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So she (the Shunammite woman) said to her husband, “I know that he is a holy man of God. Since he visits us often, let us arrange a little room on the roof and furnish it for him … so that when he comes to us he can stay here.” 2 Kings 4:9-10
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We outgrew our first home in Massachusetts soon after having kids. Moving north over the border into New Hampshire got us double the square footage, but we quickly filled this home too by acquiring more stuff. There are days when I feel like there’s nowhere to go to escape the racket and chaos. That’s why it’s so important to copy the Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4.
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More than ever, Claire, in this rapidly paced environment of ours into which overworked parents submerge themselves daily, trying to fulfill their overloaded schedules, how essential and crucial it is for them and for each of us to “create this welcoming space” yes, for sure in our hearts, but definitely in some quiet prayer corner, daily available, where frenzied parents can definitely meet their God, build a loving relationship with Him Who, as you said so profoundly, “knows their deepest desires without uttering a word,” and so receive all the blessings, strength and encouragement they need to live out a positive, productive day. Overlooking this daily practice for me, would be equivalent to starving myself daily of physical nourishment with its harmful consequences, leaving me spiritually weak and vulnerable to meet all the sometimes unexpected challenges waiting for me on any given day. Powerful reminder here, Claire, for each of us!
I love the connection you made, Jackie, equating our spiritual food with our literal food. We should never starve ourselves of either. Both give us fuel to face whatever comes our way, and both always need to be replenished.
Thanks for this important reminder to carve out time and space for God. He sometimes gets lost in the shuffle during this CRAZY “Back to School” month.
So true, Jess! As we all race through the “Mom Olympics” of back-to-school, it’s so easy to overlook taking quiet time with God. The irony is: Taking quiet time with God is exactly how we get the strength and endurance to make it through the craziness of it all!