Meeting God in the Morning Silence

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My favorite time to meet with God is in the early morning silence. The house quiet, without distractions or interruptions. I sit with a cup of coffee, my Bible, God, and me.

I don’t want to skim over Scripture, racing to get done so I can move on to something else. This time of silence with God helps set the tone of my day. When I start my day with the Word, I carry it with me and the Holy Spirit uses it to remind me of the lessons I learned. I respond differently to the challenges of the day. And when I follow my own way, the verses of that morning or those from long ago, point out I need to adjust the course of my attitude and actions.

Over the years, I’ve tried a variety of ways to make my time with God more than a check-off list.

Praying in the Silence

I start with John Piper’s acrostic IOUS helps me set my mind on letting God teach me through His Word. In his Letter to a 13-Year-Old on How to Go Deeper in Bible Study, Piper explains how to pray before starting to read.
Incline my heart to your testimonies, Psalm 119:36
Open my eyes to see the wonders in your word, Psalm 119:18.
Unite my heart to fear your name, Psalm 86:11.
Satisfy me with your steadfast love, Psalm 90:14.

Two Methods for Studying and Applying God’s Word in the Silence

SOAP by Love God Greatly
Scripture: write the Scripture to savor each word and help remember it.
Observation: what does the passage say? What do you notice?
Application: how does the passage apply to you? What lesson do you need to take away and live?
Prayer: use the Scripture to pray, praising God, asking for forgiveness and for God to help you use what you learned in your daily walk.

Adore, Admit, Aspire from Timothy Keller’s book The Songs of Jesus
Adore: praise God for His character and provision
Admit: confess any sinful emotions, attitudes, and behavior
Aspire: how will you live differently?

Spending time with God in the early morning silence helps me choose a thankful heart more often.

When do you like to meet with God? Do you have a favorite method of reading His Word? Please share with me in the comments.

 

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Author: Debbie Putman

I am a child of God, seeking to trust Him in every joy and sorrow. Sharing my walk is my husband, Van. God blessed me with two beautiful daughters and three delightful grandchildren. I teach seventh grade English and History, love to read and bake cookies, watch the birds in my backyard, and the ocean.

26 thoughts on “Meeting God in the Morning Silence”

  1. I usually get Mondays to spend with God. After that, it’s usually in the morning with a cup of coffee and listening to my waterfall. The SOAP method is wonderful for me! I also listen to His Word as I walk. Your post was so calm and peaceful. Thank you for sharing!

  2. It’s a morning time for me also. Coffee and reading time. When I started my reading in earnest, I also started with a group that does the S.O.A.P. method and that did help a lot. I no longer read with that group, but it did teach a way to dig in. 🙂

    1. Pea bea, I like having several different ways to read God’s Word so it stays fresh. I like the SOAP method because it encompasses writing the Scripture and my responses. It helps me remember and apply what He has for me each day.

  3. I love this sentence: “And when I follow my own way, the verses of that morning or those from long ago, point out I need to adjust the course of my attitude and actions.” Right there! That’s a good reason to begin our day with the Lord – just as checking the weather forecast in the morning will often cause us to adjust the course of what we will wear!

    1. Julie, I love that analogy of beginning our day with the Lord so I can adjust my attitude and actions using His Word the same way I adjust what I was going to wear when I check the weather. Thanks for stopping by and sharing that with me today.

  4. I am an early morning riser. There is something about the stillness of the morning that is precious to me. You have shared such practical and effective methods of Bible Study. I have switched up and used different methods at varied times in my life. No matter the method, it’s the consistency which has made the difference for me.

    1. Amen, Joanne! I like to switch things up so my time with God doesn’t become a mindless exercise. Using the IOUS prayers of John Piper is the one thing I try to do consistently before I open my Bible because it does help me.

  5. The morning is ABSOLUTELY my favorite time to be with God too…before my children need me or the day starts, I can think and read and pray (the peace doesn’t always stick, but it’s sets me going the right way).

  6. I like to have my quiet time first thing in the morning too. If I miss it or don’t spend enough time, my day seems to be off. Thank you for sharing the different methods to pray and spend time with God. I had not heard of Timothy Keller’s method but I like it. Blessings!

    1. Yea, morning people! My day is off, too, when I don’t start with time with God. I recommend Keller’s book, The Songs of Jesus, A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms. It’s a great way to start every day.

  7. I learned a lot from reading your blog today. I love the approaches to time with Jesus that you share. I love spending time with him at night in my living room praying. I will definitely follow up on the IOUS and SOAP methods.

    1. Mary, I have a friend who does her study at night, too. Unlike me, she’s a night owl and is at her best in the evening. Giving your best time to God honors Him. I have trouble staying awake and focused after 7:00 p.m. Even if I don’t get up early!

    1. Valerie, I don’t remember where I first read about IOUS, but it really helps me focus on God’s Word. Hope it blesses you.

  8. Debbie, I love the timing of this. I just had my own time with him this morning and each time I choose to quiet myself before him, before I run into the days work — he always speaks. It leaves me in awe. Thank you for sharing these methods so we can easily remember. Your neighbor over at Crystals!!

    1. Yes, Meg, I need to choose to quiet myself before Him. It’s easier now I’m retired and don’t have to watch the clock!

  9. I agree, taking time to be silent and focus on God is so important. The methods you share here sound helpful, especially the prayer for before reading the Bible. Writing down my reflections on a Bible passage is something that always helps me. It helps to slow down my mind and stops me from getting distracted so easily. I’m your FMF neighbour today!

    1. I love John Piper’s prayer before starting to read His Word. It definitely helps me focus on Him instead of me. I, too, need to write my reflections. That helps me remember the lessons He has for me.

      1. Very practical helps for spending time with the Savior! I love the early “silence,” too! I start by staring at a wall with coffee, then proceed in a similar way as you described. Blessings! 🙂

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