A few years ago one of my friends mentioned how she would love to start daily quiet time, but she had no idea where to begin. I have mulled her problem over in my head for a long time now. Once you make the decision to try, really, where do you start?
Over the years I have done it all. I have read the Bible through (once), read books of the Bible (often stopping half way through), begun Bible studies, used Bible apps, read short devotionals–you name it, I’ve probably tried it.
What I have found works best for me, completely depends on where I’m at during a given time in my life. I’m sorry that’s not much help, is it? A few years ago Precepts studies were wonderful! I loved diving into the meat of God’s Word like that. Right now, though, I’m craving a short daily devotional for Moms of young children and can’t find one that really meets my needs, so I’m seriously considering just writing one.
To help us find ideas for our daily devotionals, I thought I might share what I did during that last month and see if you would share what you’ve been doing in the comments. That way maybe we can learn from one another, help seekers like my friend to find resources that work, and stay motivated to spend time with God daily.
For the last month, I’ve been in the study of Jonah: Navigating A Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer. It’s the study my Wednesday night ladies Bible class is doing. (The title is timely, isn’t it? It’s amazing how God brings just the right information to you when you need it.) I’m really enjoying this study and will probably review it once I’m done. Doing it with the ladies at church is keeping me moving, plus the fact it only takes 20 minutes a day or less. Right now I need that!
I’m also writing down my prayers in my Moleskine journal. Most days I just make a list of what’s on my heart that day. I love going over these journals months and years later to see how God has answered these prayers. Often when I go back, I write down the answer to the prayer. This really helps me to see how even when God seemed absent and like he wasn’t listening, He really was.
So what have you been doing for your quiet time this past month? What has helped you stay on track?