Do you want to have an incredible quiet time with God? Perhaps you don’t have time to forge through a text written 2,000 years ago or you are just plain bored with the scriptures.
Before you call my church and turn me in for blasphemy, let me tell you how I have dealt with this problem.
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What if you change things up and make your quiet time more interesting?
In this post, I am going to tell you how you can make reading your Bible and prayer time more meaningful. In fact, you can do some new things to make your quiet time with God completely incredible.
How Do You Give Yourself Quiet Time With God?
How do you give yourself a quiet time? Is it working? Here is a realistic schedule for two different personalities that want to have a quiet time with God: the structured and the not-so-structured.
The, uh, not-so-structured, I will refer to as “creatives” like me who would rather eat dessert for dinner. And the structured people are those who are, well…structured. Either way, the point is to be reading your Bible and have a plan to do it every day.
1. The “creative’s” goal for reading the Bible:
Work towards doing your quiet time earlier in the day rather than later. I am not a morning person, so I have a plan to do it after 9 am.
If you are a stay home mom, read your Bible during your child’s nap time. This is when I did it. It’s not too early and not too late. It’s just right. I sound like Goldilocks.
If you have a job, try doing it on a break or at lunch. If you can’t during lunch, you could pray during one break and read during another break. Do it at night, if all else fails.
The point is to give yourself grace. I used to beat myself up because I couldn’t do it at 5 am. Then I realized God would probably rather talk to me when I am coherent, so later is good for both of us. Ha!
2. “Structured” people’s goal for reading the Bible:
Set a specific time every day to have a quiet time. Stick to it.
If you are a planner, thrive with a schedule, and write everything down, then just add this to your Outlook, black book, or whatever you structured people do to stay on track.
A quiet time with God isn’t as difficult for disciplined people. My husband is structured and does it every morning, early. He’s Superman.
Reading Your Bible
- Get a new Bible. If you don’t understand your Bible then get one you do understand. There are so many versions out there that are much more readable than the King James Version. I read The Book, aka… the Bible for dummies. (Just kidding)
- Use the Bible app YouVersion on your smartphone. YouVersion has about every version possible. Listen or read the New Living Translation, The Message, Amplified Bible, etc. Reading your Bible is so much easier with a version you can understand.
- Find a book on prayer. I use the Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie O’Martin and Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word. Both of these books have prayers written for all sorts of situations. There are so many prayer/devotionals in the marketplace. Go to a bookstore or buy it online. (I am not an affiliate, although I should be.)
- Write your prayers and answers down in a journal. I have a journal on my laptop. It is easy to access. You can also buy a journal at the store and do it the old-fashioned way.
- Prayer walking. I have had a prayer partner at different times in my life. We would pray out loud together while we walked around the neighborhood. If you are a mom, you can walk around the neighborhood with a stroller and pray with friends or alone. I know, people may think you are weird, but try it. It’s really cool.
- Use the A.C.T.S. technique. Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (requests). Spend your quiet time with God doing each one of these for a couple of minutes when you pray.
- Pray scripture. Find scripture you love and add your name and your family’s names into the verses. It is a very powerful way to pray as your words are aligned with God’s words.
- Pray/worship in the car. Redeem your time by praying in the car. If you drive alone every day, you have plenty of time to have a quiet time with God.
- Worship music. My favorite group is Hillsong. They have tons of worship songs. There are plenty of other groups who play worship music. Check out iTunes or YouTube. You can walk around the neighborhood listening to it on your iPhone.
- Sing, praise, and thanksgiving. Spend time with God by singing, praising, and giving thanks. This is a wonderful way to worship. God doesn’t care if you can carry a tune. I love singing in the car so no one hears…but God.
Supplement Your Quiet Time With God
- Spiritual books. Books about God or spiritual growth are great ways to supplement your quiet times. God uses other people to speak into our lives. They can give wisdom and knowledge in places we need to grow.
- Blogs. There are many blogs that have a spiritual emphasis. You can go to my Pinterest page and look under the faith and inspiration board. You will find many faith-based topics to help in your walk.
- Join a Bible study. Join a Bible study that has homework. It will keep you accountable. I have attended Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer, and Bible Study Fellowship. Each one offers a time of lecture, group time, and individual study.
- Online Bible study. First15, Our Daily Bread, and First5 are great devotionals online. I highly recommend them. There are many others but these are ones I have heard of recently.
- YouTube. Recently, I have found some really great teaching. I love Priscilla Shirer, Joyce Meyers, Chrystal Evans, and Beth Moore.
- Podcasts– I love listening to podcasts. One of my favorites is Family Life Today (check out my interview). I get so much out of their teaching. They are authentic Christians who are not scared to be honest about everyday problems that occur with believers. The hosts tackle subjects like porn, divorce, abuse, estrangement, infidelity, etc.
What Do You Do In a Quiet Time?
What do you do in your quiet time?
Do you feel guilty you are bored when you have your quiet time with God? I ran across this scripture not too long ago. In fact, I have never seen it before in all the years I have been a Christian.
You see, even the writers of the Bible knew we would become bored with our faith. Listen to this zinger…
Hebrews 6:12. The Book
Then, knowing what lies ahead for you, you won’t become bored with being a Christian, not become spiritually dull and indifferent, but you will be anxious to follow the example of those who receive alI that God has promised them because of their strong faith and patience.
I jumped out of my seat when I read this!
God knows we need to change things up. We are not going to hell for admitting we are bored with our quiet times. We just need to do things differently so we get back to our first love.
Hopefully, one or more of these suggestions will help you to get on track with your spiritual life again. You don’t have to live in the desert any longer. Drink the Living Water so you will spill over on to others.
What do you do in your quiet time with God?
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