Finding ways to keep your quiet time consistent will look different for everyone. What works for one person might not work for another. And that’s okay! As long as you find SOMETHING that works for you!
This week, we have been looking at our own personal quiet times. In post one, Find One that Works in Every Season of Life, we thought about where we are in life today and what an effective quiet time might look like for us right now.
In post two, How to Drown Out the Noise and FOCUS, I shared some of the most common struggles women have when it comes to having a consistent quiet time. I also listed several tips and tricks that could help in every situation.
Today, I thought it would be helpful to share specific ways that have helped me over the years. These specific action steps have really helped me to stay committed!
1 – Set a consistent time and place. When you have a routine, and you sit down at the same place at the same time with the same cup of hot tea every morning (or evening or naptime or whenever), you will find yourself getting there on autopilot. You will learn that you won’t have to make yourself have a quiet time. You will do it automatically, and really miss it if you ever have to skip it. Figure out your time, plug it into your daily routine, and stick to it!
2 – Gather supplies. Keep a basket of any supplies needed within reach. Your Bible, prayer journal, any devotional books you are reading, highlighters, pens, index cards to write down scriptures. When everything is already gathered and ready for you, it is one less than thing to think about when sitting down to dive into reading.
3 – Have a plan. Knowing where to start seems to intimidate a lot of people! Focus more on getting in a good habit at first. Have an idea of what you are going to start with.
Pick a book of the Bible to work through. Find a reading plan to follow along with. Use a devotional series from She Reads Truth. Commit to read three chapters a day to reach the goal of reading through the whole Bible in one year. Just pick something and stick with it. The longer you stick to it, the more inspired you will be. Soon enough, it will get easier and easier for you to know what you want to study next.
4 – Work in writing at some point. I am a firm advocate for incorporating writing while you read. It doesn’t have to be a lot. You could pick one verse each day to write in your journal. You could create a list of things you are thankful for that day, or things you are praying for that month.
Or you could go big and write down all of your prayers, a dialogue of sorts between you and the Lord. It’s amazing to be able to look back through the years to see how far you have grown, and how present the Lord is in some of your most challenging times.
5 – Find a way to think about the Scriptures even when it’s not your quiet time. Commit to memorizing verses, whether it’s one a week, one a month, or one every other month. Copy different verses that will really help in an area you are struggling with and tape them all over your house. Buy prints of different verses and hang them in every room. Play Pandora in the background and set it to different worship bands.
6 – Have a buddy to push you closer to Christ and deeper in His Word. One of the best things I have done to strengthen my relationship with Christ is to meet another mom friend once a month. Each month, we pick a book of the Bible and read through it together. Then one night a month, we get together, discuss what we read, share where we are in our lives, and pray for one another.
It has really challenged me to be vulnerable and to open up to another sister in Christ about some really hard heart issues that are going on. It is a true sisterhood in every sense of the word, and I am so glad we have committed to this spiritual discipline. Just knowing that someone else knows exactly what to be praying for is so encouraging. Other times, I have gone to someone whose faith I really admire to pick their brain about a situation and to ask for your guidance.
7 – Don’t wait for the perfect time! There will NEVER be a perfect time. You will rarely have a day that is distraction free. Things will always come up! But we have to decide to put first things first.
We have to decide to MAKE reading the Bible a top priority. And we have to model this for our children. Life happens. And when it does I guarantee you will have a better frame of mind when you have consistently been in your Word.
Please, please, please pick a time and place and start. Today! Gather a few things to help you have a successful quiet time, and just dig in.
If you have any questions about where to start or what to read or anything, don’t hesitate for even a second. Contact us. Reach out, and we can help you the best we can.
This is a community geared to push you closer to Christ. And I would wager that this is probably one of the most important things for every Christian. Sadly, it is probably many people’s weakest points. Let’s rise up and change that, shall we? Let’s honor Christ by choosing Him above all else.
What is one piece of advice you have for someone who is looking for inspiration in their quiet time? Is there anything that you have learned that can be an encouragement to others?