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Are you struggling to have a daily quiet time with God? We are often so busy we can’t see straight, so we revert to a mental checklist. Yep, did that! Check!

Honestly, I think a checklist may be a bit insulting to the Almighty. While some structure is essential for quiet time with God, we may have missed its purpose.

Think about it this way…When did you last bring a checklist to a party, a date, or an outing with a friend? (You are one weird friend if you do this.)

Perhaps we have forgotten how to be in a relationship with God our Father. I don’t think He wants to be met with a checklist every day. The real reason for a quiet time is to connect and worship Him and to keep from straying into sin.

More importantly, one of the benefits of quiet time with God is the peace you will feel after you have been with Him. It’s truly worth it!

In this post, I will give you some fresh ideas for a quiet time with God that will keep things exciting. I will also provide verses about quiet time with God that show tips on incorporating God into your life throughout the day so it is not just a box you checked off.

What Is Quiet Time With God?

A quiet time with God is just that–it is time with God that quietly focuses on Him. It can include prayer, reading, worshipping, study, contemplation, Bible mapping, journaling, etc.

However, we choose to connect with Him because we love Him. It is about a relationship.

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What Does the Bible Say About Quiet Time with God?

Check out these quiet time with God verses that reemphasize God’s desire to be with us, and what happens when we don’t commune with HIm.

John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing” (NIV).

The Bible clearly says that we should abide by Christ. It’s how we stay connected to all that is good. When we quit abiding, we can get bored, dull, or indifferent.

Hebrews 6:12 says, “Then, knowing what lies ahead for you, you won’t become bored with being a Christian, not become spiritually dull and indifferent, but you will be anxious to follow the example of those who receive alI that God has promised them because of their strong faith and patience.”

If you believe in Jesus, stay connected to Him. Having quiet time with God is important so you don’t become dull and indifferent Christian.

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Steps to a Quiet Time with God

Check out these essential steps to a quiet time with God. These ideas will help you reconnect with God or enjoy Him for the first time.

1. Create a routine-loosely

When should I start quiet time? Excellent question! Find a good time every day to spend with God. For unstructured people, there are still ways to have a loose routine.

Keep reading if you struggle with a routine! This post will benefit busy women like you who need encouragement to stay plugged into the Word.

2. Prepare your heart.

I often play worship music before I have my quiet time. Or quietly pray before I spend time with God. I ask Him to make my time meaningful and for it to last throughout the day, not just in the moment.

3.  Engage in one of the ways listed below.

Below are 19 ways to have quiet time with God. Some suggestions are for more structured people, and some ideas are for those who can’t plan an exact time to sit down with God daily.

For those of you who work at home or are a stay-at-home mom, I highly recommend getting your kids on a schedule. If you have trained your kids to nap or play quietly, you will have a greater chance of having daily quiet time. This post will tell you how to create a family schedule if you need help.

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How Do I Make a Quiet Time with God: 19 Creative Tips

These quiet time examples are a great way to break out of old traditions and change what you do as a believer. Check out these 19 tips to get you back on track with God and be excited about your relationship with Him.

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1. Get a new Bible

If you don’t understand your Bible, get one you do understand. There are so many versions other than the King James Version. I read The Book, aka… the Bible for dummies. I’m just kidding, but I love it because I don’t have to guess what it means.

There are Bibles with journal margins, Bibles with verse mapping, tabs, Bibles with devotions, Bibles with hand-painted pages, and Bibles tailored for moms, husbands, wives, etc. You have a bunch of choices these days.

2. Get the Bible app YouVersion on your smartphone

YouVersion has about every version possible. Look for one that has an audio version and play it at home, in the car, or wherever. It’s great having the word of God spoken out loud, especially when you have littles around. You not only hear it, but they do too.

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Prayer

3. Books with Prayer prompts

Find a book that will teach you how to pray. My favorite author on prayer is Stormie O’Martian. She has prayers already written at the end of each chapter of her “Power of Praying” books. (I am not an affiliate, although I should be.)

There are so many prayer/devotional-type books in the marketplace. You can go to a bookstore or buy one online.

4. Write your prayers and answers down in a journal

I have a journal on my laptop. (Don’t tell anyone.) It is quick and easy to access. You can also buy a journal at the store and do it the old-fashioned way.

5. Prayer walking

I have had a prayer partner at different times in my life. We would pray out loud together while we walked around the neighborhood.

