The Quiet Place of Faith

by Christina Rose

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. Mark 6:31 NLT

The apostles had returned from their ministry tour to share with Jesus all they had done.  The crowds were so great that Jesus suggested they find a quiet place to peaceably eat and talk. This would enable them to draw closer to God without distractions.  Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:25 ESV

When I left my high-pressure life in San Francisco for Denver a few years ago I felt like Jonah who had been spit out by a big fish.  He had landed exhausted on the shore and was ready to surrender to God’s plan.  When my sister asked me to join her one Saturday morning for prophetic word and prayer at Resurrection Fellowship church in Loveland, Colorado, I said yes. I needed hope. Linda and Joy were assigned to me; while we had never met before, I instantly sensed the peace of Christ on them.

We settled into the sofas by the fireplace, and Linda gave me a word that perfectly described the book I had just written. “You wrote a book?” she exclaimed? “Join my writers’ group!” Joy then gave me encouraging words about the refining gold of the wilderness test.  And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10 ESV

Linda Evans Shepherd, founder of Advanced Writer’s Speakers Association (AWSA) and Joy Schneider, a board member of AWSA, gave me fresh hope that day as they made time for me in that quiet place of faith to prophesy and pray with me. I then joined AWSA and have been a member now for five years where I have learned, laughed and loved with this wonderful Christian sisterhood. Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11 ESV

One Sunday morning, while strolling around the lakes, I saw two gentlemen sitting in lawn chairs on a quilt with Bibles. They sat under a tree with a large sign, “Wanna Talk About Jesus?  Need Prayer?” This began a weekly tradition of stopping to talk with Jay and friends to share our faith, Scripture, and encouraging words.  As I learned to say yes to spending time with these faithful brothers and sisters, my patterns of stress began dissipating.  I began to feel peace at last.  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 ESV

When I was expecting my first child, my doctor told me, “The greatest thing you can do for your children is to spend time with them. They will forget the things you gave them, but they will never forget the time you spent with them that made them feel loved.”  Some of my greatest memories are the thousands of hours I spent rocking my babies, singing to them, praying over them, reading to them, sharing birthday parties, Christmas and going to the park and the zoo. Even though they are now young adults, old movies of those special times still melt my heart and brings me to tears today.

Giving our time and attention to others makes them feel worthy, valued, and loved. It shares the heart of Jesus, who selflessly gave his time, teaching and healing thousands, but always included those who were thought to be hopeless and unworthy. When we spend time in the quiet place of faith with others, we lead them to the love of Christ; love that surpasses knowledge so that we may be filled with the fullness of God and walk the earth for his glory.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen   Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

christina rose

About the author: Christina Rose is an author, trainer, and speaker certified by the John Maxwell Team of Leadership.  She is a DAR (Daughter of the American Revolution) whose ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War. She is a world traveler, surfer, foodie, cappuccino- loving chocoholic and a devoted mom to kids and dogs, as well as auntie to many nieces and nephews who live around the world.

Christina’s book, My Appeal to Heaven, is her story.  With her young family on the verge of falling apart, Christina finds herself in a desperate situation with no resources other than herself.  After appealing to heaven, the Lord takes her on a journey of awakening, redemption and restoration. Christina hopes her story will encourage others who are in need of hope and freedom.

Join the conversation: How have you benefitted by spending time in fellowship?

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