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Sarah Miller

1. Yes, I aim for daily but it sometimes gets missed.
2. I ave. 4-5 days/week
3. 30-45 min
4. Read Bible, pray, prayer jounal, read other related books, listen to PodCasts
5. Kitchen counter, couch, bed...anywhere quiet.
8. Biggest Obstacals= scheduling, if my girls don't take a nap/have pre-school it gets pushed back and sometimes gets missed.
9. I know I need to get up early to do my QT. Often I will hear God telling me to get up, but I don't. It is something I really struggle with. I know it would make a big difference. I will make an effort to start the new habit
10. Sarah Miller, Vancouver WA

Susan

1. Do you have a quiet time? (By "quiet time" I mean some time spent alone with God.)

Yes!

2. How often? Every day, give or take a day.

3. For how long? Anywhere from 15 minutes to 90 minutes.

4. What do you do during your quiet time? Pray. Read the bible. Journal. Do a short devotional. And then move on to whatever bible study I'm doing.

5. Where do you spend your quiet time? In my Sanctuary:

http://notthatgirlthisgirl.blogspot.com/2007/08/sanctuary.html

8. What are your biggest obstacles to having a quiet time? I would say time, but that would be my "excuse" not "obstacle". I would say that my "self" is my biggest obstacle. I can't seem to focus. I really "need" to do something else, etc.

9. Anything else you want to add or think I should know?

My life is totally different when I am actively committed to my daily quiet time. Period.

10. Your name and location. Susan, Northern Virginia.

Holly Smith

Yes
About twice each day
About 1 hour (30 minutes each)
Read my Bible (in the morning); work on my Bible study and my prayer notebook/ journal; devotional on David
In my room/ in the living room/ in the dining room
skip 6 and 7
children, tiredness, discipline, motivation
With three children I kept up well...for some reason four has taken me awhile to get back in step with finishing a Bible study (which is horrible for this "blank filler!")
Holly Smith/ just south of you :)
Praying you have some good input, friend!

Karen

1. Do you have a quiet time? Yes.
2. How often? I strive to do this everyday, but tend to miss one day each week...mainly due to laziness, I'm sorry to say.
3. For how long? 15-45 minutes
4. What do you do during your quiet time? I pray, and I read Charles Spurgeon's "Morning and Evening" devotional for the day and then I do the daily Bible reading from the through-the-Bible-in-a-year plan that my church encourages us to use. After that, if there's time, I read something else (a book or a Christian magazine) that helps me focus on the Lord. Finally, I leave a little time at the end to pray a bit more, asking for the Lord's help for the day for myself and my husband and anyone else on my prayer list with special needs.

5. Where do you spend your quiet time? I start in the kitchen over breakfast (I eat alone because my husband and I are on different schedules in the morning), and then I move to the living room after that.

8. What are your biggest obstacles to having a quiet time? My own laziness. One day a week I have the privilege of doing my work from home, so I end up sleeping a little later that day and often don't have time for my quiet time as a result. Another obstacle is when we have company. I usually end up giving up my quiet time then because I'm preoccupied with hostessing.

9. Anything else you want to add or think I should know? The best way I've found to do quiet time is very early in the morning. I get up at least 1-1/2 hours before I need to leave for the day (whether for work or for church). That way I have time to shower, dress, and get myself ready and then spend my time with the Lord before I leave the house. Four days of the week, I'm up at 5:30 a.m. to do this, and that can be hard especially in the winter when it's dark and cold in the mornings, but it really makes a big difference in my day. Sometimes I continue my quiet time in my car as I drive to work, but that's never as good as having time just to be quiet and be with God.

10. Your name and location--Karen from Minnesota

Heidi

1. Do you have a quiet time? (By "quiet time" I mean some time spent alone with God.) YES...ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO HAVE THE KIDS ASLEEP TO TRULY BE SUCCESSFUL...SINCE BEING MORE FAITHFUL TO A QUIET TIME, MY TV/PHONE/EMAIL TIME HAS DRASTICALLY GONE DOWN...PROBABLY THE BEST SIDE EFFECT EVER!

If yes:

2. How often? IDEALLY EVERY NIGHT BEFORE BED (TO STUDY), PRAY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY...AND THROUGHOUT...WASHING DISHES...LAUNDRY...KEEP THE PRAYER LIST READILY AVAILABLE!

3. For how long? USUALLY 45 MINS TO AN HOUR

4. What do you do during your quiet time? STRUCTURED STUDY (BETH OR CBS)--ON VACATION I JOURNAL

5. Where do you spend your quiet time? IN BED...ON MY TUMMY (LOVE MY TEMPER-PEDIC!) WITH A PILLOW TUCKED UNDER ME TO PROP ME UP AND MY BIBLE AND STUDY MATERIALS ALL STREWN ABOUT ME AS I'M SNUGGLED UP AND COZY! SO PEACEFUL!

If no:

6. Is having a quiet time something you'd like to do?

7. Do you have specific questions about how to have a quiet time?

If yes or no:

8. What are your biggest obstacles to having a quiet time? KIDS, KIDS, KIDS!!! EVEN IF I PLAN TO DO MY STUDY DURING A SCHEDULED DAYTIME SLOT, IT JUST DOESN'T WORK WITH THE CONSTANT INTERRUPTIONS AND DISTRACTIONS OF PRESCHOOLERS AND ALL THE "TO DO" LIST ITEMS POPPING OUT AT ME...DISHES THAT NEED CLEANING, DINNER THAT NEEDS COOKING, ERRANDS THAT NEED TO BE RUN. THAT IS WHY NIGHT TIME/BED IS BEST FOR ME...EVERYONE KNOWS I'M "CHECKED OUT" FOR THE REST OF THE NIGHT AND BOY, IS IT GREAT TO JUST KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO TRULY SIT AT THE FEET OF JESUS LIKE MARTHA AND SOAK HIM UP! :)

9. Anything else you want to add or think I should know? BOY, DOES THE ENEMY WORK HARD TO MAKE A REGULAR QUIET TIME NOT HAPPEN...IT IS TRULY AN ACT OF DISCIPLINE TO NOT BE DISTRACTED BY THE "FLUF" OF LIFE...ALL THOSE TIME CONSUMING THINGS THAT CAN JUST PULL YOU AWAY FROM THE MAIN PRIORITY OF THE DAY...DRINKING THE LIVING WATER...BUT AS YOU SOAK IN HIS WORD, YOU REALIZE YOUR SOUL CAN'T GO ANOTHER DAY WITHOUT A PEARL OF WISDOM FROM HEAVEN...GOD IS SO GOOD TO FEED HIS SHEEP...

10. Your name and location THAT CRAZY GIRL FROM WAY BACK IN ENGLAND WITH DANGLY, SPARKLY EARRINGS AND A LOVE OF ABBA AT FULL TILT ON THE RADIO! IN THE LAND OF YA'LL, BABY AND DARLIN'!

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