I have had a couple of people ask me what my personal quiet time looks like. Although I am going to share that, I want to first say this...
One Style Does Not Fit All
I believe that God made us each unique individuals with distinct personalities. I believe that He meets with us and communicates with us each individually based on how He created us. What I put into practice in my time with Him may look very different from what you find works best for you.
However, I know that sometimes it's hard to envision anything other than what you are currently doing, or even where to begin if you are starting.
I will also share that I don't believe there is a formula, task list, or specific way to meet with God.
I believe that what it looks like doesn't matter so much... just that you are meeting with Him. That's all He wants is time with us personally.
And it may vary.
And I can only imagine all of that pleases Him as it happens... in His presence and with Him.
So, here's what I am doing... right now.
After getting my cup of coffee, I settle in and begin.
I have 2 devotionals that I start with. I am not a natural morning person. I have found that reading these help me to wake, get focused, and begin preparing my heart.
For the last 2 years I have started with these devotionals:
Streams in the Desert by Jim Reimann and Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
2014 has found me changing that up and I am now reading these to start my quiet time:
Praying God's Word Day by Day by Beth Moore
Believing God Day by Day by Beth Moore
All of these devotionals are designed to be read through the year. I read the selection for that day.
I then read the Bible. I am currently reading through the Bible in a chronological format. And often times I also read verses that were included in the devotionals, that I heard in passing, etc. And there are some favorites that I just return to because they bring such encouragement and bolstering of spirit to my heart.
Sometimes I might journal a verse that stood out to me or a thought or challenge that came to mind. I don't always write something everyday, but I do have it handy and ready.
Just talking open and honest with and listening to my "Abba, Father". Part of this time includes Scripture as my very prayers.
Right now I am also working through the study "Lead Like Jesus" with others from my church. There are 5 lessons a week so this isn't completed every day... but on days that there is extra time I put this in.
I am usually working on memorizing a portion of Scripture. I review it in it's entirety as I head into my day, repeating it throughout the day to get it deep, not only into my head but also (and perhaps more importantly) into my heart.
So, that's a small glimpse into what you can find me in the midst of in the early mornings around here.
Would you be willing to share what your time looks like?
I always treasure when we can learn from, encourage, and spur one another on!
And if you're not currently having a quiet time, there is no time like the present to begin! Remember, it's not "the formula" that matters. It's just that you are meeting with and developing a personal relationship with Him through His Word that counts!...
Where and how will you begin?...