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  • I don't get it often, but I think it's important. People need time to themselves to just relax and wind down without distractions.
  • I get quiet time,most of the day,and every day.
  • Very important. I don't get much these days unless I am willing to stay up until the wee hours of the morning. But with 2 little ones, I want my sleep when I can get it!
  • Yes. I think it is very important to take time for one's self. My quiet time is a few minutes in the morning and again in the the evening before bed. I think it adds to healthy and lasting relationships.
  • I think it is very important! I get a little quiet time for about an hour before I goto bed, but thats about it! :(
  • I don't have any children and my husband works nights, so I have quiet time at least 5 times a week.
  • It is definately important. We have a rule in our house, When mom is in the tub, dad & kids go to the pub! The kids get to play games in the kids area for two hrs, two days out of the month! Dad gets to watch sports uninterupted at least by me! No it is not a bar!
  • I really need my space once in a while...I seldom get it though.
  • I live alone, so whenever I want it, and sometimes when i dont want it.
  • Yes I have always liked my lone time but now I live alone sometimes it becomes lonely time.
  • I think it's very important. My bf constantly gets mad at me and thinks that I don't trust him when I want time to myself. I've been giving in for a long time and spending time with him and I've been getting more and more depressed and irritable. Being denied time to myself has made me want it more. I think "quiet time" is a time to refocus one's self and everyone needs it from time to time, some more than others.
  • Go to a nice hotel or motel in another state. tell no one where you are going and leave the cellphones in the car. Raising our children and two granddaughters almost made us lose our sanity. by "getting the heck out of Dodge", we learned to keep our sanity. Once a month did it and it worked. You just have to make yourself do it. The world will not collapse, until you return. You will thank me for it.
  • Being alone because I want to is such a joy and now that my granddaughter is in school I have the days to myself. No phone,no tv or radio....complete quiet! It is a luxury I am wallowing in:))))
  • It's incredibly important. I have a few hours a week by myself and sometimes do nothing during that time.
  • OK…I admit it…I’m a dedicated list girl! I love my lists. There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment when I have a ‘to do list’ with all the boxes checked because all my ‘to do’s’ have been accomplished! So many of us are wired to be doers, aren’t we? When you think about it, our obsession with checking things off a to-do list is a worldly success thing. We feel successful and efficient when we cross something off our lists. But I’ve felt God tell me, “Spend time with me, even though you’re not being ‘efficient.’ Just love me and allow me to love on you.” Whenever I draw away in an extended time with God, He has taught me the importance of being, not just doing. Every day I try to spend quality time with Him, which is like mini “being” time. I like to go for walks, when I can listen to nature or stare into the sky. I love being outside in God’s creation, delighting in this world He’s given us. At times He wants us to just be with Him, and not accomplish anything. Sometimes I sit and read a book in a hammock at my parents’ place. If you have kids you may not have much down time, but maybe you can take mini-sabbaticals, like taking a couple of hours when the kids are napping to do something you enjoy. “Just learn to rest in me,” God says. “I’m not requiring anything of you.” Isaiah 30:15 says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” It’s about Him; it’s not about us. Knowing that should really free us to focus on trying to be faithful to His plan for our lives. And, at the end of the day, that’s real success. I love the story of Mary of Bethany in the New Testament. Jesus and His disciples were on their way to her home in search of an oasis of calm in the midst of some pretty intense weeks leading up to the cross. Her older sister, Martha, was appropriately named. Martha Stewart had nothing on her, as Luke 10:40 says that she “was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” She was stressed. Everything had to be just so. She was so bothered that she asked Jesus to intervene. She approached Him and asked if He cared that she was doing all the work, while Mary did nothing but sit at Jesus’ feet “listening to what he said.” Mary was soaking in every shred of truth spoken by the Master, and she hung on His every word. Jesus responded to Martha, “My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it—and I won’t take it away from her” (Luke 10:41, 42, NLT). Martha had thought that many things were necessary for the Lord’s comfort, and she was wearing herself out in an effort to provide them. But, Jesus was more concerned with just being with them and sharing life, and Mary’s devotion was more important than any of the delicious food Martha had prepared. How easy it is to get distracted with so many things competing for our attention, when only one thing is really needed—intimacy with Jesus. What kinds of things distract you from seeking intimacy with Jesus? What can you do today to just be with Him? Being with Jesus—let’s make that a ‘to do’ for life!

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