5 Suggestions for a Meaningful Quiet Time

To know God we must spend time with Him and in His Word. Yet this can be challenging this day and age. We have pulling at us from a million different directions. It can be hard to know WHERE to start or HOW to start or how to stop all the distractions.

I think we must start by asking the Holy Spirit to help us in our time of need. We must make our relationship with God a priority. We must say to our hearts, “This is the most important thing I can be doing now. More important than the dishes or making the bed.” This is vital. 

“The Word of God I think of as a straight edge, which shows up our own crookedness. We can’t really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture.” Elisabeth Elliot 

So, we must be in God’s Word to know God, but also to allow the Holy Spirit to convict and comfort us through the power of His Word.

Shut off the distractions. At least the ones you can control. {wink}

Put the phone somewhere else not nearby. Turn off the tv. Maybe do a quick “brain dump” list before starting so you aren’t tempted to worry about what is for dinner. Write a quick to-do list of all that is on your mind and get it on paper. And feel no guilt if little ones are playing at your feet or crawling on your lap. There will be days of quiet in your future. But for now, it’s ok for children to see or hear you pray, for them to see you open God’s Word even if you only get but a minute to read.

Start with gratitude. Just begin naming your blessings…”Thank You God for…”

Naming our blessings reminds our hearts of our true joy and contentment and that it can only come from Christ. We are also reminded of how blessed we are. It is good for us to tell our hearts we are thankful. It is good for us to remind our hearts of the faithfulness of God.

Say a simple prayer, “Lord, I want to see You, I want to know You, I want to behold You.”

Sometimes we get worried or nervous that we aren’t praying right. Or that we don’t know what to say. Or that we aren’t eloquent enough. God sees our hearts and knows us intimately. He already knows what is on your mind, so just tell Him. Tell Him you want to know Him more. That is a prayer He loves to answer.

Don’t rush. Sit and wait. Be ok with silence.

In our culture today we are so used to the noise that we often have a hard time in the quiet. Yet, in the quiet, when we can still our hearts and minds, we can hear the still, small voice of our Lord. We can allow Him to minister to us in the quiet. Slow down. Sit with God awhile.

“The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds. He will not allow quietness.” Elisabeth Elliot 

Read 1 Psalm a day.

If you aren’t in a Bible reading plan, I highly recommend reading and praying through 1 Psalm per day. The book of Psalms is the place where my heart first learned to pray the Scriptures. Through this book the Lord worked miracles in my own heart during a very dark season in my life.

What times would you add to this list? I would love to hear from you in the comments! 

Bonus Tip

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Free Ebook on Praying the Psalms

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13 Tips to Help You Focus During Prayer

What’s for dinner? Oh I forgot to get the crockpot going. Babies crying. Where is my Bible? I need coffee. I’m exhausted. I could fall asleep standing up. Oh, darn, the library books are late. 

I surveyed over 200 women and asked them what was the HARDEST thing about PRAYER. Overwhelmingly, the answer was FOCUS. It’s so hard to stay FOCUSED during prayer!

We all struggle. And we can all learn from one another! I hope that one of these simple tips will help you to try something new during your prayer time! And if you have any new ideas,  please leave me a comment!

13 Tips to Help You Focus During Prayer

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1 & 2 Thessalonians: Write the Word. Pray the Word.

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I finally have a new Write the Word plan up for you!! I can’t believe how many requests I’ve gotten to KEEP MAKING these Scripture writing plans! I love it when you tell me what is helpful for you! <3

1st & 2nd Thesslonians made a great plan that will take you about a month if you follow this plan!

{You can find Psalm 119, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, James, 1 & 2 Peter, Last Days of Jesus and a Women of the Word plans ALL on this page!}

But why write the Word? Why do we write things down? 

What is “write the word” or a “scripture writing plan?” You can read all about it and watch a video where I explain more by going to this page. 

We write things down that we want to remember.

Why wouldn’t we want to write down the most important Words there are?

His Word is life to us — write it down!

His Word is a treasure — treat it as such!

His Word is comfort to us — allow Him to comfort you as you write.

His Word is conviction to us through His Holy Spirit — soften your heart as you write. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life as you write and pray His Word.

Write the Word 1 and 2 Thessalonians PDF

Write the Word 1 and 2 Thessalonians


Psalm 129

Psalm 129

As I’ve been reading through the Psalms in the 150 Days in the Psalms plan, I had hoped to share more of my simple thoughts and truths as I’ve read through the Psalms. Alas, I’ve only gotten to blog about a few of the Psalms!

(You can find nearly every morning’s Psalm and prayer on Instagram if you want to search for the hashtag #150DaysInThePsalms) 

Psalm 129

“They have greatly oppressed me from my youth,”
    let Israel say;
“they have greatly oppressed me from my youth,
    but they have not gained the victory over me.
Plowmen have plowed my back
    and made their furrows long.
But the Lord is righteous;
    he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.”

May all who hate Zion
    be turned back in shame.
May they be like grass on the roof,
    which withers before it can grow;
a reaper cannot fill his hands with it,
    nor one who gathers fill his arms.
May those who pass by not say to them,
    “The blessing of the Lord be on you;
    we bless you in the name of the Lord.”

Crushed But Not Destroyed

Verse 2 from Psalm 129 says that we may have been greatly afflicted, but the enemy has not prevailed! I love this reminder of the victory we have in Christ!

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

This passage in 2 Corinthians goes on to say, “therefore we do not lose heart…” so let us remember that while we may be crushed, we are not destroyed. The enemy will not prevail. We have victory in Jesus. We know our eternity is secure because of His blood. We can live as victorious and grateful people.

We are His.  

More Psalms

One Year Praying Through The Bible For Your Kids

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I was so very excited to see this brand new resource! Y’all know how much I love praying God’s Word!

This brand new book called The One Year Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids is a Bible reading plan that takes you through the entire Bible in 365 days. Along with the Scripture you are to read for that day, there is a page with a short devotional based on one of the passages for the day, and then a prayer that goes along with that devotion and Scripture.

 

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Praying through the Scriptures has changed my prayer life. To pray God’s Word, we must be IN God’s Word. We must be reading and meditating and asking God to show us more of Himself. And as we read, we can offer back His very words as prayers. Asking Him to do in us what we are reading about. Asking God to work in our children’s hearts the passages that we are reading. Asking Him to make us all more like Jesus.

The devotions in this book are written by Nancy Guthrie and I really like them. The devotions are written for the parents to read and have lots of parenting wisdom shared throughout. I love how she applies the Scriptures to her devotions and to the prayers. It’s my favorite way to pray.

You can read samples of the devotions on Amazon’s page, but I also thought I would list a few samples here for you to glance at. I really like to see the INSIDE of the books I’m reading, especially if it’s a devotional with a Scripture reading plan all in one!

If you’d like a new devotional and Bible reading & prayer plan for the New Year, I can highly recommend this one to you

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More Resources for Praying the Scriptures

FREE verses to pray for each month of the year

31 Verses to Pray When Doing Battle With Our Fears

40 Days of Waiting on God Alone

Praying the Scriptures through Advent