how to have “quiet time” with God in college

I’m having a busy week. Not trying to be dramatic, but this week is actually going to kill me. I have so much to do to get ready for the end of the semester (and college!) and I just don’t know how everything is going to get done. I almost considered quitting social media for the week because I knew it was going to be a distraction. Even worse…I almost considered giving up my quiet, personal, intimate time with God.

And what is this quiet time with God? Why is it so precious, even if it is just sitting down for five minutes and praising His name?

Let me tell you something: this time, this time that you’re carving out of your ~busy~ schedule of social events, study time, and sleep, is something great. It’s quite the greatest of them all because you get to have a one-on-one conversation with the big man himself.

1. Put it on your calendar.

If you’re like me and just have everything going on at once or nothing at all, you probably have a calendar or a to-do list. I thank God every day because of sticky notes on my mac. Put ‘quiet time with God’ on your to-do list! It will always be there, reminding you that it’s coming up. If you have a particular free section of the day where you get free time, schedule this precious time then!

2. Put away all distractions.

Put away your phone. Turn over your phone. Close your laptop. Close your textbooks. Turn off the music. I’m serious! Stop checking your Instagram likes or don’t respond to your group chat blowing up. God is devoting his time to you, so give him 100% of your attention.

3. Don’t let anyone tell you this is stupid.

Why would you worry about anyone’s opinion besides God’s? The most important relationship you should maintain is the relationship with God. You are doing this for yourself and for God. You are doing this for no one else. So why should their opinion matter?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve struggled with worrying about what other people might think. Trust me, I KNOW. And that’s a personal reason why I do have this quiet time with God. I talk with God to overcome my worries, my fears and my anxieties about the future.

Psalm 119:34 says “give me understanding, and I shall keep my law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.”

Know that what you’re doing is definitely NOT stupid. You are doing this to grow a relationship with God. You are doing this because you want strength, peace, forgiveness, understanding, and knowledge of Christ and his promises to you.

4. Set aside your worries about the future.

Not only set aside the material items you have laying around but set aside your internal fears, anxieties, worries of the future.

I read this passage in Ecclesiastes. It talks about how things will happen if you just take time. God has this laid out plan for you. He’s laying out the red carpet for your life and it’s up to you to walk on the carpet with him. Grab onto his outstretched hand and start this wonderful, amazing journey he wants to take you on. All you have to do is open the Bible.

If you’re worried about going to college, graduating from college, trying to have a relationship with God in college or just anything that’s been weighing on your mind, God can help you. He’s trying to reach out to you. He’s trying to be a light amidst the darkness surrounding you and all you have to do is hold on tight.

“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill, but time and chance happeneth to them all.”

-Ecclesiastes 9:11

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5. Stop comparing your ‘quiet time’ with others’ quiet time.

You probably should not post on social media a picture of your highlighted Bible and with your favorite verse that you probably got from Google. If we post this to get an optimum amount of likes and comments from your friends “amen” and “praise Jesus” and “Glory to God” then we’re not having this time with God, but having this time for selfish reasons. Like I said earlier, put away your phone.

It’s so great if a friend is encouraging you or you’re the one encouraging a friend to have more intimate time with the Lord, but when it comes to comparing yourself to others, don’t do it. Don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others or saying “goals.”

God wants to have a conversation with you and only you. He has this personal relationship with YOU and giving you the world to be that person that God wants you to be. Stop turning away from Him — let go and let God.

The Bible is filled with so many amazing stories, passages, parables, life lessons, and promises that the Lord makes. God wants you to read and share with the world he created. You can accomplish so much with His Word. It all starts with opening your Bible.

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