Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tea with the King

Have you had a date with the King lately?

Photo Courtesy of Flickr: Phil Moore

Dinner with family, movies with your man/woman, coffee dates with friends, walks with mom, "talks" with blog friends. Oh we're good at communicating- physically and virtually. Everyone has a place in our life. It requires work and prioritizing to fit them in the chaos, but we do the best we can.

What I recently began to notice in my life was I was forgetting someone- the most important Someone. Sure, we spent time together in the mornings (most mornings), and His ever-present spirit was continuously with me. But we were in more of a routine than a relationship.  In that realization, a timeout was imperative. I had to say, "C'mon, Jennifer, time to change gears and focus".

I'm sure you married folks can relate. You're going through your days, business as usual, only to realize you've neglected your spouse.There have been "Good morning(s)" and "I love you(s)", but little connecting. Similar situations happen with friends and family. At that point, things need to change. If we're on our toes, we intentionally make changes to fix the disconnect.

As I mentioned, there was Someone being neglected. I was "doing" life with God, but not getting alone with Him to "pour out my heart". Psalm 62:8 says, Trust in Him at all times, O people, pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. He knows my heart intimately. Formed from His hands, I was (you were) made to commune with Him. In an effort to bridge the gap between me and my Beloved, I've started taking a few minutes at night with a cup of tea to sit quiet. I've learned that an empty mind makes for great prayers (My brother would add here that my prayers must be awesome). Unfortunately, too often, my prayers compete with the thoughts swirling through my mind. Taking the time to slow down, creates space to hear that still, small voice.

"Tea time with the King" works for me- I don't really call it that, just for you. Quiet moments with Him may look different for you. My challenge to you is to find a space for quiet with Him.


In His Name,


Courtney said...

I love that. Love it. Love it. I take so little time to just chill in the evenings, and almost feel lazy when I do. I'm afraid of being alone with myself is the real problem. Cause He'll talk to me if I am - He'll show me what He wants to show me - He'll break me even more in those moments. So, I spend some obligatory time with Him in the mornings, I read His Word late at night, but "practicing His presence" as some of my Catholic friends call it? Wow, it scares me. Which is precisely why I need to do it. Thanks for sharing, lovebug.

Jennifer said...

Exactly. I'm scared that I'll show up only to sit in silence. But when we face our fears, He overcomes our doubts. Thanks, Court, for making me look at it from that perspective.

Lisa notes... said...

Tea time with the King. Yes, we all need that. I love your statement here:

“I've learned that an empty mind makes for great prayers”

I have trouble emptying mine sometimes, but it’s always a good practice. Thanks for sharing.

Cherry said...

Visiting from Faith Barista. This was so good. I love your "tea with the King" thoughts. I am learning the same - to have more times of intimate connection throughout the day, in addition to my regular morning time. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

Lisa, I do too- my mind can get so cluddered! It's not easy to let go of everything flying around in there. :)Thanks!

Cherry, yay love Faith Barista! So cool that we're learning the same things! :)

Beth in NC said...

Oh Jennifer, what a wonderful post. I am guilty of not making enough time for my Precious Lord. I could give you every excuse in the book (husband, child, parents ... pulled in all directions), but none of them hold water. He must come first and our relationship must continually be nurtured.

Have a blessed day!

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Beth! You so right- I'm in the same boat! He deserves more than I give Him.

lynnmosher said...

Oh, how I love your "tea time with the King*! If we do not sip of the delectable waters with the King, we miss our Beloved's whispers that we so long to hear! Wonderful post!

Nikole Hahn said...

Sounds like my coffee with God time...LOL. I saw your title and couldn't help but read more. Tea and coffee are great ways to relax with Him.

Jennifer said...

Beautifully put, Lynn! It's oh-so-true! Thanks!

Nikole, oh don't I understand coffee time! :) Not quite as sweet as His presence, but pretty sweet!

Caroline said...

I can relate! If I can't make time for Him, I need to cut out some other stuff. He's always more important. Great, great verse from Psalms to use!

Jennifer said...

You are so right, Caroline! Thanks I love Psalm 62:8!