From Our Daughter

Melanie is our oldest daughter. She loves the Lord and His Word. Melanie enjoys spending time with girls helping them to grow in their personal relationship with Christ. Here are some thoughts she has to share about the impact having a daily Quiet Time has on her life.

 

Melanie Shares:  

“The habit of a daily quiet time has had a tremendous impact on my relationship with God.

It has deepened my love for Him. Often, the more time friends spend together, the more they care about each other. They get to know each other and can miss each other when they are apart!

Last year a friend of mine from Australia came to visit. We traveled together, served together, prayed together, laughted together, and even managed to close a full suitcase together! When the time came to say good-bye at the airport, she mentioned ‘I’ll miss you.’ And I replied, “I’ll miss you too.”

And I did! We had lived so much life together that I really missed her. In less than a week our frienship had really grown. I’ve found it’s the same way with my relationship with the Lord. The more time I spend with Christ the more I love Him and want to do everything with Him!

After years of cultivating the habit of daily spending time with Christ, I can honestly tell you that Christ is the dearest, best Friend in the world.”

Thank-you for sharing Melanie!

 

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Mentor

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

From My Friend

Kim is a wife and mother of one daughter and four sons. Interestingly, Kim and her daughter came to a Daughters of Decision retreat through her friendship with Stephanie (see previous post) and that is where Kim and I  first met! I am blessed by her friendship and am grateful for her willingness to share how the Quiet Time impacts her life.

 

Kim Shares: 

“I have been a Christian for over 30 years, and each year my love for God and His Word has grown. Yet I would have to say, it has been since becoming a wife and a mother that I have grown to understand how important having a daily Quiet Time really is.

 Here are the reasons having a daily Quiet Time impacts me personally:

#1-I cannot fix my eyes on what is unseen instead of what is seen if I am not daily remembering and receiving from God’s Word His eternal perspective.

#2-I cannot consider it all joy when I face various trials if I am not daily in God’s Word, which is how God chooses to impart His enabling grace through the work of the Holy Spirit that is within me.

#3-I cannot speak the truth in love, edify and encourage other believers, and silence the father of lies if God’s Word is not in me.

 #4-I cannot know truth, if THE TRUTH is not daily being planted in my heart by daily studying, memorizing, and applying His Word. It is less likely that I will be taken “…captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:8b)

 With regards to how a daily Quiet Time affects our family, I have noticed several things:

When the children and I are in God’s Word our day may not be easy, but we are better prepared to respond by the Spirit rather than the flesh.

I also have to say that the atmosphere in our home is DRAMATICALLY different when we are in God’s Word and He gets the glory for that!!!

So many people joke about the joy of coffee or food being their strength, but I would say that apart from God’s word I DO NOT have strength or joy or purpose and it affects EVERYTHING I do. I may be able to still function and even appear successful outwardly, but apart from God’s Word daily being planted in my heart and renewing my mind, nothing I do has any eternal value and becomes a burden verses a blessing. In Christ we live and move and have our being, and it is through His Word that we daily renew our hearts and minds and remember this Awesome God we serve.

To me the Word of God helps me to love with an even greater love and to worship in reverent glory a God who reveals himself daily through his Word. That He desires for me to know Him through His Word, and make Him known to my children, my community, and this world through His Word is just amazing.”

Thank-you for sharing Kim!

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Mentor

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

From My Friend

Stephanie is a wife and mother of three daughters. We first met at a homeschool convention! Her daughters attended a workshop our daughters were giving on the Quiet Time. Later, Stephanie and I enjoyed talking at the Daughters of Decision booth. I am blessed by her friendship and am grateful for her willingness to share how the Quiet Time impacts her life.

Stephanie Shares:

“Having a daily Quiet Time has been the single most important and impactful decision of my life, second only to receiving the gift of salvation.

All of the growth I have experienced in my life has been a result of knowing Christ more intimately, which only came through the commitment to spend time alone with Him in conversation. The reality of His presence during this time transcends any demand or pressure I have faced.

It is also the single most important and impactful skill/habit/knowledge I could impart to my daughters, as it is where victory begins. God uses this time to strengthen, forgive, provide peace and perspective, encourage, teach, correct my thinking, create love, and much more. It is our daily bread and it is where both rest and victory begin.

