When my life is going great, my marriage is blossoming, my friends are all doing well, I’m enjoying my job, I feel rested and am engaged with life it is easy to find myself getting too busy for quiet time. By quiet time, I mean moments where I am reflecting, meditating, listening for God’s voice, reading his word, examining what He wants me to do next – this time is vital to my growth as a person. However, when I am too busy and life is going great, that’s when I am at my worst in terms of taking time out for these moments.
Before I know it, I’m getting overly irritated at my job, I feel bored or uninspired, I get anxious, I want to be alone and life just isn’t as great as it seemed a few weeks before. I have learned that when my life gets to this point, I have probably strayed away from God’s presence. Although I may attend church or say a quick prayer throughout the day, that focused time with God is necessary to dig deeper.
When I realize I’ve strayed, here are the top 3 things that I do to bring me back to the happy place.
1.Pray for God to show me a book that He wants me to read
I like to read books of the Bible from start to finish. I like to know the history, the before and after to the stories, getting to know the characters and then I meditate after I read each chapter. By breaking the book down and reading a chapter or two a day I am able to digest what I read and spend some time listening to what God wants me to pull from the scripture.
Worship is an act of religious devotion. So if I want to be close to God, what better way than to spend some time worshiping him and letting him know that I want to be closer than I am. I have started a playlist of some of my favorite praise and worship songs so that I can have a go-to list when I want to belt out my favorites. However, sometimes I like to just put my player on shuffle and let it go, I find some great new songs this way.
3. Get Quiet
Lastly, one of the best things I can do is just start being quiet and listening. I’m not a big talker, but when I’m praying by myself I can get chatty, imagine that. If I’ve been going on and on about things I want to do, things I feel I need, things I want to pray about, then I like to focus on taking time to just listen and wait to hear from him. Sometimes I’m not sure if I’m hearing correctly, so I will think about what signals I’ve been getting, what I have noticed happening and practice hearing directly from him.
These activities work for me, but what about you? What do you do during your quiet time?