One of my followers asked if I could write a post on this topic, and I thought that the timing was SO perfect, as I have been working to fix my quiet time routine. Life has been busier than normal, and since I share a room with my Sister, spending time with God can be difficult sometimes; thus, I have the tendency of getting off track. I want get back on a consistent track, and therefore, I’m working on a new routine! However, I wanted to share with you all a few tips on how you can create a routine.
Set a Time
This is one of the most crucial steps in creating a quiet time routine. Why? Because if you do not have a dedicated time each day for when you spend time with God, you’ll get track pretty fast.
My Mom and I have been talking about how I can still have my devotional time in the morning because I desire to start my days off with Him. She came up with the idea of me being able to have the room from 6:30-8:00 every day to spend time with God. So far, it’s working out great, and since my Sister is obviously aware, it’ll definitely help me to stay accountable.
Now, you do not have to spend time with God in the mornings. Just have a time(s) specifically carved out for Him. My Dad, for example, spends time with God early in the morning and also has an alarm set for 10 A.M. and 3 P.M. (those are his break times during work), to spend a little extra time with God during his day. You definitely do not have to limit spending time with God to once per day.
Know What You’ll Read Ahead of Time
You do not want to spend most of your devotional time trying to figure out what you are going to read. That will eat into your time with God. So, I’d suggest following a Bible reading plan. There are numerous ones to find online!
As I have mentioned in previous posts before, I am reading through the whole Bible with one of my friends. Because of that, I already know what I need to read each day, as we read two chapters a day. Having a reading plan will also keep you accountable because who wants to have to play catch-up?
Be Flexible + Make Adjustments
How many times have I had to make adjustments to my quiet time routine? Let’s just say, more than I would have wanted to. But honestly, that is a part of life.
Seasons change and because of that, the routine we created may not work anymore. Do not beat yourself up about that! We cannot help anything that occurs in our life, which is why we must be flexible.
What I did previously, before needing to re-create my routine, I had 4 different times that I could spend time with God. 7 A.M., 12-sh P.M., 3 P.M., and 8 P.M. If I missed one of those times, I still had other times that I could spend with God. This allowed me to be flexible with my ridiculous schedule! Doing this definitely made a difference in my day! So, I want to do this again, but with different times.
Workaround your schedule and figure out what times work for you. And ask the Lord for the guidance of what times you should have dedicated for Him. ❤
Have an Accountability Partner
You might think it’s weird that I am including this as a tip, but honestly, it fits. Having an accountability partner will help you to be consistent with your quiet time and to stay on track. It does not mean that there will not be any times where you fall off, however, that person will be there to encourage you and be with you along the way. Your accountability partner can be a parent, sibling, friend, etc. Find out who’d be willing to go on this never-ending journey with you. 🙂
I hope you found these tips helpful and that you may test them out. I might do a post similar to this, but related to Scripture memory. Anyway, I would love to know what your current quiet time routine is in the comments below!