As a result, I am a far better and wiser wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. It would be a huge mistake to make anything a priority over this time – GUARD it in your life and the lives of your children, if you want the absolute best most prosperous (living within the blessing of God’s will) life for them imaginable.”

Thank-you for sharing Stephanie!

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Mentor

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

From My Mother

My mother was the person who influenced me to have a Quiet Time by her personal example. One day when I was about ten years old I saw my mother sitting on the couch in our family room. I asked her what she was doing and she told me she was having a Quiet Time. This led to our talking about what a Quiet Time is and how to have a Quiet Time. I quickly decided that I wanted to have a Quiet Time too!

My mother turns 91 in December and she still enjoys her daily time alone with God. May your heart be encouraged as you read answers she gave to questions I asked  about her Quiet Time journey.

Who first told you about having a Quiet Time?

“It was Dad. (Note from Marian: Mom is referring here to my Dad and her husband.)  He helped me to read the Bible with him. He didn’t call it a Quiet Time, but we just read our Bible together, found a verse we liked, discussed it, then prayed together.” 

Who helped you know how to have a Quiet Time?

“Again it was Dad. He helped me to ‘see’ and ‘do’ more after I read with him. The Bible reading became more personal as I started to read it by myself.  I would read and try to find a verse that I liked and think about that verse throughout the day. I used the ‘Who are you Lord?’ and ‘What will You have me to do?’ questions. It helped to have a journal that I could write my thoughts from my reading the Bible and praying.”

What impact has having a daily Quiet Time had in your life?

“It has helped me a lot …  finding a special verse from time to time in my Quiet Times has helped me to have …

  1. Assurance of Salvation – John 1:12
  2. Assurance of Answered Prayer – John 16:24,
  3. Assurance of Forgiveness of My Sins – Hosea 14:2

Why would you encourage others to have a Quiet Time?

“It is the best thing to do to meet Jesus in the Bible, see who Jesus is as I read the Bible,  hear what Jesus said as I read the Bible. Reading about Jesus makes it so personal to me. It also helps me to praise the Lord more.   So, I want to help others know Jesus better.  I can pass on what I learn about Jesus in the Bible.” 

Thank-you for sharing Mom!

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Mentor

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

Life Changer

Have you heard people talk about a Quiet Time and yet wonder what they’re talking about?

Or perhaps you know what a Quiet Time is but really don’t know what to do in a Quiet Time.

Or maybe you wonder if a having a daily Quiet Time is really all that important or if you should keep taking the time to have one.

I am excited to let you know that we are going to take a look at the Quiet Time on this and upcoming posts! After this post, my mother, our three daughters and two friends will be sharing some thoughts about the Quiet Time as well. You won’t want to miss what they have to share!

Let’s start by clarifying what we are talking about. We are not referring to a time when everyone in the house is quiet, or to a time to just be silent and have a cup of coffee or tea. What we are talking about is time alone with God.

Time alone with God reading the Bible and talking to Him in prayer.

And oh, how precious this time is! Think about it. Time alone with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Time with the Shepherd and Savior of our souls. Time to listen to Him through His Word and to talk to Him in prayer. Wow! We can actually come into His presence and personally spend time with God Himself! It can’t get any better than that!

And I have found that having a daily Quiet Time has been and is the single most important thing I do to help me grow in my personal walk with Christ. 

God uses this time to teach me about Himself and about who I am and who He wants me to be. He uses our time together in His Word and prayer to help prepare me for the day ahead. Sometimes a Bible verse I read provides an answer to a question I have been asking. Sometimes I am comforted by God’s love or encouraged by His greatness. Sometimes God shares one of His promises with me and comforts my heart. Sometimes I read a verse that tells me how to be an encouragement to someone else. And sometimes I’m confronted with the need to deal with a sin in my life.

From personal experience I can say with confidence that having a daily Quiet Time helps to draw me closer to God and helps me to grow in my personal relationship with Him. Having a daily Quiet Time has truly changed my life!

How has having a Quiet Time impacted your life? I look forward to hearing from you!

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Mentor

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

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