Today we are going to be talking about having a quiet time with God every day and what that looks like.
First of all, however, I’d like to point out a couple of things.
- It’s hard to get into a consistent routine of having a quiet time every day. If you’ve never tried to set a schedule of having a quiet time with God every day, then get ready for this to be a little hard. It’s not easy to just jump into this and it’s going to take a little bit of work. Overall, though, you need to not beat yourself up if you miss a day, and just keep pressing on. The more you press on, the better you will do.
- Don’t expect to have rich and jaw-dropping experiences every single time you go to have a quiet time. Some days are going to be really encouraging and you might learn a lot. Other days, you’re going to have to push yourself to read your Bible, because it’s going to be the last thing you want to do. So just press on, and realize it won’t always be easy.
- The Bible isn’t always easy to read. If you’ve ever read through the entire Old Testament, then you know what I am talking about. Now don’t get me wrong; the Bible is an awesome book and it has tons of amazing stories in it. There’s just some parts which are easier to read than others. So, when you go to read the Bible, realize that. Realize that all of it is awesome, and that some of it is just easier to read than other parts.
Okay! Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, we can move on…
We will now talk about how I do my quiet times with God.
Some say people that it is better to read your Bible in the morning, since your brain is freshest. I agree with that, but I’d also say, a lot of people are busy in the morning, so if you try to have a quiet time then, it’s either rushed, or it doesn’t end up happening.
In the Summer, when I don’t have school and I have more freedom, I do my quiet times in the morning. I can wake up early, go outside and have a nice quiet time out there. Or I can sleep in and wake up late, and have my quiet time in bed. It’s all up to me, assuming I don’t have other plans.
During the rest of the year, I tend to do my quiet times in the afternoon, or evening. I could try to do it in the morning, and just wake up early, but I have found that, for myself, I tend to rush my quiet time, if I do it in the morning, because I want to get on with the rest of my day. Thus, I have realized that it is better for me to do it in the evening, or afternoon, when my schoolwork is done.
Since not everybody is the same, I suggest you try for yourself doing your quiet time in the morning, and then night, seeing which works best for you. Once you’ve figured that out, you can be more consistent in having a daily quiet time with God.
Let’s move on from talking about WHEN to talking about HOW…
There’s lots of ways you can have a quiet time. Some people use Bible plans. If that works for you, then that’s awesome! If you are not used to having a quiet time, I encourage you to try out different ways of having a quiet time, to see what works for you.
I, personally, love just going through a book of the Bible one chapter at a time, journaling along the way. I’ll pick a book to go through, and once a day, I’ll read a chapter from it. I have a journal, in which I will write verses from the chapter which stuck out to me, or just an overview of the entire chapter. I also highlight things that stand out to me, in my journal. I don’t color-coordinate or anything (I’m not that fancy. 😉 ), but I do use different colors, to help different parts stand out from what I’ve already highlighted, or underlined.
Also during my quiet times, I pray. Now, there’s different ways to pray, too. You can pray on your knees, with your head bowed and eyes closed. You can pray outside, laying on your back, looking up at the heavens (this is a personal favorite of mine.) or you can just write down your prayers. They’re all wonderful, but I especially like writing my prayers out. I got the idea from my youth pastor. He said that he had a prayer journal, and he’d just write his prayers out in it. Being someone who loves to write, I snatched the idea up, and now I have a prayer journal. Basically, you just write out your prayer in the same way in which you’d pray it aloud. It’s really cool, and for those of you who love to write, I encourage you to give it a try. It’s drawn me very close to God in ways I couldn’t have imagined!
There’s one last thing which I have recently been doing more of. That is, I have been going outside and just talking to God.
Growing up in church, I’ve always heard people saying how beautiful all of God’s creation is, but I pretty much took it for granted. I’ve only recently been mesmerized by it all. Sometime, I want you to go outside and just lay on your back on some grass and look up at the sky. I want you to think of how big and how glorious it is. It’s amazing. I can’t get over how awesome our God is and how He has blessed us WAY more than we deserve!
So, here are some challenges I have for you this week:
Read your Bible every day of this week and figure out what routine and schedule works best for you. Once you’d done it a couple days, don’t stop! Keep going; create a streak of reading your Bible every day, and spending time with God.
Try doing a prayer journal, just to see if it works for you. If you don’t like it, then you don’t have to continue it. But figure out a way where you can talk to God; it’s a very important aspect in a Christian’s walk with their Savior. ❤
Take some time to just go outside and take in all of the beauty around you. Open your eyes to all that God has made.
Well, that’s all for now! I hope that y’all liked this post. Make sure to tell me what you thought below, in the comments!