Does your learning style affect your Quiet Time? Can it IMPROVE your Quiet Time?
Yes and YES!
If you’ve ever found yourself struggling to be consistent in meeting with God in His Word each day, you’re totally not alone. Maybe you’ve found yourself thinking, “This isn’t working for me very well. I’m not sure exactly what I’m supposed to be feeling, but what I feel doesn’t seem right.” It’s a common struggle, and the solution might not be that hard.
Maybe the problem is you’re trying to do Quiet Time the wrong way. That is, maybe you’ve been trying to force yourself into someone else’s Quiet Time practice. Perhaps the key to enjoying your time with Jesus lies in embracing the way God created you to connect with Him.
Because while there isn’t just one way to do Quiet Time, I firmly believe that the right way to do Quiet Time is the way that you’ll actually do it!
That will look different for you than it does for me, and in fact, your learning style may affect your best way to meet with God.
That’s why I’m thrilled that I caught up with the fabulous JoDitt from JoDitt Designs to unpack what how different learning styles affect our Quiet Time, and I just know you’re going to enjoy our conversation!
How to Enjoy Your Quiet Time
Quiet Time is considered essential to growing as a follower of Jesus. But when we limit our time with Him to any one formula, we actually limit our spiritual growth… because there is no one-size-fits-all Quiet Time prescribed in the Bible.
Morning Quiet Time isn’t more spiritual than bedtime Quiet Time or lunch time Quiet Time. Inductive study isn’t inherently better than contemplative prayer or worshipful singing. In fact, we do ourselves and others a disservice when we try to tell others how they SHOULD spend time with Jesus each day, because it’s a personal practice. And any time spent in God’s Word is time well spent.
Having said that, there are some ways of engaging Scripture that will feel more natural and rewarding to you, based on how God created you. If you’ve spent any time around this blog, you know we’re passionate about discovering and embracing our worship personality types!
We’re created by a creative God, and part of being made in His image means we reflect that creativity in our diverse personalities. (In fact, if you haven’t already, go ahead and take the worship personality test to unpack who God has made you and how this impacts your worship of God.)
3 Learning Styles Can Affect Your Quiet Time
The VAK Learning Styles theory has been around for decades, and it’s been used in everything from school classrooms to employee retention plans. But have you ever considered how your natural learning style affects your Quiet Time?
In our discussion, Jo gives us some helpful tips on how being a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner can give your quiet time the boost it needs, but also the relief that it can look different from what you might expect.
JoDitt and I list TONS of practical ideas and examples in our video interview, but here are just a few to get you started:
Visual learner Quiet Time ideas
- Try writing out the Scripture each day. There’s something powerful about writing out God’s Word and slowing down enough to meditate on it one word at a time.
- Or perhaps you’re more of an artistic visual learner. Well then, pull out your colored pencils and illustrate a key word, draw an idea that comes from the reading, or even give Bible journaling a try.
Auditory learner Quiet Time ideas
- Try listening to the Bible while you’re washing dishes or walking the dog.
- Or listen to Scripture memory songs like these.
Kinesthetic learner Quiet Time ideas
- Try memorizing Scripture using hand motions (great way to help kids memorize Scripture too!)
- Pair up listening to the audioBible while going for a walk
Which learning styles resonate with you? How can you incorporate them into your quiet time with God?