The students asked questions either from their quiet times or about quiet time. One question that stood out was how to be consistent. The girls all agreed they struggled with staying consistent. They also shared ideas with each other about how to stay consistent.
We talked about the enemy’s desire to distract us which led to a question about God knowing that Satan would tempt Eve and that they would eat the fruit. I showed the students what I would do to answer a question like that biblically. I would look up an article that had several scripture references. Then I would study those scriptures in order to seek the answer. With deep questions like that one, it takes time to find the answer. I sent to article to the students and encouraged them to read the article with their parents and study scripture.
Some of the students and I made up a word and challenged the students to figure it out by Feb. 4th, just for some fun. You will have to wait until then to find out what it means! 😉
The girls discussed their quiet times and what stood out to them. The girls opened up about how busy life can be and how easy it is to get distracted. We talked about setting an alarm on our phones to help remind us to have our Jesus time. All of the girls liked that idea and set reminders on their phones. We talked about how praying God’s Word went in their quiet times (most of the girls were not there the week before). The girls that were there admitted they had forgotten to try it. So we took about 10 minutes and I let the girls each look up a scripture and read it. Then I asked the girls how they might pray that scripture. The girls had really good feedback on how to pray each scripture that was given.
We talked about how not all time spent with Jesus or “quiet times” look the same. This is a relationship and should be enjoyable.
I like to use colorful pens when I journal. I recently found faith stickers at Hobby Lobby and was so excited to use them in my journaling. We discussed how some people like structure with their quiet times but what works for one may not work for another. We can embrace our differences and accept that quiet times are different for everyone.
I like to change it up and sometimes be adventurous. A quiet time by the lake or at a park can be very refreshing (when it’s not 20 degrees!). The girls shared their different preferences for a quiet time. Some liked journaling and some did not.
I shared the book I’m reading, Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word. That’s the challenge for the next three weeks for the girls. They will try out praying God’s words as they read and meditate on them. If they don’t know where to start, I gave them 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 or Ephesians 6:10-18.
To close, I encouraged each young lady to build an intimate relationship with their Father who loves them deeply. I point out that He has chosen them and set them apart for a purpose that I can’t wait for them to discover which will happen as they draw near to Him!