Jesus said to his disciples,
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.John 10:27,KJV
When babies are born they instinctively turn their heads to their mothers the voice.
Because they have spent 9 months in close contact with her.
Listening to the sound of her heartbeat and the murmur of her voice.
This type of intimate relationship is also needed between a believer and God if they want to grow in their walk with Christ.
How do we develop this kind of relationship?
By spending time in His presence daily(aka quiet/devotional time).
Today we’re going to talk about how to develop a daily quiet time routine that will help grow your faith.
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How To Develop A Daily Quiet Time Routine
1.Prioritize Your To-Do List
As a Christian God should be our top priority.
Not our spouses, job, children, fnances, etc.
As a stay at home mom, I know how hard it can be to find time during the day to get anything extra done.
But we have to be willing to sacrifice a few things on our to-do list to make room for God.
There is a song by Jonathan McReynolds called Make Room.
The lyrics go like this:
I find space for what I treasure
I make time for what I want
I choose my priorities and
Jesus you're my number one.
So I will make room for you
I will prepare for two
So you don't feel that you
Can't live here, please live in me.
That should be our hearts cry for Jesus to come and live in us.
But how can he come in and live in our hearts when we can’t even make time for him during the day.
We move our schedules around for everything else that we want to do.
Why not make time in our schedules to spend real quality time with our Savior.
2.Set A Time & Duration
Look at your schedule and choose a specific time during the day that you can commit to spending with God.
I prefer the early morning or late evenings when the kids aren’t awake.
However, I can say that when I make God a priority at the beginning of my day things tend to go a lot smoother.
If you’re new to creating a quiet time routine starting out with 5-10 minutes is a great goal.
Eventually, your time should increase to about 20 minutes or more.
I know that may seem like a long time, but when you are trying to develop a relationship with someone you spend hours with that person getting to know each other.
Your quiet time is like your own personal date with the creator of the Universe!
Believe me when I say that the minutes will fly by.
3. Pick A Location
The next thing you want to do is pick a location.
Preferably somewhere away from distractions, relatively quiet, and comfortable.
As a parent, I know it can be hard to find a quiet spot in the house to get anything done.
Not even the bathroom is sacred in my house!
Sometimes you have to get creative.
A few creative places to do your quiet time are:
- your car,
- your closet (often referred to as a prayer closet),
- your bathroom,
- During your morning walk or run ( I don’t know about you but physical exercise always makes me feel closer to the Lord, maybe it’s because I feel like I’m dying lol)
There really isn’t a right or wrong place to spend time with the Lord.
As long as it’s a place where you can focus on Him, that’s all that matters.
4. Get Organized
If you chose a more traditional location like a room in your house, then you need to get it organized.
For instance, I do my quiet time in my living room in the morning before the kids wake up.
There is nothing more distracting to me than trying to read my bible and pray with toys and book bags strewn all over the place.
I usually end up trying to clean up instead of focusing on my time with the Lord.
Now I make sure that the area is clean beforehand.
Another great organization technique is to create a Quiet Time bin.
Keep this bin in a specific place in your room.
Fill it with everything you need:
- Sticky notes
- Do Not Disturb Sign
And anything else you’ll need to help make your quiet time a success.
What To Do During Your Quiet Time
If your desire is to grow spiritually then your quiet time should not just consist of reading a few passages or a 5-minute devotional, then going about your day.
Try to include a few of the things listed below:
1. Praise and Worship
I like to start off my quiet time with praise and worship.
It helps me take my mind off of my surroundings and focus on God.
Spend time in prayer.
Talk to the Lord about what’s going on in your life and pray for those on your prayer list.
If your not sure what to pray about read this post. (what to pray post)
3. Study Your Bible
Studying your bible on your own can be a bit intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.
Always remember to pray and ask God for wisdom and understanding before reading his word.
Pick a version of the bible that is easy for you to read and understand.
Besides your regular bible, you may want to purchase a good study bible.
If you’re unsure about studying the bible try one of these 5 bible study methods.
If your looking for a specific place to start reading the book of John, Psalms, and Proverbs are always great places to begin.
Bible journaling and prayer journaling has become a pretty popular practice for many Christians.
For me, these practices help me focus on what I’m doing at the moment.
Journaling also allows me to go back and look at how God has answered my prayers or given me words of encouragement or rebuke during those moments with him.
5. Memorize Scripture
The Bible says we are to write the word on the tablets of our hearts. (Proverbs 7:3, paraphrase)
Memorizing scripture is one of the best ways that we can inscribe the Word onto our hearts and into our minds.
A few easy ways to memorize scripture (check out these 13 easy memory verses):
- Write it down
- Read it out loud
- Sing it
- Draw it out
Alright, so let’s do a quick recap.
Daily quiet time is essential if we want to be able to hear God’s voice and grow in our faith.
The only way we’re going to be able to have quiet time is if we make it a top priority.
We need to set a time and location for quiet time to happen.
We need to make sure our location is organized and free from distractions.
Creating a routine is great, but it won’t work if you’re not willing to commit to it.
Make the choice today to commit to your quiet time routine for the next 30 days.
I promise you won’t regret this decision.
Now it’s your turn.
Do you have a daily quiet time routine? Why or why not?
Share your answers with me in the comments section.
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Until Next Time,
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