Quiet Time

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Some of you are probably a lot “holier” than I am.

I’ve never been very good a carving out a specific time and creating the habit of “quiet time” with God.

Mostly because I can’t find a time that’s quiet. My husband is a night owl and I’m an early riser, and both of our sons seem to be early risers, too. There’s rarely a moment in my day when someone or something isn’t demanding my attention.

I do read my Bible. I do my devotionals, but I’m sporadic about it. I never seem to be able to get into the groove of a daily quiet time.

Until recently.

I started reading Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, and I loved the book so much that I set my alarm to wake me up even earlier than the pre-dawn gray skies that greeted me already, just so that I could make sure to start my day in silence–only the word of God and that book to wake me up and direct me for the day.

It was a amazing. I literally felt my attitudes about life changing–I loved starting my day in God’s word, reveling in his presence and his promises for me.

Starting my day with Him made it easier for me to dwell in His presence all day long. My attitude was more prayerful, more thankful, and much more open to seeing just what God was doing in my life.

This lasted a couple of months.

I changed my routine again, starting my day with my workout because I wasn’t able to fit it in anywhere else, and staying healthy is important, too. I wanted to try to maintain both physical health and my spiritual health.

But then that special time I was spending with God got pushed aside by life (and my 2 sons who seem to wake before the rooster crows on a daily basis.)

Within two weeks, God brought my attention to the differences I felt in not starting my day with Him.

I was grumpier. I was more tired. It was easy for me to slide into the secular side of life, leaving God completely out. It wasn’t until I let a few “no-no” words slip out of my mouth like they were nothing that I realized that I was slipping off the firm fountation I had built by focusing my attention on God at the beginning of each day.

So, I’m starting over. Once again, I’m changing my schedule, only this time I’ll go back to starting my day with quiet time, alone in God’s presence.

I know there will be healthy benefits to that.

Share with me: Do you have a routine that involves regular, scheduled time spent in the Word? What time of the day works best for you? Do you notice a difference when you have quiet time and when you don’t?

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9 responses to “Quiet Time

  1. I am the Queen of Great Intentions, but I lack follow through. Lately my life has been so chaotic (in a very good way) that God has been sliding down my list of priorities. And He's the reason for the wonderful chaos! I need to stop talking about spending time with him and doing it. Thank you for the kick I needed to jumpstart my quiet time.

  2. It's so hard Jenny, because I do, but I don't work out like I should anymore! Only I'm not willing to cut out my time with God. Not at all, because like you, I'm a different person when I wake up and start the day chillin' with the Lord.That's been my routine for a couple years now. I have to say, one thing I'm trying to get better at is actually studying and meditating on His word, instead of just reading it and checking it off my to-do list. (How horrible does that sound!?)

  3. P.S. How do I unsubscribe so I can resubscribe?

  4. Katie- I emailed you about the unsubscribe. I think you have to do it through your dashboard- click on "manage blogs."I'm with you–I really want to be in the Word, not just checking it off my to-do list.Lisa–I'm all about good intentions, too! And like you, if God is bringing all the good chaos into my life, then I need to make sure I'm taking time to spend with him so I'll know how to manage it!

  5. That book has been on my Amazon wishlist for awhile now. I think I need to get it. I go in spurts. I do great for awhile, and then, I fall back. Like you, I notice a definite change in my attitude and in feeling closer to him. I have my quiet time at night.

  6. Jenny, I am definitely not "holier" than you! I fall into the same problem. My boys are at school in the mornings so I have the time to do it but I find myself either wanting to do something else or not being able to settle my mind. All I can do is think about everything else I need to be doing. A lot if mornings for me, that I have spent time with God, start out as doing it so I can say I did, but He always ends up showing me something. I've started praying and asking God to clear my mind before I start. I have wanted for a long time to do a good Bible study and not just a devotional but it gets lost in my good intentions file. When I fall away from spending time with Him and then a crisis or problem hits my life I find myself feeling guilty asking for His help and having to apologize for forsaking Him. So you are definitely not alone in this and I'm so glad you chose this for your blog topic today. God wanted me to read it I'm sure of it.

  7. i'm suck a slacker. totally convicted about it. i need a regular time. i need consistency. i need to not love my pillow more than God.

  8. Oh, that looks like a great read. Thanks for inspiring me to set that alarm once again. Mel

  9. Oh Jenny, This is every mom's struggle, isn't it? My daily time is at breakfast. Thankfully my son gets up early enough that he usually eats before my husband leaves for work, so I have my hubby's help there. (My daughter sleeps 'til 8:30, PTL!) Then I let the little man play computer games or watch TV (yes, sometimes "screen time" is necessary for mama's survival), and I do my Bible reading with Mickey Mouse in the background. I've learned to tune it out quite well. :)Then I usually do my workouts during the day and take my kids along (has to be a class that has childcare) or I go to classes at night when my hubby's home. I used to workout at home, but that quickly became impossible. Now I go to fitness classes, and I love it…It's a workout and "mommy time" all in one. 🙂

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