I didn’t make my quiet time with God a priority today. I made breakfast, read some wonderful blog posts, caught up on the latest headlines (not good news), dropped my son off at school, drank coffee, did laundry and dishes, pretended to be an owl at my daughter’s request, played ball in the bitter cold, went to the store, and chatted with friends on Facebook.
All morning I was imagining that next I’d sit down with my Bible, and all morning long I didn’t.
Moms, I know that you can identify with this struggle, and I want to help you out with it while I work on this issue for myself.
What is Quiet Time with God?
To put it simply, the goal of having a quiet time with God is to grow in your relationship with Him. You can’t improve a relationship without putting work into it. The challenge is that God speaks in a still, small, voice while the world (and possibly our kids) shout their needs and wants loudly.
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Quiet Time Meaning
Spending time with God is how we can become better followers of Him. After all, you can’t follow someone without knowing what He asks of you or where He’s leading.
Quiet time is usually made up of different approaches. Some include:
- Daily Bible reading
- Reading a devotional
The goal of having a quiet time is simply to communicate with your Heavenly Father. It’s an
intentional time away from noise and distractions so that you can focus on God, hear and absorb His words, and speak with Him in turn.
Biblical Examples of Quiet Time
The Bible is full of encouragement and instruction on having a personal quiet time with God. Here are a few of my favorite verses that describe giving time to God.
I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:14-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.
Personal Quiet Time with God
I know of no better way to begin building a relationship with God than to read the Bible and pray. When it comes down to it, our lives are demanding and full of distractions and it’s those very things that keep us from being able to grow in God. We have to simply make time for Him if we want a faith that impacts our lives and the lives of others.
Why Having a Quiet Time Is Important
I’ve written before about being a Christ-centered mom throughout your day, but the tips I shared there come second to spending time alone with God. Moms, I know from personal experience that having a daily quiet time is far from easy when your life’s demands are competing for your attention.
I’ve struggled with intentionally knowing God more as a mom than in any other time in my life. I know that He has a ton of grace for me, and that He doesn’t want me to ever get legalistic about this time. I really want all of you to feel that freedom and grace too.
I also know nothing compares to developing a relationship with God in one-on-one moments, when my home is quiet and my heart is too.
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The Importance of Bible Reading
I’m sure that on some level, you completely get the importance of God’s word. You can probably answer the question “why do we read the Bible?” faster than a kid in Sunday school. But maybe on another level, you’re asking that question too.
It’s a really good question to ask.
The Bible contains the inspired words of God. His words are alive, able to speak right to our hearts, able to create the universe from nothing, and embodied in Jesus. (That’s a lot of theology right there! See Heb. 4:12, Ps. 33:8-9, Jn. 1:14.)
There are other ways of communicating with God, like I shared in Quiet Time Meaning section, but they should always be tested against scripture (1 Thes. 5:21). This is why God’s word comes first as a means of growing in our faith and relationship with Him.
If you’re starting out in your faith and want to know if the Bible can be trusted, please follow that link to read my friend’s article!
The Importance of Prayer
You might wonder sometimes why we should pray when God clearly knows what we need and want. But God designed us to have a relationship with Him, and that’s what prayer is all about.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Even when God knows what we need, He tells us to ask Him persistently (Luke 18:1-8). He wants us to know that our words and thoughts spoken to Him can make all the difference. You wouldn’t be able to build a relationship with your spouse without talking to him, right?
Speaking from the heart is vital for our spiritual health. We’re meant to work at building a relationship with God through prayer.
What Does Quiet Time with God Look Like for Busy Moms?
I set out to write this post because so many of us moms want to have a daily quiet time but struggle with making it happen. Before we know it, we aren’t giving time to God and we feel guilty, stressed, and disappointed about it.
My favorite Bible verse on having a quiet time is Romans 15:4, (above) which says scripture gives us endurance for this life as well as encouragement. Taking this verse to heart, I feel especially motivated to carve out time so that I can receive endurance for my day, and the encouragement I need from God.
Moms face an extra special challenge in making time for God, because we’re devoted to taking care of those who can’t care for themselves. Our families depend on us, but the best way to serve them is by first depending on God ourselves.
When to Have Your Quiet Time with God
- Before the kids are awake
- Create a quiet time routine so kids can color, have fun with play-doh, build with Legos, etc. while you have a quiet time.
- During naptime
- In the pick up line after school
- Right after kids are in bed
- Right before you go to sleep
How to Spend Quiet Time with God in the Morning
A lot of people see first thing in the morning as the ideal for quiet time. You’ve had sleep (if not, do it later!), and it’s the perfect time to be filled with God’s word before you start your day. Here’s how to start creating a morning quiet time routine.
- Decide how you’ll spend your quiet time.
- Set out your Bible, journal, and pen next to a comfy chair the night before.
- Set your alarm a few minutes earlier at a time to get used to waking up for your quiet time.
- Enjoy your quiet time!
- Be flexible to meet others’ needs if they come up.
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