"One day as a young wife and mother of 37 years of age, I was busy with my regular household tasks. Suddenly, I became so filled with the sense of nearness to the Master that, wondering how one could live without Him, either in joy or pain, these words, “I Need Thee Every Hour,” were ushered into my mind, the thought at once taking full possession of me." -Annie S. Hawks
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, O I need Thee;I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
RefrainI need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
RefrainI need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
RefrainI need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessèd Son.
Ever since I heard that this hymn had been written by a wife and mother like myself, I realized how pertinent it is to my everyday life--to my unique situation. I would often sing it to myself in devotions and wish I had a way to remember it through the day as a reminder.
The problem is I spend time with the Lord and enjoy His Presence, learn from Him and worship Him. Yet, after I put my devotional basket away and go on with the day's business, it is easy to forget that closeness. Noise and distraction of little ones and laundry and schooling crowd out the thoughts of drawing near and the consciousness of needing His constant help through my day.
Then, I read this post and this one and this one. It seems that everyone in the blogosphere is trying this experiment. So, I decided to try it with my own little twist.
Today, I set my cell phone alarm (since I don't wear a watch) to go off every hour. When it did, I bowed my head and thanked the Lord for His help thus far and asked Him for new strength for the next hour. Then, I gave each of my children a hug and texted my hard-working husband since he wasn't there to hug.You may not need a reminder to hug your children or tell your husband how much you love him, but I tend to have tunnel vision when I'm trying to get something done.
I can't remember what was happening every time the alarm went off. Once I was folding laundry, another time I was breaking up a fight, another time we were eating lunch, and another time we were doing school work. When my children were all having quiet time and I was having computer time, I heard the increasingly familiar alarm go off. I bowed my head and prayed, but I hope you don't think bad of me for not waking or otherwise disturbing my children!
What about you? Have you tried this? If not, do try it, and let me know how it works for you. I know my day was much more peaceful. Depending on God every. single. hour. is the best stress-buster I know!