My last blog post included a poll for all readers. It was great to watch the results come in and find out what people are looking for from Every Day with the King.
A big thank you to all who participated! I would like to offer you a luscious dessert treat and a cup of coffee or tea. But we’ll have to settle for a picture instead 🙂
The poll turned out to be a confirmation for me to continue work on a project that is now close to being finished.
I am writing an e-course on the subject of developing your daily quiet time. The course is especially for anyone who has struggled in this area. Those who already practice a consistent daily time with Jesus will be able to benefit from taking the course also.
I ask that you will keep this project in prayer, especially that it will bring glory to God and that He will use it for His purposes.
I have one quick question for you before I go back to working on the course.
What has been the main difficulty for you in developing your daily quiet time?
Hopefully, I will be sharing a post sometime this month to announce the release of my first e-course.
Your comments are always welcome along with your prayers.
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“Ten minutes spent in the presence of Christ every day, aye, two minutes, will make the whole day different.” – Henry Drummond
If you have read only a few posts here on Every Day with the King, you surely know there are no subjects mentioned more than starting your day with Jesus and Bible studies. Today I would like to suggest an option that is designed for when you have very little time and yet is very adaptable for when you have more time. So whether you have 5 minutes or 30, this is designed to fit your life.
If you are not familiar with First 5, please take the time to check it out. The app is free. Join and get started today. You will find the daily reading each morning on the app. If you want to order the Experience guide you will find lots of material to expand your study. The guide is completely optional.
The app includes many features to explore. Past studies are always accessible along with the current study. You can comment and be involved at what level is best for you. There are community groups. These are groups where you can meet to discuss the study right there on the app.
The First 5 studies are extremely well written and presented. My favorite thing about First 5 is that it is designed to make everything about starting your day with Jesus so simple!
While reading my Bible and having coffee early in the morning, I see the birds getting their breakfast of seeds from the ground and feeder. I love supplying seed and watching the birds come each day. It brings me true pleasure to watch them arrive, feed and linger awhile.
I often think about the comparison of the bird’s morning feeding with the way I start my mornings. What a delightful thought to see myself similar to a little bird coming to spend time with my heavenly Father. My food, morning manna, is His Word and He is always there. He is always present, watching, providing, caring and even enjoying my coming to Him.
Come early in the morning and start your day with the King!
I love Standard, or what I call real-time. To me, setting our clocks back one hour each Fall is cause for celebration.
Do you know why we skip ahead an hour each Spring? Daylight Saving Time is to allow longer evening daylight in the summer, by setting clocks one hour ahead of Standard time.
Well, enough about Standard vs Daylight Saving time. The true purpose of this post is not to share my happiness over the return of the hour but to focus on the gift this hour brings.
The gift is CHOICE. You get one more hour of time to use whatever way you want. You may decide on an extra hour of sleep or an extra hour of anything else. It’s your choice to spend your hour any way you desire.
You are used to getting up at a certain time each morning, right?
I have a suggestion for those who have difficulty finding time for a morning quiet time with God. You could set your clock back the hour to Standard time but set your alarm for one hour earlier. You would continue to rise in the morning the same as you have been. You will be ready to sleep earlier at night so you adjust your schedule by going to bed an hour earlier.
If you choose this way to spend your extra hour then you need to plan ahead and make it happen. On Sunday night set your clocks back the hour. Set your alarm ahead one hour. If one hour is too much then try 1/2 hour. Pray about it and make your plan.
Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days. -Ephesians 5:16 J.B. Phillips
As I mentioned in an earlier blog post Coffee with Jesus I like to have my Bible, journal, daily devotional book and current Bible study all within reach during my morning quiet time. My favorite daily devotional book is Each New Day by Corrie ten Boom. The format of this little treasure book is perfect for anyone. There is a thought from Corrie for each day, scripture, and prayer. I have read this devotional many times and highly recommend it for anyone. My little book is old and worn but I love it ♥
“The highest potential of God’s love and power is available for us in the trivial things of everyday life.
Can men tell that you love Jesus?
Can they, by your life and mine,
See in daily walk and action
That we have His life divine?
Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Matthew 6:9
Lord, show us today in everything we experience that we are dependent children of a loving heavenly Father.”
“Seek the Lord. Keep seeking through prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with other Christians. Give Him an opportunity to multiply what He gave you. He longs to open His resources to you. God is more grieved by powerless Christians than by powerful atheists.”
God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
All I need is a little coffee and a whole lot of Jesus
Have you seen the above statement floating around on social media? In a lighthearted way, it points out that Jesus is or should be the #1 priority of each day.
Let’s think about practical ways to start your day with Jesus.
You’ve set your alarm for an earlier time. Climbed out of bed and put the coffee on to brew. So now what?
Years ago I used to get out and have a walk first thing very early in the morning even before coffee. It was a brisk walk around the neighborhood while all was still and quiet. I remember it was a rich time of prayer, praise and listening for the Lord. But I have not taken the morning walk and talk with Jesus in a long time.
However, writing about it is making me think I might just start doing it again. The summer season is the perfect time to start this while early mornings are so pleasant. Combining an activity with quiet time helps to establish it as a habit and pretty much makes it impossible to forget.
Right now the only activities I’m combining with my quiet time are pouring my coffee and toasting a muffin or bagel. I sit down with my Bible and journal ready to meet with Jesus.For me pouring my cup of coffee and spending time with Jesus go together.
Whether you call this time
coffee with Jesus
breakfast with Jesus…
The important thing about morning quiet time is to start the day with Him.
I like to have my Bible, journal, daily devotional book and current Bible study all within my reach. I spend some time reading the Bible and while reading I’m listening for what God is saying to me through that portion of His word. This is usually followed by a little prayer time and writing in my journal. The subject of keeping a journal is a subject that I will talk more about later in another blog post.
Visit the Bible Study page for lots of great resources.
I can’t stress enough how important it is not to be misled into thinking that the purpose of your quiet time is to check off a list of things to do each day. Growing closer to the Lord, knowing Him more and simply sharing the start of each day with Him is the true goal. Did you meet with Jesus? Did you start your day with Him? That’s it, that’s what it’s all about.
Over time you will look forward with anticipation to the start of your day with your King and hearing what He says to you. Knowing Him more and becoming more aware of His love for you will happen day by day. Start your day with Jesus and continue it with Him.
The following is a little story that Corrie ten Boom told to share about God’s care for us. This story is found in her book Each New Day.
A little girl cried because her very old doll was broken. Her father said, “Bring me your doll.” Then he repaired it. Why did that grown up man give his time to mend such a worthless ugly doll? He saw the doll through the eyes of the little one, because he loved his little daughter. So God sees your problems through your eyes because He loves you.
Father, what a joy it is to know that we are Your children and live within Your constant care. ~ Corrie ten Boom
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. The righteous cry out and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart And saves such as have a contrite spirit. – Psalm 34:15,17-18
Hurt, sadness, pain, confusion… bring it all to the Lord.Visit Corrie ten Boom page for more about her ♥