The Quiet Hour
Quiet? What’s that? As moms, we can all relate to the having the feeling that we just don’t have enough time to read the Word and pray. We mistakenly think that we can make it through the day in our own strength.
For those of us who are stay-at-home moms with young children, we may find that naptime is a good time to get alone with the Lord. As the children get older and outgrow naptime, we can still institute an afternoon quiet hour (or 1/2 hour, if necessary). You may find it helpful to have a timer on hand. You gently instruct the children to find something to do by themselves until the timer goes off. They are not allowed to play with each other, nor are they allowed to listen to music, play on the computer, or watch TV. They can read a book, color, or quietly play with some toys, but they must be instructed not to bother Mommy until the timer goes off. (Of course, a real emergency would supersede the instructions!)
We do our children a great disservice if we fail to teach them how to be alone. Too often, we fall into the trap of entertaining them ourselves, or with the TV, or numerous other activities. They need to have times of solitude so that they know how to be alone. This will help them to be open to hearing God’s still small voice.
We can’t hear God speak above all the clamor and distractions, so we can’t expect our precious children to hear Him speak when they are constantly with other people, are busy, or are being distracted by many things around them. Recently, my own daughter has come to me on many occasions, expressing her desire to hear God speak. I wasn’t sure how to answer her beyond telling her that He often speaks to us in a still, small voice, not heard by the ear, but felt in the heart. I find myself pondering on starting a daily quiet time. I think my first prayer will be for her to hear her precious Father’s voice speaking to her….
© 2003, Stacy R Miller