I woke up to an email from Bobbi with a link to the review she wrote of Misplacing Godhere. She said such nice things that I feel all warm and happy inside despite my cold toes and the snow outside the window.
But the thing that made me happiest is that she got up this morning and had her quiet time--and she was excited to do it! And that's what the book is all about.
I don't know if I ever say it in so many words in the book, but here's the thing. Quiet time is not something we HAVE TO do. It's not something we SHOULD do. It's not something we MUST do to make God love us.
(Which is what I thought for so many years and was constantly defeated and frustrated when I couldn't seem to make it stick. I felt like something was wrong with me and that somehow I wasn't a very good Christian.)
Quiet time--time alone with the Father, with the one and only God of the entire universe!--is something we GET to do. Something we are INVITED to do. Something we are BLESSED to do. In short, it can be something we WANT to do. And that makes all the difference.
The outward practice may look the same between someone doing it out of OBLIGATION and someone doing it out of DESIRE, but I guarantee what's going on internally is different. And I can almost certainly guarantee that one will keep at it and the other won't.
So many of you have let me know that your review copy arrived too. Please let me know when you write a review--or if you have a specific question after reading that I can answer as part of your review. And you could leave a link to your review here too. That way everyone can see it!