May 05, 2008

Meeting At The Kitchen Table

Every morning Miss Bonnie and I have a most important meeting to attend. We don't have to dress up in stuffy business suits and fly across the country to meet up with high powered executives. All we have to do is meet at the kitchen table at 9:30! We don't need to bring contracts to sign or business deals to go over, all we need to bring is the most important book of all, the bible! We aren't meeting with the President of a company, but instead we are meeting with someone far more important and wonderful than that, we are meeting with God!

I have never been a morning person and I always felt sort of like a "slacker" when I would read other ladies' blogs and they would talk about getting up before the sun rises to meet with the Lord. If I'm to be completely honest, I could never do it. I need a LOT of caffeine, and some time to wake up before I can even begin to have some brain function! lol Instead of always beating myself up for not doing what they do, I came to the realization that we are all different, and that's okay. It's not that important when we MEET with the Lord, what's important is that we DO!

I wanted to share with y'all what has worked for me. As you notice from the picture, there are two bibles. That is because one belongs to me and one to Miss Bonnie. Can I tell y'all what a privilege it is to be able to study God's word and have prayer each morning with my sweet girl? We have arranged a schedule that works for US and here it is:

Wake up, drink LOTS of caffeine. Make that LOTS & LOTS (I know, I know, it's not good for me, BUT ........;o)

Eat breakfast

Shower, dress, makeup

House blessing (one hour)

9:30: Meet at the kitchen table with each other to spend time in HIS word.

We spend at least an hour doing this and after that we get on with the rest of our day of detailing a room, cooking, etc..... I tell you honestly that this is the most important and meaningful time time I spend during my day.

Of all of the Christian authors I have always found that Elizabeth George has such a special way of speaking to my heart. I have done all of her bible studies and right now we are going through her study of A Woman's Walk With God (Growing In The Fruits Of The Spirit) Today we talked about PEACE. Ah, isn't that something we all need? During the study we came across this poem and I loved it so much I wanted to share it with y'all.

I'm Busy Lord

I'm busy, Lord. Surely You can see
The thousand things that wait for me!
The dishes still lie in the sink-
I cannot stop to pray and think.

Lord,I know You understand.
For You gave these children to my hand;
And now they cry and need me so,
Lord, You understand. I'd better go.

Now I've got them all to sleep,
I'd better dust and mop and sweep.
I must thaw out the meat for stew,
And the ironing is long overdue!

And kindly my Lord answered me,
"Why do you from my presence flee?
I have so much for you today.
My child, I want to hear you pray.

"I love you, child; I want you here
To rest and listen- to shed a tear.
What if Paul had stopped to say,
'Lord, I'm too busy to write letters today!'?

"No, my child, I'm what you need,
Through household duties you can speed,
Yet when you're through, there's emptiness
If this quiet time you miss.

"Oh, thank You, Lord, for showing me
How much I need to wait on Thee.
For what's an undone dish or two
Compared with sharing time with You?"

Nancy Stitzel

Didn't y'all just love that? I guess what I'm trying to tell you is don't get hung up on what other ladies are doing. Don't get into the trap of the comparison game because it can be so destructive. And whatever you do, please, please don't beat yourself up if you don't get up before the roosters! We are all in different ages and stages and we have to do what is best for OURSELVES and OUR families. The only thing that is really important is that we take some time during our busy day and SPEND IT WITH THE LORD!

Much love,
Susan P.


thehomespunheart said...

I love Elizabeth George too!

Can I just come to your house every morning at 9:30 for Bible Study too? I will admit that it is very hard right now with three little children age three and under - yet, I long for time with my Savior. It is time that is so refreshing and well spent.

I look forward to the day when I can do this with my children!


Mimi said...

this was a great post...and it was a very good reminder that we cannot all do things on the same schedule...

I am one of the early people...but I am absolutely no good after 9pm...
It is not important when we do it so long as we do it...k
blessings to you and Miss Bonnie as you study God's word together...

Katie said...

Thanks so much for sharing!! :-) Looks like a very lovely, edifying time to spend together. Very encouraging. I do Bible time with my children in the morning ~ my young son reads his Early Readers Bible and my daughter listens. We all pray together and the littlest one (one year old) is learning to say Amen...precious. Nothing like teaching children the best Words ever written! :-)

Elizabeth George has some great books. I also really like ones by Martha Peace (The Excellent Wife), Carolyn Mahaney (Feminine Appeal), and Nancy Leigh Demoss (Lies Women Believe). Just wanted to share as they are like-minded authors.

Thanks again for sharing!

Kelli said...

What a wonderful post, I loved hearing about your special time with the Lord and Miss Bonnie! I have several of Elizabeth George's books and really enjoy them.
P.s. I like your new blog topper pictures too!

Storybook Woods said...

I love that you and Bonnie meet every morning. What a blessing Clarice

Donna Kay said...

Dear Susan -
Great post!! I love Elizabeth George - I finished "A Woman After God's Own Heart" about 6 months ago and it literally changed my life - I need to go back and read the highlighted parts - I cannot read a book like that without a pen and highlighter in my hand - a friend told me - when I'm through it looks like a English teacher has been reading it!!
I love to start my day with the Lord - it doesn't always work out that way - but I can sure tell a difference.

Karen said...

Oh, I am so bad at comparing myself to others, too. I agree that you have to find a balance and something that works for you. I love your idea of meeting with your sweet daughter every day!

Adrienne said...

Beautiful post! Oh how I would love to share God's Word and time in prayer with my daughter. Perhaps someday she will be in a place where we can do that. I am rereading Elizabeth George's 'A Woman After God's Own Heart'. I love her books. She has such insight and challenges me each time I read what she has written. Thank you for sharing this post. It's a good reminder that it's not important what time on the clock we meet with God - it's that we do it! ~Adrienne~