Awwww! It’s Thursday!
I was ready for Thursday 🙂 .
Lately, I have had more and more questions about what my daily quiet time looks like. I did a post six years ago that I still love and reference when I talk about my morning time with Jesus, but because of the number of new inquiries, I thought I’d share my thoughts and resources again for any of you who are wanting to learn more about what my time looks like.
My routine has looked the same for pretty much the last 25 years. I started having a daily and consistent quiet time (that’s what I call it but you can call it something else) when I was 15, and it’s continued today. I think just like all good things that you need to do every day (drink water, exercise, eat your veggies) it takes discipline and consistency to become “just a way of life”. I don’t think you can go from doing nothing to something and expect to have the same routine that I do. I do it every single day because it’s just like drinking my coffee and brushing my teeth, it’s something I’ve always done and now, always happens.
I love to have my quiet time first thing in the morning because it starts my day off on the right foot, I have fewer distractions first thing in the morning (the kids are asleep, my phone isn’t ringing or beeping) and because it sets the tone for my entire day. So, I have mine right away.
Here’s what I do…
1: I like to always start by reading God’s word.
For me, reading the Bible is so important for my quiet time. I love devotionals (Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling is my favorite), but actually opening up God’s word and reading the Bible, studying it and how it applies to me, memorizing scripture and meditating on the verses is a must for me. There are so many ways to do this, but often, I think people quit/don’t enjoy it/ don’t remember it because they’re not doing it in an organized fashion. I need some sort of outline or Bible study to keep me on task and organized.
For two years in a row, I did the One Year Study Bible. It’s broken up into daily readings (one Old Testament, one New, a Psalm and a Proverb). If you were to get that Bible right now, I would start with January 1 and go from there no matter what day it is.
Another way I do my Bible reading is through Bible studies. I feel like I’m the queen of Bible studies because I always, always have one going. I’ve done so many over the years by so many amazing authors, but Beth Moore has always been my favorite. Her studies are typically around 10 weeks long (but do them at your own pace, don’t feel pressured to rush through them) and always have a video that goes along with them. I rent the videos off of Lifeway’s site when I need to watch one (one video plus five daily lessons makes up one week). I seriously think I’ve done every study she’s ever written (many twice!), but when asked which one someone should start with, I always say Breaking Free.
2: I spend time in prayer
I personally love to write down my prayer requests. I have spiral notebooks where I write them down and then can go back later and cross things off, add to them, and change them up. I think once you start writing down what you’re praying about, it becomes even easier to see how God is answering prayers all the time (BECAUSE HE IS!!). It also helps keep your thoughts and prayer organized (for instance, I have one page dedicated to people I know with cancer, one page dedicated to people I know who have lost their jobs/had a really hard time with Covid, etc). I have a page for each kid, a page for Andrew and our marriage…it’s all very organized (hello, me!) but helps keep me focused as I pray, more intentional with my prayers and organized with my thoughts. I have a page for YOU guys too (because I love praying for this community!), so there are a lot of ways you can organize your spiral. I just think no matter how long you’ve had a prayer life, it’s great to keep them documented.
A few other things people have asked, this right here…
…is my favorite Bible app. I love to read the Life Application Study Bible in the NLT (that’s the actual physical Bible I read), but I use my Bible app so much too! There are so many things you can do on there: daily verses, free Bible studies and videos, plus, every translation of the Bible in multiple languages is available too. You can “highlight” and make notes, share your thoughts…seriously, the app is AMAZING!
My little girls don’t have a set “quiet time” yet. We pray together several times throughout the day and talk about God and how much He loves them, helps them, is there for them many times throughout the day too, but at this point, I think they’re too young to sit down and have an official quiet time. My big kids however, are already having them daily and what has helped are some really great devotionals geared for kids…
…Smith has been using this one and Kensington…
…has been using this one. There are so many specifically for kids, pre-teens and teens and that has really helped my kids get excited about waking up every morning to dig into God’s word.
Okay, I think that about covers it! If you have other ideas and resources for a daily quiet time, I’d love to hear them! Also, if you want to read more about my faith and what it means to me, you can always check out this post HERE or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For me, there is no better way to spend a few minutes of my day than with the Lord.