Since we just talked about Quiet Time and how important it is, I thought I might talk about what quite times looks like for me. With kids and an already PACKED schedule, I want to show how I practically navigate making time and space for spending time with God on a consistent basis.
Truth is I would love to say that every day I spend quiet time with God. I have seasons where I do, typically in wintertime when we don’t have groups every day during the summer. There are also times I am so desperate for God’s help that I find myself running to Him daily to help me through the struggles of life. However, I have worked hard not to just run to Him in need or when it perfectly fits my work schedule during our off-season. It takes time and effort to carve out time for Him and it is not always easy, but I do it because I know I need it!
When my kids were young (infant-preschool) this was the HARDEST time to have quiet-time. I was so determined to make time for God though cause let’s be real, my mental sanity needed God to come in and rescue me. How do you do it with needy children saying, “Mom, mom, mom…mmmmooommmm!” Well, two routes you can go. Get up early before they are awake. This backfired on me because of A.) I have a hard time getting up early and B.) My kids would just smell that I was awake at 6am and get up with me.
So my next option was to just do “quiet time” WITH them. Sometimes I would take them in the backyard and set up an activity while I brought my speaker and bible study outside. Other times, I would give them a “journal” and have them have quiet time with me. It may have only lasted 15 minutes, but God would ALWAYS give me a nugget of truth to inspire me. My kids also got into a routeen that when mommy was journaling that it was to be respected and they tried their best not to distract me. If all else failed, I would put on a show for them and put my headphones on to journal.
These seasons call for being creative and flexible. Never get down on yourself for trying to make time but then it ends in frustration because it did not look or feel the way you hoped. Ha, reminds me of when we all try to get to church, we are all running late, my husband is mad and we’re all in a BAD mood when we get to church. But hey, we tried and I really feel like God honors or efforts. Never stop trying!
Now that my kids are in preschool, it is a little easier to have actual “quiet” time. However, I laugh because even though they are in school 3-days a week, I still struggle to find time for God. I remember thinking, as soon as my kids are in school that’s when I will get so much done! I’ll have consistent quiet time and my laundry will never pile up. Jokes on me!!! No matter what stage of life, something will always distract me and steal my time if I let it.
So with that said, we have to fight to make time for God. Block off a chunk of time in the mornings even if it is 15 minutes. Grab a quick bible study book that you can manage to do before work in the car. Make it a priority to listen to worship while driving. My husband likes audio CDs and finds that is the best way for him to get into the word. For me, I like to put on worship, sit on my couch and write in my journal. I thank God for all He has done and then start to list my worries for the day. I ask Him to help me and try to release my cares to Him. I will lift up anyone I know that is struggling and also bring any major life events or camps and ask Him to cover them. I usually end with reading in Jesus Calling or another short devotional.
Another HUGE component to having a great Quiet Time is the worship I listen to. If I am looking to have a meaningful connection with Him I put on my favorite worship list (click here). These are songs that I have collected through the years that have made an impact on my life. I also have a few playlists with just background music (click here) I can play while writing or blogging cause sometimes words can be too much for me to hear my own thoughts. I want to share both with you here on this blog if you need a starting point. Find your style though. Find the songs and devotionals that speak to you.
There is always the debate on if Quiet Time needs to be done in the morning. I know for me, it does have a powerful impact on the rest of my day when I choose to spend time with Him the morning. It is normally after the kids go to school, my husband is at work, and the house is empty. Then I can have true quiet and not as many things on my mind like, “Pack the lunch, get the clothes, etc.” Also, I don’t feel like I can be as vulnerable if I have the fear of someone walking in seeing me cry or sing off tune. Whenever that safe space is for you, FIND IT. It may be in your car or at a bench in a secluded park. Some people also like quiet a time at night where they can focus and reflect on the day. Either way, find your time/space to spend with Him. No matter what, it won’t be wasted and God will honor your effort.
Sometimes my Quiet Time is 15 minutes, sometimes for 2 hours! Today I was not planning on spending much time in prayer but I was so compelled to write these last few blogs, I couldn’t help but sit in His presences and feel him inspire these words. That’s how God works though. We have these plans and schedules and after spending time with Him we are refocused on what really matters. Just by stopping and asking for His wisdom you never know how the trajectory of your day might change. Maybe this blog will inspire someone today because I took the time to ask God for His direction.
This is how I want to live my life, in constant communication with Him, feeling Him directing my steps and seeing through His guidance that lives will be changed. The biggest component of hearing His direction is my quiet time with Him.
I would love to hear how your quiet time looks and what inspirations you look too! Next blog I will write about how it takes intentional blocks of time to focus on what I want as a priority in my life. Another HUGE tool I use to Thrive as a Working Mom!