Stop! What You Need, You Already Have.

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I’ve Been Thinking…

I’ve been thinking about how often we strive, manipulate, cry, fight and beg to get what we need, when, really, all we need is already ours.

The love we so desperately desire, it’s already here. Right now. We were loved before we even existed. Our performance has no bearing on His love. Never has. Never will.

Stop earning.

The grace you cannot live without, is watching and waiting for you to awaken each day.

Stop looking.

The forgiveness you dream of and feel paralyzed without, has already been given. Forgiveness waited with open arms as you fell.

Stop despairing.

The direction you desire, is spoken in a still small voice. Quiet yourself and listen.

Stop talking.

Everything you need, you already have. His name is Jesus.

It’s not as complicated as we often make it. Maybe we just complicate it because it’s easier than doing the one thing that is needed.

Action

Stop. Set your alarm. Sit with Him. Pray, listen for 10 minutes. Go.

Question: Some people pray/listen best during a designated quiet time, others while they do dishes or run. What about you? When is your best prayer/listening time?

Comments

  1. What a great post and something I needed to hear, right now. Something I need to apply, right now.

    My best quiet times? Either in the mornings or when I’m outside walking.

  2. Great post. Thanks for sharing. My best quiet time is in the early morning hours, before the rest of the family wakes up. I also have great quiet time/praise/worship when I run. I listen to Christian contemporary music and it’s such a good time of praise.

  3. I’ve been waking up earliest and doing my quiet time on computer and study book and prayer books (by Stormie Omartian) but my best listening time is pretty random. Doing dishes or other chores, talking with others, God can grab me any time during the day and impress something on my heart. Thanks for this post!

  4. I love this post, Kat! And the same message was in my devotional book this morning. :) My time to listen and tune in to God is best in the garden when I am alone! But often I am surrounded by my children (which is great!) so mostly I have to wake up early to make time! In this busy season of motherhood I am learning to be intentional about it because it’s the most important thing and it just doesn’t “happen” like it used to before children.

    • Reba,
      So true. That’s definitely the hardest thing to adjust to. We always had time before, but now we need to MAKE time.

  5. I am a part of your maximize your morning group. I love the Philippine Bible study and my morning time. It is a fantastic opportunity for so many of us to learn new habits. Thank you!

  6. LOVE this post, Kat. My best quiet time with God is in the morning before the kids get up. I really needed to read this post of encouragement!! God bless you.

  7. just awesome again. simply stated truth. love it.

    i used to try to start my MYM time with prayer but found i was still kind of sleepy and it was not focused. so then I started with praise music, a quick prayer to ask God to lead my time/speak to me through His Word, then time in the Word and then I was ready for some time to pray with God. Beth Moore encouraged me to dialogue with God by reading scripture and praying then reading and praying. still a work in progress but better than the sleepy prayers.

    • Heather,
      Sleepy prayers…I’m familiar with those! I’ve resorted to super lively worship music first thing in the morning too. I love the read/prayer dialogue idea!

  8. Driving to work. I listen to Christian music, but most mornings at certain times during my commute, I turn it down and talk to God and listen. Listening is the hard part!! Type A personality here! Hard to “be still”!

  9. Rachel/eucharisto says:

    For me, as for many, the best time for “quiet time” is the morning. Through MYM, I have been blessed to be encouraged to start the habit of quiet time and Bible time before the day begins. This is starting to become the norm for me and I am SO happy about it! It’s changed my outlook to start my day focused on God.

    If Bible or quiet time doesn’t happen in the morning, for whatever reason… Well, I don’t have kids yet, so I can use my lunch break at work to get in some quiet time. I also stash a Bible in my desk.

  10. I love to pray over my day in the mornings, but what I love even more is praying at the end of the day. I love to offer up thanks to our Lord for all the blessings that He has given me during the day. The best blessings are always in the small things.

  11. Heather says:

    I’m a running prayer. I used to listen to podcasts and such on my morning runs, but now it’s my conversation with God time. It’s done wonders for me – it helps me to get out of bed because I look forward to our time together. I also use my 20 minute commute to have little talks too. I do need to start listening more. Tomorrow on my commute, I will remind myself to listen. I know He’s got a lot to say to me right now…

  12. Kat, I just want to say I think you are awesome… And you totally live up to your blog title. Thanks for living your calling and being inspirational. I’m so glad Jesus led me to your site! : ) I’m working at putting my inspiration into action…

  13. Oh how much heartache I would save myself and family if I could truly grasp the depth and greatness of Gods love for me and deeply believe it is all I need, rather than so continually grasp for others love/approval. I believe Jesus, help my unbelief. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Naomi,
      Have you heard the sing How He Loves by David Crowder Band?It’s such a wonderful reminder for me that I listen to it nearly every morning… Maybe it would Inspire you each morning.

  14. Kat,
    That was so simply beautiful and just what I needed to hear.
    I loved how you refer to “the one thing that is needed”. That simple phrase is so meaningful to me in light of the story of Martha, fretting frenzy, pointing at her sister and telling Jesus to make her work and serve Him. Jesus’ response? “ONE THING IS NEEDED; Mary has chosen the better part, and it will not be taken away from her.” Ever since that passage came alive for me in that way, I’ve been meaning to make a framed piece with the words “One thing is needed” to hang in my kitchen. Oh to remember every day of my life to sit at the feet of my King and just HEAR Him. Listen. Love.

    Thanks for reminding me, Kat. Your encouragement to ladies through this blog is such a blessing to me, even as I am not a wife or a mother (yet) In October I’m getting married!

    • Sara,
      I don’t think I had that in mind when I wrote that, but what a WONDERFUL connection. Thanks for inspiring me this morning!

  15. Oh. my. This is so good.
    “It’s not as complicated as we often make it. Maybe we just complicate it because it’s easier than doing the one thing that is needed.”
    This is exactly what I’ve been doing!
    Kat- can you call me and tell me this every day? ;p

  16. Rachelle Camargo says:

    Hi!
    I desperately need your eBook, Maximize Your Mornings, but when I try to use the link, Internet Explorer says they have modified the page to prevent cross-site scripting, whatever that is, and nothing shows up. It advises navigating to the webpage directly, and if the page still does not work correctly, to contact the website’s administrator.
    Is there any way it could be emailed to my email address? Or is there another solution you know of?
    Thank you SO much!
    Rachelle

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