I know...how hokey does that sound? It sounds like a children's camp slogan, but to us as adults, we think, really? You can't come up with a better blog title than that? Come on, Lauren. Hang with me for just a couple of paragraphs.
Have you ever very quietly just heard the voice of God through some menial task that you happened to be doing at the time? For instance, yesterday, Hannah and I were able to go on a date to the grocery store all by ourselves. I think my days of grocery shopping with them at the same time are over, for a while at least. (Although I did see some side-by-side seats at Publix that I may brave on a short grocery run...we'll see.) Back to my story...I needed to do my weekly grocery store trip and I decided to do it yesterday night so that George could watch the girls. Then, we decided that I'd take Hannah with me and leave Kate at home with George. This way we'd get some one-on-one time with them. Hannah and I loaded up in the car and we went shopping. She rarely gets to ride in the front of the cart so she loved it. I didn't have to hook up any toys to the shopping cart cover. She amused herself by looking at people and we'd talk every once in a while. It was fun!
On the way home, I was simply thanking God for the sweet time that I was able to have alone with Hannah. Then, He so clearly spoke to me that that was the kind of sweet time He wanted to have with me everyday. Just like I can spend time with both of my girls and have a fun time with them, it's still more hectic and my attention is split. Yes, I can go to church and spend time with the Lord, but that's not usually when He's going to speak to me most intimately. That's not when I really get to know the Lord's voice. It's when I'm alone with Him and it can be fun.
Wait...the story gets neater. I started a new Tuesday morning Heart to Heart bible study at our church this week. The study is on prayer and growing in intimacy with the Lord through prayer. God was merely preparing my heart last night for what He was going to spend the next weeks teaching me. God wanted to show me that time with Him is fun. It's not just something that should be on my "to do" list to check off everyday. Think about this...the God of creation wants to meet with you and you and you and you...you get my point. What exciting things could He introduce into my life when I actually quiet myself before Him and take the time to search His heart? I'm not saying that it will be easy. I am a woman. My mind does not shut off and it runs a million miles a minute. And it won't be easy because I know that their are some misconceptions that I have about prayer that God needs to reveal to me. But it's worth a try and doesn't He deserve it? I'll keep you posted (no pun intended).