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Purposeful Pathway Biz Tip: Quiet Time
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“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'” (Psalm 46:10)
A routine that has allowed blessings to flow into my business is my morning quiet time. How we start our days sets the tone for the remainder of the day. It is important, therefore, to ensure we start the day with joy, peace, love and inspiration. It is crucial to start our days with God.
I wanted to share now with you my morning routine. I do not suggest you mimic exactly what I do, but I believe it will be beneficial to share what has worked very effectively in my life. I would love to read what has worked for you in the comment section below.
- Requesting God’s presence and guidance: I ask God to lead me regarding the amount of time spent in each specific activity and to fill me with His Holy Spirit. I set the intention to be ever closer to Him and ever more like Him.
- Reading: I read through three parts of Scripture: a section of Old Testament, a section of Psalms, Proverbs or Ecclesiastes, and then a section of New Testament. I also read one chapter in each of several devotional books. This reading activity takes about twenty minutes, but it is a powerful way to frame my morning.
- Meditation: I meditate on what I have read, I marvel at God’s goodness and I think about how to apply what I have read in my life that very day. I commit to this Scriptural application.
- Prayer: I offer myself completely to God, ask for His cleansing forgiveness for where I have fallen short, request His blessings and His guidance throughout my day and commit to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness in all things and at all times.
- Listening: I listen for Jesus’ voice. I still my heart to hear only Him. He often replies to my prayer, gives guidance for the day and inspiration for my life and business.
- Writing: I write a poem inspired my morning reading, meditation and prayer.
- Journaling: I journal about my spiritual journey; I also journal about how to grow my business in a way that glorifies God.
- Music: I listen to God-glorifying music while watching a slide show of inspirational nature photos. Unless my children are still sleeping, I enjoy singing to the music as I am doing this.
- Visioning: I close my eyes and vision where I would like to be spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, relationally, financially, vocationally in the near future, in the next five years, in the next ten years and over my lifetime.
- Mission Statement: I recite aloud my mission statement; these words encompass all areas of life.
- Close out with prayer: I pray again to thank the Lord for this quiet time and to ask again for the filling of His Spirit.
This may seem like a lengthy list, but I have found each activity to be of great value. When I “skimp” on my quiet time, I feel my doing so in the latter part of the day.
What does this have to do with business? In my eyes: everything. As Christian entrepreneurs, we are living and serving for God’s glory. We need to be filled completely with His Spirit as we start a new day. Quiet times allow us to align with God, be enriched with His Word, be inspired by His creation, be guided by His whispers, be warmed by His love and be led by His truth. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
This is the routine that has worked well for me; it has evolved over time, and I am sure it will continue to evolve. One thing that remains: the investment of a solid quiet time bears phenomenal fruit for mind, body, spirit…and business!
I would love to read about your morning quiet time routine in the comment section.
© 2013 Caroline Gavin
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