5 Steps to a more effective quiet time
Sometimes it can be quite hard to have a consistent quiet time routine, many a time I have got out of bed with the full attention of having a quiet time and then sit down where I don’t know where to start or what to do. It is as if you are staring at the Bible with nowhere to go. It can be quite challenging at times to find something that really works for yourself. My quiet time routine might not be the same as yours, and remember that is fine. Quiet time is building a relationship with God. That is different for everyone.
For me it is sitting down and painting faces in an art journal. Makes no sense to others, yet for me it is that quiet time where I will have a scripture open and journal that scripture in my heart through the faces I paint. It is finding that place that works for you. Having a quiet time looks different for everyone.
If you are not to sure in how to start having a quiet time here are 5 steps that you can take in having and effective quiet time
Find a quiet spot where you can be alone with God. It does help having a place to go to everyday. In the beginning it helps a person to be consistent. Have a go to bag ready, with your bible, notebook, pens, devotionals and any other resources you might need for your quiet time. This is handy when you want to move around and wanting to sit outside in the garden or go to the park, or when you have time when waiting for the kids at school. It is that quiet time and one on one time that is important. Don’t be afraid to tell others that you need some quiet time, it is surprising to see how as we set the example others follow.
Prepare your heart and your calendar. When you set a time on your calendar you will see that you prepare your heart to follow. You can start to focus on God and ask Him what He has stored for you in your quiet time. This is better than deciding I’m having my quiet time right now when you have three children or five siblings surrounding you. When you set a time that works for you, you will see that it takes off the edge of being in a rush.
Use Bible study resources. Don’t be afraid to use bible study resources, using these resources help one to dig deeper into God’s Word. I use the inductive bible study method and this helps me to focus on God’s Word. Find a resource that will help you to begin reading and how to apply what you read into your own life.
Keep a written record of what God is showing you. Some of us might not be the journaling type. That is OK. A journal can be in many formats, it can be visual, written, you can write down scripture verses or quotes from the Bible. You don’t have to write these epic journals – write two or three sentences on what you find interesting about the scripture verses you are reading, write down what you think God is telling you.
Talk openly with God. Close your quiet time with prayer. When you think you might get distracted pray out loud or in writing it helps from getting distracted when you pray.
Remember, your quiet time is about you and God. Don’t be afraid to express the personality God has given you when you spend time alone with Him.
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Take care – Debbera