Finding Intimacy with God

We live in a busy, fast-paced society, always on the go, always moving, schedules busting at the seams. The never ending noise continues to fill our heads and our hearts which then causes each of us to move through life on autopilot, never taking a moment to breathe or sit with the quiet.

If we’re not intentional, quiet moments in our days can become unheard of and non-existent. But, in the stillness and quiet is a place God comes to meet with us and calls us to sit with Him. Creating a space where we can lift our hands in praise and prayer allows God to begin the deep work within our hearts.

Carving out time with God each day is so essential in our Christian walk. This time allows us to get to know our Father’s heart and gives us knowledge and reassurance that He is working in our lives. Many of us might argue that there’s not enough time in our day to read our Bible or you might find yourselves in a difficult season, but I’d like to offer some simple ideas on how you can make time with God a priority, even if it’s just 5 minutes!

“What if I only have 5 minutes throughout my day to spend with God?”

You can do a lot in 5 minutes!

  • Pray! Whispering a simple “thank you” and asking Him to lead you through the day is a great place to start.
  • I would highly suggest downloading a Bible app to your phone. There are thousands of options for daily devotionals that are quick and only take a couple of minutes from your day. There is also an audio option for the times you want to listen to a devotional or chapter from the Bible.
  • Choose just one verse from a chapter in one of the books in the Bible. Read and write out the verse. Place it somewhere you will see it each morning when you wake up. This is a great way to help memorize scripture!
  • Jesus Listens Devotional. This devotional includes a reading for every day of the year. It’s quick and simple and provides an opportunity to look at Scripture. This has been my favorite so far!
  • Turn on your favorite worship music while you get ready for your day.

“What if I have just 15 minutes in the day?”

That’s great! The options above would be a great place to start plus a few more added below.

  • Select a book from the Bible and read just one chapter. If you are new to quiet time, I would suggest starting in Romans, one of the four Gospels-Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John-Psalms, or Proverbs. I go more in depth about studying the Bible in this post if you’d like more detailed ideas!
  • Bible journaling is a great way to interact with the Word of God. Highlighting key words and phrases and writing out notes and prayers helps connect the message with your mind and heart.
  • Scripture Writing. I touched on this idea earlier and here are some other ideas to add onto writing out Bible verses. Write out different translations. Ask yourselves how does this verse apply to my life. I have a Scripture writing challenge for the month of February if you’d like to join. You can find it in this post!

If you’re looking for extras for your quiet time, check out my Etsy shop for extra tools for guidance during this time.

“I have 30 minutes I can set aside throughout my day to spend with the Lord.”

Here are other suggestions to add on to the above lists for your time:

  • Purchasing and walking through a Bible Study. My top 3 studies I’ve enjoyed thus far would be: Seamless by Angie Smith, Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer, and Restless by Jennie Allen. All are amazing and give you an in depth look into Scripture and how to better connect with God’s message.
  • Go on a walk and listen to a Christian podcast. There are so many great options, and this is a great way to get out into God’s creation while listening to His message.
  • Journal or create a Prayer Journal. Writing out your thoughts and prayers brings an intimacy to your relationship with the Lord and helps you stay connected to His heart. A couple of prompts to help get you started:
    • “The Scripture I’m holding firm to right now is____”
    • “What evidence can I find in my life of God’s goodness and faithfulness?”
    • “Heavenly Father, I give you praise _____”

No matter how much time you have, choose to dive in deep with Him and be ready and open for your life to be dramatically changed. Ultimately, what matters, is that we choose to spend time with Him with open hearts willing to let Him move and work in our lives.

Do you have any other ideas to add to the list? Drop any ideas in the comments below. I’d love to hear them!

One response to “Finding Intimacy with God”

  1. […] you missed last week’s post, check here for ideas on how to grow closer to God during your quiet […]

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