School can be a major excuse as to why I don’t do my quiet time. Maybe at one time or another, you too have said these things: “I have too much homework” or “I really just want to sleep in today”. Whatever excuse you and I have come up with, we really should carve out time in our busy lives to spend time with the Creator of our lives. We tend to push Him to the side, even though sometimes we forget that He is the one who orchestrates everything into motion.
I don’t know about you, but as a junior in high school, it’s really hard for me to have the motivation to have my quiet time…. These are some tips I have found that help me with my quiet time.
Find what time works for you and God. Oftentimes we feel like we have to have this time in the morning, but this isn’t always the case. I have had seasons where my quiet time was at night instead of the morning, and those times were just as sweet. Whatever timing you choose, make sure you keep in mind your surroundings and if you will be able to consistently spend time with God at this time, each day. Pray about what time you feel would be best to spend with God.
Make sure you are in a quiet place. Right now, I love to have my quiet times in the morning before my family wakes up. This allows me to freely dive deep into the Word of God without interruptions. In the summertime and spring, I like to sit outside and do my quiet time, but in the winter I enjoy sitting on my bed in my room. Find a place that’s quiet to read God’s Word. Whether that’s at the library, outside, or just in the comfort of your bedroom or family room. Just make sure it’s not going to be distracting!
Start small. It’s 100% okay to start off by just spending 10-15 minutes in the Word. When I first started reading the Word daily, I spent only 5 minutes in His Word! Then I would spend 5 minutes journaling and 5 minutes worshipping. It was just me waking up 15 minutes earlier. Now, I have worked that up to about 45 minutes. I spend thirty minutes in His Word in the morning and about fifteen to thirty minutes journaling before I go to bed each night. Remember that God speak life in a million words, or in just two. Never underestimate the amount of time it takes to be encouraged.
Remember encouragement. It’s really easy to become discouraged to do your quiet time, and that’s what the enemy wants to happen. My favorite thing to do is write verses on notecards to put them around my room to remind me to keep going! I also try to remind myself that when I don’t read my Bible, I really do feel it. I feel so dry, but when I read God’s Word, I am filled with His joy which really affects my mood and day! Don’t let the enemy keep you from furthering your relationship with your Savior.
Pray and ask God for strength. We can’t do anything on our own. And I can promise you that there will be a few days where you don’t want to do your quiet time. And there are days where I do choose to press the snooze button instead of spending time with my Savior. But Jesus forgives, and He understands. Being open and honest with Him about it allows Him to work in you in ways that you may not have expected.
With all that being said, I want to leave you with some verses that have encouraged me, to encourage you!
Verses to Encourage You! (:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. -Galatians 6:9
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong -1 Corinthians 16:13
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