before i jump into this post, i just want to say that not every day looks like this for me. sometimes i’m too busy or tired or whatever. i’m not perfect. i go with the flow of life. your quiet time doesn’t have to be this perfect thing. it’s not supposed to be. the most important thing is that you have a relationship with the God who loves us.
also, i once heard someone say this during a small group study: “God is going to be okay if you don’t have a quiet time. You aren’t going to be okay.” our quiet time is just a literal time to spend in communion with the One who created us.
okay, so all of that said, this is how i (generally) spend my daily quiet time. it’s broken up into two parts- morning & night:
-in the mornings when i drink my coffee, I read a short devotional to start my day off. right now, i’m reading embraced by lysa terkeurst. it’s pretty good so far.
after i read this, i usually spend some time in prayer. i keep a prayer journal & if i have time that morning i will write out some prayers in there. my morning study is generally short and sweet, because i choose to do the bulk of my bible studying at night! (you may choose to do yours in the morning, whatever works is okay!!)
-first, i go to a relatively quiet space. aka my bedroom.
-second, i turn on some worship jams to play in the background. i really like the spotify playlist called Songs of Glory.
-when i’m doing an in depth study, i usually like to follow a plan or a study. if i’m not doing that, i usually will tackle a certain book.
-i take it verse by verse. my top tip for people just learning how to read their bibles is to try not to read a whole big passage at one time. take time to get to the “meat” of each verse.
-i note take inside my bible. this is so helpful for me, because I’m such a visual person. i like to box in a certain part of a verse or verses, and then make an arrow to commentary i wrote out on the side. here is an example:
-you will also notice in the picture above, that in the yellow box i wrote “refer to 2 Corinthians 3:3-6.” this is a reminder for me, for when i go back to this passage that this same topic/subject/reference also occurs in 2 Corinthians. It is just a way for me to grasp how much the Bible intersects/weaves throughout. It is really cool to see how God foreshadows so many things throughout scripture. Linking passages together gives you a clearer view and understanding of what you are studying.
-i might also use these notes to take space to understand the context. like: what time period is this? what city is this? who are these people? what were social norms at the time? you’ll notice throughout, that i’m focused on getting an overall view of scripture.
-if i happen to read a passage or a verse i do not understand, i do several things. first, i re read the passage & pray God will reveal it’s meaning to me. second, I read the passage in another translation (like in my HCSB). third, I look up commentary on the passage (i love John Piper). if after all this i’m still confused, i star the passage & make a note to ask a church leader/pastor about it.
-next, i might journal & write down more in depth notes regarding the passage. i’m more inclined to do this if i’m following a particular study. journaling is your time to get your thoughts out on paper about the passage. it’s almost like having a conversation with yourself, because you are really expressing whatever you learned/felt about the passage.
-after you do your studying (however long is up to you. mine differs on the day), I really encourage you to spend time in deep prayer. express to God your thoughts and feelings about the passage. express your concerns. seek His wisdom on how to further His kingdom more. show gratitude for all the blessings He has given you.
–prayer is really what i consider the main “relationship piece” to your study. yes, definitely the Holy Spirit can speak to you while you are reading scripture, but there is nothing like spending time just talking with God.
-it’s okay if your quiet time doesn’t look like mine
-your quiet time is YOURS, spend it how you want
-quiet time doesn’t have to be a singular chunk of your day. it could be random moments throughout it.
-studying the Word is how you ween off the “milk”, and get to the “meat” of your spiritual journey. “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.” -HEBREWS 5:13 (get acquainted with that righteousness, girl!!)
i hope this was helpful for at least one person!!
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” -Romans 15:4