Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Face Time First Thing

About Face!

“In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch." Psalm 5:3

Have you ever struggled with getting in some good one-on-one time with God?

I sure have…In my early mom years, my day began before my feet hit the floor—nursing, then diapering, feeding, cooking, washing. I may have whispered a little prayer of thanks or uttered a cry for help before I collapsed back into bed at night.

Then, with pre-school kids, we added the task of getting somewhere ON TIME! While I might have a moment of prayer among friends…or a goodnight prayer with my husband, I started to long for a little quiet time between just God and me.

When the kids required a little less hands-on time, I began to add daily devotions, intermittently. I was drawn to this time and knew when I made God first and top priority, I experienced a happier, more peaceful day. Without it, I often felt harried, hurried…and guilty. By now, I was praying in Moms In Touch groups. Yet, as I added work and ministry responsibilities, my quiet time became more necessary and less likely!

The seemingly impossible task of putting God first in my day sometimes made me feel like a spiritual loser. I was missing precious nuggets of wisdom, love, comfort, guidance, every day. Would this ever change??? “Please help me, God!”

About a year ago, I was attending Beth Moore’s bible study, Stepping Up. Beth proposed that we follow a daily practice of “taking our places on our faces,” literally lying face down on the floor before the Lord. I was a little uncomfortable. I mean how would I breathe? What would I look like? And how would I get up?

I dabbled. Each time I did get down on the floor, I felt a sense of surrender and even a confidence that the Lord had my back. I would lay there and simply ask the Lord to be with me this day.

My next study was Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. For six weeks, I was reminded in myriad ways how hearing God required quiet, listening time with Him. Again, I frequented the floor and found the time was focused and empowering.

In the middle of what I now consider clear instruction from the Lord, I used a gift certificate I had received for a facial. Believe it or not, as we got to know one another (it was a long facial!), the lovely facialist suggested, “I think you should start every day on the floor. Just to sort of clear your head before your day begins. I think it would be life changing!” What??? Wow…

Next, I heard Lysa TerKeurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries speak, and you’ll never guess what she shared. Okay, maybe you will guess by now. She told us she started first thing, every day, praying “to see, know, experience God.” Clearly, God was speaking to me, again. “Okay God!”

I’ve been pretty consistent with God time ever since. The consequences have been funny at times. Like the mornings my husband trips over me in our bedroom. Or the time I got on the living room floor and heard my daughter nearby on a phone call, “I don’t know…My mom’s lying here on the floor doing Yoga or something!” I later explained and suggested she try it. She thinks this is a little weird, but so do I. Yet this is God’s instruction to me now for filling my desire to meet with Him regularly, to hear from Him, to trust in Him, and to sense His presence till I lay my head down on the pillow at night.

The facialist was right! This has been life-changing!

God desires to spend time with us. Time and again, in His word God calls us to “Come to me…”
Getting on my face before the Lord has proven to be an excellent way for me to do this.

What’s Your Story?How about you? What do you do to draw nearer to God?
Why not try “taking your place on your face”? Let me know what happens!

4 comments:

  1. Elise, your blog is wonderful. Your life has always been an encouragement to me so I'm sure reading your stories will touch many lifes. God bless you in this venture. I believe Biblegateway.com will let you link and verse to your blog so people can click on them and read them. God bless

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  2. Elise, I just did Beth Moore's study Stepping Up and I too took the challenge of face down! I also loved imagining walking up to the temple reciting the Psalms of Ascent as I was able to stand there, on the Temple stetps with my husband celebrating 30 years of marriage, this year. God is good! You are such a blessing! Jewel

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  3. Julie W. said...
    I also remember Beth Moore saying to put your face right in the Bible and I've done that on occasions when I'm desperate to hear a word of encouragement. Right now for instance, our family is going through a trial with our college-age son who broke up with his girlfriend just weeks after telling us he was going to propose to her. On the day he broke up with her I read in my quiet time about the Israelites quarreling with God about their circumstances. The next day my quiet time was about mourning. And today the word from God was about acknowledging our sins before Him. God was, of course right on target on all 3 counts. Yes, there is quarreling going on, definitely mourning since our whole family couldn't wait for our son's girlfriend to officially join our family. And now we are praying for a miracle of restoration, but only if that is how God chooses to be glorified in this situation. To God be the glory!

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