Dry Spell Rained Out

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Blog Posts | 6 comments

Isaiah via She Reads Truth, New Inductive Study Bible (ESV), and my bullet journal keep my quiet time well watered lately.

Do you ever have a dry spell, spiritually speaking?

I have been in one that was rather long lasting and I realized that much of my desert living was due to not being intentional in my relationship with God. My spirit was struggling and parched.

I finally confessed to God that I was absent in my relationship with him and was desperate for change. I told him that my Bible pages were dusty and my prayers stale. I asked him for a bit of revival and asked him what steps to take.

I’m that kind of person. Give me a detailed plan and I’m there. Most days.

Of late, however, I am in the school of flexibility and spontaneity. (A challenge for me.) I make plans and they have to be able to change quickly. Plans for a great and lengthy quiet time are not realistic, and as much as I would like to blame my spiritual desert dryness on unplanned things, that is a pathetic excuse.

It is my own neglect of quiet time that interrupts refreshing time.

So here are my steps for reviving a desert slump of spirit. Ready? It’s game-changing.

  1. Read the Bible.
  2. Pray.

TAH and DAH!!! Amazing?!

Read the Bible

That book. The one that God wrote through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through the pens of men. Not a book about it. But THAT book. Pick a smaller portion of it, but read it. For me, Isaiah is where I am currently camping thanks to She Reads Truth’s beautiful Lenten version. No muss and no fuss, but beautiful (and yes, more that I should have spent but I splurged anyway). I led a study on Isaiah a few years ago, so it is actually refreshing to read for the sake of reading rather than for the sake of leading. If you teach Bible studies, you’ll understand that.

Pray

I journal my prayers and I also pray them out loud. To sit still and journal pray or pray silently or aloud takes time and discipline. It takes work and I have been slacking at it. But, once I pulled out my pen and paper and began jotting my prayers as bullet points, the words began to flow in written form. And those things so personal that I dare not write, turned into pauses on paper as words were spoken.

Nothing fancy and no gimmicks, either, are involved in reviving a quiet time. Just plain and simple prayer and Scripture reading have turned on the showers and my spiritual dryness has been rained   out.

6 Comments

  1. Great post Amy! I miss your studies but I learned so much from you and I am grateful for all that you taught me. Blessings, Katherine Cartwright

    • Hi Katherine,
      I miss you, too! Hope you and your family are doing well. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words.

  2. Thank you for this post. I need to confess, read and pray!!💕

    • Hi Christy,
      Just do it. I’m praying for you with much thanksgiving.

  3. So glad you got rained out…Thanks for your honesty, encouragement and direction…I’m taking your lead. I told Michael this morning that I am getting back to my journaling today along with a “real quiet time of reading and praying”.
    Love you, Karen

    • Hi Karen,
      That’s wonderful that you are responding to that nudge to be with God in reading the Bible and in prayer. Much love to you!

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