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Do you find it difficult, at times, to dig into the Word?
Struggle to start your quiet time with God—even though you DO want to know more of Him?
I feel ya! One recent Saturday morning, I sat down at my desk for my quiet time with God and realized I simply didn’t want to do it.
At least, I didn’t want to follow my usual Bible study routine.
There are times when I LOVE my Bible study and can’t get enough of it. I wish I had all day to look up Greek words, discern thought structures, and pray about personal application of the Word.
And then there are times when I DO STILL WANT the Lord. But…
I’m overwhelmed by the thought of my quiet time with God
- Getting out the colored markers & trying to think deeply about the passage = too much.
- Trying to read all 4 or 5 chapters required by my “through the Bible in a year” reading plan = too much.
- Even practicing my memory verses = waaaay too much.
It’s not that I don’t know how desperately I need the Lord & His Word. It’s not even that I don’t want it. It’s just that the idea of digging into His Word like that seems like more than I have in me at the moment.
So that presents a dilemma.
What do you do when you don’t feel like studying the Bible?
Do I make myself do my quiet time with God anyway? It seems like the thing that the saints of old would do. And I know I’ll reap the benefits.
Plus there is a little part of me that thinks this reluctance to get into His Word is my flesh flaring up—or even an intentional effort by the enemy to keep me out of His Word.
If I didn’t want the Lord or His Word at all, then that would definitely be a sign that I simply need to make myself do it. Skipping that communion with Him in His Word is NEVER the answer. I need His Word, and I need Him. If I don’t feel like spending any time with Him in His Word, then that indicates a problem.
So there’s a part of me that thinks I really should just open the Bible and do it anyway. And it certainly couldn’t hurt anything to do that.
But there’s another part of me that hesitates.
Because I DO desire Him & His Word, yet seem to be dragging my feet about “digging in” the way I normally do, I kind of can’t help wondering:
As much value as there is in being disciplined about getting into God’s Word daily, I think there’s also value in being willing to change things up.
After all, God is NOT a checkbox on our to-do list. He is a PERSON. We want to have a real, vibrant, active, life-filled RELATIONSHIP with Him.
So I think it’s not a bad idea to switch up your routine every now and then
Like I said above, of course that doesn’t mean skipping your quiet time with God. But it may mean doing something different.
- Maybe, if you normally read through multiple chapters during your quiet time, you should choose just one verse to artistically journal and meditate on.
- Maybe, if your normally do in-depth inductive study, you should try praying a Scripture.
- Maybe, if you normally only move verse-by-verse through the New Testament, you should read through the book of Jonah or Ruth in one sitting.
You can get lots of ideas from others (and it’s always fascinating to see how other women structure their quiet times). Check out Courtney’s color-coding method, Amy Hale’s highly personalized style of Bible journaling, or Candace Crabtree’s resources for praying through the Scriptures.
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Or, you could always join me in studying the Armor of God from Ephesians 6. 😉
You may just find a method or technique that you decide to use on an ongoing basis! 😉
And, perhaps most importantly, you may find that your personal quiet time with God is made fresh again.
In my own case, that Saturday morning when I didn’t want to do my usual study, I opened up the Bible and prayed through a Psalm instead. It was something I had never tried before, and—WOW!–I am SO glad I did! God used that time to to totally excite me about what He is doing and to confirm to me how I should serve Him right now. And looking at that Psalm led me into a prayer time that was so much more deep and amazing than usual!
So try something new in your quiet time with God!
Instead of feeling discouraged by your lack of desire to follow your usual quiet time routine, I encourage you to use that opportunity to try something new.
Approach your quiet time with God in a fresh way. And you may find your relationship with Him is completely reignited! ❤️
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