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Three Steps to a Creative Quiet Time with God

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015

BY CIERRA KLATT

Although we hate to admit it, spending time with God can become monotonous. This happens in all of our relationships, though, which is why we find new, fun and creative ways of hanging out.

As a Bible major at Moody Bible Institute–Spokane, I find myself viewing Scripture as homework: something to check off my to-do list. In order to make my time with God more personal, I decided to mix it with my other passions. Doing so has encouraged me greatly—and I hope it does the same for you.

#1 PRAY

Sometimes when I sit down to talk with the Lord, words don’t formulate. I become tired and absentminded. So, in order to get my thoughts going, I write down anything and everything. I have filled many journals with poorly written fragments and run-on sentences. Sometimes, it’s even just one simple word.

But hey, something is better than nothing. It can be in these estranged moments that I realize emotions and desires hidden under the surface of logic. Not everything can be concise and well-worded, so don’t feel that your prayers must be some spectacular monologue! He hears us: even when it’s just a whispered “help.”

#2 READ

I have a habit of only applying the lessons I have previously learned about a particular passage. If you’re doing this as well, mix it up! An easy way to freshen up your quiet time is by picking a different perspective.

For instance, when reading Job, we often focus on the main character—Job. Instead, what if we considered his wife’s situation? What can we learn by her reaction? She tells Job to curse God and die! Although this is an awful response, she still benefits from the blessing God gives Job later on. Are there times in your life when you’ve responded harshly to suffering, like Job’s wife?

Another one of my favorite ways to read the Bible is to see what Jesus had to say. Instead of focusing on application or meaning, I simply close my eyes and imagine Jesus speaking. In awe, I discover more of who he is each time. It can be difficult to visualize Jesus as a real human being—but he was! His spoken words are precious treasure, and we should be falling more in love with him each day.

photo submitted by Cierra Klatt

photo submitted by Cierra Klatt

#3 CREATE

Creative quiet time is my favorite. After reading a small bit of Scripture or worshipping the Lord through music, I pick out a phrase to meditate on. Then I create a visual piece to match what I’m thinking about. This has not only helped my drawing and painting abilities grow, but it has also given me a way to stay focused on the Lord. And it doesn’t have to be fancy! Sometimes, I just get messy and finger paint. Memorizing Scripture becomes easier when you spend time crafting each word with your own hands.

I hope that you can make your quiet times with the Lord exciting and eye-opening. He has a lot to teach us. We just have to be willing to dive in and listen.

This column is entirely the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the view of Northview Church as a whole.

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Called to China

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015

BY CIERRA KLATT

Saul had everything; he was a Pharisee. His education and knowledge of the Scriptures earned him deep respect and authority. Being a part of the elite leaders of the temple ensured his financial stability. His life was secure, or so he thought.

But when Jesus appeared before him, blinding him and calling him to change his lifestyle, Saul gave up everything.

Not only did he relinquish all of his belongings and consistent income, he also gave up all of his relationships. Saul tossed aside his reputation. He left the culture he knew since birth, becoming a friend of the Gentiles—his previous enemy. For Christ, Saul even changed his name. Paul did God’s work across the nations.

called to china

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