By Eric on July 10, 2012 11

Daily Quiet Time

We all need a little daily quiet time, don’t we? I think it’s a little different for everyone, but at some point we all need a little time to ourselves. It can serve many purposes for different people. For me, it’s a time to reconnect with God. I have been doing this for over 2½ years now, but I think it’s time to take it to the next level.

Daily Quiet Time

My daily quiet time has pretty much consisted of reading the Bible and nothing more. Before that, I was not doing much of anything to connect with God on a daily basis besides a quick prayer before a meal and a bedtime prayer.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a list of things we must do to earn God’s love, but it is important to spend time with our creator. He longs for us to talk with Him and listen to Him.

As with any discipline, it’s best to take small steps to make a big change over time. When I started 2½ years ago reading the Bible daily, I didn’t think I would last this long. I just took it one day at a time, over and over, and looking back I can count on two hands the number of days that I have missed.

Having grown over the years it’s time to take a little bigger step. Not too big. It would be easy to set a larger-than-life goal of spending eight hours in daily quiet time, but that wouldn’t even last one day. It must be manageable and something I can make time for every day.

New Daily Quiet Time Agenda

This could evolve over time.

  • Daily Bible Reading: Right now I am following along with our church. Otherwise, I usually follow one of YouVersion’s reading plans.
  • Prayer: This will be a new addition to my morning routine. I usually just read and then move on.
  • Listen: I am terrible at this. Praying to God is easy. Listening for His voice in the silence is difficult. A discipline I need to work on.
  • Time: 20 minutes. Because I’ve only been doing the daily Bible readings until now, this will allow me the time to pray and listen.

Certainly not rocket science, but stepping back to put some thought into how I should spend my daily quiet time has brought clarity to how I can not only spend more time with God daily, but more quality time.

What does your daily quiet time look like?

 

Eric

Husband to Kelsey. Father to Rooney. Follower of Jesus. Born and raised in Iowa. I like blogging. Bulleted lists excite me. Thanks for stopping by.

  1. Quiet time is a necessary part of my day, without it my day is always “off”. Some things that I have found helpful are: journals – I don’t typically write anything lengthy but about twice per week I will write out a prayer or a letter to God; pray before going to the word – when I lay out what is on my heart before I go to my daily reading, He is always able to speak to me more clearly (for example, if being in the depths of a time of waiting is on your heart, the book of 1 Samuel has a new impact as you see David not only waiting to be king but all the while escaping Saul’s attempts to murder him, suddenly my trial seems minor). My biggest obstacle is that I am easily distracted during my quiet time & need to be more focused on spending that time specifically with the Lord.

  2. Have you ever read the book, Celebration of Discipline? I think you’d really like it.

  3. I find your simple yet determined focus on growing closer to God to be extremely admirable. And achievable! Thank you for being a beautiful example.

  4. Thank you for this wonderful post. This has been on my heart lately and between this post and another blogger’s post from yesterday I think God is nudging me just a little more and reminding me that I need to make time for Him. I rarely comment on posts, but I’m an avid reader of your blog so thanks again to you and your family for being so genuine.

  5. What is the goal/purpose of listening time? Would this also be called thinking time? Isn’t reading the Bible our time to listen to what God has to say? Just curious about this practice! :) Thanks.

    • Hey Katie, thinking time might be more appropriate. I think we can hear God’s voice in many ways. One of them being just listening, but another also being through reading his word.

  6. Have you ever tried doing Lectio Divina? It’s been one of my favorite prayer/scripture reading techniques that really helps me pull more of out of reading scripture and going beyond surface level. It originated in the Catholic Church but is well loved by Christians of all denominations :)

  7. My commute to work is 45 minutes (back to back traffic for 15 miles) , so I either listen to worship music or spend that time in silence praying. It’s a great time for me to think about life, and not worry about the horrible traffic I’m stuck in.

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