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I was talking with a friend the other day about a dry season in my faith and his words struck a thought in me: I have forgotten how to get quiet before the Lord. Life is busy with endless to-do lists. As I thought about this, I realized that I had added time with God to that list and approached it as a duty. This saddened me.

There is a reason God wants time with us. It's not only because He loves us, it's also because some of our richest moments come out of our time with Him. When we allow God the space to speak to our hearts, amazing things happen. The lists and busyness of life may not change, but we can.

I came across this app called Abide. It's a Christian meditation app. Before you cringe at the word "meditation", hear my heart and remember Philippians 4:8

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things."

The act of meditation is taking the focus off of you and putting it on God. It's about aligning our will with His. This app helps guide you along into a peaceful time of meditation on God and His Word. There are topical guides (such as stress/anxiety, joy, peace, emotions, depression, sleep... you name it, there's a guide for it.) My favorite one right now is the Daily Guide. It takes you into scripture and provides thoughtful questions to dig deeper into the Word, all while sitting peacefully in God's presence. Using Abide has helped me have a full and deep quiet time.

I created a journaling page that I want to share with you. I use this page after my morning mediation to help me connect with what I'm learning and take action steps to implement it. If we are not intentional about what we learn and where we want to go with it, it doesn't change us. The whole point is for us to be changed - for God's glory and the good of others.

What action steps can you take today to make quiet time a priority?

Check out Abide in the App Store or in Google Play

Download my journaling page to use with the app or with any scripture reading.

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