Yesterday, I talked about some of the reasons daily Bible reading should be non-negotiable. Today, I want to talk about some practical tips for making that happen.
1. Make it a Priority. You will likely never have an “extra” 30 minutes to spare in your day. It just isn’t going to happen. If you let it, other things will always fill that space. The key is to be intentional with our time.
“In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking.“ – Sir John Lubbock
If you have a favorite TV show, more than likely you make time to watch it. Or maybe for you it’s books, or twitter, or facebook. More than likely there are things that you enjoy which you make time to do. We must make time to read God’s word and spend time with Him. If you recognize the importance and make it a priority, you will find a way to make time.
2. Set a regular time. Build it into your routine. A lot of people prefer early mornings before the rest of the family is up. Maybe that’s the only way you could possibly be able to concentrate. If so, set your clock a little earlier each morning–make it a priority. Maybe that won’t work for you.
Maybe you’re in a season of life where you just can’t imagine getting 1 minute less of sleep than you already do (I’ve been there, sister!). If that’s you, work it out another way. Let your kiddos watch an educational t.v. show. I’m not a huge fan of TV, but this is just that important. Make some busy bags or quiet time boxes for them to work on while you have your quiet time. Or, maybe at night after the little ones are in bed would work better for you. Whatever the time, make sure you are spending time daily in His word. Make it a habit.
3. Quiet your mind. As moms, we are multi-taskers. We have approximately 1,657,984 things going through our minds at any given moment. It can be hard to turn that off, and spend quality time with the Lord for our quiet time. Ways that I have found to drown out the distractions:
- Pray for God to help you. He wants you to spend this time with Him. I sometimes start out my quiet time with an honest confession, “Lord, you know that I have a lot on my mind right now. But I want to spend this time with you. Please help me to quiet my mind and heart and focus on what you would have me to learn about you in this time.”
- Sing praise and worship songs. Nothing helps me focus on God and God alone like singing praises and worshiping Him
- Praise & Thanksgiving. In Psalm 100:4, we are told to enter His gates with Thanksgiving and his courts with praise. If you can’t focus right away, begin with a prayer of praise and thanks–simply thanking God for who He is and His many blessings. Oftentimes, this helps me to settle the rest of my mind and focus more clearly on Him and what I will be reading in my quiet time.
4. Use an app. I’ll be honest that I am way behind on the whole technology thing. So when a rep for Thomas Nelson invited me to try out their new Devotionals Daily app, I was somewhat skeptical. However, it is a very convenient way to add devotionals to your day. The app itself is free and offers some nice features such as a prayer journal and 5 day samples of many great devotionals. The paid devotionals include bestsellers like Jesus Calling, Live Loved, Jesus Today, Grace for the Moment Morning, and Grace for the Moment Evening. The devotionals also include the fully written out scripture.
I think it’s important for us to make Bible time a priority. This devotional app is such a nice way to help you make the most of those extra minutes throughout the day–nursing an infant, waiting at a doctor’s appointment, exercising, etc. This app helps you make the most of those moments. It is very convenient to use.
5. Reflect & Apply. James 1:23-25 reminds us of the importance of being changed by God’s word. In the midst of making time for reading the Bible, we must also be sure that we are actually reflecting on what we read for clarity and understanding, and that we are applying it to our lives.
What are your Quiet Time tips?