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.
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?