Pomodoro PTWG

Pomodoro PTWG Technique

30 for 30 challenge: Personal Time With God

The Pomodoro PTWG technique developed by Pastor Dorsia Atkinson, is a great way for us to “upgrade” and improve our Personal Time With God on a daily basis. Recently, he encouraged all of us to participate in a church wide “upgrade of our PTWG”, by challenging us to use the Pomodoro PTWG technique for 30 minutes a day for 30 days.  Thus the 30 for 30 challenge.

During the daily 30 minutes of Personal Time With God, we will pray, read the scriptures, reflect & make notes, summarize & list things to apply to our life, and spend a minute each day memorizing a passage of scripture for the week. This is done in time-structured method which helps an individual get the maximum benefit from this short amount of time each day. In fact, there is even an app you can download from our website that will help you with the time management of your 30 minutes each day.

Below you will have everything you’ll need to participate in this challenge, including the Pomodoro timer app for your mobile device, videos to show how to install the apps, and even videos to walk you through step by step how to use this technique.  There are also materials at our Next Steps Table at Sunday morning worship service.

Timer Apps

Android Phone App

Download: ClearFocus – Productivity Timer

Configuring: Instructional Video

iOS Phone App

Download: Be Focused – Focus Timer & Goal Tracker for work and study

Configuring: Instructional Video

Website: https://www.tomatoid.com/pomodoro


Information about PTWG

The purpose of having Personal Time With God or PTWG, is for you to get to know God and grow an enjoyable loving relationship with Him

  • PTWG is not a duty, it’s an opportunity to spend time with God.
  • PTWG is about consistency & quality not quantity
  • PTWG is about reading the Bible for transformation instead of only Information.
  • PTWG anticipates God communicating to me.
  • PTWG is always followed by me applying to my life what I’ve learned from God.

The Key to the Pomodoro PTWG is to…Be persistent until you are consistent

Instructions for Pomodoro PTWG

Supplies Needed: Bible, notepad, pen or pencil and a timer

Books of the Bible: 1 Corinthians and then Mark

Prayer before Bible Study (2 minutes)

Ask God to…

  • Forgive me of my sins:
    • Those sins I’ve done intentionally, and those sins I’ve done unintentionally
    • Those sins I’ve done out of malice, and those sins I’ve done under the pretense of love
  • Help me to trust Jesus more each moment by increasing my faith in Jesus
  • Give me spiritual eyes to see what You want me to see in these scriptures
  • Give me spiritual ears to hear what You want me to hear in Your Word
  • Recall to my memory any of my life’s experiences that relate to what I’m reading in the Bible
  • Help me identify emotional responses to what I read
  • Give me new insights from what You show me today
  • Help me find examples of love and obedience to you God in what I’m reading today, especially those lived out by Jesus
  • Holy Spirit, reveal to me what God desires for me to BE, SAY, and DO.

 Read (4 minutes)

  • Circle key words you find
  • Underline phrases or thoughts that stick out to you
  • Draw arrows toward connecting parts
  • Star something you feel is important that you want to come back to later

Helpful Tips

* Take you’re time and read at your own pace.  This is not a reading race!

** If you don’t know how to pronounce a word, don’t get hung up.  Keep reading!

*** If you don’t know the meaning of a word, don’t worry. Keep reading! The surrounding context may give you insight into what the word is. You can always circle it & look it up later.

Reflect & Make Notes (3 minutes)

  • Think about what God wants me to see, hear, or feel about what I’ve just read?
  • What experiences have I had that relate to what I’ve just read?
  • Write down any thoughts or insights that “stick out” to you in what you’ve just read.

Read (4 minutes)

Reflect & Make Notes (3 minutes)

Read (4 minutes)

Reflect & Make Notes (3 minutes)

Connect & Summarize (4 minutes)

  • Write down your thoughts or insights on today’s reading.
  • What did I learn about God? About the Holy Spirit? What did I learn about Jesus?
  • What did I learn about being a disciple of Jesus?
  • What examples of Jesus’ Love and/or Obedience did I find today?
  • Based on my PTWG today, what insights or actions should I begin to apply to my life?   Write these down!

Scripture Memorization for the week (1 minute)

Weekly Memory Verses

  • Repetitively recite the scripture (both silently and aloud) during this time.

Closing Prayer (2 minutes)

Ask God to…

  • Seal what I have learned today in my heart so that I will never forget it
  • Transform me more into the likeness of Jesus Christ as I continue to meditate on what I have learned today
  • Give me the courage to BECOME, SAY, and DO what You have challenged me to BECOME, SAY, and DO
  • Lift up any other prayer concerns you have

Close by repeating John Wesley’s Daily Prayer  



John Wesley Daily Prayer

I am no longer my own, but yours

Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will.

Put me to doing, put me to suffering.

Let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,

Exalted for you or brought low for you.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed God;

Father, Son & Holy Spirit,

You are mine, and I am yours.

So be it.

And the covenant, which I have made on earth,

Let it be ratified in heaven.

30 in 30 Challenge: Intro Video