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What Do You Do to Recharge?

by Amanda on December 22, 2009
category: Inspiration

brokenglass What do you do to recharge your energy or to re-focus? Perhaps you relax in the front of the T.V., enjoy a cup of coffee, indulge in some ice cream, or curl up with a good book. All these things are perfectly okay to do, but they don’t truly give us life.

As a mom I need energy, life, encouragement, and love, because I am pouring out all day long. After the kids are in bed, my husband and I crash on our bed and “take 5 minutes.” We need to recharge and rest. The constant listening, concern, disciplining, and physicality of lifting children is draining.

I often look in the wrong direction to recharge my “batteries.” I sometimes fail to have a quiet time and meet with God that day. I don’t wake up until I hear my children are awake and the bustle of my day immediately begins. Why don’t I fight for time alone with God?

My friend, Esther, shared this quote with me this past week:

“God is your greatest fan. As your heavenly Father, He is constantly coaxing you forward into the heights of spiritual victory. When you neglect the secret place, He’s not disappointed in you, He’s disappointed for you. He sees the spiritual riches available to you, and His heart breaks when He watches you getting by-passed. He wants you to share in heaven’s best, and He looks with wistful longing when you short-change yourself spiritually.” – Bob Sorge

Ouch! We are robbing ourselves of God’s living water with the cisterns we have created for ourselves. We are short changing ourselves.

It is hard to find time to spend with God. I don’t like waking up early and my brain is fried and exhausted at night. I have to fight to find time with God. It isn’t easy. I sometimes sit at a crumb covered breakfast table with my 2 year old sitting next to me drawing in her own notebook. Sure, she is distracting, but at least I am sitting at the side of a river with flowing living water. Its probably better to be sitting at the river slightly distracted with my children, than not even going at all.

My mentor, Kristin, gave me this challenge and I am passing it along to you.  Before you do anything fun for yourself spend some time with God. What she means is before you sit down to watch TV or read or eat for fun do something to spend time with God. It could be reading the Bible, listening to a worship song, or saying a prayer. The point is to seek God for His life. He wants to be the source of our lives!

When do you find time to be with God? What are some of the “broken cisterns” that you have created that you use to relax?

7 Responses to What Do You Do to Recharge?

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    Comment by Breanna
    December 22, 2009 @ 8:10 am

    Thanks for that! I am challenged and inspired and I will be working on going to God before picking up the remote or surfing the net. ;)

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    Comment by Amy Davis
    December 22, 2009 @ 10:01 am

    Wow, that really spoke to me! I’m off to fight for some quiet time! Thanks Amanda!

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    Comment by Dawn
    December 22, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

    Fabulous and convicting. Thank you. These words won’t be forgotten!

  • Comment by Christy
    December 22, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

    Definitely… I fight it too sometimes, mostly because I find that when I get into the Word, I get consumed and will spend hours and hours… not that it is a bad thing, but once I start, I never stop and then won’t sleep (negative for a busy mom) because I get consumed with my thoughts of what I have read. I love the idea of listening to a worship song or something else as well to have your time. I like to journal what God has shown me in a devotional type style. It helps me process.

  • Gravatar December 23, 2009 @ 5:00 am

    [...] Amanda’s post yesterday got me to thinking about all the things we do in our lives that seem innocent enough, but in reality can lead us down a path of destruction.  Now, having a cup of coffee or watching a little tv isn’t going to kill us, but the influences we allow in our lives (including those on tv) can be dangerous. [...]

  • Gravatar December 23, 2009 @ 11:37 am

    [...] December 23, 2009 by Amanda So how was John 15 for you? Did you fight for quiet times this past week? I wrote about fighting for a quiet time this week over at The Mom Crowd. [...]

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    Comment by Barb
    December 25, 2009 @ 5:07 pm

    Great post! The quote comes from Bob Sorge’s “Secrets of the Secret Place” – an AWESOME book that I cannot recommend highly enough.

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