How-To Establish a Quiet Time Routine

How-To Establish a Quiet Time Routine

"It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" -Matthew 4:4
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Life is hard and busy, but we should be setting aside time each day for our savior, Jesus Christ. Establishing a routine for your quiet time helps to form a habit and as a result, growth in your relationship with God. Below are a few tips that I have found helpful when forming a routine to study the word of God.

1. Pick a Time

This sounds obvious, but pick a time that is best for you. Whether the time is morning, afternoon, or night, it's all up to you! There is no right or wrong time to read the Bible!

2. Find a Space You Can Focus in

Just like writers have a specific place where they find the best ideas come to them, there is also a space that you can dig deep into the Bible. This is different for everyone but could be outdoors, at your desk, on your couch, etc. It is wherever you feel the most comfortable, yet focused.

3. Pray

Again this may seem obvious, but I find when I find myself unmotivated to read my Bible or going through the motions, stopping where I'm at and talking to my savior helps right away! Ask God to fill you with His presence and to guide your reading. God is a faithful savior and will always be there to listen to you.

4. Have a Plan

I've found that when I wake up and have no idea what I'll read from the Bible that day I am more likely to skip the reading for that day. While some days I can be spontaneous, I like to have a plan to guide me through my quiet time. I especially recommend this for those just starting out as it is more manageable and less intimidating. The Bible app by YouVersion has some great, free plans and is on both Apple devices and Android devices!

5. Journal

I am firm believer that everyone should journal in general, but journaling about your quiet time is so beneficial. It helps me to get the key points out of the reading for that day, answer questions about my relationship with God, and is a place for me to be creative in honor of my God. It also is really cool to look back on and see what you were studying at a certain point of your life.

6. Have an Accountability Partner

While you can of course keep your quiet time to yourself, I have found that having an accountability partner helps to keep me motivated and pushing forward towards the ultimate goal (Philippians 3:10-16). It is also super fun to share what you have learned in your quiet time with a friend! Sharing our struggles and things God reveals to us is a way to help each other grow in faith and is so satisfying!

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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The Truth About Politics In Religion And How It Affects Our Relationship With God

They don't have to be mutually exclusive.

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It's evident that religion can and has been used in politics from the values of voters and leaders. However, to use your religion or your relationship with God for making political decisions doesn't share the same meaning.

I've always loved finding all the best facts and research for argumentative work but I couldn't pursue that approach for this topic. Why? Because I've experienced the pattern in my relationship with God of how God defies logic.

God can't be contained to a definition or explanation. I liked the way I've heard one leader express that, "If you hear someone trying to explain to God as if he knows then he's a fool before he starts talking". That's a paradox within itself.

I've learned more recently to identify that the two sides of the paradox that you might wrestle with in understanding God are both true. That, yes, His hands are big and He knows exactly what to do to make you surrender but you'll also find no greater love than with Him because He has the biggest heart and knows what you need better than you do.

I think that accepting this paradox will differentiate between those that view politics religiously versus those that view it from 'what is God trying to do here'? The one that focuses on seeking 'what is God trying to do here?' would represent those with a relationship with God. This doesn't mean that referencing the laws of God exempts you from having a relationship but the love of God is the strength that sustains the relationship over the law. This is also a bit of a paradox because they're both important in Christianity.

There's the difference from seeing God as one-sided which is very prideful, limiting and incorrect compared to recognizing that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

I believe that what we believe and how we see God will bring limitations or provision on how we can be used in God's plan for His kingdom on earth when it comes to the way the world is run.

God, our relationship with God and the law of God all have to be considered in the things we do as Christians.

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