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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.5 WAYS TO HAVE AN EFFECTIVE QUIET TIME 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,ย 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. ย 

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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.

5 ways to have an effective quiet time

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!)ย 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? ย 

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 apartย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

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.)ย 

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! ย 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 – ย Proverbs has 31 chapters which is ย 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 – ย The Gospels are fascinating to read and will teach you all about Jesus’ life and ministry while he was here on Earth.
  • THE EPISTLES – ย 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

FIND GOOD RESOURCES

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There are so many good resources available to help you walk through the Bible. Check out Bible.orgย for starters. I also really like Ron Rhodes, ‘The Key Ideas Bible Handbook: Understanding and Applying All the Main Concepts Book by Book.’ย 

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 amberfox@allnaturaljoy.com 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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42 comments on “5 WAYS TO HAVE AN EFFECTIVE QUIET TIME”

  1. I found that having an accountability partner who I knew would ask me daily if I did my (our) Reading helped me quite a bit!! I highly recommend that โ™ฅ now I want to find a closet to rip apart!! I’ll settle for my cozy living room chair for now!

    • That’s a GREAT idea!!! I might have to add that to my post! It sure does help to know someone is gonna ask you! Don’t do any ripping! your living room chair will work just great!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. These tips are really helpful. A few months ago I made sure that I wouldn’t go to bed without spending time to say a prayer, but I’ve definitely been lacking with reading my Bible. For me the best time is usually before bed, it’s the time I get the most time to myself.

    One thing that has put me off reading the Bible in the past is knowing what to read. I like your suggestions of reading books such as Psalms, Proverbs and The Gospels, so this will definitely be a great starting point for me.

    Thanks for sharing these tips!

    • You’re very welcome! I’m so glad that they helped! It does seem like knowing where to read is such a huge obstacle! I hope that you find joy in your time in the Word! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I enjoyed this! The book of Psalms was always my favorite. Great post, finding time and ways to meditate on God is always needed and also helps you to feel connected even more to God.

  4. Such a good post! I love the War room and we implemented one in our home….it is so true, that you must find anytime in the day to make it happen. Often Im guilty of thinking if I missed the morning, then I just skip it for the day. Thanks for the reminder and sharing your heart!

    • Thank you so much! I don’t know why I struggle with that so much as well! It’s like I have to have everything perfect in the morning or else, forget about it! I’m fighting it daily! I appreciate your comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This is such good advice! I’m not a mom yet, but I still find myself really busy with college and my husband and my job. Finding anytime is better than none! I would love to turn a closet into a prayer space too haha

    • Yes, anytime is better than none for sure! I’m sure that college and a husband and a job is a lot to handle! Good for you! Keep staying in the Word! ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, it would be super cool to have a dedicated prayer closet!

  6. I’ve have to watch “War Room”, I can definitely identify with wanting to hide into the closet just to get some peace!
    I wish I had any tips on getting quiet time-I usually just wait until everyone’s asleep!

  7. You are right! “Quiet” time is SO important. I love the idea of keeping your Bible open throughout the day so you can read when you can. Something I personally love doing is writing scripture. While it may sound time-consuming, writing one verse or two really isn’t and that’s ok if that’s all the time you have. I usually pick a book and write the entire book over time. It’s really fulfilling and helps me to meditate even more on a passage or chapter. I have a blog post about it over at Feasting On Joy if you want to learn more or see the books I use to write in. Thanks so much for this encouraging post! It’s found a forever place on my Encouragement” board on Pinterest! Blessings, Jennifer

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! This is such an encouragement! I just heard about Scripture writing the other day! I need to start doing that! It sounds so neat! I will check out your post, for sure! Than, you again! Blessings to you as well!

  8. This is definitely food for thought. I do so much better with my Bible time during the school year than I do in the summer. I need to do better. Thanks for such a thought provoking read.

    • Isn’t it funny? I feel the same way! Sometimes I worry because I don’t want my kids to think that we only do Bible as a part of school! I’m trying hard to do better also! And thank you for your kind words!

  9. My kids are older so I get a lot of “me” time now, and I find that reading my daily devotions in the morning with my coffee before I start my day doing anything, really, is the best time for me. It’s 15 minutes of reflection and a prayer that I started about a year ago with a 365 Daily Devotions for Women.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing so many helpful tips! I!think the tip of finding A Time will work better for me. I love the movie War Room! I could watch it often.

  11. Meeting with Him every morning does not always happen but when it does, which for me happens at least four to five times a week , the joy is overwhelming. Meeting with Him allows me to take off the burdens and replace it with Him . I pray seek and journal knowing and trusting that His goodness surrounds me. Thank you for the reminder to make it first

    • That overwhelming joy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes!! I love this! It is so important to meet with God! And casting our cares on Him and experiencing His peace is such a blessing!

  12. My kids are now past that needly young stage. We homeschooled for a decade before severe brain injury left me unable to teach my kids and they went to classrooms away from home. The time (and it has been different at different seasons!) that currently works best for me to spend in Jesus’ Book is early morning, when m y husband gets up to take his shower, before I get up and out of bed for the day.

    • I am excited for the day when I can rise early and spend quiet time! Though I’m very happy to be parenting my littles! Thank you for the reminder that seasons change!

  13. My “time” has been different in different seasons of life. We homeschooled for a decade until severe brain injury meant I was no longer the best teacher for our kids, so that 5-minutes stolen in the bathroom was so relatable!!! Our kids are a little older now, so currently I can spend time with Jesus during my hubby’s early morning shower, before everyone else wakes and starts the off-to-school rush.

  14. Great ideas for getting in the Word Amber, you know it’s not just young mom’s who struggle with this . . . I get so busy as a retired person with doing all the things I never could do, that I don’t have a regular “time” either…but I am so thankful for devotionals that come via my email box or my Facebook friends that do them every day online so I will take time to spend with the Lord.

    • That is a really good point! Thank you for bringing that up! I appreciate your comment! It’s funny how easy it is to let things crowd out our quiet time. I hear retirement is a very busy time! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Blessings to you!

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