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I am not a doctor, none of the information on any of these pages pertaining to the Ketogenic Diet or Adrenal Fatigue should be considered medical advice and should not replace the care of your personal physician. I am simply eager to share the information I have learned while on my own journey to health. Before you embark on this journey, please consult with your physician.
Do you get emails from me?
If not, you totally need to start getting emails from me, because I get really chatty in my emails. *grin* I share a lot about my personal life…my struggles, my victories…
Plus, every so often I get an idea for a freebie, and send it to my email list first.
I share this, because in an email I send out to new subscribers, I ask them to give me feedback on their quiet times, and one of the most comment replies I receive is either women don’t know how to get started with a quiet time or they feel bogged down by all the tools.
I get that.
Personally, I have to keep things very simple.
I am easily overwhelmed, and when I’m overwhelmed by something I’ll avoid it. I’ve found this to be the case with most quiet time journals I’ve tried.
I need something that helps me to just focus on what’s written in the Bible, but let’s me take down notes….but in a place where they wont get lost later.
I don’t have a lot of storage space in my house, so if I have a bunch of old journals, they’ll end up packed in a box somewhere stuffed way behind the tons of clothes my son is waiting to grow in to….
Totally inaccessible…and impractical.
So, over the years I’ve developed a very simple system that seems to work wonderfully for me – it helps to keep me on track and consistent in my quiet times, plus it helps keep my daily time with Jesus exciting and fresh.
6 Tools I Use for Quiet Time and How I Use Them
1. A Bible
This is a given, but I wanted to throw this in because a) we may be tempted to read a good Christian book and call it a quiet time. I’ve done this a time or two, and have felt convicted because while a book may be a good addition to our quiet time, we can’t really say we’ve spent time with Jesus when we’ve not really heard HIS voice.
The Bible I use is the Spirit-Filled Life Study Bible NKJV. I’ve used it for 20 years now and am on my 2nd copy of this Bible because I wore the first one out.
But I don’t just read my Bible. I write in it, I color it in, I take notes in it….until it looks like this:
I find this so useful, because when I go back to re-read my Bible over again, I am reminded of what God spoke to me before in this passage, and He can continue building on it.
2. A Pen
I always have a pen when I do my quiet times. For a couple of reasons:
- I always remember something during my quiet time that I need to do or didn’t do. I can jot that down and save it for later.
- When God speaks something to my heart, I write it down. It’s folly for me to think I’ll remember it later! Because I wont.
- As you can see, I love to take notes in my Bible – I wont remember later to write down something that stood out…or circle it, or underline it.
I have pens everywhere in my house, they are an essential item.
3. Colored Pencils
In addition to writing, underlining, circling, drawing boxes and squillies all over my Bible, I also like to use colored pencils to make certain verses stand out.
It helps draw my attention back to an important verse or passage.
I don’t get expensive ones….jut the basic ones my kids use for school.
4. A Notebook
So, while I don’t journal for my Bible study, I do journal for prayer. I have used many different kinds of prayer journaling, and until recently used prayer cards.
But just recently I turned to bullet journaling for prayer and find it even more useful than my previous prayer-card method.
I use the Lord’s Prayer as a guide to my own prayer life, so things like: Worship, praying for ministries, lost souls, etc – those are part of my daily prayer life. So, for those I use a tracker.
Then I have a list of needs either I’m praying for over my family or that I’ve promised family and friends to pray for. I take those needs and divide them up Monday-Sunday so that every week each need is carefully prayed over.
Beside each need I place a dot, then I can cross it off as I’ve prayed over it.
Each week I create a new tracker and bullet list for the prayer needs, and underneath the needs I have a “Notes” section where I can either write down things God has spoken to me in prayer, or add new needs to my list.
When God answers a prayer, I highlight it with a colored pencil.
5. Post-it Notes
I love Post-its.
They are so great to use for quiet time, because I can jot down a quote by a great pastor or speaker and put it next to a verse that really speaks to me….
I can also use them as cross-references, jotting down verses that compliment one another, so that I don’t have to go hunting all through my Bible to find them later.
They are a great resource for sermon notes as well.
I’ve used them for years in my Bible and use them still.
I don’t use this everyday, but I do occasionally use my tablet during my quiet time, especially if I’m studying through a particular passage or book of the Bible.
There are a few teachers and pastors that I like to listen to and turn to for deeper study.
YouTube and podcasts are a great resource in Bible study, so I find it useful to have my tablet nearby.
I will add that it doesn’t tempt me to get on social media, as I don’t like using the touch screen to type. *grin*
I hope you find this post useful in finding simple tools to make your quiet time more meaningful. Below are a list of posts I’ve written about quiet times, if you’re looking for more information on how to get started on a quiet time, or just refresh it.