All through the years when I had been encouraging believers – whom I get to meet on my journey – to grow in their relationship with Jesus, the questions I usually get were: how can I’ve my quiet time without getting bored?
Let me use my quiet times for instance:
During my quiet times with Jesus, I haven’t got anytime when I go through boredom, except I’m not really engaged in a quiet time and find myself having nothing to do. A sincere heart having quiet times with him won’t need to think about being bored. You’ll be exploring deeply on the life of Christ and his love toward his very own in having a wonderful relationship with them. If we aren’t willing to know his mind and how he feels toward us, we would sit and begin thinking of what to do during such a moment which in the actual sense is the main reason for boredom.
Think about this: when there’s a real meeting and we’re ready to listen to the speaker, jot, jot and jot, pay every attention necessary, do we get bored? The boredom arrives when we feel like we’re having nothing done. Therefore, compare that moment during the meeting to the moment of the quiet time. Does it make sense? When we’re ready to learn directly from the Word, listening to Jesus as he explains more about what we read, do you feel there would be any thought of boredom? We won’t even get bored! When I’m right there talking in a phone call or having a discussion in a group lunch, why is it that I don’t usually feel bored? The reason is that I can touch the hearts of those I’m conversating with and they can touch mine. There are moments of tears, laughter or moments of singing together. I can spend some time with Jesus too thinking about his love, reading the bible as he teaches me further or I may engage myself reading some books which may help me know him better as I gracefully touch his heart and he touches mine, helping me discover how much he loves me and how I can live secure in his love.
There’s no ritual you can carry out before you know you won’t get bored. You just have to touch his love, that’s all!
- Here Are Brief Advices For:
Singles: Some singles attend school five days a week and don’t have a good time with Jesus everyday. Much books to read; nap time during noon day; young ones to take care of, could be part of our activities for the day. However, it’s good to check the time you awake. Before dawn? Or the time you go to bed? Before your nap time? Most youths awake by 4 am preparing for school and I agree that when they are up 4 am, there’s every possibility that there may be just a free 30 minutes or even an hour before they go to school. Isn’t this a chance?
- Check This Out! Does your day go like this?
Once the alarm sounds 4 am, you’re up. Then it’s time for morning prayer. At least, it should be 4:10 and it’s over.
Perhaps, it may be comfortable before bath or even after. However, once it hits 4:10 and prayer time is over, I guess having a brief time from (just an advice) 4: 20 to 5 am is better. Spend that time reading the bible applying the mind of Christ, or on books that will help you grow into Christ. We are discipled in many ways: the bible, the books we read and many other ways. Don’t just get off the thought that every of it comes from Jesus but through these others.
It’s starting the day with God! Gracefully, you arrive school before 7: 15 am. What would you say?
What if you don’t have much time during the morning? What about the time you go to bed? If you do go to bed at 9 pm, you could have some time with him, perhaps beginning by 8 pm. I have known singles who spend 24 hours on internet and I believe that “being busy” in such case is no excuse. They’ve a greater possibility of having time with him. Always; once it’s getting close for my quiet time, I often tell anyone I’m talking with that I needed to be busy and for sure they understood that. At least, I needed a break! It doesn’t mean that I was out of his presence but I needed to pause a while to have this as one of the opportunities to have him open my heart to him and free me in many places of my life.
- Married: If you’re married and you’re longing to have sometime with him, I believe these suggestions will be of help to you.
Not every woman/mother would be full time mom but if you’re, I believe it would seem a bit simple. Some moms wait for their kids to have their nap time during the afternoon, so they could have their quiet time. They would map out a time when the kids would take a brief rest at noonday, perhaps 12:30 pm and they would use that time to walk with him. They did this same time everyday as they encouraged the kids to begin resting 10 minutes before then.
What if the kids usually stay at school five days every week? What if you’ve got much chores to do? I doubt that a full time mom will always be busy. As humans, there’s no doubt that we most times are thirty or forty minutes free. Or an hour free. Just make use of the free time to walk with him as you think about his love; read the bible or any book that may help you grow closer to Jesus.
Does it mean that every time I’m free, I must have my quiet time? Of course not! No one’s put you under any obligation now that Christ is in charge of Father’s house. He wants you to live free, loved and away from any thought that may have you trapped in thinking you’ve to do more before he can be your friend. I always have free moments but that doesn’t mean I should have a quiet time every moment of those free times. In a human’s life, God has placed responsibilities to take care of.
As a mother, she’s got many things for the day and she already have got one quiet time, so I don’t see the reason why she should deprive herself of the necessary work which God placed in her care. Does this mean that she may overlook her quiet time so she could attend to something more important? Certainly, there’s nothing so important as learning from the Word and that’s the reason why it’s more advisable to have your quiet time very early before the kids are up in bed and same time everyday. But if you feel you’re free to always use your free times to study the Word, that’s okay. But your quiet time remains your quiet time.
If you’re a dad and you oft go to work everyday, I believe you should have a set time, perhaps, 4 am which could last for thirty minutes before heading for work. 5 :45 am isn’t a bad time for one to arrive work. Some dads who are single parents care for the kids and prepare them for school before they get themselves ready. They enjoy having their quiet time by 4 am, same time everyday. Some dads have theirs thirty minutes or an hour before going to bed. Others who begin work by 6 am often arrive before 5:30 am so they may have some time with Jesus without any disturbance, perhaps from 5:30 – 6:00. They place a PLEASE, DO NOT DISTURB card at the top of the door after they made it clearer for their co-workers to understand why that’s done by then.
Some find it interesting to make that happen so often (many quiet times a day) before they know they have truly experienced spirit-truth worship. Do you also think that way?