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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.

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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?

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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 

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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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86 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!

  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!

  15. Great lesson to live by. About one year and 8 months ago I decided that I needed to take the time to read the Word of God before starting my day. I pulled up the Bible, bookmarked it, and read it every day when I open my computer, except on Sunday because I go to Church and read Bible verses there.

    The chapters seem to always give me what I need, and speaks to me in a way that makes my heart joyful.

    God Bless

  16. I think praying every morning immediately you wake up and before you even get out of bed for your day’s needs which include getting time to spend with Him is another way we can ensure we always have quiet time.

  17. spending time in God’s presence is very important it keeps you from becoming like the world for want of a better description. i often felt guilty i did not get my 1 hr in in the morning but i learnt to spend time with God where ever I am during the day, just a continuous conversation ….

  18. I can totally relate to this struggle! And I also agree about finding “A Time” each day rather than worrying about a set schedule. I only have 4 kids but there is no typical day for sure! Thanks for the encouragement!

  19. That was such a beautiful post. I don’t get any quiet time either, and I can feel your pain with trying to wake up before 5:00am. I get up, take a shower, make coffee, make breakfast for everyone, make everyone’s lunch, clean up the kitchen mess that I just made doing all that… and then start getting ready for work (hair and makeup). I have maybe ten minutes to just sit and breathe before I put my work clothes on. Until our house is built next year, my husband and I, and the two littles are living in one room at my MIL’s house. There is no quiet ANYWHERE! I can’t wait until we have our own home and we can spread out a little more. Thank you for sharing.

    • Oh WOW!! Blessings on you as you wait for your house! That’s gotta be hard. I feel your pain! Hopefully my post will encourage you to meet with God when/where you can! Thank you for your kind words! God bless you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Thank you for these awesome tips. After watching the war room, I too wanted to transform my closet, but it was not practical. I did buy a desk, so i could have my bible and reference books all in one place. I use the wall around the desk to put up prayer request, scriptures, etc. I have a hard time being consistent with my quiet time. Twice a year my church has 21 days of pray, (The idea is it takes 21 days to make something a habit) The church is opened m-f from 6 to 7 am, and Saturday from 9-10, for us to come and pray together. Today is day 12, and I’ve been able to make it everyday (Thank you Jesus).My mood and how i approach the day and people has definitely changed during these past 12 days.

    I loved the ideas of reading psalms and proverbs, if you don’t know where to start. I love the website http://www.biblestudytools.com, they have a lot of reading plans, it was very helpful to me, when I was not sure, where to start. Thanks again, and be blessed

    • Thank you so much for your AWESOME comment! I will check out the website! And yes, developing a habit does take some time, but it’s so worth it! I love your desk ‘War Room’ idea! I might have to consider that myself! And I’m so glad to hear your part of such an awesome church! God bless you as you study His Word!

  21. Im joan from the phils,im so blessed with your thoughts and tips about quiet time and yes i watched “war room”.i used to feel guilty when i do my quiet time before sleeping all this time i thought it should be in the morning…thank God for answering my concern thru your article.God bless u abundantlyโค?

    • Aww! Thank you so much, Joan! I appreciate that! It is just important THAT we meet with Him. Not so much when! Thank you for sharing your heart! God bless you, as well!

  22. I have a 3 month little girl who is EXTREMELY spoiled (she insists on being held almost all day and MUST take naps while in my arms) and she has just started sleeping through the night. Early mornings and late nights I get into my bible and spend time with the Heavenly Father. My suggestion is no matter when or where it is open that book, download a bible app with devotionals and do it. Usually they will only take about five minutes and you can do a few through out the day. Go for it and don’t get discouraged.

    • That’s a great suggestion! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it! Raising kids is a season and it won’t always be that way! Enjoy your time with your little one AND feast on God’s Word at the same time! You are a wise mama!

  23. I love the post and it’s so true that it’s kind of impossible to find a designated time that will work every day for a quiet time with God! Each day is unpredictable with kids and we have to take each day as unique as they are! I love your tips!

  24. thanks for the reminder on having a quiet time. sometimes we rush in and rush out and forget to tarry with the Lord. Blog on and have a great weekend!

  25. I loved your post! I think sometimes we get too wrapped up in wanting to have the perfect circumstances when in reality God just wants to spend time with the imperfect us. My friend Carsen once said “God is more desperate to get a word to us then we are to hear a word from Him.” He will totally be able to speak to us no matter what time or location we find ourselves able to take a moment with him! Love your words!

  26. Amber, I pop my self in the car about 45 minutes before picking up the first pick up after school. My young one falls asleep in the car. I have half an hour for my quiet time. Miss the tea. But Jesus time is mine.

  27. I really enjoyed this article, Amber. But let me ask you…what defines “quiet” time? My husband and I were just talking about this tonight just before I saw your post on Pinterest. It must be God. ๐Ÿ™‚ To my hubby and his men’s group from church, quiet time means total silence and meditation, listening for God to speak, training yourself to be physically and mentally still before God. I’m good with that. But to me, I’m okay with reading devotions on my phone while I do my cardio at the gym and spending that hour in prayer and learning. Reading the Word and thinking while I exercise works for me. Which means I’m also okay with keeping the Bible open in the kitchen while I hustle up dinner (and I did just today, in fact). I think it’s a personal decision, but my hubby believes being still means being absolutely still. I think his viewpoint has a ton of merit. If we truly want to hear all of God’s voice, we should be 100% quiet. But can we actually be 100% quiet in today’s culture and still hear God’s voice? Are we muting or dishonoring God if we aren’t in total silence with Him wherever we may be? I believe that if we ask God for discernment, He is faithful to give it so we never miss a word from Him. I say this because I have experienced it. But, I would like hear your thoughts about what may exactly define being quiet with God. Thanks for answering and thanks for bringing up a great topic.

    • You raise a very good question, Gina! I think the answer to your question is there is a time for both! If you wait for the ‘perfect’ quiet time, when you can be 100% quiet, then you’ll find you’ll never do it. Time spent with God in the Word will most definitely be pushed to the last on the list of priorities because you probably won’t find a time to be 100% quiet. Which is why I think your method is a good way that you ensure getting time with God at some point in the day. Having said that, I believe it is also very important to set aside intentional time with the Lord where He is your sole focus. Therefore, in my humble opinion, I think you need both. Being intentional is important. But not so intentional that you neglect your time with Him in search of ‘perfection.’ I hope this helps and I’d love to discuss this further if you’d like! Feel free to respond here or email me if you’d prefer. amberfox@allnaturaljoy.com

  28. During the warmer weather I love to sit on my porch and read, pray and journal. However that is only for a couple of months. Otherwise, I try to find any place, even the bathroom to read. The. Athroom has been a great place to spend time talking to God. (I know it sounds crazy but it is just you and the Lord – you will be surprised how And where He will meet you!)

  29. This blog has been such a refreshing “find” for me. I’m retired also, should have no problem getting things done, but can’t seem to use my unstructured time effectively, including a quiet time. Thanks for all the suggestions. I can see a light now. I’ll try again.

    • That is so sweet of you to say! Thank you! It is hard to find the time to spend in the Word no matter what your stage of life, but I am glad you were encouraged by my post! Thank you for sharing!

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