6 Steps to getting your Quiet Time back on track

Mornings aren’t for wimps – especially during the school year. With everything that Moms have to juggle in the mornings (breakfast prep, wardrobe & lunchbox drama and more), spending time alone and quiet before our Maker can easily get filtered down to the end of the list.

So, here are some ideas for getting your quiet time back on track this school year.

1.       Start gradually.

Personally, approaching my quiet time full throttle can be a quick recipe for disaster.  The reality is I probably won’t be able to have a quiet time 7 days a week with preschoolers running around. But beginning a quiet time regime with incremental goals makes regular Bible reading seem “doable” – it also helps with the battle against discouragement when I fail to meet with God. So, start by allotting times for personal devotion two or three mornings a week and then build out your schedule from there.

2.       Know your best time.

I wasn’t kidding when I said mornings weren’t for wimps. Mornings might not be the best time for you to steal away some peace to read your Bible. You might find that nap time or evening devotions are a more realistic fit for your schedule. Be aware of what works for your schedule and plan accordingly.

3.       Set your alarm!

If mornings are your best time, then start by being intentional about quiet times the night before. Set your alarm! This intentional act is a must for weary moms whose internal alarm clock is often muted by midnight feedings or cries in the dark!

4.       Prep small tasks the night before.

I’m sort of a coffee snob. I like to grind my own beans and use filtered water – steps that eat away at the minutes I’ve allotted for my morning quiet time. (Not to mention that the grinder is LOUD!) So, eliminate some of those time-eating tasks by prepping them the night before. Set your coffee pot on a timer. Set your Bible out so you aren’t fishing around for it in the morning. If you’re an early eater, have breakfast snacks ready to go in the fridge.

5.       Read your Bible.

Try to use your Bible for morning devotions. Ipads, iphones, and other electronic gadgets are great for accessing devotional material or even online Bibles (who doesn’t like to click on those cross-reference links?) But these tools can also make time-wasters like Facebook, Pinterest, and email even more tempting. Because before you know it, your 30-minute allotment for reading Scripture has been eaten up by the 15 minutes you spent pinning ideas for the playroom.

6.       Don’t let discouragement win.

Discouragement is my biggest deterrent to a consistent quiet time. Our church is reading the Bible chronologically. If I miss a day’s Bible reading, the weight of catching up can become overwhelming because I know I’ll need to read extra the next day. And if I miss more than one day, discouragement can incapacitate my passion to staying on track with God’s Word. What should we do? Let the past go and continue forward. If I’m unable to steal a few moments during the day to make up a missed Bible reading, then I skip it and start the next day on track.

Keeping on track with a quiet time is a spiritual battle. If I’ve stored up God’s Word in my heart, then I’m more likely to rest in Him through drama, tantrums, and the demands of the day.

How do you keep a consistent quiet time? 

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

Psalm 199:11

 

About melissa deming

Melissa Deming is a freelance writer transplanted from Texas to Pennsylvania with her husband of ten years, Jonathan, and two-year-old identical twins, Zacharias and Jonah. The family serves at a Southern Baptist church plant in Pittsburgh - Living Faith Community Church. Melissa is a regular correspondent for The Southern Baptist TEXAN newspaper and Crossroads magazine of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. She is also the creator and author of HiveResources.com - a site designed to sweeten a woman's walk with Christ through devotional articles, book reviews, and giveaways. Melissa holds a Masters of Divinity in Women’s Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, and a B.A. in Journalism from Texas A&M University.