read to feed the soul
Written by FBJ Women for Women
by: Valerie Rumfelt
Improve Your Quiet Time
If you are a follower of Jesus, then having a quiet time is something you do. It’s part of who you are as His follower. It’s a time for Him to talk to you through His Word and time for you to speak to Him in prayer. This is the relationship we all learn about, and yes, it’s that simple, and yet it is profound.
I’m an advocate of a morning quiet time. It gets the day started right by filling your soul with His powerful Word, leaving your burdens with Him, and humbling yourself and letting Him lead the way.
God’s Word is not dull, but sometimes this discipline could use some variety. One thing I started a few years ago is scripture writing. Writing scripture affects my spirit, much like a good night’s rest feels. A sense of well-being emerges, and the truth of scripture seems to magnify before me.
You can add this practice to your quiet time, simply choosing passages in the Bible to write. But there are some great minds out there who have made it super easy by compiling lists of scripture by the month. Just google “scripture writing,” and you will find the options. Choose one, make a copy of the plan, gather a notebook and pen, and you’ll be ready to start this new adventure with scripture.
So, let me tell you how I use scripture writing.
I find the passage in the Bible, and I read it, sometimes out loud.
Then I write the scripture passage in the notebook. As I write, I try to absorb the words and meanings.
Often, I place my name, where there are personal pronouns. This technique personalizes it for me.
I look for keywords such as repeated words, words that describe the human heart, words that describe God’s heart, a command, a list, action words, consequences, or a promise and more.
I circle, underline, make squiggly markings around these elements. Out beside the scriptures, I write any question the scripture prompts, a praise, a statement the Holy Spirit is pressing on me. I call all this diagramming Scripture.
After diagramming the passage, I may write out a prayer based on the scripture.
This entire process takes only a few minutes. By the time this is done, God’s spoken through the passage, and the activity of prayer follows. Sometimes I make the scripture passage the beginning of my prayer time. The scripture writing I’ve used most recently is here.
Having a morning quiet time is a daily spiritual discipline that involves you interacting with our holy God. Time spent with God brings assurance of His Presence all day and guides you in His way. Beyond transforming your mind, your life will bring more honor and glory to Him because you met with Him. Embrace your time with God each morning.
The secret to a happy life is giving God the first part of your day, the first priority to every decision, and the first place in your heart.
Dear Word of Life, thank you for the freedom we have to read your Word. Help us not to leave our Bibles on the shelves and nightstands of our homes. Give me a desire to read these precious and beautiful words of life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
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