Quick note: Please understand that these are things that I believe are important and helpful, but they are by no means the only way to do quiet time. It has taken me a long time to get into a routine and I still fail to follow these guidelines at times. This is all a good starting point, but in the end it is up to how you feel you’d like to spend your time with God.
- PRAY. It’s a very easy, very important way to begin quiet time. It is a way to open up your heart to whatever God wants to tell you that day and to ask Him to keep you rooted and ready to hear what He wants to tell you. If you are having trouble thinking of what to say, here’s a good place to start:
Dear Lord, Thank you for who You are and what You have done for me. Please open my heart to listen to Your word today. Shape my heart into what You have created it to be, and be with me today as we strengthen our relationship. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
- Set a specific time and place that works with your daily schedule. In scheduling quiet time, it is important that you always have a set plan for each day. Getting into a routine makes it easier to stay focused and on task, lessening the chances of skipping days or falling behind.
- Have a plan. Make sure you know what you’re reading ahead of time. Some days you might feel called to turn somewhere else in the Bible, and if you feel that on your heart, by all means follow that. However, having a plan makes it a lot easier to focus and have some direction. Later blog post will explain where to find cool plans and lessons.
- Don’t skip days. Trust me, I get it. I have had too many days where the very last thing I wanted to do was talk to God and open up my Bible. A lot of times I would rather just watch Netflix or go to sleep. These are the days where it is most important to spend time with God. It’s going to be hard, but it’s also going to be worth it.
- Turn off all music, phones, laptops, and TV’s. It’s called quiet time for a reason. This is a time for you to sit silently with God and hear what he has to say to you. It is important to get rid of all distractions and just be still.
- Journal! Journaling is so fun and great and helpful! I’ll most likely write a post on how to keep a journal sometime later, but however you do it, it’s neat to be able to keep an account of your walk with Christ. Writing things down often makes it clearer, and you’re able to go back and remember all the cool things you’ve learned! My journal consists of a mess of letters, prayers, notes, and other cool things I’ve come across. I highly highly recommend getting one if you don’t have one already.
- Listen. This is a part of quiet time that I definitely need to improve on. Conversations with God isn’t just us reading and praying. It’s just as important, if not more important, to sit and listen. He speaks to everyone in different ways, but He is always talking to us if we just listen.
Hope this gives y’all a nice little outline on how to better organize your quiet time! If you have any questions/requests for future blog posts feel free to contact me!!