Spending time in our Word and with God is so vital to our Spiritual walk. The Bible is the “bread of life”, it’s our sustenance, it’s how we learn the character of God. Without spending time learning and growing in it, without spending time with Him, how can we expect to know Him?
Quiet time is a topic near and dear to our hearts over here at Little Light because it’s SO important. Krystal recently wrote a whole series on Quiet Time, if you haven’t read it yet you can click here to start!
In the past few months we’ve had so many people ask how we get in our quiet time every day. So I wanted to share how I ensure that I will never miss my time with Him and time in His Word.
Okay, let’s be honest…we ALL have those days. You know the ones I’m talking about. Days where we get home at night and crash at 8 o’clock without even meaning to because it’s been a whirlwind of a day.
Tell me I’m not alone in that, right? You’ve got those days too? Okay good!
So, I finally figured something out that has helped me tremendously in never missing time with my Father.
We all hear people say “my devotion time”, “my quiet time”, etc. But knowing what these terms are will be so beneficial to your walk with Him. Just by simply being able to define what each means, you can then make pockets of time in your day that will work for your schedule and your busy life.
There are four terms or as I like to call them four different “intentional times” used to define time spent with our Father:
Quiet time: This is where you spend some time reflecting on God. Your quiet time might include prayer, listening to worship music, praying through a scripture or two, journaling your prayers, etc. It’s a time to just rest in Him and focus your day on Him. To listen and allow Him to speak to you.
I spend my drive to work as my quiet time. I usually listen to worship music and spending some time praying. I have a thirty-minute commute, so I know that I will have at least thirty minutes of uninterrupted time where I can focus my heart on Him. I will play worship music, pray through a scripture I am trying to memorize or talk to God. Most of the time I am just still. I just rest in Him during those thirty minutes.
Devotions: This is a type of Bible study, but with the aide a book of some sort. Most devotions use a short verse or two and then have a reflection from the author about those verses and only take about five to ten minutes to read through. As awesome as these can be in getting you into the habit of setting aside time every day to spend with God, I would caution you with a lot of devotions. To truly understand scripture, we must read the context of the verses. This usually can’t be done just by read one or two verses. Most devotions I have come across have been about ME and not HIM. If the aim is to make you feel better about your life, don’t buy it! The Bible is about Him, not us. Devotions can be a great tool but don’t allow these to replace your Bible study time!
The two devotions that I read are She Reads Truth and First Five. Both are heavy in scripture (we read at least one chapter of the Bible a day for each) and they do a really great job of dissecting the scripture as well as giving practical life application.
I usually have time to read these on my lunch break. And once again, it’s because I know I will have one hour of uninterrupted time. I know I can focus for one full hour on what I am reading.
Bible Reading: Bible reading is simply that, spending time reading through the Bible. I highly suggest reading through the Bible chronologically as it will give you context for the New Testament. Things make so much more sense when you read them in order, right? I have also done groups where we have read through the New Testament in 60 days or read through Psalms or a particular book of the Bible together.
My Bible reading is usually done in the evenings after dinner. This is my “wind down” time. Time to get in the Word and read through a few chapters.
Bible Study: Just as is sounds, Bible study is when you read through scripture and study it! This is when we break everything down to really, truly dive in. What was happening in the world when this passage was written, what is the context for this chapter, who was it written by, who was it written to. Look at the Gospel implication of the text and then how we can use that knowledge to live more like Christ.
Because Bible study is more intense and in depth, I usually study two or three nights a week rather than every single night. While I can read multiple chapters during my Bible reading, I like to stick to just one chapter or one part of a chapter for studying. When I study, I always have a journal with me so I can write down everything I learn, things I have questions on, and things that stuck out to me. Seriously, if I don’t write it down, I won’t remember. Worst memory ever!
The beauty of learning the significance of each of these “intentional times” with God is that knowing the purpose of each gives you the freedom to find a schedule and a plan that works for you. We are all different. We all have different jobs, personalities, and lives. So our time with God will look differently. What works for me might not work for you.
I’m not a morning person, so trying to make myself get up to study was just not working. I wouldn’t remember anything because I was so tired, or better yet, I would fall asleep because hello…not a morning person. And then I would feel SO guilty because I wasn’t spending any time with Jesus. THEN I learned the differences and significances of each of these terms. I learned that I don’t have to do it all in one sitting. I can break these up so that I can be more intentional with my time with Him.
This was so freeing for me. And guess what? It ensures that most of the time, I will, without a doubt, never miss my intentional time with Him.
If I have to work through my lunch and don’t get my devotional time? That’s okay because I still had thirty minutes of time with Him in my car on the way to work and I will have my Bible reading and Bible study time after dinner.
If I have a family get together and won’t be able to do my Bible reading? That’s okay because…you guessed it! I already had quiet time on the way to work a Devotions or Bible reading during lunch!
Things happen, life happens, and sometimes we will have the crazy days where we literally can’t find any time in the day. But because I have broken up my time with Him throughout the day, I have a better chance of NOT missing every “intentional time” with Him. I know that I may miss one of my “intentional times” every now and then BUT even when I do, I’ve still got those other two times of the day carved out to spend time with Him.
We must make time for Him. And we must be intentional with that time. I hope that breaking down these “intentional times” can help you like it helped me! I pray that we can all make spending time with Him our number one priority!
So take some time today to think about your average day. When do you have uninterrupted time that you can use for spending some quiet time with the Lord? When do you have a quick ten minutes to read a devotional or read through a few chapters of scripture? When do have a good chunk of time to really dig in?
You might be a stay at home mom so nap times are the only times you have to read and study. Or maybe you’re a morning person, so whip out that study Bible and get to learnin’ with your morning tea! Or maybe you’re like me and work a 9-5 job and can use a lunch break more intentionally than you have been.
They key is to find the moments in the day that work best for you for each different type of “intentional time”. The key is to make those nuggets of time a priority.
Will you commit to being intentional with the moments of time you have? What works best for you? I would love to hear what works for everyone else!