“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6, NASB).
The more I grow in my relationship with Jesus, the more I realize how important it is to spend time with Him. And not just on Sundays. Like any relationship, this one takes effort. It requires intentional one-on-one time. But, how do you make it happen? How can YOU create a meaningful quiet time routine?
Here are a few things that help me… 🙂
1) Invest in a Bible and journal that you love
Sentiment and beauty aren’t vital to enjoying God’s Word, but those things are a plus! I also love using a journal during my quiet time, and all my journals are either from close friends or family, which always makes them special to use. 🙂 Having a Bible and journal that are appealing and have extra meaning to you will make them all the more inviting to use. 🙂
–> A few weeks ago, I wrote a review on the Bible I use. I absolutely love the She Reads Truth Bible. It’s so welcoming to open each day and it’s packed with study resources. Check out the review here!
2) Be intentional with your time
Pick a time you can look forward to and stick to it! The best way to get to know Jesus is to spend quality time with Him, free of distractions. This might mean carving out extra time in the evening before bed, or getting up earlier for a few minutes of solitude. 🙂
3) Pick a special spot
We live in a small apartment, so I don’t have a ton of options for my study spots. So, I get creative! I have a little corner in my room where I dump blankets and pillows every morning to read my Bible. (Anyone else like sitting on the floor?) I like this spot because it’s right under a window, and I literally do nothing else there.
Sometimes I go outside on our patio or sit on my bed, too! Just find a quiet, cozy spot to use each day.
4) Turn your phone off or leave it in the other room
This used to be soooo hard for me. If you’re like me, you like to scroll social media first thing in the morning…like it’s the morning paper! Ha! But, I realized that getting on my phone not only fills my brain with unneeded distractions right away, but it keeps me from intentional time in God’s Word. I started leaving my phone in another room each morning, and now I don’t even want to touch it until breakfast! My quiet time has become so much richer because I got rid of this distraction.
5) Grab a snack or drink for your quiet time
I usually get hungry and distracted halfway through my devotions, so I keep a cup of coffee and granola bar nearby! Having a snack and something to sip on tops everything off. 🙂
6) Have a plan
Look into some reading plans from Bible Gateway or YouVersion, or pick a book of the Bible you’ve been wanting to study…and dig in! Having a plan will keep you motivated and excited to read each day. 🙂
7) Listen to a calming worship playlist
Sometimes starting my quiet time with worship music helps prepare my heart and adjust any attitude problems I wake up with. If you need your phone for this, you could just leave it somewhere you can’t reach it. 🙂
–> My favorite albums to listen to in the morning are Together for the Gospel (by Sovereign Grace Music), and Peace Like a River: the Hymns Project (by Chris Rice).
The most important thing is to make this time YOUR OWN. These are just a few tips to make your quiet time enjoyable, but you don’t have to try all of them! Find what works for you and stick with it. ❤
Okay, so this may sound good, but maybe you’re like me a couple years ago…the idea of reading your Bible and praying seems kinda boring. But why?
Here’s the thing: Spending time with Jesus shouldn’t be a task. It should be something we do because we love Him and want to get closer to Him. And loving Jesus is easy when we understand what He did. ❤
Jesus lovingly spoke the world into existence and crafted us in His image. But we kicked open the door to hell because we insisted on our own way. And from His throne, He saw us. Depraved and burdened. So He took off His crown and humbled Himself to look like us. He came to us as a man and spent His life bridging the gap between us and God. He Jesus taught, forgave, and loved. He was and is grace wrapped in human form. And that’s why He trudged to the cross for us. He willingly hung in naked shame so we wouldn’t have to. He allowed prideful men to rip His flesh apart and mock Him and spit on Him so we wouldn’t get the death we deserved. But He didn’t stay dead! He sealed the salvation deal by bursting from the grave and offering new life to anyone who believes in Him. That’s pretty incredible, isn’t it? ♥️
Jesus saved me. He loves me. He rescues me from myself over and over again. And that’s why I want to spend time with Him. Not because I’m great, but because He is. Not because I’m perfect, but because I want to become more like Him.
Sweet friend, if you struggle to understand the gospel…if you’re not sure what Jesus means to you…dig into the gospel or epistles of John. Pray for understanding. Jesus wants a relationship with you. His door is always open.