Thursday, August 21, 2008

Time With God

Hey Friends! I have a few questions for you that I thought might be helpful, enlightening and thought provoking to us all. How do you spend your time with God? When you sit down to focus on God, what do you do? How do you choose where to read in your Bible? What do you study? Do you journal? How do you maintain focus? What has been helpful to you?

5 comments:

Jason P. Franklin said...

Well, I use two different methods...

1) I use one of those reading plans for Bible reading. I've used many in the past, each with a different purpose and focus. One I'm doing now has me read three chapters a day: one chapter from Gen-Job, one from Psalm - Malachi, and one from the NT. While reading I just down notes in a journal. I sometimes do a rough chapter summary, sometimes a character study from that section, sometimes the SPACEPETS acrostic from Warren's Bible Study Methods book (also in CLASS 201).

2) Prayer wise, I journal. I borrowed a specific format from reading Hybels' book "Honest to God." I go through Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and then Supplication. In the supplication category, I have several subcategories: ministry, people, family, self. Finally, a wrap it up just listening and jotting down thoughts and feelings that come to mind. These I later look at in light of Scripture.

Well, that's how I do it.

Tony & Jaimie said...

Great post Steph! I'll be checking back frequently for these answers...for me personally, i like to set the mood first (i got the idea out of a book...i can't think of the title at the moment, i'll get back to you on that) anyways, after the baby is down for a nap, get a cup of coffee, light a candle and pray then either read a book or the bible or both and i think taking notes really helps me stay focused. then of course end in prayer...praying for God to help me to remember what we studied and to use it and share it! Right now i am reading the Cross Centered Life by CJ Mahaney he and carolyn are excellent writers.

Jenni said...

I've been reading through Scripture while I nurse Kara in the mornings. It's a good time for me since I'm kind of stuck there anyway! I try to pray on walks since I'm all by myself and it's actually quiet. I'm learning to be creative with time - trying to do a mindless task (like walking or ironing) while praying or meditating on Scripture.

Tyson said...

Since I've never met you, I'm not sure if I should answer a question addressed to "Friends", but I hope this helps - please forgive my intrusion.

I find that it has changed a lot over time. I find pursuing the classical spiritual disciplines to be incredibly helpful, much more so than the modern concept of a "daily quiet time".

One goal for me is to learn to "pray without ceasing" - to not have separate times set apart for God, but instead to learn to feel his presence at all times. I do find value in times set apart (the discipline of solitude), but I want to get to the point that Brother Lawrence writes about in his book "The Practice of the Presence of God", where everything you do, no matter how great or how trivial, is done in the presence of God, to his glory.

kkbaher said...

Great post, Stephanie! I try to sit somewhere where I won't be distracted. But, that's no always easy!:) I try to keep blank paper handy just so I can get those "list thoughts" out of my head. I use the SOAP method of journaling that we learned at the Bridge in Bakersfield: S=Scripture; O=Observation; A=Application; P=Prayer. You read an old testament & new testament passage each day & find a verse from that to write on. I love that there's no "right" or "wrong" with the "A", "O", & "P" portions! Honestly, my prayer life has been all over the board since our move out here last July. Fortunately, I just found a book by Joyce Meyer called The Power of Simple Prayer & I think it's going to help me re-focus. My new "problem" is that T-W-Th I start work at 6:30 am, so I'm waking up at 5:00 to get in a "little" prayer, exercise, coffee, shower before leaving for work at 6:15. Great post! Much food for thought! KB