One of the most important, if not most important part of being able to embrace God’s pace fully is to make a daily practice of quiet time. I used to make my own list of excuses, reasons why I just couldn’t make the time. They never held firm and always deflated when I began to truly think about what was important.
Over time without daily quiet time I noticed that my attitude was different, my heart was different and not in a good way. I wasn’t plugged into the right places and often went looking elsewhere for things to fill the gaps; hobbies I enjoyed, friends, food…nothing ever fixed what I think I knew deep down was broken. I had put my relationship with Christ on the back burner.
If you’re like me, your schedule is crazy…you’re a busy woman, but believe me when I say making this investment in time will be one that you will never regret.
Quick tips on building a quiet time:
- Choose a purposeful space- Maybe it’s with a blanket and cup of coffee, snuggled on the couch. Maybe it is before you get out of bed in the morning, or if you are like me at a desk or kitchen table. Wherever the space, let it be set aside, let it be a sacred space where God meets you every day. Light a candle, grab your coffee, Bible and prayer journal.
- Pick a devoted time- For some this may be hard but the key to forming a habit is doing it daily, most often around the same time of day. I get up before everyone else, it is my time with God…there are no interruptions, its quiet. Whatever works for you, pick a time and stick with it.
- Keep it simple– Start small; one chapter a day in your Bible or a guided study and a prayer journal. The important thing to remember that this is about meeting with Him. It doesn’t have to be perfect or fancy. There have been many mornings where my prayers have taken over and consumed my quiet time, there have been times when I am stuck on one verse. Just listen for what God is teaching you.
It can seem like a daunting task to add one more thing into your already busy day but this task is life changing and there is always room for life changing.