by Barb Shelton
WHAT IT IS
"Quiet Time" seems to be a challenge for Christians. It's not necessarily that they don't want to do it; it's just that they don't know what to do. So I have put together a list of simple ideas for what you can do in your Quiet Time with God! For parents and teens down through about junior high age.
The first thing you need to understand (and make sure your child understands) is that this is not "law." Neither is it a "To Do" list for Quiet Time. And it is not "the best way to do it." ;-) Just my own ideas.
HOW TO USE IT
You as the parent will want to try it out first. Just go through and actually do some of the things that you are comfortable with. Then go through and do those things that you aren't comfortable with, in your own style and with your own words and emphasis. Allow yourself to really experience these things in your heart, and not just DO them merely to say you did them. :-)
Then, when you feel ready, sit down with your child and share the list ~ along with your own thoughts (not just Barb's) ~ with him or her. Allow for questions and input! This could be a very good discussion, and you might even get some new ideas and new insights into your child. If anything seems "too hard," either explain it further, or tell them to not worry about it. This is intended to bring us closer to God and each other, not be a wedge!
You may (or may not) want to try doing it (or just one or two of the activities) together, one on one, or even as a family. This is just a springboard.
MAKING IT INTO A BOOKMARKER
It's actually supposed to be bookmarker-size so it can fit nicely into your Bible. But this is a bit large for that, as I can't get my font any smaller than what's below. So if you want it to be a smaller-than-this-size bookmarker, just cut and paste the text into your own word processing program, into a table (box), (mine is about 2.5 inches wide by about 6 inches long), and reduce the font size. Mine is 6 point, but it'll vary according to the particular font you use. (Keep in mind that, when going that small, you don't want a font that's fancy or it's very difficult to read -- which is the whole point! ;-) Use something clear and simple.)
Okay, here it is...
"My heart has heard You say:
'Come and talk with Me, oh my people,'
and my heart responds
'Lord, I am coming!'"
|NOTE FROM BARB: It says under the first item in the Biblical Studies jumpstart plan in my book, Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+U+la, that the "Commune With Me" guide directly follows the class plans, but, alas, it has been lovingly pointed out to me that it is not there! Many of you have probably not even read that section because you aren't needing to "jumpstart," but this is something that anyone, parent and high schooler, might find helpful! It IS in the old Jumpstart booklet, but that doesn't help you here! So that's why I am putting it here at my website.|
"COMMUNE WITH ME GUIDE"
in a document that you
can customize and
OLDER CHILDREN THROUGH ADULTS:
Click on one of these links for the:
of the 'Commune With Me" Guide for older
children through adults
Click on one of these links for the:
"Commune With Me" Guide for younger children
(I have made it in two sizes,
so be sure to scroll down the page and
choose the size that's best for your age child.
Larger print is best for younger eyes.)
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