In today’s post, we’re talking about quiet time.
Honestly, this is the hardest part for me because having a consistent quiet time is something I’ve struggled with for years. However, lately, I’ve come to terms with the fact that having a routine that’s set for a certain time of day isn’t quite as important as having a ritual that I can do at any time of the day. Because while it’s lovely to think of early mornings with with a warm mug, an open Bible, and the birds singing outside the window, that’s not always reality. I used to feel really defeated when I didn’t manage to get quiet time in at a certain AM hour. Now, things are different! Now I have a routine that I can do at whatever time works best. I prefer to have this time in the morning but if, for whatever reason, I can’t, this ritual can fit in the afternoon or evening.
So here’s what my quiet time ritual looks like!
(this post contains affiliate links. see disclosure here)
- Short prayer before Bible study
- Bible study or reading: Either Bible reading and notes in my Story of Redemption journal OR working through a book or topical study. I also sometimes take notes in my Bible Study bullet journal
- Prayer time: I either use my Val Marie Paper Prayer Journal or my War Binder. Sometimes I use Daily Grace Co. prayer cards too – it just depends on how I’m feeling or what’s on my heart.
- Reading: I’m always reading a spiritual growth book and if I have time, I’ll end my quiet time ritual with some reading from whatever book I’m working on.
As you can see, my ritual is super simple. I have found that when it comes to spiritual disciplines, simple is key! I also usually have instrumental music playing which makes for a calming atmosphere and keeps my mind from wandering. I’m also usually drinking a cup of my favorite decaf, some tea or a glass of water.
If you’re looking to develop a Bible study/reading habit, I suggest –
- gather your supplies like I did with my Bible study tote
- designate a space (I’m usually at my desk or on the couch)
- include some favorite things (fave drink, candle, oils for diffusing, blanket, etc.)
- create a simple ritual (don’t overcomplicate it or you’ll be overwhelmed and never develop the routine
Also be sure to remember that time regular time in the Word is a discipline and disciplines are hard won. Give yourself grace and time to get better at it. Some days will be better than others. Some days you’ll feel like it and other times you won’t. Some days you’ll feel like you got a lot out of it and other times you might not. But what’s important is continuing to show up for your relationship with Jesus in the same way you’d show up for any other relationship that’s important to you. He doesn’t need a perfectly executed ritual or routine – He just wants your heart and your quality time.
Do you have a quiet time ritual? What do you do during your time with Jesus? Or, what do you want to include in a new ritual? Let me know in the comments!