It is my great joy to have been meeting lately with some girlfriends who desire to make “quiet times” a part of their daily lives! By “quiet times” I mean daily Bible reading and prayer.
I have been praying for many months that God would surround me with spiritually hungry women – and He has. I suppose that’s a prayer He loves to answer!
As I sit and talk with them one-on-one each week, I am excited by their desire to learn and to do and to see God change in their lives. I am also reminded that there are many traditions, habits, and pieces of historical and cultural knowledge that churched-people sometimes assume everyone knows. If you didn’t show up in church until you were in your thirties, there’s probably a whole bunch of stuff you don’t know… and it’d be nice if someone explained it to you! (Even if you were in church, you might have snoozed through some of it!)
In coming days I will address Quiet Time Basics for anyone trying to develop this discipline in their own life, or anyone looking for resources on the topic.
My prayer for these women comes from Colossians 1:9-12: “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joy…”