Are you struggling to have a daily quiet time with God? For me, the struggle began at a young age. As a church kid, I was taught to open my Bible first thing in the morning and then go through a checklist.
Where’s the fun in that? Oh, yeah, we’re not supposed to have fun as a Christian. We’re supposed to be stiff, boring, and weird…
Perhaps a daily quiet time is more than a silly checklist that makes you look and feel spiritual.
In fact, I think the checklist method may actually be a bit insulting to the Almighty. While some structure is important for a quiet time, we may have missed the purpose of it.
Think about it this way…When was the last time you brought a checklist to a party, a date, or an outing with a friend? You are one weird friend if you are doing this. A little note here…stop being a goober if this is you.
Perhaps we have forgotten how to be in a relationship with God our Father. Personally, 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; it’s to keep us from straying into sin.
In this post, I am going to give you some fresh ideas for a quiet time with God that will keep things exciting. In fact, I hope these ideas revolutionize the way you relate to your Creator and Heavenly Father who actually loves hanging out with you all the time.
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.
Sadly, I think we have made it be something rigid or even task-oriented when, in fact, it is about a time of communing. Dare I say a love relationship? Not just a boxed time with a list of to-do’s so that we feel and look spiritual.
Who are we kidding anyway? If our behavior isn’t changed after we read our Bible, it’s all a waste of time!
The Importance of Having a Quiet Time With God
Most Christians agree it is important to have a quiet time with God every day. When we spend time with God, it allows us to connect with His heart and be united with what He wants us to do. For me, it is a reminder of how much He loves me.
How and when we do it is another story. This is where church people get tripped up.
The one-size-fits-all method is not good for everyone. If you are dreading daily quiet time with God, you need a change! Remember, it’s about a relationship, not a list.
How Do You Give Yourself Quiet Time With God?
You may be wondering how to break out of the box and give yourself quiet time with God. Think about your personality. Are you structured or unstructured?
The, uh, not-so-structured, I will refer to as “creatives” like me who would rather eat dessert for dinner. And the structured people are those who are, well…structured. Either way, the point is to pray, worship, and spend time in His Word in some form or fashion. It’s about fellowship.
1. The “creative’s” goal for reading the Bible:
Work towards doing your quiet time earlier in the day rather than later. I am not a morning person, so I have a plan to do it after 9 am.
If you have a job, try doing it on a break or at lunch. Or split it up between break and lunch. Additionally, you could do it while you drive. Do it at night, if all else fails.
If you are a mom, cramming in a traditional solid 30-minute quiet time is hard when you have kids with you all the time, especially ones who tend to follow you into the bathroom!
The point is to give yourself grace. I used to beat myself up because I couldn’t do it at 6 am. Then I realized God would probably rather talk to me when I am coherent, so later is good for both of us. Ha!
2. “Structured” people’s goal for reading the Bible:
Set a specific time every day to have a quiet time. Stick to it.
If you are a planner, thrive with a schedule, and write everything down, then just add this to your Outlook, black book, or whatever you structured people do to stay on track.
A quiet time with God isn’t as difficult for disciplined people. My husband is structured and does it every morning, early. And that’s okay.
19 Ideas to Keep Your Quiet Time With God Fresh
These fresh quiet time ideas are a great way to break out of old traditions and change what you are doing as a believer. Check out these 19 tips to get you back on track with God and be excited about your relationship with Him.
- Get a new Bible. If you don’t understand your Bible then 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. Just kidding, but I do love it because I don’t have to guess what it means.
- Get the Bible app YouVersion on your smartphone. YouVersion has about every version possible. Look for one that has an audio version and play at home, in the car, or wherever. It’s great having the word of God spoken out loud.
*There are Bibles with journal margins, Bibles with verse mapping, tabs, ones with devotions in them, ones with hand-painted pages, Bibles tailored for moms, husbands, wives, etc. You have a bunch of choices these days.
- Books with Prayer prompts. Find a book that will teach you how to pray. My favorite author on prayer is Stormie O’Martian. Priscilla Shirer is another great person to follow. They both have incredible books and war room strategies for prayer. There are so many prayer/devotionals in the marketplace. Go to a bookstore or buy it online. (I am not an affiliate, although I should be.)
- Write your prayers and answers down in a journal. I have a journal on my laptop. (Don’t tell anyone.) It is easy to access. You can also buy a journal at the store and do it the old-fashioned way.
- 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. I know, people may think you are weird, but try it. It’s really cool.
- Use the A.C.T.S. technique. Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (requests). Spend your quiet time with God doing each one of these for a couple of minutes when you pray.
- Pray scripture. Find scripture you love and add your name and your family’s names into the verses. It is a very powerful way to pray as your words are aligned with God’s words.
- Pray in the car. Redeem your time by praying in the car. If you drive alone every day, you have plenty of time to have a quiet time with God.
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- 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 down under your main verse. Look up the history, main characters, and get an overall meaning of what the verse is trying to tell you. Kay Arthur Bible studies do some of this.
- 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, theme, and look for natural divisions in the text that may have other ideas included. BSF is famous for this study method.
- Bible art or doodling. For those who are creative, there is a way to reinforce Bible study through art. Draw or paint pictures of the subject, a character, bubble letter your keywords, or create the background scene of the time period. The sky is the limit.
- Worship music. My favorite group is Hillsong. They have tons of worship songs. There are plenty of other groups that play worship music. Check out iTunes or YouTube. You can walk around the neighborhood listening to it on your iPhone.
- 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.
Supplement Your Quiet Time With God
- 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.
- Blogs. There are many blogs that have a spiritual emphasis. You can go to my Pinterest page and look under the faith and inspiration board. You will find many faith-based topics to help in your walk.
- Join a Bible Study. Join a Bible study that has homework. It will keep you accountable. I have done studies with Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer, and Bible Study Fellowship. Each one offers a time of lecture, group time, and individual study.
- Online Bible study. First15, Our Daily Bread, and First5 are great devotionals online. I highly recommend them. There are many others but these are ones I have heard of recently.
- 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 are not able to attend on Sundays due to health.
- 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 not scared to be honest about everyday problems that occur with believers. The hosts tackle subjects like porn, divorce, abuse, estrangement, infidelity, etc.
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What Does the Bible Say About Quiet Time With God?
Not too long ago, I ran across this scripture about having a quiet time with God. In fact, I have never seen it before in all the years I have been a Christian.
You see, even the writers of the Bible knew we would become bored at times. Listen to this zinger…
Hebrews 6:12. The Book
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.
Can you believe these verses about quiet time with God? I jumped out of my seat when I read this!
God knows we need to change things up. We are not going to hell for admitting we are bored with our quiet times. We just need to do things differently so we can get back to our first love.
Hopefully, one or more of these suggestions will help you to get on track with your spiritual life again. Don’t be the weird girl (or guy) that brings a checklist to a party with God. He is so much more than a checkmark.
Do you see the benefits of quiet time with God? Are you ready to change things up a bit? Comment below.
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