The cry of my heart is to know Jesus more, to share Him with others, and to see women who are passionate for God’s Word and His presence. Jesus didn’t commission us to just make converts, but to make disciples. So my mission is to share my passion for the Lord in ways that women can put into practice in their own lives.
I want to share with you three things that I do to make my quiet time a consistent priority in my life.
- I have a particular time and place.
For me that is early morning. I like to have my quiet time before everyone else in the house gets up, so there are no distractions. I like the quietness of morning and the opportunity to start my day with Jesus.
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation (Psalm 5:3, NIV).
But everyone is different and has different preferences and schedules. Find the time that works for you and make it your number one priority. Let nothing interfere with it. Make it a habit. Anything we do for seven days in a row usually becomes a habit. If you are not used to having a consistent quiet time, then commit to the Lord that you will put it in your schedule for just seven days in a row and see what happens.
It also helps to have a particular place that you meet with the Lord. I have two places—one for summer and weekends (my back porch) and one for the school season when it is either too dark or too cold on the back porch (my corner of the couch). Some people have a “prayer chair,” a prayer room, or a prayer corner. Find a place and make it your own.
Having a particular time and place somehow helps us make our daily quiet time into a habit. It becomes part of what we do and who we are. You will find yourself looking forward to your meeting with Jesus each day.
- I have particular items I use.
Don’t laugh. I have a quiet time bag. It has my Bible, two devotionals, my Sunday school book, whatever Bible study I am working on, my journal, a pen, a hi-lighter, and sticky notes. I keep the bag beside my couch, so when I get up in the morning, everything is right there together.
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days (Psalm 90:14).
When I go to church, I can pick up my bag and have everything I need for church without having to look for it. I know the Scriptures and sermon points will be on the PowerPoint at church, but I like to follow along in my own Bible and take notes. This practice helps me to focus on what the Lord is saying and remember it better.
- I have a particular order to what I do.
I’m sure everyone has a different way of spending time with the Lord, but I just want to share what I do in my quiet time for those who want to have a consistent quiet time, but don’t know what to do.
I like to journal my thoughts and prayers, but that is a personal preference for me. I love to write, and that is how I express my heart. Some people are creative and enjoy Bible journaling with watercolors or colored pencils. If you are interested in creative Bible journaling, I have included a link at the bottom for more information. God created you with your personality, so find the way to interact with Him that fits you.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8).
Some people prefer to sit quietly in God’s presence and pray. Some love to sing and worship. I sometimes do all of these! The bottom line is that I enjoy my time every day with the Lord, and I am very jealous of that time. I rarely let anything get in the way of it.
In my next post, I will share the order of what I do in my daily quiet time for those who may need some suggestions to help get started. But until then, just grab your Bible, your coffee, and a place at Jesus’ feet.
He’s waiting for you.