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{Guest Post} Quiet Times 101–A Guide // From Christian Blogger Savannah H.

Hi Friends! My name is Savannah, and I am so blessed to be writing on The Nightingale! (Thank you Magaidh!)  Quick little tidbits about me: I am one of the bloggers on Joyfully You and write about anything and everything that the Lord lays on my heart, from hairstyles and fashion to homemade pizza. I LOVE our Savior and strive to encourage and share the love of Jesus with other girls who are walking this walk with me. I dearly hope that you all enjoy this blog and it draws you closer to the Lord! Here we go!

I recently wrote a post on Joyfully You that gave tips on how to develop the habit of daily meeting with God …(You can view it here on Joyfully You)… So now,  I wanted to expound on what that ‘daily meeting’ looks like for me. Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely not saying that my method will work for you! In fact, this probably won’t be you. Everyone has something different that they do and that works for them. But I just wanted to give a guideline or an idea that you can expound on yourself. 🙂

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*My Pre-Quiet Time Routine:

  • wash my face
  • fix my hair
  • fix some raspberry hibiscus green tea (yummy!)
  • sit on my futon in a quiet room (sitting on my bed never did work… *ZZZzzz😴) 
  • grab my fav fuzzy blanket

My Quiet Time! -5 Simple Steps

  1. PRAY    I pray that the Lord would give me wisdom and understanding and I praise him for the morning. I started a while ago to tell the Lord one thing I am thankful for every morning and I really like doing that! You should try it!
  2. READ     My parents have always encouraged me to read in the old testament somewhere and in the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Right now I am reading in Ruth, John, and Hebrews. However, if this isn’t your thing, enjoy that one book and delve deep into it! I also have never had a reading plan, but I just read a chapter in each place where I am. It seems to work great for me –though I have an older sister who always does a reading plan for more structure… 🤷‍♀️😁 (I also found that I like to read the actual bible over devotionals. Though devotionals are great and helpful, I would encourage you to try and read a bit of the bible everyday… It is just very different.)
  3. JOURNAL      I sometimes journal as I am reading and sometimes I journal after I read.  It just depends on my mood. 🙂  I only pick one (out of the three books) to journal about, though if I really enjoyed all of the places that I read in, I will journal about them all! It helps me remember what I read and thought.  Though format isn’t super important, my parents told me to try writing about what I read, then what it means, then the application of that passage in my life. My journal entries look something like this…

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This was yesterday’s journal entree on Ruth… Today’s was too messy for you to read! LOL  I realized I spelled several words wrong… but you get the just.
  • MEMORY VERSE      I like to stick my memory verse (which is Luke 9:23-25 right now) into my bible where I am reading so that I remember to work on memorizing it each morning. We like to quiz together as a family at breakfast time…. so this keeps me prepared!
  • FINISH WITH A PRAYER    I pray again after I completely finish everything else.  This time I normally pray for family, extended family, friends, or the different people on my prayer list.  -Don’t forget to thank God for your time with him!
  • -There you have it!-

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    ~~How long did all of that take? 40 minutes. But YOU DON”T HAVE TO SPEND THAT MUCH TIME IN GOD’S WORD. If you can only do 5 minutes everyday, that is a perfect amount of time!! (It also takes me a long time to do anything tbh:)

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    I have recently been trying to read a chapter in Psalms and a section in Proverbs (Usually about 5 verses) every night before bed.  I love doing this! It is so relaxing and encouraging. However, it is not easy for me to do since I am soooo busy and always get to bed too late. I can’t seem to make it happen every night… but I am trying!

    How important is the Bible to you?

    The bible is God’s own personal thoughts and secrets revealed to you …because of his love!  My dad has said many a time that the bible is the food for the soul. If you only read the bible once a week (like at church) you are starving! …can you imagine only eating once a week?! You can survive …(maybe)… but can you flourish and grow? We need to feed our souls and strengthen ourselves spiritually at least everyday! You probably eat three times a day (like most people) and possibly snack a bit too. That is what we should strive to give ourselves.

    Good: Reading the bible once a day (Not going to lie… often this is me!)

    Better: Read the bible twice a day (which is my goal right now)

    Best: Reading the bible 3+ times a day!

    Are you good, better, or best?

    -Matthew 4:4                                                                                                                                                    “But Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”🌹

    WHY DO ALL THIS? WHY READ THE BIBLE?

    • It leads all people to salvation
      • Yes, God uses people to bring others to himself, but we all are saved by believing the words of God. Whether that faith came about by you reading the bible yourself or whether it is taught to you by someone else.
        • (Romans 10:17) “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
        • (Hebrews 4:12) “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
    • It guides us on our paths and gives us Wisdom
      • It tells us what to say, where to go, how to make decisions, and how to live our lives. This might sound restricting, but it is not! It is freeing! It lifts burdens and gives clarity. The bible also shows us where we are wrong and how to get back on track. It also tells you how to answer other people’s questions and know what to say pertaining to hard topics you may encounter and have to address.
      • (Psalm 119:9-11) “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
      • (1 Peter 3:15) “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
    • It gives us joy and peace
      • When we face trials,  hardships, and discouragement the bible gives us joy and restore our hope.  The scriptures turns sorrow into joy. My personal testimony is a lot about how I had to just keep on reading the bible and it has given me an overflowing love for the Lord.
      • Everyone is searching for a peace; however, most people are looking for peace in the wrong place. The bible is the only place where we can go and find true peace: a “peace that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7).

    Have you ever been curious about God? Have you ever wondered about the God who made you and this beautiful universe we live in? The bible holds all the answers. It allows us to have a relationship with our Creater. The amazing thing is that the more I read about God, the more I want to know and keep reading!

    Having your quiet time everyday is not easy! I fail over and over and over again. Developing the habit is hard and persevering is trying at times. But it is so worth it and God will bless your efforts richly.🤗

    Again, this has been such a joy to write for you all! Thank you!!!

    Many blessings to ALL of you,                                                                                                                         ~Savannah🦋

    Author:

    Savannah Haines loves everything creative: writing poems and stories, cooking, crocheting, and even hairdressing. She often tromps around in her woods with her six siblings, enjoying God's amazing creation and rejoicing in His many gifts around her. Although Savannah adores the outside world with its swimming, hiking, sports, and animals, the inside world with its reading, ballet, and theater also captivates her imagination. Her many thanks go to Hadassah for the invite to write with everyone on Joyfully You!!! Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!"

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