Happy Thursday, y’all!
This is a post that I’ve been wanting to share for awhile and including it with our study of discipline just felt right. Developing a regular and intentional quiet time is one of the hardest things to do for a believer. Busyness spreads into our daily lives like a disease and is so hard to fight. Different seasons of life bring unique challenges to finding time for this as well. Jobs, babies, sickness, school, etc. All of these things compete for our time with the Lord.
It’s taken me years + a lot of discipline to find a method that works for me, so please don’t think that this is something you should copy exactly! This just works for me right now.
So the first thing I consider is where I’ll do my quiet time. Sometimes it’s at a coffee shop, my couch, or my car during lunch. Wherever I am I try to make sure that the space allows for me to spread out my books a bit, is private (headphones at Starbucks is the closest I get sometimes), and gives me some valuable time with Jesus. If I’m really rockin’ my quiet time I’ll turn on my worship playlist on Spotify for some background music, but that’s obviously not a requirement!
My actual quiet time goes like this:
1. Pray + ask God for Him to reveal himself during the quiet time. This helps you get in the right headspace, makes you reflect on Who you’re about to hang out with, and sort of just invites God to do what He does best.
2. Read this book, this book, or few pages of this devotional. I’m reading the first book with a girlfriend, the second with our community group, and the third is the devotional I’m doing with my community group girls. I do NOT do all three of these everyday – I do one and if the day is extra chill I’ll do another. My schedule allows for 3o minutes to an hour for quiet time – the time is different every single day and I try to focus on the quality of the time and not the quantity. We don’t have kids or even dogs right so I know I’m lucky enough to do this. Don’t put constraints on yourself!
3. Read each scripture mentioned in whatever I read. Each book and the devotional has scripture packed into each chapter, so after I read I’ll go back through the scripture and read it my study bible. I HIGHLY recommend a study + application bible like these because it gives so much extra insight and context.
4. Write down prayers. After I read and study, I’ll write down my prayers and spend some time praying through those and whatever I just read.
5. Pray. Always end your quiet times with prayer. Prayer is powerful, y’all.
***Extra – something I’m working on is memorizing scripture regularly. TBH I’m so bad at this and working on it!***
I wish I could say I do this every single day, but I don’t. This is what I do most days, but there are days where I just need to get on my knees and cry to God and there are some days where I don’t talk to Him at all. There are days that are filled with worship sessions in the car or the kitchen and there are days where I all I want is silence and solitude with the Lord.
God knows your heart. He knows your intentions and He certainly knows what you need. Just talk to Him. Make Him a priority every day. Just talk to him.
If you don’t have a current book or bible study you’re reading, you’re in luck! Each month I have 3 or 4 weekly bible studies available on my website here that coincide with the topic. The first one for discipline will be available on Sunday, but there are two months worth available right now! If you want a book or devotional to read, check out my resources page here.
This whole thing takes a lot of work. It’s hard, but you can do it. Let’s do this together.
– Caitlin –