If you are a mom, you can walk around the neighborhood with a stroller and pray with friends or alone.

6. Use the A.C.T.S. technique

Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (requests). Spend your quiet time with God doing each of these for a couple of minutes when you pray.

7. Pray scripture

Find scripture you love and add your and your family’s names to the verses. It is a compelling way to pray as your words align with God’s.

You can even write scriptures on notecards and carry them with you. I put mine on a ring so they flip quickly. I tuck them in my stuff when I leave.

If you are a busy woman, find one scripture and meditate on it all day. Talk to God about it. This is about hiding God’s word in your heart piece by piece.

Here is a YouTube video that speaks Bible Verses. (This is a sample. There are many like this.) You can listen while in bed before sleep or during the day. It’s incredibly healing.

8. Pray throughout the day

Redeem your time by praying as you go throughout the day. If you drive alone in the car, you have plenty of time to have a quiet time with God.

If you have littles, you can pray as you clean, drive, cook, change diapers, etc. You can even include your kids and have them pray. Pray at mealtimes and before bed with them too.

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 says, “Rejoice always,  pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

RELATED: How to Pray for Your Kids in Your War Room

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9. Verse mapping

This is a scripture study method. Put a scripture at the top of a page. Research and highlight keywords in color coding, pull out ideas, find context, and write it all under your main verse.

Look up the history and main characters and get an overall meaning of what the verse is trying to tell you. Kay Arthur Bible studies does some of this.

10. Homiletics

Another study method is homiletics. It is a way to break down the Bible by summarizing a chapter into about 12-15 sentences after you read it.

Most people try to get an overall subject and theme and look for natural divisions in the text that may include other ideas. BSF is famous for this study method.

This is how to have quiet time with God!

11. Bible art or doodling

For creative people, there is a way to reinforce Bible study through art. Draw or paint pictures of the subject or a character, bubble letter your keywords, or create the background scene of the time. The sky is the limit.

You can do this with your kids. Read a bible story out loud from your kid’s Bible (this is your part of the quiet time) and then simplify it for your kids.  Have your kids color, paint, or draw about what you are reading. You can highlight in your Bible while they draw.

Ideas:  Jonah and the Whale, Moses parting the Red Sea, Jesus wept, Adam and Eve, Jesus feeding the multitude. There are tons of Bible scenes to draw.

Worship

12. Worship music

There are plenty of Christian worship songs out these days. (I love Hillsong.) Check out iTunes or YouTube. You can exercise or walk around the neighborhood strolling your kids while listening to it on your iPhone.

Quiet time with God music is one of the best ways to align your heart with our Savior, even if you are busy.

13. Sing, praise, and thanksgiving

Spend time with God by singing, praising, and giving thanks. This is a wonderful way to worship. God doesn’t care if you can carry a tune. I love singing in the car when no one hears…but God.

Teach your kids to worship, too. Play kid’s worship music around the house while you are doing tasks, and sing the songs together.

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14. Online Bible study

First15, Our Daily Bread, Bible Project, and First5 are great devotionals online and on an app. I highly recommend them. There are many others, but these are the ones I have heard of recently.

The Bible Project is animated. You can project it up on your TV so everyone can watch it. This isn’t Veggie Tales animation. It is designed for both adults and kids. Try it out. You will be shocked at how the Bible is simplified artistically for everyone to understand.

15. Join a Bible Study

Join a Bible study with homework. It will keep you accountable. I have studied with Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer, and Bible Study Fellowship. Each one offers a lecture, group time, and individual study.

Most Bible studies offer childcare. It is a great way to get out of the house and expose yourself and your kids to God’s word.

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16. Spiritual books

Books about God or spiritual growth are great ways to supplement your quiet times. God uses other people to speak into our lives. They can give wisdom and knowledge in places we need to grow.

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17. Blogs

Many blogs emphasize spirituality. My Pinterest page has a faith and inspiration board with many faith-based topics to help you in your walk.

18. YouTube

YouTube has a plethora of great Bible teachers. You can find about anyone you want to listen to. There are also church services from about any church if you cannot attend on Sundays due to health.

19. Podcasts

I love listening to podcasts. One of my favorites is Family Life Today (check out my interview). I get so much out of their teaching.

