Tuesday, March 11, 2008


"Please note the following is not by me, it is from Proverbs 31 Ministry. It is however something I am trying to be better with at the moment. I tend to get caught up in everything else around me and then its time for bed and I haven't spent enough time if any with God. I am so trying to find the best way for me to have that time and not get distracted. Which if you know me well enough, you know that getting distracted is me. A fly could buzz by and I will lose my train of thought. So you can hold me accountable if you want. Feel free to ask me at any point in the day if I am working on my quite time. Also if you have any suggestions let me have it. What do you do for your quiet time?


Making Time
Rachel Olsen

“But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”
John 15:7-8 (NIV)

How can I find time to have a “quiet time” with God? Even if I found the time, how do I know what to do during this time?Ever ask yourself these questions? I have. There was a time when these questions left me speechless because I didn’t know how to answer them. I knew people who would spend an hour alone with God each day, and I wondered what their secret was. What was it that enabled them to do that? What kept them from falling asleep sitting there alone with the Bible? How did they know what to say, read or think about during all those minutes? How did they keep from getting distracted? How did they even manage to find an hour of free time each day? I kept waiting for a season of my life to come during which a block of time would regularly present itself and my spirit would drive me to God. I wasted a lot of time waiting for that to happen and I’ve learned it never will without some effort.

“Rachel, how do you find time to have a quiet time?” I was asked not too long ago. “I don’t find the time,” I answered. “I have to make the time. I can’t expect to find time – that’ll never happen. There’s always going to be something needing my attention, calling my name. I have to make the time, and that means sometimes I have to let other things slide. I have to be OK with letting less important things slide,” I confessed.

I’ve come to realize it’s a matter of choice, a matter of discipline… and a matter of active investment. E.M. Bounds wrote, “The lazy man does not, will not, cannot pray, for prayer demands energy.” What a simple but profound statement. When I don’t pray or spend time reading the Bible, it’s because I simply don’t want to expend the energy on it. Bounds is saying that people who do not pray much probably claim to be too busy or too bored with it, but in reality are too lazy to press into God. Wow. Ouch! (Valarie says ouch too, now I pray alot, it's the alone time I need. The stopping and being still.)

I believe we have to be earnest in pressing into God and this will bring glory to God as today verse says. In the words of a little shoe company called Nike; we have to “just do it.” Let’s carve some time in our days to be quiet before the Lord, to read His words and pray. We can trade a small portion of our time and energy for a large portion of His grace and power.

Purpose to stick to it for several weeks until it sinks into your schedule, and your soul begins to respond. If you want some help being accountable on this, or some ideas for how to start, visit my blog listed below and we can do it together for the next six weeks. I know we’ll find it is more than worth the effort.

Dear Lord, I want to make time for You. I want to read the Bible and understand it. I want to pray and see You answer. Help me to press in closer to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:

Visit Rachel Olsen’s blog and join her in making the time to read about women in the Bible over the next six weeks.

Do You Know Him?

God’s Purpose for Every Woman: A P31 Devotional Gen Eds. Lysa TerKeurst & Rachel Olsen

P31 Woman magazine

Application Steps:

If you are not in the habit of spending time with God praying and reading your Bible, commit to doing so. It doesn’t have to be for an hour - start with 10 minutes. Gather your Bible, some pen and paper and set the timer.


What is stopping me from pressing into God?

Do I truly not have any time in my day to spend with Him?

Power Verses:

Isaiah 28:23, “Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.” (NIV)Isaiah 32:9, “You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me; you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say!” (NIV)

1 Corinthians 14:15, “So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.” (NIV)

Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (NIV)

© 2008 by Rachel Olsen. All rights reserved.

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Sister Sassy said...

JimmyEW and I are supposed to be reading the bible. We need to get back to it.

gabriel said...

Cool! FWIW, I've been reading during lunch and blogging about what I read. It's helping me get back into the habit.

Toknowhim said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog during the UBP. I too am continually challenged to make sure to have my Quiet time. I will try to come back and visit soon.

I host a Friday meme if you want to come back this week to participate... Blessings!!

elizabeth embracing life said...

I think it's really important to be mindful all day of being in Christ. I can take a verse, write it out on a post it and put in on the frig. I can look at it through out the day and apply the principles to everyday life.

I personally never "got" the hour with quiet and in prayer. We are to pray without ceasing and that is how I "get" God in my life.

I do take time to sit and read, pray and be quiet, I journal lots and it's with the time I am given in each day. With young children it would NEVER happen as they transition, but it's sitting quiet meditating on a verse for a few minutes while everyone is eating and I am holding my cup of coffee.
I enjoyed this blog. Thanks.