Category Archives: Quiet Time

00. How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time – Introduction

The simple habit of spending quiet time alone with God daily takes only minutes, yet we resist it. This investment pays rich dividends when we dare to accept the challenge.

Have you spent time with God today?

The best Bible teacher

I learned the value of spending time alone with God when I was in high school. A beloved pastor, who was like a father to me, encouraged us to look up and read the Scripture references for the Daily Bible Readings listed in our Sunday School Quarterly each week. The only Bible we had back then was the King James Version, but I enjoyed the challenge of understanding it. While we were left to ourselves to comprehend the meaning, we really were not alone. I soon learned that the Holy Spirit is the best Bible teacher. I loved using my concordance to research and compare Scriptures. I fell in love with God’s Word during this time.

Flyleaves are for promises

I began finding answers for my daily needs in the Scriptures, and looked forward to reading my Bible before I went to sleep each night. I was amazed to find that this book, written so many years ago, is relevant to the difficulties I experience each day. I began writing promises from my Bible study into the flyleaves of the Bible I received for Christmas in 1960, the year I entered high school. I knew that some day God would answer those promises for me but, even then, I understood that the answers might not come immediately. My daily time with God in his Word sustained me as I waited for the fulfillment of promise.

The leather is crumbling on my old high school Bible now, and I have it encased in plastic. But I love to look through its pages, especially the flyleaves where I penciled promises from that dear Book so many years ago. Every promise I wrote in those flyleaves has been fulfilled many times over.

I knew I had found a special treasure Book when I began my daily time with God. But the bounty I continue to find in God’s Word each day has proven to be more valuable than I ever imagined back then. I’ve found answers to why, and how, and when, and all the questions we ask about life. I’ve learned that God has it all figured out, always does it best, and that I can depend upon the the truths he shows me each day in his Word.

Why I wrote these Quiet Time lessons

In the late 1990’s, I sometimes talked with women in chat room ministry about the importance of spending personal time in God’s Word. I set up my first website to provide a reference I could refer other women to and, In 1998, I wrote the How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time lessons to place on that site. In 1999, we became Hope in a House Divided, and I have updated these lessons as I moved them to this, our newest Hope in a House Divided site, in April of 2009.

Many blessings await you as you establish a daily “Quiet Time.” Have you spent time with God today? If not, there’s no better time to get started!

God bless you,
Lois

How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time

Contents
00. How to establish a daily quiet time – Introduction
01. What is a quiet time, and why do I need it?
02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study
03. Selecting a Bible translation for daily study.
04. Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading
05. Online resources for your daily Bible study

05. Online resources for daily Bible study


Devotional material on the net; web-based commentaries and helps for Bible study; browsing for nuggets from the electronic version of Holy Scriptures.

“Study to show thyself approved unto God” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Comprehensive Bible study and devotional links

The Bible says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15). Here are some online Bible study resources to help.

Daily devotional links

Christian Radio

How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time

Contents
00. How to establish a daily quiet time – Introduction
01. What is a quiet time, and why do I need it?
02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study
03. A good Bible translation to use in my quiet time.
04. How to get started with a daily quiet time
05. Online resources for your daily Bible study
Scripture taken from King James Version unless otherwise noted

04. Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading

Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading. You’ve made a commitment to read the Bible each day. Do you read it from cover to cover, or is there a better plan?

Where do I start?

Here are some ideas to get you started

A Proverb a Day for Wisdom

There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs. This book contains the most profound wisdom man has ever known.

Plan to read a chapter each day, one for each day of the month. Read the one that corresponds to that day. For example, on the 17th of the month, read Proverbs 17.

If you miss a day, you don’t have to try to catch up. Just read the Proverb for the appointed day. You may want to read these Proverbs in a different translation each month.

A Psalm a Day to Drive the Devil Away

Years ago a pastor shared this item. I have no idea where the original source is, but it has been helpful to many. Just read the Psalm listed each day, and start over the next week. You will read the same seven Psalms every week. These Psalms were selected because they are so meaningful to the issues we face today.

