Some women have asked me to share how I have my Quiet Time with God. Let me say, there is not one “right way” to journal or to have a quiet time. There are many different ways of doing this, and that is ok!
Usually, I try to have my time of Bible reading and prayer in the morning with breakfast and coffee. That is not a magical time, it is just what works best for me.
I use spiral notebooks for my journaling.
I need to have quiet in the house – no TV on, no children talking and asking questions (ideally), no noise. I don’t want this to be something to check off of my to-do list. I want to know God more and more deeply. It is about relationship. I love to have at least 30 minutes, preferably more time if possible.
I start writing first, usually. I don’t have a set method of journaling. I don’t go by a set of rules. Mostly, I just write out my thoughts, my concerns, my questions, my ideas, my cares, my sins, my prayer requests for myself and for others. I also write out praises and thanksgiving to God.
If I am upset about something, I write out all the thoughts I am having in as much detail as possible and ask God to help me see my true motives and to reveal any sin in my own life to me. I look up applicable verses.
Then, I usually read at least a chapter of Scripture. I usually go through a book at a time. Sometimes I alternate between the Old and New Testaments.
I write verses that speak to me as I read. And I write any insights I feel God impress upon me.
I long to be still before God, to not rush, to listen carefully.
I pray scripture sometimes.
I lay my whole life, all that I have and all that I am before God and give it to Him each day. I want to be fully available to Him and I desire His greatest glory in my life. I ask Him to fill me with His Spirit’s power so that I can walk in obedience to Him.
I love to sing praise songs to God throughout the day when possible. And, if I can, I love to listen to or read David Platt sermons or John Piper sermons if I am doing chores or doing a lot of driving by myself.
How do you approach your quiet time with God? What works for you?