I shared the other week that I find it most helpful to wake up earlier than my family and making sure to begin my day with quiet time. That post has led to some folks asking what resources I like to use and how I do my quiet time. So I thought I'd share today! I'll begin with opening Shauna Niequist devotional Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are to see what the selected passage of the day is:
Next I'll read the entire chapter for the selected passage of scripture in my bible. As I go along, I highlight any passages that my "jump" out to me. I try not to analyze or evaluate the passage that sticks out to me, but follow where the spirit leads.
Now I return back to my devotional book to read what thoughts the writer (Shauna in this case) has to say about the piece of scripture I just read. Then I take some time to reflect on the verses of scripture I highlighted in my Bible and what the devotional had to say. Some mornings this can look like me sitting in quiet meditation and prayer. Other mornings, like my ideal morning, I'll take the time to write out the verses I highlighted and my prayer for the day.
No matter what happens with my time constraints for a given morning, my focus is first on reading the bible, then considering thoughts of a devotional writer. I find that devotionals are a great start for quiet time for me to know what to read, and provide variety so I'm not reading straight through the bible. I will admit that I'm fairly particular about the devotionals I use because some writers like to cherry pick scripture, aka pick scripture that fits what they're trying to say, but the verse may not mean what they think. I do recognize that many devotionals are written by folks with no theological training, so their writing comes from the heart, not necessarily from a scholarly perspective. But the Bible scholar in me dies a little inside when I see this happen and I turn away from what could have been a great resource. I will admit it's hard for me to find a daily devotional written by a biblical scholar of the Old and New testament that provides the reflective imagery I personally desire. I will accept what I can get and have have found three favorite devotionals to this day:
- Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist
- Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman
- My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
How do you spend your quiet time?
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