Part 5: Quiet time with God
I thought I would write a series called "Keeper of the home for busy ladies", in particular for those, like me, who work outside the house either full-time or part-time. However, we are all busy ladies and we all need as much encouragement as possible to get through the week in one piece.
Part 5: Quiet time with God
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
No matter how busy the day is, a quiet time with God is as important as a good nights sleep. It is essential to our lives - we can't live without it. It should be our top priority - the first thing we read in the morning and the last thing we do before bed. However it isn't for so many. Other priorities, our busy lives get in the way and before we know it, we are too busy to read God's Word or even stop to talk with God through prayer.
This is when we need to have a plan - a devotional plan - it sets aside a time each day, a quiet time to read Gods word and gain our nourishment that we need to keep going. Everyone does this slightly differently, this is how I do mine.
I gather together the following:
- A Bible - I use an e-Bible for study as I find it easier
- A bunch of coloured pens which I keep in a tin
- A pretty notebook
- The book I am reading
- A Quiet Place
My study usually involves some form of Christian literature - this can vary considerably depending on the topic I wish to focus on - I read a chapter of each night and often select a verse or chapter from the Bible that revolves around what I am reading. At the moment I am reading Quiet Moments Alone with God by Emilie Barnes and on many occasions I find I am reading a verse that really matches with the day - it can be strange at times! I also read "Our Daily Bread" each morning whilst eating breakfast and if I come across a message I really want to keep, I will make note of it and write it up in my notebook in the evening. Some nights my study will revolve around what I am writing on my blog.
|My tin of pens, lots of different colours and my notebook - I bought one that was pretty as it makes it more encouraging to write in.|
I don't write heaps in my notebook, just a verse or two that I want to remember and some thoughts I have on those words. I may also include a hymn that has significances to me on the day or poem or quote. Things that I will got back and re-read, especially when I am having a bad day. It is a very personal notebook so I tend to make it look pretty and add some art work, a favourite picture or some stickers.
|My notebook, each page is dedicate to a topic eg "be content", "Gods Forgiveness" etc.. I include a verse and some thoughts. I tend to decorate my pages as you can see - I like to add some artwork or stickers. It makes it personal!|
Many of you are married to Christian men, therefore your Bible study will also involve your husbands, my husband is not a believer so my study is done on my own. However, I have never felt alone as God is always with me during my studies, looking and listening to what I am are doing and providing just that little extra guidance that we don't get from our husbands. He understands our situation.
This quiet time should not be arduous or boring, but uplifting and provide "food for thought". If you are struggling perhaps change your plan, talk to others and see what they are do or perhaps select a book covering a topic of interesting eg inmodesty, being a wife and mother - this will focus your studies in areas that you are living. But most of all PRAY - its amazing what happens next:)
No one should be too busy for a quiet time with God.
It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'