If you don’t enjoy quiet time with God each morning it’s because you haven’t found your sweet spot yet. Check out these ideas and resources to get started.
Do you practice morning quiet time with God?
I know it seems like everyone always talks about this. It may seem like this is yet another tired conversation on the morning quiet time you can never achieve. You know you “should”.
But actually, there’s nothing saying you “should”.
There’s just a reason everyone seems to harp on an on about it. It works, it’s rewarding!
Whether it’s your favorite Bible scholar, your own minister, or even a famous actress or entrepreneur you follow. They all have one thing in common: a morning routine that includes quiet time.
Some meditate, many pray and read their Bible. A common theme is spending time with a higher power each morning.
Getting Started with a Morning Routine with God
It can be difficult to get started on your own routine especially if you’re not a morning person. A couple of books that can be helpful in developing a morning routine especially for a non-morning person are Mel Robbins 5-Second Rule and Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.
The 5-Second Rule revolves around the premise that you need to move your body within 5 seconds before your brain has time to talk you out of it. This concept reaches outside of just waking up in the morning but that is discussed frequenting and is how Mel Robbins turned her life and depression around.
The Miracle Morning has a whole series of actions and events to make you into a morning person. There is a plan you follow and works very well if you are the type of person who wants to be slowly introduced into it and not rushed into it (like within 5 seconds!)
Once you establish a morning routine of your own you will begin to look forward to it. Basically getting out of bed and sitting there in the presence of God and reading actually becomes your reward.
If this sounds crazy, then you simply haven’t found your sweet spot yet. This is something that takes some tweaking. Be patient and try different things.
Having Your Quiet Time in the Morning
If you’re a night owl you may be tempted to push your quiet time with God to the evening. The reason for having your quiet time with God in the morning are multiple:
- It sets the mood for the day. This can be especially true if you are adding a gratefulness practice to your morning.
- You are giving the Lord the first part of you.
- Giving God the end of your day is the other option. How often at the end of the day do you say you’re going to read your Bible and how many nights do you have the energy? We’re often too tired or nothing sounds better than laying in bed and just turning on some Netflix before hitting the hay.
Different Ideas for Quiet Time with God
Once you’ve actually gotten up in the morning the trick is finding out what works for you.
- Start your morning with a walk around the block to get the juices flowing if you’re afraid you’ll just fall asleep if you sit down to read your Bible or pray.
- Drink your morning coffee outside to wake yourself up.
- Find a blank notebook and challenge yourself to list out 10 things you’re thankful for each morning.
- Find a Bible reading plan. YouVersion App has a ton of reading plans. Or check out SheReadsTruth for multiple plans. Or join the 6-week journaling plan here with weekly worship songs.
- Try reading the Bible in a year. Or the Bible over 2 years if one year is too daunting.
- One year, I listened to the Bible while I sewed girl scout patches. I had so many to sew and I knew there was no way I’d stay awake reading through the Bible in the morning. But I could listen. The Bible Gateway app will read the chapters to you.
- A more hands-on approach is Bible journaling. This can also be a quiet time and meditative time for you in the morning.
- To keep yourself on track while reading you can also try highlighting your Bible different colors for different meanings.
- Go for a walk and listen to the Bible app on your headphones.
Resources for Quiet Time with God
When summer began I started waking up with the sun and taking my coffee outside on a half covered back porch. Listening to the birds or the rain and no other noises (especially children) is a peaceful way to center myself before the day begins.
I’ve found the following devotions to be helpful for crafting a quiet time:
- Aside from reading your Bible every morning, listening and talking to God is an important part of your morning as well. Beth Moore’s “Whisper’s of Hope” of prayer book with instrumental to me to get started on my morning prayer journey.
- Jesus Calling by Sarah Young: this book has short devotions that perfectly introduce me into my morning prayer.
- 100 Days to Brave by Annie Down: These are very short devotions that speak to being brave with a small challenge for the day.
- 100 Devotions to Know God is Holding You Close by Lysa TerKeurst: This book consists of daily devotions for 100 days that are very Christ-centered.
- One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book: this is a fun, small journal that every single day for five years you journal just a few lines of what is happened that day for you your family and at the end of five years you can see at a glance for one day everything you did for five years.
- My Prayer Journal a Three-Month Guide to Prayer Praise and Thanks: I’m using a very simple paper prayer journal right now. It allows me to write down a verse (usually taken from Jesus Calling) then a square for me to write what I would like God to teach me today, what I’m thankful for and any prayer requests.
Tips for Quiet Time with God
- Write your prayers out to keep yourself accountable for actually praying and not getting lost inside your head and thoughts.
- Try to wake up before your children to have 20 to 30 minutes of quiet time to yourself. Occasionally one of my children will wake up during this time and try to sit next to me and talk to me. I usually tell them I’m having my quiet time now or I’m reading my Bible now.
- Incorporate prayer. It can be as simple (or not) as you want. Just talking and listening to God is where you will find your relationship grow. It’s good for our children to know and to see when we take time out to spend time with God. My children are more than welcome to sit next to me and read quietly but I do not stop my time. If I reschedule it for later, I know it won’t happen.
There’s no shortage of resources out there for you to have your own quiet time. It’s all about finding something you can stick with. Time with God each morning to center yourself is something you’ll come to look forward to.
Passion Project Series
This post is part of series, The Passion Project Series. It is designed to help single moms find their passion through stressful solo parenting. All moms who feel they have lost themselves in parenting and life are welcome! Find the index here.