They are authentic Christians who are unafraid to be honest about everyday problems. The hosts tackle subjects like porn, divorce, abuse, estrangement, infidelity, etc.

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Why Is a Quiet Time with God Important?

Quiet time with God is vital because it encourages gratitude and helps individuals gain perspective. It allows them to reflect on blessings, acknowledge challenges, and cultivate a mindset of thankfulness and trust in God’s providence.

Spending time in quiet reflection allows individuals to seek guidance and direction from God. It’s a time to listen for His voice, discern His will, and gain clarity on life’s challenges and decisions.

Hopefully, one or more of these suggestions will help you connect to your Heavenly Father.

Remember, don’t be the weird girl (or guy) who brings a checklist to a party with God. He is so much more than a checkmark.

Do you have a quiet time with God? What do you do? Comment below. 

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81 Comments

  1. I just found your website. I’m excited to look through all the things you’ve written. I appreciate this subject because I struggle with consistently having my devotions. I find doing mine in the evening works better for me.

    • Consistent quiet times are hard to do every day. I have to remind myself of these suggestions too! Thanks for your comment.

  2. These are great suggestions. I and my family loves reading especially bible. It really helps a lot, especially for our soul.

  3. Jennifer Prince Reply

    Some passages do seem dull, but others are so interesting. And I seem to learn something new each time I read. It’s so great!!

    • Jennifer, it can get boring. There are some parts that are recorded for history. I am glad we have them so we have a good point of reference. Most parts can be used for instruction and teaching.

  4. I actually really prefer reading my childrens’ catholic Bible over my own! Breaks it up so nicely.

  5. Great advice. For me, it can be difficult to dedicate time specifically to studying, because I am very active and always need to have something to do. I’m going to have to try your “creative people” tips and see how it works. Thx!

  6. Becca Wilson Reply

    I have got to admit that I have never read the Bible and could quote not a single thing from it. I totally believe in God and everything that comes with it, but I just can not get myself to read the Book.

    • Becca, I hope you will start. God is in those pages. He will reveal Himself to you in ways you never thought possible. It is His love letter to mankind. It gives us direction, comfort, and revelation.

  7. Whilst the bible may be hard to read and follow, it is meant to be that way to keep you guessing. After the first read I certainly recommend others to re-read and continue to do so.

    • London, it is like a really good book with so many levels of meaning. We can never truly be done with it. It is God-breathed and awe-inspiring.

  8. Great tips! After many procrastinating failed trials reading directly from the bible, I downloaded audible and purchased a one-year chronological bible reading. I always look forward to Bible reading, as I find it more engaging now.

  9. I really enjoyed reading the tips you gave! Im going to have to try them to help me get through the old testament! I was able to get through the new testament pretty easy but the old is a whole different story for me! Thank you for sharing!

    • Paige, there are some really great stories. You don’t need to be scared of it. It is neat to see the way God moved during that time.

  10. I tried reading the bible once, a few years ago, I didn’t get very far. It probably didn’t help that I started with the old testament as I like to read things in order, but apparently, the new testament is more exciting.

    • Diana, start with the book of John in the New Testament. It is easy to read and it is about Jesus. Everything always points back to Jesus, God’s son. Hope you will try again.

  11. I miss reading my bible and I need to restart doing this! Thank you for the motivation, I really needed it!

    • Kailla, I am glad this post spurred you on to reading it again. Start with the book of John. It may be easier to understand. Going to church will help too.

  12. It’s sad to see that people find it easier to watch a day’s-long series but can’t spare 30 minutes to read the Bible since apparently, it’s boring.. But to make it easier for myself, I start with singing and listening to worship songs and listening to preachers speak the word.

  13. Jennifer Prince Reply

    Such great advice! I need to pick up and start reading my Bible again. It’s been years I’m ashamed to say. It’s so encouraging to read it.

    • Jennifer, no shame. Just start today. It is just like a present you didn’t open today. There are lots of presents just waiting for God to give you if you will take the time to unwrap it.

  14. Actually I’ve found reading bible and gospels very interesting. Maybe it’s because I didn’t read it as an imposition but as a key to understand my christian culture (I’m italian and even if i’m not catholic, I’ve been growing up in a strongly Christian culture). Also reading the apocryphal gospels is so interesting and it tell so much about Jesus. After reading the apocryphal gospels you love him, as human being, even more.

