Quiet Time and Psalm 23

This week we began our discussion time with an explanation of what my quiet time looks like.  I explained that my quiet times have looked very different at different times in my life.  They always begin with a prayer, sometimes very brief, asking God to open my ears and my heart to what He has to say.  From there it includes reading or listening to the Bible and asking God what He wants me to do for the day.

I had each of the students read Psalm 23 to themselves for a few minutes and then we came back together to discuss what stood out to us. We discussed what that showed us about God and how we should relate to Him.  The challenge for this week is to read and meditate on one chapter of John each day.  The students were encouraged to journal their thoughts and prayers as well. I’m really looking forward to meeting again with you ladies next week!

-Stephanie Baker

Quiet Times and Favorite Verse

Welcome to this next session of Strength and Beauty! Olivia and I enjoyed our first week leading such a wonderful group of young ladies.

We both shared what our quiet times look like and how our time with The Lord has shaped us into who we are today. We also took this opportunity to share our favorite Bible verses and explain why we love them so much.

We love that some of you girls also shared your favorite verses as well! We read verses found all throughout The Bible, including passages in: Ephesians, Galatians, 2 Kings, and Jeremiah.

This week, we have challenged everyone to keep spending time daily with God. You can continue reading in Proverbs (through chapter 29) or you can read a different book. The main thing is to read from The Bible every day!

Our new challenge is to bring one (or a couple) verses from a quiet time this week to share with the group on Sunday! I’m excited to hear all the different verses that will be shared!

Letting Jesus Lead

Since I am relatively new to The Brook, I began the first week of Strength and Beauty by sharing a bit of my testimony with the students. I described not only what led me to become a Christian, but also the way that Jesus has been steadily shaping my worldview since I gave my life to Him. That second aspect of my testimony became the springboard for the majority of the discussion.

I told the students that though my approach toward my quiet time changes, over the last couple of weeks it has involved beginning to memorize 1 Peter. However, the more important issue I expressed was that by approaching the book this way, God has been revealing to me the way Peter consistently quotes and reaffirms the words of Jesus. We discussed how this only makes sense, given that Jesus said in Luke 6:40 that a student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.

Finally, we talked about how we are always discipling others and we are always being discipled by someone, so we need to make sure that we are choosing to be a disciple of Jesus so those who are following us will be learning to follow Him as well. And as a point of application, I encouraged the students who don’t have a regular quiet time to read or listen to one of the Gospels all the way through this week, making notes about what stood out to them so we can talk about those things next Sunday.

The Evolution of Quiet Time

This week we talked about what a quiet time means to me and what my current quiet time looks like. After I walked them through a day in the life of Weave’s quiet time, I explained to them that it will change.

I used to have worship music playing while I read my Bible, but  because of my love for music and singing, I found my quiet time turning into just a worship session.  So then I tried having just the instrumental music for the worship songs playing when I read my Bible, but I would still recognize the song, start singing along, and thus again a worship session begins.  So over the year I have figured out my quiet time has to be quiet in order for me to focus.

After explaining that, a few of the students offered up what their current quiet time looks like, and that opened up some great discussion.