Faith

Never Alone

People these days seem to always be in a hurry, always have to be doing something, or going somewhere. Does anyone take time to be quiet and still, anymore?

Phillip and I are very busy in the off season from baseball with working on our house, working in the yard, and catching up with family and friends. During those busy days I begin each morning alone with God in the quiet of our home. That is my time I set aside to ask Him to prepare me for the day. You never know what the day will bring and you need some “armor” to face it. It seems like each day is a blur and sadly I admit, I don’t really take more time during the day just to be quiet and alone with God. Yes, I may take time to pray and talk to Him for a minute or two during the day, but not the time I should. I’m guilty of always having something else to do while we are at home. I’m guilty of not taking more time to be still and I need to work on that. Then comes the baseball season and along with it,  the blessing of more time to just be quiet and alone.

The last couple of weeks before we leave home for baseball are extremely busy. We are packing our belongings and preparing the house for our renter, so it gets very hectic and at times frustrating. It seems to get harder and harder to leave the comforts of home, but once we get to Spring Training, I’m good.There is no house to clean or yard to work in, however I do miss the yardwork. Most of the time I am only cooking for myself, and there is only a small apartment to clean. Spring Training and the baseball season is my time to take advantage of being quiet and content in more time alone. You may wonder why I can be content in being alone and the answer is, because I’m never alone. On my morning walks around the ballfields, I am spending time with God as He walks by my side. During these Spring and Summer days, I can spend more time quietly reading about Him and studying His Word. As I soak up the Summer sun alone beside a pool, I feel the warmth of His presence. While my husband is away on a roadtrip, yes I miss him, but God’s presence fills the void. I feel so fortunate that God has given me more opportunity through baseball season to be quiet and alone with Him. What a difference it makes in our lives when we take the gift of time He gives us and we use it to place our focus on Him, instead of focusing on the distractions of this world.

Love, M

One of my most favorite hymns is ‘I Come To The Garden’ You can just feel the joy and pleasure the songwriter has in his time alone with our God.

“In The Garden”

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses
And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever knownI’d stay in the garden with Him
‘Tho the night around me is falling
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling
And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known
–C. Austin Miles (1912)

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