I became a Christian in high school. I had been to church as a kid a few times, and even went to LDS church with my Great Grandma as a young child. I was curious about what Christ had to say, and prayed as a kid, but did not fully understand the impact of that until I was about 15. I will always hold a special place in my heart for the song Better is One Day, because that’s what was playing when I responded to the alter call. The message that night was how to get a job and stay a Christian (haha). I had just gotten my first job as well and hadn’t put in my availability yet. That was great timing to always take off Thursday nights for youth group.
When I was in high school I would hear people talk about having a quiet time, but I had no idea what that meant. Sometimes I would read my bible, but I didn’t understand how to really study it. When I went to college I went on a retreat with Intervarsity. On that retreat, there was a scheduled quiet time. That helped to open my eyes on what a quiet time looks like, but I didn’t have a habit.
I went to years of an awesome bible study lead by my friend Katie. She had “homework” during the week and I really wish I had actually done that homework on a consistent basis. I can only imagine how much better and more fulfilling my college years had been if I did that. (Of note, I did not party in college. I worked full time. But I, like probably everyone, was still figuring out who I was as a person and did not have a day-to-day example of what it looked like to be a responsible, female adult. I think focusing on a quiet time, any time of day, would have been incredibly helpful here). Katie wrote a great devotional that you buy on amazon.
Then, after law school, I discovered Good Morning Girls. Honestly, I have a really hard time getting to bible study during the week. I have one I’m supposed to go to on Wednesdays with a group of girls I totally adore. I have yet to make it. It’s not because I don’t want to, it’s just a struggle for some reason to manage my work schedule, post-work lawyer things, working out, side hustles, this blog and investing in other relationships, to make it.
Good Morning Girls was a perfect fit for me because it included an accountability check (which I super need), and other gals to build a relationship with. It also gave me a step-by-step guide on how to have a quiet time. GMG is a part of the Women Living Well website. Courtney, the author, is super wise and has a lot of resources on her site. I am not as conservative in my views on the role of women, but I’m not conservative about a lot of things so I use discernment to see what the Lord is speaking to me. If you do cherish traditional gender roles, you’d probably love Courtney’s book.
Right now there is a shorter study going on on the book of Proverbs. One of my 2015 goals was to get back into a quiet time habit. My Great Grandma always told me to read one chapter of proverbs a day to live a full life so I was stoked to see a guided study on the book. I gathered a group of women and we “meet” daily on a Facebook group to check in, share our thoughts if we have time, and pray for each other.
If you’re interested in having a quiet time (any time of day) and don’t know where to start, here are some resources:
- How I Organized my Prayer Binder in Three Easy Steps – A Prayer Binder is another word for a Quiet Time Binder
- She Reads Truth is an absolutely lovely group of women who gather online through email, the website, their app and even post beautiful pictures on Instagram. This is more self-lead and delivers a specific devotional to you each day that there’s a study. I am a firm believer in SRT and donated to their app’s kickstarter campaign.
- I know a few people in my church use evernote to keep their thoughts together during their studies. I’ve reached out to them to see if they’ve written about it, but for now I was able to find this awesome post about using evernote for spiritual study from a gal who happens to also do Good Morning girls!
- Heres another blogger who uses evernote. This is less of a tutorial on evernote and more of an explanation of how she does her quiet time so I’d recommend it even if you use a paper journal.
- This post is based on a 2005 guide, but it’s still relevant. It provides a minute by minute guide on how to spend 10 minutes in the morning with God.
Remember, you don’t need to spend an hour on a quiet time every day. If you don’t have the habit of a quiet time, or if you’re not a morning person at all, waking up just 10 minutes a day can have a major impact on your life. I’ve noticed that as I get deeper into the habit of starting my day with God’s Word, the more time I end up spending.
Do you have any tips on how to have a habit of a quiet time (any time of day)? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!