Let me start this off by saying that I am the worst at having a daily quiet time with God. Yet, I know HOW important this is for my relationship with Christ.
It is in those times when I have been able to meditate more thoroughly on God’s Word that I have grown in knowledge and truth.
A quiet time alone with God is hard as a homeschooling mother of five. Some days it feels almost impossible. I get very frustrated at times, and then I blame my kids. It’s not their fault, however!
We all go through different seasons of life and my life will not always be surrounded by little people demanding my time and my attention.
I remember the first year we were married. I did not work outside of the home, and I was bored out of my mind.
Did I spend that time wisely, sitting at the feet of Jesus? No, I wasted it frivolously.
There are times I long for a bit more solitude, but I also would not trade that boredom for a busy life now.
Jesus is the anchor of my soul, and neglecting prayer and meditation time is not an option. Without His grace, I am not capable of raising my children the way God wants me to.
I need His help! I need to be filled with the Holy Spirit every single day.
When I neglect to sit at the feet of Jesus; instead am like Martha running around to fulfill everyone’s needs, the whole family suffers.
It’s the same for you. Without a daily quiet time with God, your spiritual growth will suffer, every time.
Before I get into how to have a daily quiet time with God, I want to tell you about The Spiritual Growth Toolkit. This toolkit was created to help you gain clarity with setting goals for your spiritual growth.
I love setting goals in other parts of my life because I know that a goal written down and regularly reviewed is more likely to get accomplished than just a wishful thought. You can find out more here.
What is Quiet time with God
While everyone might have their own interpretation of what quiet time with God looks like, for me, it is a time of no distractions.
A time where I can concentrate on what the Bible says, and pray through scriptures.
For Christians, it basically means time spent alone with God.
This looks different for everyone.
Some choose to take a spiritual retreat where they go off alone to a beach or motel for a couple of days every year. I would love to do this one year, but it’s not enough.
We need Christ’s provision every day. A daily quiet time with God is just that: it happens daily, it’s quiet, and your focus is on God.
It’s important to dedicate a part of your day solely to God. I am finding this a difficult habit to get into, but I know it is a rewarding one.
Importance of Quiet Time With God
Filling our minds and hearts with the Word of God helps to give us perspective throughout the day.
It helps us to connect with the will of God in our lives. Instead of going our own way, we are more likely to follow His will when we have a consistent time with God.
Jesus also left the mobs of people and went off to a solitary place to pray (Mark 1:35-37). It’s always a good plan to follow the things that Jesus did.
Psalm 62:1 “Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.”
In our chaotic world, there is little rest. Spending time with God is truly the place of peace.
Benefits of Quiet TIme With God
There are many benefits to having a quiet time with God, and they aren’t only spiritual.
Your physical and mental health also improves from spending time at the feet of Jesus. This post covers some great points about the benefits of a quiet time with God.
How do I make more time for God?
This is my biggest struggle. How do I make more time with God? I know He is important, and I know I need to spend more time with Him.
I know the perfect peace that comes from abiding in His Word and listening to His voice. Here are a couple of tips on actually making more time for God.
1.You have to find a time that works for you.
I know many women love having their quiet time in the morning. I tried this for a while and actually felt guilty that I was not able to do this.
When I wake up in the morning, it takes me a good half hour before I am fully awake. This means if I wake up with the intent of praying and reading, I can’t concentrate at all.
The best time that works for me is in the evening after our kids are in bed. I am alert, and I can feed on the word.
My husband is a night owl, however, so I run into problems during this time too. However, it’s because I don’t make that time important enough that I fail to do it.
On another note, time spent with God doesn’t necessarily mean you are always being inactive. I love praying and praising God while taking a leisurely walk.
He gets all the glory for the beauty around me, and praising God helps me fight against depression and anxiety.
2.Realize How Important Quiet Time With God is.
Mom guilt is also something that gets in the way of spending time with God. Whenever I want to get away for a half-hour or so, my children all of a sudden NEED me desperately.
It frustrates me to no end, because it is a distraction, and makes me feel guilty. In the evening, I want to spend some time alone with my husband, so then that time gets taken away.
When we realize how much we need that time with God, we will be willing to sacrifice our sleep, and our pleasure, in order to pray and read the Bible.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
How to Have A Devotional Time With God
1.Decide What Your Time Should Look Like
Prayer and Bible Reading should be part of everyone’s daily time with God, but some of you like to read a devotional as well.
A prayer journal can be very helpful, where you write out your prayers. I love putting dates to answered prayers. God always answers our prayers, just not always the way we want them to.
Looking back on how God has been faithful will help your faith to grow. Praying through scripture is another helpful way to grow closer to God.
It’s important that your quiet time is just that; quiet. Jesus often withdrew himself to lonely places to pray (Luke 5:16).
2.Set Your Time
The longer you do this, the more your soul will long for that time with God. Start with 15 minutes, and go longer as you are able.
Be dedicated to this. It won’t be easy at first, but the longer you persist, the easier it will get. Teach your children that they are not to interrupt you while you have this time.
It will also teach them how important your relationship with Christ is. This I am writing to myself.
3.Gather Your Materials
Order that devotional, but don’t wait to start until you have it. Gather your Bible, a notepad, and start reading, meditating on scripture, and being persistent in prayer.
A consistent daily quiet time with God not only blesses you but also the ones around you.
Your Bible is very important for in it lie the answers to life’s big questions.
Scripture equips us for every good work and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Be assured that the enemy does not want you to pray and meditate on the Word of God. For some reason, our children always raise a fuss when I desire to have a quiet time with God. Teaching them to respect that time is very important.
Be consistent with your quiet time. I need a strong reminder of this. Practice is as often as possible.
If you’ve been around here for a while, you will know that I write a lot about things that I struggle with too. A daily quiet time with God is my longing, and yet I need more self-discipline in this.
Realizing how important that quiet time is, and how much we need it will help us be consistent.
Everyone’s quiet time will look different. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Find a way to add this to your schedule, even if you need to stop doing other things.
Having a quiet time with God is not being selfish. Not only will your life be blessed by it, but others around you will also be. When we abide in Him, we are able to bear fruit according to His will.