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I know what you're thinking. "How do I find time for a quiet time in the midst of the craziness of life?!" I get busy! I also understand what it's like to feel drained and empty. This is why finding time alone with God is not just a luxury, it's vital to our survival!
A time of devotion is not to earn "brownie points" with God. It is a time set aside to be with Him without distractions, a time to rest in His presence and know Him.
So let's keep it simple. A quiet time does not have to be long and does not have to be in a certain place. This is a time to do as God says in Psalm 46:1 - "Be still, and know that I am God." The "know" in this verse does not mean to know about; it is in reference to knowing through a growing relationship. Take a few moments to pause and become aware of His presence; He is near.
First let's look at some creative "on-the-go" ideas which can be implemented right away; then we'll look at ideas for moving into a more scheduled quiet time routine.
We can have a quiet time even while we are on the go by learning to use moments already in our day to refocus our sight on Jesus rather than our circumstances. With or without technology, this can be done in many ways.
These are just a few examples of "go time" that we already have available to spend a few moments of quiet time with God enjoying His presence, His calm, His peace. In these moments God can refill us in ways nothing else can.
Making the most of our spare moments to have quiet times with God throughout our day is important. Carving out a planned daily time to spend with God regularly is our goal though.
Why is a quiet time important? Here are just a few reasons:
Think about when your "best time" of the day is. I am a morning person, so getting up a little earlier and having coffee with God is the time I am most alert.
After carving out a regular time, whether it is ten minutes or an hour, next carve out a little space. This may consist of a room, a closet, a chair, or maybe just a basket you can move to a quiet corner.
I usually keep my Bible, a pen or pencil, a composition notebook, and a devotional in a basket by a chair in a quiet corner where I am near a window to look out.
Pray; ask God to draw near as you draw near to Him. (James 4:8) Sometimes I listen to a worship song to put my focus on God and stir my heart for Him.
Read a devotional and/or a few verses of Scripture. Write which verses seem to speak to you. Spend time listening for God to speak. Jot down thoughts. Let this be a time of communion with God, knowing Him, being in His presence.
At first you may feel like you're just going through the motions. Give yourself time as you continue to discover Him through His Word and prayer.
Keeping a quiet time prayer journal has several benefits:
Do NOT let keeping a journal cause you to put God in a box though! As with anything, we can become too stringent and routine making our quiet time become just a habit.
I have kept prayer journals in two basic ways:
Sometimes we need to draw away from the world and soak in God's presence for an extended time. Maybe we are in the midst of a trial or seeking direction in life or absolutely empty with nothing more to give. It may be a day; it may be a weekend; it may just be a few hours.
During spiritual retreat quiet time, try to go somewhere different. Being out of routine can give us new perspective on life. I love anywhere near a source of water. It may only be a fountain in a park, but it just reminds me that He is the Living Water, my source for true life.
You may have to wait until the kids are in bed a sleep; then slip out and lie on a blanket beneath the stars enjoying His peace and calm.
We were created in God's image to know Him in relationship. Sin built a wall, but Jesus overcame so we may have life through knowing Him as our Lord and Savior. This is just the beginning! Think of quiet time as getting a small glimpse of all He has for us to enjoy in His presence for eternity!
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