3 Ways to Simplify Your Quiet Time

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  The often-used term Quiet Time has long been used by Christians to describe a specific time set aside to read the Bible and commune with God. For most of us, the literal term Quiet Time is a misnomer because these precious moments of silence are scarce. When I mention what I do, which is to create Bible studies for …

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Spiritual Fruitfulness: Get Your Hands Dirty

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  Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’  and sitting in the shade. — Rudyard Kipling   I know a certain someone, who shall remain nameless, who was an avid gardener…in her head.  Every spring we receive seed catalogs from Gurneys, and this little person poured over them during the relentlessly gray months of a Nebraska spring and …

3 Lessons About God – Genesis 35

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Each week, in our Selah small group, we study the chapter the Pastor is teaching on the upcoming Sunday. Normally, my Quiet Time is rewarding as I search the scriptures and steep in them all week. But recently, we covered Genesis 34, and let me tell you it was miserable. As a friend of mine quipped, the title of Genesis …

Cultivate Curiosity (#3 References)

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“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Ellen Parr  #3 Collect Cross References   Some Bibles have a cross-reference within the margins or as footnotes. The goal of cross-referencing is to shine more light upon the Author’s intent by referring to other verses. I still love to use my first bible – an  NIV Ryrie …

Cultivate Curiosity (#1 Investigate )

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“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Ellen Parr The first way to cultivate curiosity and beat the boredom during your Quiet Time is to investigate. To in-vest-ti-gate means to carry out research or study to discover facts or information.  In other words, use some techniques to get curious about what we are reading …

Organizing Your Calendar Fearlessly

5 Steps to Organizing Your Calendar

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  “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” — John Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan     Am I the only one, or do you feel a thrill of excitement when you get your brand-new calendar?  Now I know why…a crisp new planner offers a vast openness where the sacred space of …