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Five Tips for Making Your Daily Quiet Time A Priority

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Every Christian woman knows how important a personal quiet time is to our day. We’ve all experienced the significant difference spending even a few moments alone with our Lord and Savior makes to our day. Those simple moments can be life-changing.

So, why is it so challenging to make daily quiet time a priority?

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Where do we find the time?

The most common roadblock to having our daily devotions is TIME. Our days are packed.

  • Appointments
  • Children who need our constant attention
  • The duties of caring for an elderly parent
  • Never-ending housework.

Our responsibilities are endless! Where do we find quiettime to spend with God in all of this life?

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    Tip #1: Dispel the idea that your quiet time has to be first thing in the morning, before you do anything else.

    While I love the idea of having a quiet time before the rest of my day begins it just doesn’t always work for me. I have a toddler who hasn’t slept through the night since he was born. My daughter consistently wakes up at 6:30 am. My husband has to leave for work early in the morning for his 45 minute commute. If I tried to begin my day BEFORE all of this, I’m afraid I would be too tired to be productive.

    What I do instead…

    My morning begins with a quick prayer of thanks and petition for guidance as I begin my day. I get my husband out the door, settle my children and MIL to breakfast, make myself a coffee, and sit down with my Bible study and to-do list.

    With everyone occupied, I spend the next half hour or so completing my study, praying, and making my lists.

    Tip #2: Find your “golden” quiet time.

    I’m a night owl. Always have been. My best personal quiet time is after everyone has gone to bed. I pull out my supplies, start a little music in my headphones, diffuse some oils, and enjoy a few minutes truly alone with God.

    Maybe you’re not a night owl. Maybe you rock mid-day. Make your quiet time while the kids are napping or playing outside. If you have older kids, encourage them to have a quiet time of their own while you have yours.

    If you are one of the blessed few to be a morning person, by all means get up an hour or so before the kids and enjoy that early morning tranquility.

    Tip #3: Discover what makes your quiet time most meaningful and productive.

    Every person is different. For me, I like to have everything available regardless of where I am. My bible study tools are mostly digital. I’ve downloaded a Bible, note taking app, and several study guides. I have all my praise music in “the cloud” to help keep me enthusiastic and mindful that while I am learning these transforming truths, my main goal should be praise and worship. I am a lover of oils, so I’ve got my favorite oils diffusing.

    Find where you are at your best and make that your quiet time spot. Test out different devotions, journals, color pages, illustrations, printables, apps; anything that helps you stay focused on God.

    Tip #4: Find your accountability.

    Every Wednesday, I attend a Bible study. We have extensive lessons each week that slowly do in-depth studies on a book of the Bible or Biblical figure.

    Each week we meet together for teaching, discussion, worship, and prayer. I cannot express to you how valuable this accountability and support has been to my personal quiet time.

    If you can’t join a group, try one of the many online studies. There are countless groups, Facebook pages, and websites that will provide virtual tools and accountability.

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    Get together with one or two friends when your schedule allows. Use this time to discuss how God is moving in your life. Worship together and pray for one another. Keep each other accountable for making quiet time a priority.

    It’s so important to have accountability and support in your quiet time. Not only does it keep you motivated and encouraged, but to see how God is moving in the lives of others leaves me in awe of His greatness!

    Tip #5: Make your quiet time a priority.

    After you find your optimum time, resources, and accountability, work to make it a habit.

    • Mark it on your calendar
    • Set reminders on your computer or phone
    • Put up sticky notes
    • Do whatever you have to do to make spending time with God your priority.

    Since finding my “optimums”, I now look forward each day to my quiet time and cannot imagine functioning well without it. I find that making time for God every day helps me stay focused on His will as I complete my daily tasks

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    Remember, what works for one person may not be what works for you. The key is to find what works best for you and make your time spent with God your priority. Let it be what keeps you functioning, motivated, encouraged. You will never regret the time you spend with God.

    Did you like this post? How do you make time to spend with God every day? Let me know in the comments below!

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