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3 Common Misconceptions About Studying the Bible

This post is part of the Discover Deeper Devotions series.

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Today we are starting off our Bible study series with a discussion on misconceptions that many Christian woman have about quiet times.

It is my belief that these preconceived ideas often hinder us from spending regular time with our Lord.

I decided to record my first vlog to make this conversation a little more personal. If you can’t see the video, click here to watch it on YouTube.


A quick overview for you…

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Don’t allow preconceived ideas about quiet times rob you of time with God.
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Challenge: Lay aside your preconceived ideas of what time with God should look like and discover what works best for you in your current season of life.

What quiet time misconceptions do you struggle with?


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  1. These are great tips, Jenni! Thanks for sharing, and of course, I love the vlog. Love seeing you speak to me! :)
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  2. LOVE it!!! Missed you yesterday, so glad I can see your face on your vlog! I subscribed to your channel! I think I’m definitely going to start vlogging. Thanks for the encouragement, and great job!! (Did I tell you how much I love this and you? Because I do-a lot!)

    • I missed seeing you too! You are so sweet. I am looking forward to seeing your first vlog. And looking forward to some girl time in the near future! ;-)

  3. You did a great job! I think vlogging is a good idea. It adds so much to the experience. Like “Wow! You’re a real person.” Ha ha. :-)

    Anyway, I definitely agree, that we should think outside the box when necessary. I know I also have issues getting up before everyone else right now, so I shouldn’t just limit my time with God to the morning hours!
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    • Thanks, Becky! I have to say that vlogging is a growing experience for me. I have to pretend that nobody I know is ever going to see it. haha Thanks for your comment and sharing your thoughts on this subject!

  4. Nice job with your vlog, Jenni. And I totally agree with your three myths. Too often we let those things stop us cold in our tracks instead of taking advantage of whatever time we have available.
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  5. I love this, Jenni! Great tips, but also so appreciate seeing your real self talking. Agree with the other comments that it adds so much to the blogging experience… like, you are a real person with a real personality and voice. LOVE! thanks for linking up at heart+home :) -lauren
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  6. Thank you for this post. I’m meeting with a new believer today. She was born into a Muslim family. But two days ago, she became a child of God!

    We were going to start the “Survival Kit” for discipleship. The first lesson is developing a quiet time. At this point in her life, I feel a regimental, short, quiet time would diminish her new excitement for the Word of God.

    She’s also come from a “works” background. Quiet times sometimes become “religious” instead of “relational”.
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  7. Over the years I’ve had a basic system that has helped me in my quiet times, but when things get dry, I change it up. The most important thing is to DO it, morning, noon, or night–anyway that gets you into the Word and talking to God about it! Thanks for reminding many.

    I’m visiting from Titus Tuesday on Cornerstone Confessions.

  8. LOVE THIS! Honestly, I’ve struggled with all of these at one time or another… more than I’d care to admit. But, really, they all boil down to legalism.

    “You have to meet with God first thing in the morning or it doesn’t count…”
    “You should spend more time in the word than you spend on your outer appearance…” {said this one myself}
    “You must pray first, then read, then journal, then pray again…”

    The thing is, God never sleeps… we can meet with Him whenever we want. He can do more in our hearts with one verse that we read in passing than we can do reading an entire book of the Bible just to say that we read it. And, there is no wrong way to have a quiet time. You can pray before you start or after you read, or both. You can journal what you’ve read or not journal at all.

    It all boils down to legalism, which is something that God has been dealing with my heart about lately. The Holy Spirit has convicted my heart about the fact that I act like the Pharisees so much more than I’d care to admit because I am so good at coming up with all kinds of self-imposed rules. Thing is, God doesn’t care when or how or how much? He just wants us to meet with him often, reading as much as we have time for {with littles, it may not be as much as we’d like}, and throwing the “rules” of a routine out the window.

    Sorry for the long comment… I just loved this post!
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    • Thank you so much for your honest and wise comment, Alana! I struggle with legalism often as well. So grateful we worship a God of grace! :)

  9. Appreciate your sharing.
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  10. Jenni, I love your vlog. So nice to see your beautiful face and personality come to life in video. I couldn’t agree with you more on all three points. For me, morning works best, otherwise like with exercise, I’ll find some excuse as to why I don’t have time throughout the day. It’s just the way my brain works. I’m most productive on everything first thing in the morning. Lol! I certainly cheer on those who are self-disciplined enough to set that time aside for God later in the day. It doesn’t matter when, just that we do it.
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    • Thank you, Rosann. You are so sweet. I’m glad you have the opportunity to study in the morning. That is my preferred time as well… Just doesn’t happen much right now. :)

  11. What simple, wise guidance. I am a big fan of morning quiet time. However, when I get off track, it is important to remember that any time is a good time to be refreshed.
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom.
    Peace and good.
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  12. Thank you for writing this for ladies. I think ladies do get hung up on the “when” “how much” and “what” when it comes to Quiet Times. Funny, since we don’t really view our human relationships like this, and we should be pursuing God in just as real of a way as any other friend we have, if not more! We spend so much time analyzing our Quiet Time and less time actually talking with Him and reading His Word. And then we say we don’t have time. Just spend time with Him! :) Thank you again.

  13. Great tips and so helpful! I loved your vlog. Great job! Looking forward to hearing more:)
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  14. I agree with you about these misconceptions. I used to struggle with my quiet time and then feel guilty because I didnt feel I did it right or didnt get to it at all. Thanks for sharing.

  15. You did such a good job on your first vlog. I am so impressed!! It was nice to really see you and see you talk instead of just reading what you say.

    Thanks for linking up over at Wholehearted Home this week. What a special treet
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    • Thank you, Judith. You are sweet for saying so. I’m surprised at home many people like the vlog. I guess I will have to try to do more in the future. :)

  16. These are great reminders, Jenni. This has inspired me to write a bit about one of your points for an upcoming devotion on Bible Love Notes, and I will refer to this post with a link. Thanks for your well-balanced teaching. Bless you, Gail
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  17. I’ve just begun having a set quiet time since my daughter was born. While I’ve been getting into the routine, I have struggled with all of these myths. I think that for women trying to establish a quiet time, these become all the more prevalent because there is an internal pressure to ‘do it right’ and ‘be at your best’ for God. At least that’s how I felt.

    Just in the last week, God put on my heart that I didn’t have to create all these rules, and I have felt so much more relaxed and as a result have connected more deeply with my devotions. It’s really nice to see that I wasn’t alone in feeling this way.

    Love the vlog format, by the way. :)
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    • Carlie, it is amazing the pressure we put on ourselves when it comes to quiet times, isn’t it? Personally, I think it is one of the many ways Satan attempts to keep us from our time with the Lord. So glad that you are learning to enjoy God’s presence without feeling guilty that it isn’t a certain way. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and example.

  18. Thanks for this vlog! Great job on your first try!
    I love this topic because it’s something I struggle with, especially how the quiet time should “look”.
    Thanks for this post!

    By the way – I found you through Fellowship Fridays:)

  19. Jenni, it is so good to see you in person! It was so fun watching you :) I have had these same ideas about quiet time, but I know that any time devoted to God is good and should be a priority. Thanks for debunking those and for sharing at Mom’s Library.
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  20. Excellent information here! This is so important, especially for moms of young children. I have a lot of moms confide in me that they feel guilty about not getting time with the Lord like they did before. I felt guilty about that, too…but when we keep in mind these three things you listed it really frees us to view devotions a little differently. thank you for linking up this excellent post.
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  21. Enjoyed this! … on to the next.


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