If you are anything like me, finding time to have a quiet time with God can be a battle. I swear I was ADHD when I was younger and I just struggle with being still and quiet for long periods of time.
Most of us struggle with finding a quiet time routine that works for us, sticking to it, or getting frustrated when God doesn’t show up the way we expect. If your quiet time is lackluster or maybe non-existent, you might be feeling pretty ashamed of yourself as a Christian. I know that I have felt this way. Or you might be ready to throw in the towel. I know that I have been there several times.
Quiet time is when we are working on developing our relationship with our Lord. To not have quiet time is to not develop a relationship with God. Can you imagine trying to have a relationship with someone and never taking the time to stop and talk to them? I don’t think that one would last very long.
But there is hope for all of us! As our relationship with God ebbs and flows during life, we can receive His grace and keep going. We are not perfect while here on earth, so why in the world would God expect our quiet time with him to be. The important thing is that you are trying to do it.
Wherever you are at with your relationship, here are a few ideas to help you start meeting with God in a fresh way:
Audio Devotional– Try downloading a daily devotional to you iPod. Try pray-as-you-go.org.
Watch Sermon– Go to the website of your favorite church and either watch a sermon online or download it as an MP3 to your cell phone. The ones I listen to are from the four churches I attend:
First Evangelical-Free Church of Ames www.amesefc.org
Cornerstone Church of Ames www.cornerstonelife.com
Prairie Lakes Church www.prairielakeschurch.org
Heartland Vineyard Church www.heartlandvineyard.org
Each of them is outstanding in their own way. They are the four corners of the foundation of me getting through my weeks.
Download the Bible-You can download the Bible to your Blackberry, Android, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Here are some ideas: Try the free Holman Christian Standard Bible’s digital Text Edition Droid app bppublishinggroup.com/digital. If you have an Android phone you can download the Bible for free that has about every translation you can imagine. Download it at www.youversion.com.
Listen to a Christian Song– Listen to a Christian radio station while driving in your car. Download Christian songs as an MP3 to your cell phone. Try finding one at christianaudio.com. You can also get a free MP3 music download ap for your Android phone. I have one and I love it. It stores your music by artist and title for you to look up later.
Study the Bible– You can study the Bible on your cell phone. If you have an iPhone try mantisbible.com. If you have an Android phone check out lifechurch.tv.
Subscribe to an E-mail Devotional– You can sign up to have an email sent to you each day that contains a devotion of the day. You can read this either on your computer or your cell phone. Try Upper Room Daily Reflections at upperroom.org. Another really good one to try is biblegateway.com.
Subscribe to a Bible Reading Plan– You can sign up to read through all or a portion of the Bible over whatever period of time you specify. You will receive a daily email. Just read that email each day and you will get through the Bible faster than you think. Try biblegateway.com. They have many options for plans including men of the Bible and women of the Bible.
The truth is that their is no right or wrong way to have quiet time with God. The important part is to just do it. So JUST DO IT. Make it a priority and make it happen!