5 Tips on How to Organize A Quiet Time (& My Own Journey)

Jesus, Quiet Time

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.

My high school youth group girlfriends at my best friend's wedding.

My high school youth group girlfriends at my best friend’s wedding.

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.

My single girls' college bible study. That hair! Terrible.

My single girls’ college bible study before several of us moved away. That hair! Terrible.

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.

Women's Devotional

My Quiet Time using Katie’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:

  1. How I Organized my Prayer Binder in Three Easy Steps – A Prayer Binder is another word for a Quiet Time Binder
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

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    June 18, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    This is such a helpful post! Thank you for sharing resources and your story!

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      July 21, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks, Rach!

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    Kadie @ 12 twenty 8
    June 19, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Loved hearing how you make quiet time for yourself! For me it is at 6am. Right after my hubs leaves for work and before getting my daughter up for school (during the school year). It is my treasured time and I try to never miss it. When I feel like going back to bed, I remind myself it is the devil who is trying to keep me away and that usually perks me right up! ;-) Don’t want Satan winning or anything!

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      July 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      This is so true, and such great advice! I will try to remember that when I either 1) don’t feel like going to sleep on time, or 2) just can’t get myself out of bed on my own. Great job making time for yourself in a way that works with your schedule!

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    July 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    We all know that we “make” time (not “find time”) for the things that are important to us. When we remember that NOTHING matters but eternity, we see a new urgency to make time to spend with God. When we do this first thing in the morning, it lines up our perspective to His, and prepares us for what lies ahead for the day.

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      July 8, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Totally! It becomes clearly worth it as soon as you start seeing the difference in your day when you start it off with God!

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    August 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Love this! I have a Bible app on my phone that leads me through a devotional each night, asking questions and providing Bible passages. For me I’ve found that I usually slacked off on Facebook and Insta just before bed so I put an app on my phone in their place so that I’ll spend that time reading through the Word instead! It works for me and I like having that quiet time just to think about Gods Word and get my head clear before I go to sleep

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      August 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Oh man! That’s such a great idea, Emma!! What app is it? I could totally use your example on my own life!

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