Table For Two, Please

One of my dearest friends loves to eat at restaurants. She’ll bring her favorite book and politely ask wait staff if she can “rent the table” for a little longer, when she finishes eating.

When I get the privilege of meeting her for a meal, I can always count on two things.  The first is that she will arrive before me.  I try to get there on time – I really do; but she knows me well. The second thing that happens, without fail, is that as I round the bend in the restaurant to get to our table, I find her hunched over whatever book she is currently reading, devouring a page. It makes me smile every time.

Her enthusiasm for reading is infectious.

And I can identify. I feel a lot like that whenever I get alone time with my God to read His Words.

Carving out the time in my day to do that is no easy task.  And, I’m sure that’s true for many of us.  But, it’s also critical.  Renee Swope reminds us, in her book, “A Confident Heart”, that we can’t “find” the time to spend with our Jesus.  We have to make the time.

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And He can help us do that.  We need only ask Him to.

Even if we work outside the home and have family responsibilities. Even if we work the night shift, or struggle under the weight of unemployment, or suffer with a long-term illness. Even if we are double-dog tired by days end. Whatever your “even if” situation is, when you ask Jesus to clear the way for more time to spend with Him, I can promise you, He will! He’s just waiting to be asked.

Maybe, that’s why I love spending time with Him.  He doesn’t force me to come to Him. He invites me to.

He’s inviting you, too.

Who doesn’t want to accept an invitation like that?

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The time that I carve out to spend with God is indeed at a table; but not at a restaurant table.  No. My kitchen table serves as the place where I can lay out His Good Word and my pencil and notebook and concordance and notecards and…

It’s a production, you see.  I want to be able to look up any word I don’t understand.  I need to be able to write any thoughts that He may bring to mind about my current thinking or behaving.  His truth needs to be underlined or starred or re-read out loud. Sometimes, I feel the need to re-write some Truth to be placed in a location where I can easily see it again and again.

And I just can’t do that in a restaurant.

But I most certainly can at home. For it is in those precious quiet moments, without distractions that I am able to hear Him speak soothingly to the hurt places and joyfully to the dark places and softly to the hard places.

And that table? It is always a table for two.

Join me over at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Online Bible Study today. We’re discussing chapter 9 of “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope.  And the topic?  #WhyWorry I don’t know about you, but I stand to learn much about that!  Go be encouraged.

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12 thoughts on “Table For Two, Please

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  2. Ahh! I love the invitation extended to us everyday by Jesus! I cozy up on my bed, pile the pillows behind me and spread out books, journal, computer, Bible and anything else needed. It is such a comfort to know that God meets us anywhere and we are never at a table for one! Blessings!
    Mary

  3. Mine is not a table, but a cozy place in a rare but planned quiet moment in my home. I loved the quote about choosing time, not finding it. Spoke straight to me in the midst of an incredibly busy season.

  4. Oh, friend- I love what God does in my heart through you. This reminder is the inspiration I needed today. And as I’m picturing you at your kitchen table deep in His word, I’m focused on how I need to find my own “table for two” and stop trying to find time to sit down with Him. Invitation accepted.

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  6. Totally needed to read this today. I need to be more intentional. Thanks for the encouragement. I need to read this book. Sounds great!

  7. We dont have a dining room table, or any table, but a small writing table I purchased (with 2 chairs) at an antique shop. All that is on it is my lap top, bible, journal, notebook, pens and lamp. All I need to spend a little time with Jesus.

    Though, after reading this, I am realizing that I have been using it as a table for one. I am learning about Jesus, writing notes to Him, but there isnt a place for Him to sit – no room for Him to join me.

    Today, I will change that. I will place the other chair next to me, to remind me that this is not just a place to sit and learn about Him, but a place to sit and commune with Him.

    Thank you my sweet friend….Ill post a picture later to show you the progress.

  8. Oddly, I look like the person who doesn’t get out of bed. I love my quiet time in our bedroom. I’m off from work for two weeks and it is heavenly. I’m catching up on my ACH study and reading The Women of Christmas, by Liz Curtis Higgs. Can’t read two books at the same time when I’m working…too confusing for this mind. When my husband comes in to see what I am up to, I proudly offer that I have gotten dressed and made the bed; I’m now lounging on top of the covers. I have my books and resources all over the place and there is at least one or two cats lurking nearby. Now the challenge that lies before me is to SCHEDULE the daily time to immerse myself like this when I return to work. As always, Blessings to you Kind Sister.

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