Monday – Psalm 73 – “Problem of the prosperity of the wicked”
Tuesday – Psalm 103 – “Praise for all God’s blessings”
Wednesday – Psalm 37 – “Cool it! Walk by faith”
Thursday – Psalm 139 – “God’s all-seeing eye”
Friday – Psalm 122 – “Joyful anticipation of God’s house”
Saturday – Psalm 51 – “The need for cleansing”
Sunday – Psalm 43 – “Cleansed, and ready for worship and service”

Ideas for Branching Out

Don’t limit yourself to only Psalms or Proverbs however. You need a plan that will nurture you from all the Spiritual food groups of God’s Word. Here are some ways to accomplish that:

  • Use the concordance in the back of your Bible or a Bible promise book (several types of these are available in Christian bookstores) to find all the promises you can in the Bible. Determine which promises are unconditional and which ones are based upon a condition that we must meet.
  • Use your concordance to study the lives Bible people. Try to determine what made them great, or what made them fall short. Notice how God worked in their lives, and their responses. Learn from their examples.
  • Read and study one book of the Bible at a time. Read a chapter, or just a few verses each day. If you are new to Bible study, try starting with the book of St. John, then read Acts and continue on through the New Testament. Then go back to Genesis and begin reading the Old Testament.
  • When you come to the “begets and begots” and other passages which seem boring, just skip over these for now. God has them there for a reason, and some day you will want to go back and explore the truths hidden underneath their surface.
  • If you come to something you don’t understand, just try to apply the things you do understand. None of us understands the Bible completely. It has very simple as well as very profound truths in it. God will gradually teach us more and more as we read it. The things that are hard to understand at first will become easier to understand as we study the Bible as a whole.

How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time

Contents
00. How to establish a daily quiet time – Introduction
01. What is a quiet time, and why do I need it?
02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study
03. Selecting a Bible translation for daily study
04. Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading
05. Online resources for your daily Bible study

Scripture taken from King James Version unless otherwise noted

03. Selecting a Bible translation for daily study

Selecting a Bible translation: Which version of God’s Word is best for daily study? Difference between modern translations and paraphrases; archaic language and reference Bibles.

Everyone needs a Bible in their own language.

Translations and Paraphrases

The Bible has been translated into many languages today. You can read the bible online in 35 different languages at BibleGateway.com. Choose a Bible translation that you can understand, but be sure it is an accurate translation.

The King James Version (KJV) has stood the test of time. It is all the English speaking world had for centuries. Because this is the translation that God allowed to be provided to so many for so long, many people feel that we should not depart from it. Its poetical beauty is unmatched by any other translation.

However, because of its archaic language, many people find the KJV difficult to understand in our day. There are several good translations available today.

The New King James Version (NKJV) is very similar to the KJV, retaining much of the poetical beauty and original form. But archaic words are updated, making it easier to comprehend.

The New International Version (NIV) is a personal favorite of mine. (I use the Large Print Thompson Chain Reference Bible-NIV because of it’s excellent study helps and ease of reading. See more about this Bible below.) The New American Standard Version (NASB) is also a good translation. These two translations are easy to understand, yet they retain a formal beauty in language.

The Contemporary English Version (CEV) published by the American Bible Society is another good translation, written in a more everyday language.

If you choose to study from a translation other than the KJV, it is good to use a copy of the KJV alongside your other translation, so that you are always comparing with the translation that God has allowed to be the standard for so long.

Be sure to choose a “translation” and not a “paraphrased version” as your main Bible for reading and study. Translations are translated from the original language in which the Scriptures were written (mainly Greek and Hebrew.) Paraphrased versions are the writer’s paraphrase (rewording) to give what they understand to be the meaning of the text. They can be used as a commentary on the Scriptures, but always alongside a good translation such as the KJV.

Thompson’s Chain Reference Bible

There are many good study Bibles available today. My favorite study Bible is the traditional Thompson’s Chain Reference Bible. I recently ordered the Large Print Thompson Chain Reference Bible-NIV, and I love it. I started with a small print version of Thompson’s about 30 years ago, purchased a larger print about 15 years ago, and now have graduated to the large print version.

Some reviewers have reported poor quality from Thompson’s Chain Reference Bibles published by Nelson. For example, one reviewer says that The One From Kirkbride is the higher quality. He writes, “If you want the quality made one you have to get one that comes from the original publisher Kirkbride Publishing company. They sold the right to Nelson Publishers to publish the Thompson Chain as well at a lower price.”

