches. Again, I disappoint You, Lord. I’m so sorry. I’ll do it later. I promise.
“You won’t…not today. You’ve got so much on that “to do” list waiting for you.”
Stop it!! Yes, I will. I can start tomorrow. Tomorrow I’ll do it.
Why am I such a failure at this spending time with God thing right now? Why can’t I just get up the first time the alarm goes off?
Seasons of my life go like this. I have the best of intentions to begin my day with God. But instead, I don’t. It’s a tired season. A weary season.
Discouragement fills my heart. Recently, in the midst of one of these seasons, God answered my heart’s cry, My child, you are not a failure. You are tired and thirsty. Get out of “the routine.” Let’s begin a new season together. And just so you know, time with Me doesn’t have to fit a mold. Be creative.
Be creative…not really one of my gifts!
Then I remembered a prayer of Moses. I searched the key words on Biblegateway and found it in Exodus 33:18:
Now show me your glory.
Moses asked God to show him His glory…to show Moses more of Him than he had ever seen before. Moses asked God outright for a FRESH vision of His glory…of His abiding presence.
Oh, that is what I want right now! What about you?
Let’s get out of our routine. Will you join me for a new season with the Lord this summer? Let’s pray together to experience a physical manifestation of God’s presence…to experience His Shechinah Glory.
What is God’s Shechinah Glory? It’s when the INVISIBLE God becomes VISIBLE, when He LOCALIZES His presence and MANIFESTS Himself in our midst.
Let’s be creative today.
Let’s not feel tied to a daily quiet time in this season INSTEAD let’s invite God to show us in real and concrete ways the reality of His Love and Presence in our lives in a fresh way!
Ways we can do this…
Tune your heart to worship music
A few weeks ago, I started a new routine. Rather than my country playlist on Pandora, I began listening to the Passion Worship playlist. Through song lyrics, God touched deep places in my heart that needed a fresh touch from Him. Below is a beautiful song, “Oceans,” to begin your time. Find a comfortable place to sit, close your eyes, listen and invite God to invade every part of you with the POWER of His presence.
Read through a book of the Bible
If it’s been a while since you’ve been in the Word, choose a book, open and read…without an agenda…without a study guide…without a notebook…without a teacher. Just sit and read as little or as much as you want. No strict schedule. Simply listen for God to speak to you…to minister to you through His Word.
Read a book from a favorite author
A few months ago, I read Donna Gaines‘ (a fellow InScribed Studies author) book, Leaving Ordinary. Donna took me to the Tabernacle and gave me a fresh vision of prayer grounded in the history of God’s people…the temple…the priesthood…the Great High Priest Jesus. Such a gift to read how God spoke to Donna when she invited God to speak into her ordinary life in extraordinary ways!
Memorize a passage of Scripture
Choose a passage of Scripture or some favorite verses and commit them to memory. Be creative in how you memorize. It’s such a blessing to hide God’s Word in your heart. Check out these creative ways of memorizing “So That” verses from my Minnesota Living So That friends (Jenn Citrowske Elness and Tera Cory Elness).
Create a prayer journal
Pray creatively. Text verses to friends throughout the week. E-mail prayers to friends rather than just pray for them. Create a prayer journal and journal what God lays on your heart.
DO SOMETHING NEW YOU’VE NEVER DONE!
And whatever you choose, EXPECT God to be a part and INVITE Him to show up IN ALL HIS GLORY!
Heavenly Father, forgive us for not inviting You into our lives each and every day. I ask that for each one of us inviting You to show us Your Shechinah Glory, You show up in very personal ways, manifest Yourself in ways that each of us will KNOW that it is You. In big and small ways show Yourself. Give us a word, a touch, a whisper, anything we need to experience You in a fresh way. Thank You for Your promise that when we seek You with all our hearts, we will find You. Today we claim that promise and invite You to show up BIG. Thank You that You will do great and mighty works in our midst. Show us Your glory, Lord, show us Your glory! I ask all this in Jesus’ powerful Name. AMEN
Share your invitation with us! Let us know how YOU are going to invite God’s Shechinah Glory into your summer.