ESTABLISHING A QUIET TIME
Making a time and place to focus on God and be quiet and still is so important in our daily lives. You become who you spend the most time with. When we spend time focusing on Jesus and His life on a daily basis, we will become more like Him.
When I first started getting up early 5 years ago to study my bible quietly, I sat at my kitchen table. We were in a smaller house and that was the only place I had to lay all of my stuff out. I’ve always had a journal to write down things. I learn by writing. If I read a verse that speaks to me, I highlight it underline words in it and write it down in my journal (composition book or notebook). I still have those notebooks and journals. But the kitchen table is made of wood and you can see several spots where the pen made indentions from me writing notes on paper. I truly miss sitting in that spot. When I first started, I would sit for hours, because everything was so fresh and my eyes were open to see the beauty and understand what I was reading.
I’m going to go over some tips for establishing a quiet time.
This needs to be somewhere private if at all possible and a place that is available everyday. The environment should not be busy with “to do” tasks laying around. When I sat at my table years ago, I made sure the table was clear and I put only things I needed for my bible study time. I sat with my back against the kitchen. I wasn’t distracted by anything in there. For this very reason I can not have my quiet time in my office, because I will fixate on what all I have to do.
Place ideas – bedroom, basement, backyard, garage, laundry room (this one is mine), living room, patio, table, or even your closet.
*SET A TIME:
Make an appointment with God. I suggest finding a time that you are most attentive. Mornings are good for me because I tend to start tasks and snowball from there until I hit the bed. So I start off with bible study first so that I don’t feel distracted later in the day. If I have a break in my day, I try and read too. One thing I heard from a preacher that now I’m remembering is… you are setting up this appointment, Jesus will definitely be there. It’s up to you to show up or leave Him waiting. That broke my heart.
*SET YOUR INTENTIONS:
I’m an alarm freak. Like I mentioned before, I get distracted by the tasks in the day, so I have to set alarms that go off throughout my day to remember the smallest tasks. They are part of my daily routine. My 5:00 a.m. alarm is intentionally set for bible study.
*WHERE DO I START?
Very common question and can be answered differently by different folks. If you are reading the Bible for the first time, like really reading it, I started with the stories I was told as a child. I admit, I cheated by looking at my daughter’s story bible. That was a wonderful experience to read those stories. There were so many lessons to learn from each character. I also started in Genesis where a lot of those stories are found. Now, if you are a new believer, I suggest reading John first. Know the story of Jesus and then discover Him throughout all of the bible.
*GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS
This is iffy. I use my phone for study sometimes so when I’m not using it, I put it on silent and flip it over. But if you can put it in another room, you’ll be doing even better. Also, have a post-it pad near by. If you think of something…right it down, so you can have all those randoms ready to take on after bible study.
*WHAT DO I NEED?
*Well for starters, a Bible. I suggest a notebook or journal too. And pens. That’s it for basic Bible study.
If you are a deep thinker…you get another list:
*color pencils/twistable crayons
*post it tabs
This one is self explanatory. Open your bible and start reading. I find when I leave my bible open, I may walk by my desk and start reading again. So I suggest leaving your bible open, that’s my own personal opinion. I’m a visual person.
Up Next -We will be starting on bible study techniques you can try out during your study time. I will have several. You can try these all out and see what works best for you. What you learn best by doing. If it is a distraction from you understanding God’s Word, then it’s probably not the technique for you. Find what feeds you Truth.