The Public Life

“And He entered a house, and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden.” Mark 7:24

It’s hard to keep something good and wonderful hidden and a secret.

Thank You, Jesus, for being so patient and compassionate as the people sought You out, leaving You very little time for private moments. And here’s a simple poem . . .

A Lone Time

I looked forward
to my time alone
with You

but I worshiped
my time alone
more than You

now there’s no time alone
but my how I
have You.


  1. I’m aware that a lot of the stuff I write is just somewhere near good. But I’m also aware it takes writing all the nearly good stuff to occasionally stumble across something really good every now and then.

    You’ve stumbled across a profound statement here.

    “I looked forward
    to my time alone
    with You

    but I worshiped
    my time alone
    more than You”

    Cool line.

  2. I agree with the first comment that you really have presented something profound in such a small amount of space. That is what daily practice can do for you: open you up to those moments of unexpected insight 🙂

  3. Deb, I suspect that the same problem can be true of corporate worship, of going to church. Do we sometimes worship the experience of going to church and being seen going to church more than we worship Him when we are there? Our time alone and our time together are really nothing unless He is the center of our worship. Thanks for making me think about where my focus is. Peace, Linda

  4. I came, I read, I’m challenged.

    Thanks, Deb.

    I’ve got some ‘housekeeping’ to take care of. Time alone with Him has taken on a whole new meaning…

    God bless you for sharing


  5. What it takes me 1000 words to write – you do in 10. Amazing. God Bless Deb.

  6. It is so true too! ha! When I felt like He dropped that into my heart it was a wake up moment. Then life changed and I had my one daughter here to homeschool and she needed me with her through the night and “alone time” became a thing of the past. But, He makes a way to be with Him even in this! He’s really good, isn’t He? 🙂

  7. You would laugh at me, Jessie. I read back over this after posting and thought “eewww”. Turned the page in my notebook to see what was next, if it could be improved on. Thankful that it didn’t come off as “eeww” as I thought. 🙂

  8. It was one of those kind of hard, but necessary, truths He shared with me. And thank you for showing how it can be the same in cooperate worship as well! God bless your time with Him!

  9. Time has always been an issue with me. Time alone, especially! I thought I HAD to have it. And of course, everyone talks about time alone with God, so that sealed the deal. ha ha! So glad He straightens things like this out! God bless you and your heart for Him!

  10. Deb, what a beautiful poem! You have no idea…I linked to you from Craig’s site, and the glass that got emptied-so many times lately-has to do with my privacy. It was blatantly and deeply violated yesterday-in a final-straw kind of way. I was so angry and frustrated. And then I woke up this morning… and read what you wrote. I got both chills and tears when I read your words. Thank you so much!

  11. I wasn’t sure if this would be received well, because we’re always told to spend time alone with God. And given the example of Jesus going off alone to pray. I understand! He just had a different version of that for me. 🙂
    Keep writing . . .your words from Him bless us, no matter if they are many or few!

  12. Oh A . . .I’m so sorry about what has happened to you. 😦 Praying for Jesus to repair what has been violated. May He bring you private moments with Him, no matter who else is around . . .and what their intents are towards you. God bless you and keep you close, A!

  13. That was both convicting and comforting at the same time. I sometimes deceive myself and spend time alone with me instead of time alone with Jesus. Thank you so much for that important post! Pray for me, that the Lord will help me in this area.


  14. I can do that when I pray too, Theresa, spending more time thinking about me then actually praying. argh! We will pray with each other that He helps us focus on Him, in our alone time and our with others time. Thank you for always helping me and praying for me!

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