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Having an effective quiet time on a daily basis is BY FAR, one of the most IMPORTANT things you can do for yourself and for your family. When you spend time in God’s Word, you will be able to handle life and all that it throws at you! It’s like being rejuvenated. If you are not in the habit of having a daily quiet time, then it may seem overwhelming and you might not know where to start. I want to help you with a few things that might make it just a little bit easier for you to have an effective quiet time.
FIND A TIME
I have seven kids and my house is rarely ever quiet.
One of my kids, otherwise known as my high maintenance baby, thinks it’s fun to wake up at 5:00 in the morning.
I used to struggle with feeling like if I couldn’t make it up BEFORE the kids, be completely clothed, have eaten breakfast AND have the house in order, then it just wasn’t worth it for me to do quiet time.
I always wanted to be able to say that at ‘such-and-such’ a time every day, would be my quiet time. (That was seven kids ago! 🙂 )
In my head I always dreamed of a serene morning where I sipped tea and the birds chirped in the background as I spent an hour basking in God’s Word.
Let me tell you that I don’t think this has EVER happened in my entire life. Not once! (And definitely not with my aforementioned, early riser!) What I can tell you is that if I waited for that to happen I would NEVER have a quiet time.
So when I tell you to find a TIME to spend in God’s Word it’s going to sound a little different than a typical structured answer. You need to find a time, yes! But I understand that in the midst of raising kids and all of the other responsibilities that come with being a mom, you probably are not going to have a daily given time.
So what I want you to do is to find A time EVERY day.
Some days it may be in the morning and some days it may be in the evening. Some days you may have to hide quietly in your bathroom while you soak in God’s word for FIVE minutes. But that’s OK!
I want you to commit to NOT going to bed without having spent some time in the Bible at SOME point during the day.
FIND A PLACE
Are you familiar with the movie War Room?
If you aren’t, I recommend that you watch it. It’s an awesome movie! The gist of the movie is about a woman who spent her quiet time in her closet. (I don’t want to go into depth here – you’ll have to watch it!) She
ripped apart repurposed her closet and made that area a dedicated place where she could meet with God on a daily basis.
After watching it, I was totally pumped and wanted to make my own ‘War Room!’ I had ideas of turning our walk-in closet into my own little prayer corner, because let’s face it, I never have anything to wear anyway, so why did I really need a closet?
After trying to convince my husband that it would be a good idea (he said I did have things to wear and that I did need my closet!) I had to concede to the fact that I just don’t live in Hollywood, (and things don’t always go like they do in the movies – but her War Room was soooo cool! 🙂 ).
I decided that even though I couldn’t have a dedicated area to meet with God, I could still find a place somewhere in my house on a daily basis where I could find time to be in the Word.
In the same way that it’s not likely that you will find a dedicated time, you probably won’t find a dedicated place. (Sorry! It’s just reality) I just want you to think of a place that you can go at any given time during the day and quietly commune with God.
Do you have a pantry with a door? Or a basement where nobody will find you? Maybe it’s your bedroom or your bathroom. You just need to find some place that you can meditate on Scripture for a few minutes.
(A trick that I have found – though not ideal – but better than nothing, is to keep my Bible open somewhere in the house. Like the kitchen counter. Though I would love to spend hours of uninterrupted time (see above) it’s not always feasible. If I have my Bible laying open, then I can pass by and read a verse or two here and there and meditate on it as I go about my daily responsibilities.)
FIND A PASSAGE
I, myself, have found that one of the most DIFFICULT things to overcome in having an effective quiet time is figuring out what to read.
This seems to be even more difficult than actually finding time. Because if I’m honest, I can usually carve out at least a half an hour per day that I waste doing something unnecessary where time is concerned.
But when it comes to finding a passage, it’s not as difficult as it may seem. You may feel like you have to have the perfect book or the perfect tools in order to study your Bible. But I’m here to say that you need to get perfect out of your head! Here are a few ideas to get you started and help you figure out where to start reading in the Bible.
- PSALMS – The Psalms are so full of hope and encouragement that they are a great place to start reading when you aren’t sure where to start. I would recommend starting at the first chapter and working your way through the entire book.
- PROVERBS – Proverbs has 31 chapters which is makes it the perfect book to read in a month. Read one chapter for every day of the month. Don’t worry if you miss a day! Just skip the chapter and go on to the next chapter that matches the date.
- THE GOSPELS – The Gospels are fascinating to read and will teach you all about Jesus’ life and ministry while he was here on Earth.
- THE EPISTLES – The Epistles are some of my favorite places to read because I am a very practical person and I find them to be very applicable.
I would recommend against letting your Bible fall open to any particular passage and reading something random. You want to be intentional about having a good quiet time and making the most out of it. (Even if you can’t spend an hour a day! 😉 )
FIND GOOD RESOURCES
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There are so many good resources available to help you walk through the Bible. Check out Bible.org for starters. I also really like Ron Rhodes, ‘The Key Ideas Bible Handbook: Understanding and Applying All the Main Concepts Book by Book.’
JUST DO IT!
Sometimes it’s tempting to keep waiting until you have the right time or the right place or the right resources, etc. But the most IMPORTANT thing is that you just get into God’s Word and READ it!
You’ll get better as you go along and you will understand more and more!
If you find that you are having questions and really don’t understand, I would love for you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can help you out! If I don’t know the answer, I would be happy to point you in the right direction!
How about you? What are effective ways that you have your quiet time? Do you find it difficult to stay consistent? Are there any good resources you would like to recommend? Please comment below and let me know! I would love to hear!
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