Maybe you believe that a quiet time with God is important… but you have no idea how to create a quiet time habit!
Although you want a personal relationship with Jesus, life is incredibly busy and you have no extra time in your daily routine for a daily Bible time.
Listen, I know that our hectic, over-booked lifestyles make it feel nearly impossible to add in “one more thing.” I too have kids (four of them), a husband, ministry responsibilities and a pile full of other activities.
Here are the three secrets I’ve learned to make spending time with God an integral part of my busy life as a wife and working mom.
3 Secrets to Make Quiet Time with God a Habit
Tip #1: Do your quiet time first thing in the morning.
I’ve found that the best thing for my mental state (not to mention my spiritual growth with God) is to take the time every morning to read the Bible and pray.
I have my quiet time with God first thing in the morning when the house is quiet (and before I get distracted away to other things).
Even if you’re not a “morning person,” I still highly recommend that you have your quiet time in the morning because, first, it is more likely to get done, and second, morning quiet time with God sets the tone for a more peaceful, tranquil day.
Tip #2: Start small and let your quiet times with God grow.
Are you intimidated by the idea of spending quiet time with God every day? I can understand how have a daily quiet time can feel overwhelming, especially if it’s not something that you’ve ever done before.
A quiet time with God is a spiritual discipline, and like all spiritual disciplines, our quiet times will grow in depth as we spiritually mature in Christ.
If you have no idea where to start, find one word like “joy” and look up Bible verses on that topic to read and study (I’ve listed 20 Bible verses about joy in this post). Read one verse a day and analyze and apply it using the 5Rs Bible Study Method™.
By the way, the 5Rs Bible Study™ Method makes it really easy to understand the Bible better and gain powerful insight into God’s word–in only minutes a day!
I created a free video course on how to study the Bible using this simple Bible study method, and I’d love to send it to you.
Once you know how to study the Bible in only a few minutes a day you’ll find that it’s much easier to make time for a quiet time.
Tip #3: Make your quiet time with God about a life rhythm, not a religious schedule.
In order to develop a long term quiet time with God, focus on how to welcome a quiet time habit into the ever-changing rhythm of your life.
Some days you may not get to your quiet time first thing in the morning because you’re sick or a child needs extra help or you have an early appointment or… (you enter the reason).
If you get off track with your quiet time habit, don’t panic and don’t load yourself down with guilt. God loves you and wants to be with you!
He forgives you and understands that life gets busy. Just jump back into the quiet time rhythm as soon as you can. He will be there waiting to spend time with you!
#1 Tip for a Quiet Time Habit
But the best advice of all if you want to create a regular quiet time with God?
Have a plan and stick to it. 🙂
It’s just like exercising or eating right. If you have a specific Bible study plan to follow each day (with Bible verses already figured out) then you have a MUCH greater chance of creating a successful quiet time habit with God, right?
That’s why I created the 5Rs Bible Study™ Journals.
These are 6-week-long Bible studies that use the 5Rs Bible Study™ Method to analyze a group of 30 Bible verses around a specific topic, such as love or joy.
Since all the verses are figured out for you (and the 5Rs Bible Study™ Method gives you a step-by-step plan to understand them and apply them to your life in under 10 minutes a day) these incredible Bible study journals make it SUPER EASY and DOABLE to create a daily quiet time with God!
There’s truly nothing else like them!
Here’s a peek inside the Joy Full 5Rs Bible Study Journal:
As you can see above, each week starts with a powerful devotional that encourages and inspires you on that week’s topic.
Then each day you’ll use the 5Rs Bible Study Method to go through one of five verses for the week. Because it’s all outlined for you and figured out, your daily Bible study is extremely plug-and-play!
At the end of the week in the “Reflect” section you’ll find additional discussion questions and journaling prompts so that you can dig even deeper into what you’ve learned in that week’s 5Rs study.
If you’re doing the study by yourself, the “Reflect” section is perfect for additional study application (I do my 5Rs study time during the week and then the “Reflect” time on Saturday).
Or, if you’re using the 5Rs Bible Study Journals with a friend or as part of a small group, the “Reflect” section is awesome for group discussion!
Don’t you just love the colors and design too? The tabs on the side margins make it easy to see what week of the study you’re in.
Here’s an example of what the Be Loved 5Rs Bible Study Journal looks like inside (the red, gray and black combo is gorgeous!):
And another inside peek…
Can you see how these journals make it so much easier to have a fruitful quiet time with God each day?!
If you’re serious about creating a daily quiet time with God, you have to check them out for yourself and get a copy!
Other Posts on Quiet Times and Spiritual Growth
- How to Have a Daily Quiet Time with God
- 6 Secrets to Real Spiritual Growth
- 9 Incredible Women’s Bible Studies That Will Change Your Life
- How to Study the Bible for Yourself (Easy 5 Step Method)
And of course, don’t forget to check out the 5Rs Bible Study™ Journals!