I know what you’re thinking. “How do I find time for a quiet time in the midst of the craziness of life?!” I get busy! I also understand what it’s like to feel drained and empty. This is why finding time alone with God is not just a luxury, it’s vital to our survival!
A time of devotion is not to earn “brownie points” with God. It is a time set aside to be with Him without distractions, a time to rest in His presence and know Him.
So let’s keep it simple. A quiet time does not have to be long and does not have to be in a certain place. This is a time to do as God says in Psalm 46:1 – “Be still, and know that I am God.” The “know” in this verse does not mean to know about; it is in reference to knowing through a growing relationship. Take a few moments to pause and become aware of His presence; He is near.
First let’s look at some creative “on-the-go” ideas which can be implemented right away; then we’ll look at ideas for moving into a more scheduled quiet time routine.
Quiet Time on the Go
We can have a quiet time even while we are on the go by learning to use moments already in our day to refocus our sight on Jesus rather than our circumstances. With or without technology, this can be done in many ways.
- Waiting. How many minutes of our day are spent waiting – waiting in car line to pick up the kids, waiting to checkout, waiting on an appointment, etc.? Turn this “waiting time” into a “quiet time.” Be still. Quiet your spirit. Recognize God’s presence. Remember His promises. Count His many blessings! Use your smart device to read Scripture from a Bible App. (I am a huge fan of YouVersion!) Review Bible verses you have memorized. Write verses on sticky notes or index cards or in notes on your phone to pull out during these times of waiting. Look around and pray for those you see or think of during this time. Use our Bible Seeker Object Lesson Devotions to help you continue to meditate on God’s message throughout your day.
- Lunch Breaks. You may be used to eating at your desk alone or joining a group for lunch. Instead, what if you invited God to have lunch with you? As you eat, try to disperse any distractions and focus on Who He is. Take time to read a Christian daily devotion or a few verses giving Him your attention. Talk to Him about what’s on your heart and mind. Include Him in your day.
- Drive Time. If you do any commuting or driving to and from places alone, this is an opportune time to include prayer, worship music, and even listening to Scripture. So often we put our minds on cruise control when we could be allowing God to speak to us and us to Him.
- Exercise Time. Why not exercise spiritually along with physically?! Discipline your thoughts along with your muscles. Worship to music, listen to Scripture, practice memory verses, pray. Focus your thoughts on Jesus and listening for His Holy Spirit to speak to your heart. Paul says in 1 Timothy 4:8 – “for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” I love to walk around our neighborhood; it’s a wonderful time to notice God’s creation and also pray for our neighbors or other things on my mind.
- Computer Time. Aside from actually working on the computer or our smart device, how much time do we spend just surfing, shopping, looking at Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram? What if we turned our electronics off and spent a portion of that time with God?