When someone says something virtuous about quiet time and a prayer journal, it makes me feel….
GUILTY. Down right guilty. I feel like there is something wrong with me that I can’t enjoy this important habit of spiritual closeness with God.
What have I done to turn the guilt around? As in most things, I have accepted that God just made me differently than all of the spiritually virtuous people that can pray and read the Bible silently for hours. He has led me to find unique ways to spend time with Him that are more in tune with my God-given personality.
Here’s a few:
1. Quiet time doesn’t HAVE to be quiet:
This is where music, podcasts of favorite speakers and priests, and even YouTube Videos of commentaries on scripture come in. Auditory learners like me is that we will continue to hear the message that we experienced all through the day. This has become part of my wake time and bedtime routines over the years.
2. Quiet time doesn’t HAVE to involve a paperback version of the Bible or even paper for that matter.
I am in love with The Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal, by Chrystal Brothers (affiliate). I have it downloaded onto my computer as a PDF.
Here’s the crazy thing: this is how you can use your computer as your prayer journal.
It’s a PDF that can be edited by activating the Markup Toolbar which looks like this in Preview:
In her pre-formatted prayer journal pages, I can type right on the lines! I can flip to where I am reading in Bible Gateway and copy and paste scripture. Then, I can reflect and refer back to it the next day.
3. Quiet time doesn’t HAVE to take hours to be an effective tool in staying close to God.
I have personally found that I love to take advantage of the ancient practice of the Liturgy of the Hours as recommended by St. Benedict. They just make more sense to me — small, focused amounts of prayer peppered throughout the day.
To simplify it greatly, every three hours after rising, say a prayer. In the morning, mid-morning, noon, mid-afternoon, evening and bedtime. Monks even wake up in the middle of the night to pray sometimes!
For all of us moms out there, especially ones feeding infants, they will naturally put you on such a schedule so it’s nice to remind yourself to have your prayer journal handy to remind you of your intentions. And yes, monks have nothing on us getting up in the middle of the night. But it can be an opportunity to pray — for more sleep, as it were!
Do you want to learn more about transforming your quiet time as a mom?
You’ll find it in the ebook (affiliate), The Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal, by Chrystal Brothers by Chrystal Brothers. This great ebook addresses how to approach quiet time in a more mom-friendly way that allows God to enter into all of our “to do”s.
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