I love my quiet time but sometimes I can get comfortable and a bit lazy. It can become so routine that I lose sight of why I have one. It then becomes less effective and more of a “check off my list” activity. It’s easy to be in that attitude so we must be aware of it and strive to change it. Here are some ways to get the most out of our quiet time:
~Pray First. We should always open up our quiet time with prayer. We need to ask the Lord to remove anything that would hinder us from receiving the Word into our heart and focusing our attention on Him and His Word. We also ought to ask Him to give us understanding of what we’re studying. “I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also.” (1 Corinthians 14:15)
~Take Notes. This is a great way to benefit from our time with the Lord. Make notes of what we are gleaning. Writing down verses that stand out. We can even draw pictures and be creative with what we’re learning. Having a pretty notebook and comfortable pen doesn’t hurt. Many times I have returned back to my quiet time notebook to review wisdom I learned and need to know again. ”
~Share With Another. When something really sticks out to me from my quiet time, I tend to share it with my Love and/or our children. It’s another way to reiterate what I learned. It helps me to remember the teaching and I’m passing it on. It ought to excite us when we receive a revelation from the Word of God. Why wouldn’t we share it with another? “My tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.” (Psalm 45:1)
~Practice It. Another way to gain much from our quiet time is to put into action what we’ve learned. Did we learn about forgiveness? Or how about patience? Joy? Trusting God? Our quiet time is to make us more like God and we can help that along by putting into practice what He teaches us. Taking those lessons and making them real in our life. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
~Memorize One Verse. Scripture memorization comes easier for some more than others. Yet, it is such a huge blessing to hide God’s Word in our heart. Even one verse makes a difference! During our quiet time, we need to pay attention to a verse that will help us remember what we learned. Write it down in our notebook and make a point to memorize it that day. “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11)
These tips will make our quiet time more beneficial because we are doing more than just reading our “quota” for the day. We are actually making our time with the Lord more than just the 15 or 30 minutes of Bible reading. We are covering our time with the Lord in prayer, making note of what He is teaching us, boldly speaking our lessons with another, applying what we learn, and hiding God’s Word in our heart forever. Now that’s getting the most out of our quiet time.
How do you get the most out of your quiet time? Please share your tips with us.
Naomi is a daughter of the King of kings. Joyfully married to her best friend. Mother to four lovelies with one sitting at the feet of Jesus. She loves photography, blogging, being active and creative. “Every day should be lived to the fullest unto the glory of God. There is JOY in that.” You can find Naomi blogging at What Joy Is Mine, where she encourages seeking JOY in every day life by God’s grace through His Word and life experiences. She also drops in on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram when time allows. “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:18)
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