Belmont Abbey Motto: Excellence & Virtue
“…that in all things God may be glorified…” 1 Peter 4:11
This Valentines weekend (2019), I had the blessing and opportunity to be a guest at the Belmont Abbey Monastery. The Guest Master Monk said, “I’m glad you put up your stop sign.” We are talking about the “stop sign” busyness and finding quality alone time with God.
As I continue on my calling to study and observe early church history, I tear up thinking about how God is pouring out His spirit and calling us back to the ancient times to experience His glory and confidently watch Him work on our behalf.
I do have daily prayer and alone time with God, but not like this. For four days straight praying and singing hymnal songs from morning until night, our holy leisure time frame was 1:00 pm until 5:30 pm. It was an honor, knowing my only focus through the Holy Spirit was on our Creator and His only begotten son, Jesus of Nazareth.
Understanding that the more time we spend silent in God’s presence, we can know He is in control of everything in our life. He guides our every step, Matthew 6:33. Worry flees, and peace descends upon us. Scripture says, “Who is as the wise man? And who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.” Ecclesiastes 8:1 KJV
Lessons learned: praying throughout the day and sending up prayers before doing anything, such as family, work or holy leisure. Our thoughts should provoke us to pray. For example, thinking about a family member or friend at work, asking the Lord to “keep them safe and give them a favor.” Before starting your household chores,” ask the Lord to bless you, your home, and to make it beautiful for His glory.” Before going to bed, reading scripture about good sleep or safety.
Understanding childlike faith came alive to me there. I felt like a child when a parent reads them a story before bed to help them sleep peacefully through the night. It is the small loving things in life that bring us peace, happiness, and joy. Scripture says, “ And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” Mark 4:19 KJV
Consistent confirmation of what God has been teaching me was the thread to my visit; the Benedictine Monks made it very clear to put everything in God’s hands. If we give it to Him, He will order our footsteps, Matthew 6:33. As we walk according to God’s words, our life becomes more and more effortless. Written backward, “less effort.” Oh, how I enjoyed my time at the Monastery. I had no distractions, and all my focus was on pleasing God.
I desire to increase my silent prayer time. My challenge, if this applies to you, is to improve your prayer time and add silence. You will be impressed, and in time your atmosphere, countenance, and attitude will change for the glory of God.
“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is a good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said We would not walk therein.” Jeremiah 6:16 KJV