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I have a question for you.
How are your quiet times with the Lord?
Do you walk away each day with a verse of Scripture that challenges you? Are your quiet times leading you to seek God more passionately?
If the answer to the last two questions is no, then your quiet times with the Lord need to be refreshed.
In my post 6 Tips for Studying the Bible, I gave you some ways to refresh your daily Bible study, but sometimes we what we do during our quiet times distracts us and keeps us from really hearing God’s voice.
Sometimes we place expectations on ourselves that are unreasonable and the weight of our personal expectations discourages us and we give up before we even really get started.
Here are 3 simple tips for a quality quiet time
1. Don’t check your notifications
When you wake up, what is the first thing you do before your get out of bed?
If the answer to that is check your phone, your emails, social media, you are already setting your quiet time up for failure.
We all know that our devices tend to suck us in and what started out to be “just second” ends up being much longer than we realize.
Start your day the right way. Before you even look at your phone, spend some quality time with Jesus and center your heart and mind on Him. Make Jesus a greater priority than your phone.
2. Do your quiet time old-school
How long has it been since you sat down with a pen and old-school notebook to take notes for your Bible study?
Some, perhaps, have never done this. There is great value in slowing down and taking the time to hand-write our thoughts about what we’ve read in the Bible.
That’s why in my Bible Reading Challenges I include pages for you to journal your thoughts about what you’ve read.
3. Start small and slowly increase your expectations
Don’t set out to read a whole book of the Bible, or even a whole chapter. Simply read until three things stand out to you, and then stop.
Write those three things down and meditate on them all day long.
Even if it means that it takes you longer than 365 days to read the whole Bible, reading the Bible isn’t a race to see how fast you can get done.
We read the Bible to get to know Jesus and if your expectations are standing in the way, it’s time to lower them a bit.
Are you ready to get started?
Grab my Read Through the Bible in 365 Days Bible Reading Challenge workbook.
In it you will find:
- Forms to evaluate your walk with God
- Strategy worksheets to work through your personal battles
- A Bible reading plan for the month
- Bible reading journals for each day of the month
- Memory verse journal sheets
- Prayer lists
- Answer to prayer charts
- Note sheets
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