Other reviewers have said similar.  See:
Kirkbride Still Makes a Quality Bible and
BB Kirkbride NKJV Thompson My New Choice

The Thompson’s Bible I have linked to above as my personal favorite is published by Kirkbride. I’ve only had it for a couple months now, but it appears to be of the same superior quality that my previous Thompson’s Chain Reference Bibles have been. It is a smyth-sewn, red-letter, black bonded leather edition, and all pages appear to be well sewn and intact.

How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time

Contents
00. How to establish a daily quiet time – Introduction
01. What is a quiet time, and why do I need it?
02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study
03. Selecting a Bible translation for daily study
04. Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading
05. Online resources for your daily Bible study

Scripture taken from King James Version unless otherwise noted

02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study

Set a definite time for daily devotions and Bible study. Whether morning, noon, or night, make a commitment to put God first by keeping this appointment you’ve scheduled with the Lord.

What part of your day would be best to spend with God?

Finding the right time for you

To establish your Quiet Time, determine what part of your day is best to set aside for spending time with Him?

  • Many people find that the best time is early in the morning, before the household is stirring. This starts the day with Him, and gives Him an opportunity to provide reinforcements for the day.
  • Others find the best time to be at night right before bed. This allows opportunity to review the day with God and plan for tomorrow with Him.
  • Some people spend a portion of their lunch hour alone with God.
  • Young mothers often snatch the time while their children are napping.
  • People who commute for long distances to work often use this time to pray and listen to a Scripture CD. The disadvantages of this method are the inability to take notes while driving, and the fact that most people don’t work seven days a week.

The time you choose to spend with Him will be based upon whatever your schedule allows. Ask God to help you find the time that is best for you. The most important thing is that you set aside a definite time. It is too easy for our good intentions to get lost in the shuffle of life is we don’t make a definite commitment here.

Plan to spend some time listening to Him through Bible reading. Plan to spend another portion of this time talking with him through prayer.

If you miss a day, you will find that things seem more complicated, stressful. Don’t despair, just ask Him to forgive you if you missed your time with Him through neglect. Ask Him to help you get back on target the next day.

How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time

Contents
00. How to establish a daily quiet time – Introduction
01. What is a quiet time, and why do I need it?
02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study
03. Selecting a Bible translation to use for daily study
04. Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading
05. Online resources for your daily Bible study

Scripture taken from King James Version unless otherwise noted

01. What is a quiet time, and why do I need it?

The seasons of the maple tree teach us our need to meditate on God’s Word and spend time in prayer daily. A powerful analogy of Spiritual supply and demand.

The colder winter, the greater the sap production.

Analogy of the maple tree

The maple tree is prized for its cool summer shade, its beautiful woodgrain, its red fall foliage, and its delightful sap. It has weathered many storms by sending its roots deep. The maple spends its days absorbing nutrients from the earth and the sun, and drinking moisture from God’s bounty.

The cold winter nights are essential for the tree to be able to produce its sweet syrup in the Spring. The colder winter, the greater the sap production. But the cold winter night doesn’t hurt the maple because it has stored God’s nutrients in its trunk.

We could learn a lesson from the maple. We live such shallow lives, indulging our flesh but neglecting our spiritual needs. Then we wonder why our leaves are sparse, our wood grain is blemished, our foliage is faded, and our sap is bittersweet.

God said, “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13). Just as the maple drinks the moisture that God provides, so do we need to drink from God’s fountains of living waters in His Word instead of looking to the world to quench our thirst.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). God has given us His Word in the Scriptures. How different our lives would be if we would take time to feed on the Spiritual nutrients there!

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
–Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
–Jeremiah 17:7-8

A daily Quiet Time with God helps us achieve the purpose and serenity we all look for. Just as we need nutrients from food for our physical bodies each day, we need nourishment of God’s Word for our emotional and spiritual needs. We need to send our roots deep into His precepts in order to weather our storms. We need His guidance and wisdom for our cold winter nights.

How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time

Contents
00. How to establish a daily quiet time – Introduction
01. What is a quiet time, and why do I need it?
02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study
03. Selecting a Bible translation for daily study.
04. Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading
05. Online resources for your daily Bible study

Scripture taken from King James Version unless otherwise noted