All Christians must feed their spirit by ensuring that they have a regular meal of the Word by having quiet time for prayer and study. For the chronically ill woman, a time of prayer and bible study is even more crucial to her daily walk and spiritual health, for if she is to have any strength to face the day, she must find it in Christ.
I find that the mornings are not a good time for me to study the Word. Indeed, they are not a good time physically or mentally for me at all- even though I do love the special quietness and beauty of the early morning.
Illness and my medications have induced a difficulty in processing anything written early in the morning. I can read something only to find that I haven't taken it in properly, making me feel frustrated. So I have downloaded scripture on the Net and I listen to the Word.
I find that my prayers some days can be disjointed as my medications work...and I have found that by remembering that the Spirit Himself groans for us and intercedes to the Father, that I am comforted that I don't have to worry that God won't understand me. He is far above our finite minds and understands the groanings of the Spirit.
We need to focus on God for we sacrificial home keepers must cling to Jesus on a moment by moment basis. By feeding our spirits, we can recall the Word and feel close to the LORD in times of extreme fatigue or pain.
Here are some ideas to focus on Him:
Find a quiet place.
Take your Bible, a notebook, pen, and perhaps a favourite devotional.
You can play worship music if your desire. I listen to the Word and play worship music later on.
Remain quiet in God's presence.
Meditate on His love for you, sing, or don't sing. Just listen.
Drink in the Lord's love, unhurriedly savouring Him.
Listen for His voice.
Note anything God reveals to you.
Search your heart.
Ask the Lord to reveal areas or issues in your life that need changing.
Pray for yourself, family, friends, church, and others.
Remember, God is sovereign. His ways are not our ways. Be sensitive to His desire for you each moment. Often He requires less of you than you require of yourself.
It's not about a schedule. It's not about spending a particular number of minutes or hours. Time with Him is about desiring God and pleasing Him.
Remember He Who notices and cares for the sparrow, cares for you. It is so important that you draw your strength from God by feeding your spirit so that you can face the day.
© Glenys Robyn Hicks
"My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. " Psalm 5:3