Many years ago I was in a moms small group with three other women. We encouraged each other as wives and moms, prayed together, and shared life experiences with one another. I remember our leader, Janice, sharing about her frustrations of having only “snacks” with God when she was really longing for a “meal.” I’d never heard of such a thing. My whole relationship with God could be described as just one snack after another. And not only that, but with a houseful of young children, snacks was all I could seem to realistically get.
After her comment, I began to think more about the snack/meal illustration. What if I designated one nap time a week to having a “meal” with God? What if I spent an hour reading the Bible, journaling my prayers, and slowing down enough to listen to what God impresses upon my heart?
I decided to give it a try and I grew to long for those once a week meals. I wanted more of God! More time with Him, more truth for my life, more encouragement from His Word.
Now that my kids are all in school, I’ve changed what that meal looks like. No longer being limited by naptime, I’m able to take the day or the afternoon for an extended time with God. I now designated Tuesday as my “Quiet Day.” On my “Quiet Day” I usually take my Bible, a notebook, and maybe one or two other books I’m reading and head somewhere away from home for a few hours to spend time with God.
Today wasn’t Tuesday but it was the best day of the week to launch my “meals with God” for this school year. And departing from my usual alone time, today my friend Becky joined me for the afternoon of sharing, reading, and praying—just spending time with God together. I find after a day like today I am so full. My heart and spirit are full and I feel very satisfied. It reminds me of Isaiah 58:11:
The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs…and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Have you ever considered the concept of having a meal with God? Would you be interested in joining me in setting aside some specific time to have a meal with God once a quarter, once a month, or once a week?
Let me know if you’re in and I’ll be sharing more specifics of “how” in the coming weeks!
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