I asked on my Insta stories a few days ago if y’all would be interested in how I have revamped my quiet time these days, and the answer to the poll was a 100% yes, so here is the post!
Please know that this post isn’t meant to discourage you or make you feel guilty. I am just sharing what I have been doing during my quiet time recently in hopes that it might give you some fresh ideas and inspiration for yours! The important thing is that you are spending time with the Lord and growing in Him in whatever way works for you. And if you don’t have a quiet time already, don’t feel bad or guilty! I didn’t for YEARS. I know it can be overwhelming. Just start (here’s my tips for doing that) and the Lord will bless you earnestly seeking Him.
I have shared before that in 2017, after about 10 literal years of trying, I FINALLY read through the Bible in year! All of the praise hands!!! It was LIFE-CHANGING. I feel like I learned SO much, and really all I did was read. I highlighted, looked up things every once in a while, and did a devotional with it occasionally, but I really focused on just reading and accomplishing that task. All I have to say is God is good, y’all.
All that said, this year, my goal is to memorize at least 52 Bible verses and start to really study the Bible and unpack it for myself.
Here is my process so far this year:
I start off the morning with a quick prayer for a clear, focused mind, and a heart that sees what the Lord is telling me.
I then read a quick devotional to help get me focused. I have LOVED doing this before reading the Bible because it helps me to like get my head in the right space before I dive into the Word. I am reading A Daily Women’s Devotional right now for this, but I also LOVE New Morning Mercies and Jesus Calling if you are looking for one!
I have also started a little Gratitude Journal this year. I am aiming to write down five things I’m thankful for and praise the Lord for them each morning. This also just gets me in a mood of thanksgiving if I woke up on the wrong side of the bed and also kind of makes me think about what has been going on in my life. I feel like I make connections to the Word and the rest of my reading when I have thought about what’s going on and found things to be thankful for in the circumstances.
Read the Word:
I have been reading the chapter of Psalms, Proverbs, & Matthew for whatever day of the month it is currently. I got into the habit of reading about three chapters a day last year, and I am liking this so far! Not sure what I will do when the month is over, but we will see! haha. Right now, I am not really journaling or marking up my Bible because I am actually looking to get a new one. I used the Life Application Study Bible last year…but it was the student version I have had since high school. While the study notes made excellent points and were helpful, I want to get a Bible that is not student geared and talk about being grounded and stuff like that. #adulting. lol. My sweet mother-in-law loaned me one of hers to start with this year, and I am really loving the way the study materials, cross references, etc are set up! It is the Spirit Filled Life Bible. I think that eventually I will purchase it as well as this NIV Journaling Bible.
The first thing I do is read all the way through each chapter, take it all in. Then I go back and look at notes, cross references, look up words in the dictionary or my Bible dictionary if I need to, and I also love to pick the verse or passage that stands out the most to me and read it in a few other translations to really get a good understanding of it. For this I use my old Student Bible (it’s the NLT) and a Message Bible (a paraphrase of the Bible).
I also have a little notebook that I keep categorized. When I read a passage or quote that I love about a certain topic like “faith” or “prayer”, I just write down the verse or quote. I am liking doing this because it keeps all my favorite verses about these topics in one place and easy for me to reference.
Sometimes I journal this prayer, sometimes I literally say it outloud. But I normally don’t say it in my mind. I just can’t focus and start thinking about what the weather is, what I need to do today, etc. I do love having my prayers written out not only because it keeps me focused on talking to the Lord, but it also is so sweet to have them to go back to and look through over the years. It’s my own little story of God’s faithfulness and how I’m finding him.
Read a Christian book:
I have been wrapping up my quiet time by reading just a chapter or two from some sort of Christian book. I have too many probably because I LOVE to read. I have been reading alot about marriage since my wedding, but I also love to read about womanhood and Christianity in general. I keep a list of books I want to read in my phone and delete them once I’ve finished it! Right now I am reading A Woman’s High Calling by Elizabeth George (and LOVING it). A few that I am wanting to read after I’m done with this one are Mere Christianity, A Woman After God’s Own Heart, The Power of a Praying Wife, Blue Like Jazz, & The Shack. These are all a little older, but I love that! Here’s a few books that I have read in the past that I really enjoyed!
To do ALL of these things with no attention to time, this takes me about an hour. If I don’t read at the end or journal my prayer, it takes about 30 minutes. That might sound like a while to you, or it might not sound like long enough. To me, it gets me thinking about Jesus at the beginning and throughout my day, and I know that I have grown so much from it last year and already this year. My idea right now is that I want to spend as much time as I can with the Lord before my husband and I move into a new season of life- whatever that may be. I want to have a well filled that I can draw from if there comes a time when I can’t spend as long in the Word for whatever reason. That’s part of why I want to memorize Scripture this year. So that my well is full and the Word is written on my heart.
So that is what I have been doing since getting home from the holidays! I hope this was helpful and encourages you to make your quiet time your own- my changes all the time!
If you need some tips on how to even just get started with a quiet time, check out this post!
For some motivating Bible Verses to keep you going once you have started, click here!
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