  15. Honestly, it depends upon the book or the chapter. But one thing that I tried is imagining myself to be part of the scene. It makes me better understand what is happening back then so that I won’t get bored.

  16. Elizabeth O Reply

    This is a really helpful article, I imagine a lot of people find it difficult to read the Bible and I like the suggestion of finding one you can easily read as there are lots of versions out there.

    • Elizabeth, I think it is hard to sit down and read it at times because the world crowds in on us with so many other demands. But God quietly draws us to His presence in a way that stops all the noise around us. He makes us to lie down by still waters and restores our soul.

  17. I am not religious however I went to a catholic school and everyone hates bible readings but they did a yearly Mass for the whole school where they modernised old hymns and everyone loved it!

    • Iya, I wish you could start again as an adult. The Bible has so many great things to offer such as comfort, wisdom, direction, and lessons about life. It is relevant even for today.

  18. This is really great advice, I love that you shared it. I have tried to read the bible from front to back, but I heard that’s not the best way to enjoy it and take in all that it offers.

  19. There’s really no excuse especially with the amount of options that we have these days. I think reading the bible via an app is a great way to get in some reading even while you’re on-the-go!

  20. Great advice!! As long as we read the Bible and worship God, whatever time of the day or night we choose is good. It’s hard for me first thing in the morning bc it takes me awhile to get going & focused. My time is after everyone is in bed and then I can Sleep on it.

  21. God often is teaching me about a particular topic, so I look up Scriptures on that topic and listen to sermons on it until God transforms me in that area. Humility is something God is teaching me right now.

  22. Great suggestions. I’ve done all if not most of them. I’m very structured but that has changed a bit since I had my son this year. He always wakes up at the time that used to be my prayer/reading time (4 AM). It’s so hard adjusting to a new & different time.

    • Tara, kids do throw a wrench into things! Grace, grace, grace! You will get a new time going. Thanks for your comment.

  23. Schedules are important although they can be limiting when it comes to reading. I think trying to find ways to practice what you are learning helps. And yes the genealogies . . . I still don’t have a way of making those exciting . . . except maybe the ones in Matthew and Luke.

    • David, yes, the genealogies can be cumbersome! It is good they are there so we can see Jesus’ line. I’m not sure about the rest of them. Thanks for your comment.

  24. I’ve been using a plan from YouVersion and have managed to stick it out so far through Numbers!

    • You are awesome! Numbers is hard to get through. Not my fav., but I know there are lots of important facts in there. Thanks for your comment.

  25. such wonderful tips! I love my alone time with god! its rough to get that alone time with three kids but I manage it! Always looking for new ways to improve my walk with God!

    • Tia, it is so good to hear how many people really do have a quiet time. I think it is the best part of my day. It is just making myself sit down to do it. That is the hard part. Thanks for your comment.

  26. Yes! I love your authenticity in this post as well as the many tips for us to grow in God. What’s important is that we do it. The how doesn’t matter as much as the action. Too often we give up when our way doesn’t work, but maybe that just means we need to try a different way.

    • Sarah, you are so right. It’s important to change things around if you are not growing spiritually. Thanks for your comment.

  27. I find that reading with a goal and the aim to learn something new is important. It keeps you motivated and pushes you to accomplish what you set out to do. I am going to try and incorporate the other tips into my reading next time.

  28. I like reading the new testament. thank you for sharing these tips and suggestions 🙂 discipline is essential

  29. I’m not really religious and so don’t read the bible but have in the past when younger, I used to find it hard to follow sometimes. I think you highlight a good point about discipline.

  30. Tina Gleisner Reply

    I’m not deeply religious so I might use some of your tips for writing in a diary as that’s now on my to do list.

  31. It’s a great way to read Bible everyday. I think that app can be helpful as nowadays no one want to go offline. Thanks for sharing other great tips too.

  32. I have had times when this happens, but I love reading the old testament stories, I can get lost for hours reading and admiring their faith. Thanks for sharing!

  33. Very good tips!! I find what works for me is prayer in the shower, devotional like First 5 in the mornings. I also do bible journaling that helps with memorizing scriptures

  34. Oh my gosh…yes! I’m a devout Catholic and when I say that I mean I’ve been going to Church since I remember but I don’t read the Bible. And it is for this reason. The best tip for me here is the Bible app!Brilliant. I spend so much time on my phone, this is perfect!!

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