What next? Ideas on what to ‘do’ during time with God:

Now that you’ve setup a time with God . . . the next logical question is:

What to do during ‘time with God?”

For me this changes — a lot. Why? Because just like any other relationship my time with God is organic, changing, growing and varying.

Copyright by Daniel Paxton

Some of the things I’ve done are as follows (these were discussed in a prior post, so I’m linking to it instead of rewriting all that material):

Some additional items to consider are as follows:

Copyright by Leland Francisco

Incorporate Prayer and Bible Reading:

I used to think about “Prayer Time” and “Bible Reading” as separate items — like Oil and Water, they didn’t mix much in my life. But, when I started to blend the two items, it was very powerful for my growth.

I might start by praying before my Bible Reading to ask God to prepare my heart for whatever message he has for me.

Then, through the reading, I would stop and respond to whatever God was saying to me.

  • If I feel convicted, I pray immediately for forgiveness, cleansing and the power to overcome whatever it is I’m dealing with.
  • If I read about traits in a Bible Hero that I want more of in my life (such as Joseph, Daniel, etc.). I’ll stop and pray to ask God to help grow that fruit in my life.
  • If I read about weaknesses that I also see in myself, I’ll pray about that.
  • If I’m reminded about something I’m grateful to God for, I’ll stop and tell Him about it.
  • If a verse makes me think about something else to pray about, I’ll pray about that too.

You see, it becomes a conversation with God (in the present) — not a long distance relationship. Before it was more like God and I were letter writers — I’d send off a letter of prayer and then read His letters (the Bible) in return.

Reading and Listening to the Bible:

I’ve noticed times in my life where I can’t seem to settle my mind when Bible reading, so I’ve had some success with both listening and reading the Bible. That way multiple senses are focused in on the message.

My two favorites are:

My Husband’s favorite is the old classic: Alexander Scourby Audio Bible (KJV)

There are many others now too, so I’d consider getting a good audio Bible to use or listen to the versions available at YouVersion.

Use a Verse Jar:

This is a little like Bible Roulette or Verse-O-Matic, but I like it — a lot! I make a jar filled with lots and lots of my favorite verses (they are printed business card sized). Then I randomly pick one, read it and  let it speak to me.

Sometimes I’ll:

  • explore that verse and section in the Bible.
  • pick another, then another, then another card and read / reflect on the verses
  • try to work on memorizing the verse and then meditate on how God would like to apply this to my life. I’ll ask Him: “Hey, How do you want to apply this to my life?”
  • journal about whatever comes to mind related to the verse, maybe my paraphrase, maybe an application to my life, maybe random stuff I need to discuss with God, worries or problems brought up by the verse.

(If you don’t want to make your own verse cards, these Beth Moore cards, which I also have would make a great Verse Jar filler: )

Listen to a Sermon Online as a starting place for reflection: 

There are many great pastors that generously put their teaching online for all to benefit from. So, I frequently take advantage of these –> see my prior post Wanna Grow? Listen to Sermons Online for recommended resources that I like. We are so very blessed to have such great teaching freely available.

I’ll listen to a sermon, read the associated verses (and sometimes the included notes / information) and allow the message to penetrate my soul. Often some of the most powerful prayer times / conviction comes after listening to a sermon or series online.

When you are open to what God is trying to say, he’ll find a way to get the message to you.

 

Write out the Bible

 

This is a new addition to my arsenal of different ways to connect with God. I have been an avid journaler for years and have written out random verses, but have never followed a plan or long-term writing project of the scriptures. I recently stumbled upon “journibles” and the concept was intriguing to me, since I do learn better by slowing down and interacting more with the verses. I bought Journibles for Philippians (my favorite Bible book!), Proverbs (my next favorite Bible book!) and Psalm 119. I’ve started with Philippians and have found the process of writing powerful. It slows me down, so I’m seeing and learning things that I’ve never even noticed when just reading the Bible. It’s also proven to be a nice way to pass on my thoughts relative to specific verses to the next generation. If this is something new to you, as it was for me, I’d highly recommend giving it a try. It has made a difference in my time with God and allowed Him to speak to me very clearly and powerfully.
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For me, ‘time with God’ is not a set formula, but more of an ever-evolving relationship. I hope you’ll also consider having an organic ever-changing time with God.

 

 

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