Last month I talked about how important it is to me that I spend time reading my Bible without a filter. I’d been spending my Bible study time in workbooks that other people had written, but I was finding that spending my quiet time that way just wasn’t working for me. So I decided to make a change.

I created a document to help me focus on Scripture and actually take away something from it that I could spend more time thinking about or apply to my life. I print out several copies at a time, punch some holes, and stick them in a binder. I started out using my new little quiet time journal by going through Proverbs, but then I found a Bible reading plan on Kathy Howard’s website and switched to that.

And I’m LOVING it. Making Scripture the focus of my quiet time has made all the difference. If I have time, I’ll work out of a Bible study workbook after I’ve finished my reading and response to Scripture. But that comes after, not before.

If you’re curious about how I’m doing my quiet times, go ahead and download my Scripture Unfiltered document here. Print out a few copies and keep them with your Bible. Then go ahead and give it a try. You can start by reading through the Psalms, Proverbs, the Gospel of John…whatever. Just get into Scripture.

If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know. And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog feed so that you’ll know if I’ve made any changes to the document, or just in case I come up with any other interesting downloads. You can get the blog posts sent to your email inbox by clicking here. (Don’t worry, your email address won’t be given to anybody else.) You can also subscribe in a feed reader.

Whatever you do, get busy on your quiet times! You won’t regret it!

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