Jul 17

Hidden Joy~Week 8

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While the past 2 weeks have been extremely challenging, I think you will be so excited to know that we are embarking on a heart filling next few weeks.

I am super pumped about Chapter 8 in Hidden Joy, Quiet Time. I love it so much that our Word of the Week is:

Quiet Time


Many years ago, I made a decision that greatly impacted my life. It also impacted my family’s life. I began a daily quiet time…well almost daily (a work in progress always). I never imagined how great the impact would be. I blogged about it last January. Please take the time to read this post:

You Need Space

Hope that inspires you. And now here are this week’s assignments.  You may want to print the rest of this post.

Sunday– Prepare for your week. Do you have a daily quiet time area?

Monday– Read Chapter 8, Quiet Time on p. 109 in the Hidden Joy book.

Tuesday– Memory verse!!! This is an easy one y’all, but so powerful! Psalm 46:10 says to “Be still, and know that I am God.” And check out The Message wording of this one:  “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” I just love that. In other words, take a step out of our busy lives so we can HEAR God. He’s often speaking to us, but we are just to busy to hear Him.  Commit this simple verse to memory and then commit to practice it. Read “Hearing the Coach’s Voice” on my blog today.

Wednesday– Complete #1-4 on p. 196 of the Hidden Joy book.  Write Psalm 46:10 in various places to help you remember and focus.  Quiet Time Space blog post is up again today.  If you don’t have a space yet, try to figure out how you can create one. Share today with our group where and when you have quiet time.

Thursday– Complete #5-8.  Can you write or say Psalm 46:10 by memory yet?  Give it a try.

Friday– Pray with Wendy her prayer on p. 198.  In the comment section of my blog today, list 3 ways you can put Psalm 46:10 into practice.  I’m giving a way a journal one lucky winner who shares today!

Also any of you going to the She Speaks Conference?  I’ll be behind the registration desk most of today (Friday). PLEASE COME SEE ME SO I CAN HUG YOU!!!!  I can’t wait to meet many of you in person.  Also make sure to stop by the Gather and Grow/Online Bible Studies table during your free time at the conference. Stephanie and I will be there off and on all weekend long! We both are so excited to meet those of you coming!

Speaking of Stephanie…if you haven’t already, make sure to visit and like her new Facebook writer and encouragement page, Stephanie Clayton . You will be so blessed, inspired, and encouraged on her page. I plan to make it a daily place to visit.



  1. Love your quiet time space. Just goes to show that it really can be anywhere as long as it’s quiet (or semi quiet, depending) & you’re spending time with God. I recently had a friend suggest my bedroom closet as a good quiet time spot. I thought she was nuts at first until I tried it. One night at small group I was complaining that my kids always seemed to bother me the most just as soon as they knew they weren’t supposed to because I was spending time with God praying & reading. plus the place I went to was my bedroom, I sat on my bed then for quiet time, & the livingroom TV is dierectly on the other side of the wall from where I was sitting so I c ould always hear what the kids were watching. That made it hard to concentrate. I joked with a friend once that I wondered if God would be offended if, in the middle of my prayers, I said “hold on just a second God, I need to go yell at my kids to be quiet first”, lol. It wasn’t quiet. My bedroom closet really is the quietest place in my liitle house to go. All I can hear in there is when my son plays on his keyboard, nothing else.

    • Tricia,

      I can so relate and am in a new house, a very small rental, and I’m trying to find a quiet spot and it is hard. I’ve been getting up before the kids do and that has always been God’s answer to me whether I want to get up or not! I think I’m a better Mom for it but you’d have to ask my kids! Today, I’m sick and am stealing away a bit of Mom time in my bed and letting their Dad be Dad, which is highly unusual of me. I actually have read a chapter of the book uninterrupted…..

  2. Rosa Perez says:

    Hello everybody,

    I loved the blog about your quiet time and how your husband went to lengths at finding you a place for just you and God. I really enjoy that. My quiet time is in the early morning hours in my living room. I don’t have any kids (yet) and my husband typically doesn’t wake up until a few hours after me which leaves time for not only one-on-one time with God, but also other household duties. My husband and I just recently closed on our very first home last Wednesday and should be moving into our new home by August 1st, so I’m really looking forward to claiming a brand new tucked away spot for me and for him. We have talked about having quiet time spaces for a long time and now it is going to be more than possible. I’m truly excited about Chapter 8 and I can’t believe we’ve already been on this journey now for eight weeks, it’s unbelievable. I hope everyone has a very blessed week.


  3. Rosa How exciting to move into a new home. Congrats. Finding a quiet place will be fun. AS I read about quiet time this morning it caused me to stop and pause. I have been trying to find a quiet place for a long time. At one point it was under the water when I was taking my bath. Don’t laugh, its the one place I didn’t hear a sound. peaceful. Then we moved and my tub was gone so I’m on the search again and every closet is full. This looks like it could get long so I’m going to move the rest of the story to my blog.

  4. I do my quiet time in the morning (most of the time) while sitting at the kitchen table; I used to sit on the couch…but it was too easy for me to fall asleep! Since I take my Bible, journal, and copy of HJ with me everywhere, if I miss in the morning then I can do my quiet time at lunch at my favorite coffee place. Headphones help me block out the rest of the world and focus ;).

  5. I love hearing how others are able to get creative when they are motivated to get their quiet space. I am so blessed! A few months ago we went through some reorganizing/rearranging in our home, and I converted the “extra” room that is intended to be a (very) small home office/computer room into my “library.” We are talking small. At most, it is about 8×8. Almost one entire wall is large window. It is packed wall to wall (on the other 3 walls) with bookcases and a couple of filing cabinets, but I crammed in a small table and a comfy chair; added a couple of lamps and a scented candle and it makes the coziest little quiet time spot. It is not exclusively for my quiet time, but that is its primary use, and I love it! It is making such a difference in my spiritual life!

    Sorry to make this so long, but one more thing I wanted to share in case anyone doesn’t know about it: the website “scripturetyper.com” I discovered it through Ann Voskamp’s blog, and it is a great resource for memorizing Scripture.

  6. Shannon Jones says:

    HELP>>>>> I am searching for answers, advice, & trying to obtain hope & peace in my life. Why is it so easy to want to “give up”? Why is it that it is so easy to feel like you are all alone and that no one cares. Why is it that I can’t seem to find God? What do I have to do to find peace & hope? I don’t understand “having a personal relationship” with God. I feel so distant. How do you experience his love?

    How do you learn to overcome the “issues” of life such as the rape & dealing with a controlling father? How do you break free? Why is it that i simply get a text message from my step-mom that simply states..”you need to call your dad” that it sends me into depression. Why is it that i struggle so mightily with my dad…just by a simple text message.

    why is it that there is such a great study as this and i find it so easy to give up and quit. Any thoughts, suggestions, or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!


  7. Sorry, but since I am single, and live alone, I have no problem finding a place to have my quiet time. It is usually sitting here on the couch, with my Bible, HJ book, and my laptop (I do all my journaling electronically). I have had several “quiet moments” in my vehicle recently… times when I was listening to a song and was priviledged to feel the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit right in the van with me. Tonight, when I came home from church, I sat in the van, listening to Chonda Pierce singing “In the Presence of Jehovah” when God blessed me with His presence. It doesn’t happen all that often but I am not about to turn the CD off and jump out of the van when it does. I feel silly getting out of the van with tears streaming down my face but occasionally it does happen! I feel like I am doing something right when I feel His presence with me. That always helps!


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