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Getting Started In Quiet Time

I would not have you simply watch a travelogue about the Lord; I challenge you to experience the great adventure of knowing God for yourself.
“O Taste and see that the Lord is good” Psalm 34:8 NASB
Catherine Martin, author of Six Secrets To A Powerful Quiet Time

Cath’s Quick Start Guide To Quiet Time

I often receive an inquiry about getting started in quiet time in the discussion at Ministry For Women — Google+ Community, a social network community sponsored by Quiet Time Ministries for women worldwide to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

An inquirer asked, “I would love to develop a quiet time with God, so what would be a good way to get started? What kinds of materials would be good to get to start my quiet time?”

It’s such a great question and I loved answering it, so I thought I would share my response with you.

A Time, A Place, and A Plan

The three essentials for quiet time are to set aside a time each day, choose a quiet place to draw near to the Lord, and have a Bible study plan. I like The PRAYER Quiet Time Plan that I introduced in my signature publications, Six Secrets to a Powerful Quiet Time and The Quiet Time Notebook.

  • Prepare Your Heart
  • Read and Study God’s Word
  • Adore God in Prayer
  • Yield Yourself to God
  • Enjoy His Presence
  • Rest in His Love

This simple and effective plan helps me in drawing near to the Lord each day. The devotional disciplines of this plan include devotional reading, Bible study, hymns and worship, meditation, word studies, journaling, prayers, and application of God’s word to your life.

Essential Quiet Time Resources

  • Your Bible — I prefer the New American Standard Bible (NASB), but I also like the New International Version Bible (NIV), the New Living Translation Bible (NLT), and The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB).
  • Some Good Daily Devotionals — I love Daily Light on the Daily Path, Streams in the Desert, Morning and Evening, and My Utmost For His Highest. I sometimes even include a devotional classic like The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer.
  • A Good Quiet Time Study — Simple reading and reflection is all that’s required for a rich quiet time experience with the Lord using one of my A Devotional Journey books, A Woman’s Heart That Dances or A Woman’s Walk In Grace. Record your thoughts, observations, and prayers. Let the Lord be your guide. It’s easy! If you’re slightly more adventurous, choose one of my favorite A Quiet Time Experience books, such as A Heart That Hopes In God.
  • Your Journal — Start with The Quiet Time Journal, or if you’re slightly more adventurous, dive right in to The Quiet Time Notebook. Organize your quiet time. You’ll be glad you did!

Energize Your Quiet Time

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 15:4 NASB

The most exciting part of quiet time is drawing near to God and growing in our intimate relationship with Him. I love my quiet time with the Lord each day – it’s the one thing in life – the essential part of my day. He encourages me, teaches me, and helps me as I get ready to face the day and live for Him.

The Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12), and the Holy Spirit uses it to comfort and encourage you. You can’t afford to miss a day without it. So, if you find yourself needing some encouragement, let me ask again, have you opened your Bible lately? If not, grab it, and spend some time alone with the Lord.

O taste and see that the Lord is good. — Psalm 34:8 NASB

♥ God bless you in the great adventure of knowing Him!


What Is A Quiet Time?

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The Biblical basis for quiet time with the Lord.

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Journaling pours out your soul to the Lord. When you journal, you become receptive to the voice of God. … Pouring out your soul to the Lord means to lift up every desire, need, joy, sorrow, and thought that is on your heart and in your mind to your Father who loves you more than you can imagine. It is done in the presence of God, directed to God, and intended for the glory of God.
Catherine Martin, Day Nine, Your Journal, Six Secrets To A Powerful Quiet Time

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