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Sacred Time – Sacred Place: A Journal

17 December 2010 4 Comments

REST: I went to bed around 11:00 pm exhausted, fell asleep immediately, and woke up around 4:35 am to use the bathroom. When I came back to bed, I listened to my entire iTunes playlist for Day #17, including a worship song, Proverbs 17, Acts 17, I Bless You, TPPH 17, TPPP 17, and TPPW 17.

Maui got me up at 5:25 am. After feeding her and letting her outside briefly, I went to my sacred place (sunroom) to journal using my brand new “Sacred Time, Sacred Place: A Journal” for the first time. This was an uncommon gift I received in the mail from a friend yesterday. The mail lady managed to deliver our mail despite the 4-5″ of new snow.

Sacred Time, Sacred PlaceIn his email to me dated December 15, my friend wrote “BE expecting a powerful surprise this week! Just remember, in business it’s not always about whether you know someone. Often it is about value that was created, or trust that leads to action.”

I began my quiet time in my Sacred Place by reading Patricia King’s introduction to her “Sacred Time, Sacred Place” journal. I happened to open to a page that said “In Memory of Oral Roberts!” That immediately grabbed my attention. Then I read the key scripture – Song of Solomon 2:14

O My dove, in the clefts of the rock,
In the secret pace of the steep pathway,
Let me see your form, let me hear your voice;
For your voice is sweet, and your form is lovely.

Next, I read “A Divine Appointment With Oral Roberts.” Patricia wrote”

“Three months before Dr. Oral Roberts went to be with the Lord, I had the privilege of being with him in his home. Prior to his departure to glory, he invited a number of ministers from around the world into his private quarters to pray over them. During this time he allowed each to ask a question. I desired to know how he had maintained his devotion time in the midst of many years of leading large mandates and assignments from the Lord. Another guest asked the question before it was my turn and I will never forget his answer.

He called his daily time with the Lord his Sacred Time. He explained that when he went into his prayer closet no one was allowed to interrupt him – including his wife and children. Everyone in his family and ministry respected this sacred time – his time alone with God. No phone calls, no visits, no questions, and today we could say, no internet! He informed us that when God spoke to him in his Sacred Time, he obeyed immediately. He stated, ‘God never had to speak twice to me. When he spoke, I obeyed.’ He pursued the Lord with an undivided heart and with full belief that God would speak with him just as He spoke with Moses – face-to-face as a man speaks to his friend.

The enormous fruitfulness of Dr. Oral Roberts’ worldwide ministry was clearly a result of the God encounters and visitation of grace he experienced in his uninterrupted and undisturbed Sacred Time and Sacred Place.”

Next I read “How To Have A Fruitful Devotional Time With Jesus!” This was so good. I especially liked Patricia’s simple teaching about “What do you do in a devotional time?” One of the things that jumped out at me was this, “Make a list of things that distract. Sometimes in the midst of your devotion time you might receive some distracting thoughts such as, “Oh, I better remember to pay that bill later and email a friend.” Keep a small notepad available, and write those things down so you do not have to think on them again until after your devotion time is over.”

Finally, I read her “One Year Bible Reading Plan.” The Holy Spirit then prompted me to start with Day #1, so I read out loud Genesis 1-2 and Matthew 1 in the Maxwell Leadership Bible declaring and decreeing God’s Word. As I read John Maxwell’s introduction to Genesis, I realized the book of Genesis has fifty chapters. The number fifty is very significant. As I read these three chapters in the Bible, these scriptures stood out:

Genesis 2:24-25 – Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Matthew 1:18-25 – Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.

Joseph heard God and obeyed.

I then hand wrote this very first two-way prayer in my “Sacred Time, Sacred Place” journal:

Wow Jesus! My spirit is jumping for joy. Thank you for laying out the entire sequence of steps that was necessary to lead my friend to sow this uncommon seed, Sacred Time, Sacred Place”, into my life. Thank You for this morning’s rich abiding time. To You, I give all glory, honor, and praise. Blessed be Your holy name.

Thank You Joseph for your obedience. Your past has not been wasted. Your choices and decisions have led you to this turning point. Today, I lay before you life and death, blessings, and curses. Therefore, CHOOSE LIFE. Choose Me. What you were missing was your Sacred Place. Even your Sacred Time was not sacred. Today you begin a new life in Me, with Me, and through Me. Today you move from the natural to the SUPERNATURAL.

Delight yourself in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart. What are your desires?

Thank you for asking Jesus!

1) I’d like to be debt free by December 31, 2010.

2) I’d like to launch the 30-60-100 Master’s Mind Coaching by Christmas (2010).

3) I’d like to be praying and decreeing financial blessings with Julia starting today.

Ok, Joseph. I’ve heard your prayers and heart cry. BE blessed.

Blessings to establish a Sacred Time and Sacred Place and journal!

Joseph PeckJoseph

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  • Nancy Slocum said:

    Dear Joseph,

    I am so excited for you and for what has transpired since you received the significant gift! What a huge blessing and thank you so much for sharing it! Your post today inspired me.

    I am expecting great and mighty things/exploits, miracles, sudden turnarounds and answered prayers in the coming year, especially in the body of Christ worldwide and certainly for those I am close to.

    I am amazed and so grateful when I think about all the value that was created and all the trust that led to action since we all connected with you through Web 2.0! Look what the Lord has done and continues to do! We haven’t seen anything yet! I give God all the praise, honor and glory in Jesus name!

    I am going to get Patricia King’s Sacred Journal to start out my New Year! I am so EXPECTANT about 2011 being a significant and uncommon year!

    I am agreeing with you for the desires you asked the Lord for!


  • Dr. Joseph Peck (author) said:

    Thank you Nancy for sharing such an inspiring comment promptly and publicly on this blog where others can be blessed by it. I’m thrilled that you are going to get Patricia King’s journal before the start of the new year. That will be a big blessing to you and your network. And it’s on sale right now. Thank you for agreeing with the desires in my heart that I asked the Lord for. I’m going to cling tight to God’s promise that if two or more agree on anything, it shall be done.

  • Vicky Kies said:

    Thank you for taking time ! 777 refers to Methusael which means man of God or champion of God. Beautiful. God bless!

  • Dr. Joseph Peck (author) said:

    Thank you Vicky for your encouragement and for taking the time to share your insightful comment on the Journal777 blog. Many blessings to you, your family, and your dreams! Joseph

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