Trail Guide–Directions for the Journey of a Lifetime V

Tools that Make for a Great Quiet Time

Some Dynamics for Your Quiet Time

This quiet time with the Lord—the pause along the trail—will allow you to experience some things that will have a real impact on your travel.

  •  You will be Refueled
  •  You will be Refreshed
  •  You will be Renewed
  •  You will be Revived

Some Ideas for Your Quiet Time

There is no real right or wrong when it comes to your quiet time. The priority is not on the steps or techniques as much as it is in the taking of the time. You will need to determine what will work best for you as you travel the trail. What I want to share with you here are just some ideas. These may work for you, but don’t feel like you ned to follow this plan alone.image

Getting Started

 Set aside a Quiet Time

 Select a Quiet Place

 Seek to have a Quiet Heart

Here’s what these things mean. Set aside a time that will work for you in your life. For me it most often has been late at night. I would get everyone else settled in to bed and then, often with a loud sigh, sit and open my Bible. The danger with the late at night quiet time is that it is easy to become so restful that you actually doze off. I think God may be alright with that too at times.

Selecting a quiet place is more than finding a place without noise around. For me a quiet place needs to be a place that doesn’t need to be picked up. I can’t tell you how many times I have started my quiet time and become fixated on something that is out of place and before I know it I’m cleaning the room so I can actually sit and focus on my quiet time. For you to have a quiet place you may need to take the phone off the hook, put the kids to bed or in the yard, and put a do not disturb sign on the door. Mark my words, as soon as you determine that you are going to have a quiet time the phone will ring, a knock will come on the door, the dog will start barking, and your child(ren) will begin throwing a fit. Be ready for it and don’t let it derail you.

Seeking to have a quiet heart is probably the most difficult thing for most of us. Having a quiet heart means letting go of everything else that we might be trying to focus on, think about, worry over. That’s important for a couple of reasons. First, because God wants our attention, and we can’t fully give him our attention if we are listening to the other voices in our heart. Second, if we are not careful, the noise of our lives may define an agenda for our quiet time with God. The things we are worrying over or thinking about can easily become steering factors in our time. We start focusing more on what we want to hear from God instead of simply wanting to hear from Him.image

Gathering Your Tools

 Your Bible

 A Notebook and Pen

 A Devotional Book

Having your Bible probably goes without saying. The notebook and pen is so you can journal your quiet time experience and write down anything you might hear God speak. A devotional book will sometimes help you find a place to begin. Many devotional books offer a reading plan to help you read through the Bible.

Looking Back at Your Second Step on the Trail

  • Having a Daily Quiet Time is a Priority on the Journey
  •  There is no Substitute for time Spent PERSONALLY with God
  •  If you don’t Pause on the trail you may give up the journey
  •  Every believer has to go to the well of Living Water themselves
  • Your Quiet Time Will Allow you to Experience
    • Refueling
    • Refreshing
    • Renewing
    • Reviving

1 – When will I set aside my Quiet Time

2 – Where will I select a Quiet Place

3 – How will I seek a Quiet Heart

Psalms 46:10
“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

————–In the next post:—————

Have you ever asked: “What version of the Bible should I use?” 

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About bigdbentley

MEET DAVE "BIG D" BENTLEY - A MAN OF MANY HATS I wear a lot of hats in the course of my life. I wear the "husband hat" with my wife, Andie, whom I have been married to for 26 years. I wear the "daddy hat" with my children, Danielle and David, and their spouses, Micah and Tracie. I am privileged to don my "Papa hat" with my two gorgeous grand-daughters, Amaria and Jaydan, and my energetic grandson, Jethro. I wear the "pastor hat" with my church congregation in Wallingford, Vermont. I have served churches in West Virginia, Alabama, Florida and Vermont. In December of last year my wife and I accepted the call to serve in Wallingford, Vermont. In addition to this variety of caps, I am a student, attending Liberty University to receive a Masters in Teaching in Elementary Education as well as secondary Language Arts. My hobbies tend to revolve around my family, so they include, camping, traveling, playing board games, and spending time with them. In addition I enjoy reading, rainy days, listening to and playing worship songs, and cooking.

One response to “Trail Guide–Directions for the Journey of a Lifetime V”

  1. Jennifer Patch says :

    I pray, Dave, that you take the time to let the messages you write sink into your heart… I know you already have them in your heart because God has done that to allow you to write, but when I read your blog, I often find myself praying for you to be reading as though it was written by someone else because of the differences in knowing when you’re writing and knowing when you’re reading with ‘fresh eyes’. Thank you for all you do. Love you so much 🙂

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