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What if My Quiet Times are Anything but Quiet?: Proverbs 31

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A few weeks ago, I was a part of a Zoom session about prayer. As we talked about the purpose of prayer, the awe of being able to personally talk with God, and what our daily rhythms looked like, I realized that many of us (myself included) have an idealized version of what quiet time with the Lord should look like.

Maybe we have a vision of a calm morning with a cup of coffee in one hand and a well-loved Bible in the other. Maybe this idealized quiet time includes soft worship music playing in the background while watching the sun slowly rise.

We tend to have these ideas of what our time with God should look like, but what happens when the sound of silence is replaced by the crying baby, the roommate’s Zoom call, “Mom, I’m hungry...”, or texts from work demanding attention? 

Corrie Gerbatz from Proverbs 31 Ministries writes about finding God within the day-to-day moments that many of us view as distractions from “real” quiet time. She says, 

"My prayer times have occurred at all hours of the day, in a variety of places, and usually they’re anything but quiet. From the hallway floor, I have pleaded with the Lord for peace as a little one wails into the night. Under the cover of a much-needed shower, I have let my tears fall at the feet of Jesus. Stuck in traffic, I have desperately sought God’s direction. Some days it takes me all morning just to read a simple devotion uninterrupted, and other days, my prayer time finds me at the foot of a potty seat, begging for sanity.

My days are far from neat and tidy. And in this season of life, discouragement nips at my heart, leaving me wondering if my efforts are enough."

Can you relate to Corrie's "far from neat and tidy" life? To read more encouragement from Corrie Gerbatz’s article from Proverbs 31 Ministries, click here

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About the Author: Rebecca Bronson

After graduating from UW Oshkosh with her literature teaching degree, Becca felt a call to pursue international missions. In January 2017, Becca left the United States and joined the World Race mission and discipleship program where she traveled to eleven countries in eleven months to serve in various ministries.

Upon returning home, Becca heard about Appleton Alliance’s residency program and felt confident it was the next step. She is currently working with the Women’s Ministry department while pursuing her master’s in Theology and hopes to someday work in ministry full-time.

When not doing schoolwork, Becca enjoys traveling, reading, swimming, running, and snuggling with her dogs.

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