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Learn How to Spend Quiet Time With God (5 Easy Steps)


Hello, and welcome to my guide on cultivating daily quiet time with God! I’m thrilled that you’ve joined me on this journey.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, the opportunity to have quiet moments with God can easily slip away. If you’re seeking a way to slow down, discover peace, and foster a deeper connection with the Divine, you’re exactly where you need to be!

In this guide, I’ll guide you through simple yet impactful steps to seamlessly integrate time with the Almighty into your daily routine.

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What is Quiet Time With God

For me, Quiet time with God is an intentional practice of setting aside a dedicated period for stillness and reflection.

In the midst of my busy life as a Christian, wife, mother, and now Grandmother. It’s a sacred time when I create a personal sanctuary, often in a quiet corner of my home or even in my bed, to connect with the divine.

During this time, I pray, read passages from the Bible, meditate and reflect, and just let myself “be.”

As a Christian woman juggling various roles, this practice helps me navigate challenges with a renewed spiritual perspective.

Quiet time with God also provides a space for expressing gratitude, seeking guidance, and finding inner peace.

It’s a personal and adaptable journey that allows me to integrate my faith into the fabric of my busy life, fostering a stronger connection with God.

Why Morning Quiet Time With God Matters

Personally, I find that starting my day with quiet time sets a positive tone for everything that follows.

Mornings are a fresh beginning, and dedicating this time to prayer and reflection helps me align my thoughts and actions with a sense of purpose.

It allows me to center myself before the demands of the day unfold.

A Mindset of Gratitude

By prioritizing my quiet time in the morning, I anchor myself in a mindset of gratitude and seek guidance for the day ahead.

Setting aside dedicated time daily, especially in the morning, is a conscious choice I try to make constantly to prioritize my spiritual well-being amidst the busyness of life.

It’s a commitment to nurture my relationship with God while fostering a positive and purposeful mindset that resonates throughout my daily life.

If you want to learn more about what the Bible says about quiet time with God, Click here.

Before We Get Started…

Before we dive into the steps, please know that there are no rigid rules for spending time with God.

This is how I approach my quiet time, and I encourage you to tailor it to your own preferences.

Take what resonates with you, and feel free to let the rest fall away.

As you explore having quiet time with God

As you explore the steps to having a daily quiet time with God, consider them as sources of inspiration rather than strict guidelines.

Mix and match, find what works best for you, and embrace the flexibility to adapt these steps to your unique journey.

Quiet Time with God is Deeply Personal

Remember, your quiet time with God is deeply personal. Be inspired, be encouraged, but most importantly, make it your own.

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Do Ahead of Ttime: Create a Sacred Space for Quiet Time.

First, find a quiet and comfortable space to be alone with your thoughts and feelings.

Creating a sacred place for your daily quiet time with God involves curating a space that feels special, serene, and conducive to spiritual connection.

It could be a cozy corner in your living room, your bed, a serene garden spot, or even a peaceful park bench. Make this space your sanctuaryโ€”a place where you feel at ease and open to God’s presence.

Here’s a guide to setting up your sacred space:

Choose a Quiet Corner

Select a corner in your home or a secluded area in nature where you can have privacy and minimal distractions.

Comfortable Seating

Include a comfortable chair, cushion, or blanket to sit on. The goal is to make your space inviting and conducive to relaxation.

Beverages of Your Choice

Including a glass of water and a cup of coffee or tea in my quiet space adds an extra layer of comfort, and well, the truth is, I can’t think straight without a cup of coffee or three in the morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

Natural Elements

Bring in natural elements, such as plants, shells, or flowers. Nature has a soothing effect and can enhance the sense of tranquility.

Candles

Lighting a candle as I begin my quiet time with God is a meaningful practice for me and helps focus my attention, serving as a cue that it is time for quiet time. ๐Ÿ™‚

The soft glow of the candle and its aroma create a calming ambiance and help me shift my mindset.

The sensory experience of lighting a candle enhances overall tranquility, adding a meaningful layer to the quiet moments of reflection and time with God.

Music

Consider playing soft instrumental music or nature sounds like thunderstorms or the ocean. This can help drown out external noise and create a serene atmosphere.

I like to play worship music quietly in the background, or sometimes, I put on my AirPods to enjoy my praise music while drowning out the chaos of outside noise.

Personal Items

Include items of personal significance, such as a journal, family photos, or mementos. Adding personal items can give your sacred space a sense of safety or comfort.

Cozy Blanket or Shawl

Keep a cozy blanket or shawl nearby for added comfort and warmth. If you get cold during your quiet time, you don’t have to leave your spot and break the quiet time flow to find a blanket.

Books and Journals

Keep a selection of books, including the Bible, self-development books, or any literature that resonates with your spiritual and personal growth.

Include any and all of your journals, and don’t forget extra pens, colored pencils, highlighter markers, and sticky notes! ๐Ÿ™‚

Related: How to Create a Quiet Time Space (coming soon)

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Step 1: Prepare Your Heart For Quiet Time Through Meditation

Before I dive into prayer, I take a quick 5-minute meditation to get in the right headspace, which brings me into a greater place of peace and helps to clear the mental clutter.

I get comfy in my spot and breathe deeply, letting go of the day’s stress with each exhale. This simple deep-breathing exercise helps me create a mental calmness, like ripples settling on a pond.

During this short meditation, I try not to judge any thoughts that pop up. I quickly acknowledge them and bring my focus back to the present moment.

For me, this quick meditation time is a powerful yet simple way to ensure my heart and mind are tuned in and ready for some serious one-on-one quiet time with God.

Related: How to Meditate as a Christian

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Step 2: Read and Study God’s Word

Grab your Bible and immerse yourself in a passage that resonates with you. Reflect on its meaning and how it relates to your life. Allow the words to inspire and guide you.

Step 3: Talk to God Through Prayer

Start by expressing gratitude for the day and the opportunity to spend time in God’s presence.

Share your thoughts, concerns, and joys with Him.

Remember, there’s no need for fancy words โ€“ just speak from your heart. This is your time to connect on a personal level.

If you like more structure, try using the acronym ACTS when you pray. (source)

ACTS-Acronym for Prayer

Follow the Acronym ACTS When You Pray

ADORATION

Begin with adoration, offering pure and selfless praise to God. Share your love for Him and reflect on His greatness.

CONFESSION

Confession involves agreeing with God about our actions.

In prayer, acknowledge alignment with His perspective on your deeds. Request His cleansing from sin and guidance to steer clear of it in the future.

THANKSGIVING

Express gratitude by thanking God for specific blessings โ€“ your family, business, church, and even for His presence during challenging times.

SUPPLICATION

Supplication, meaning earnest and humble requests, involves asking for the needs of others and yourself.

Remember people globally, missionaries, friends, and those who have yet to encounter the message of Jesus in your prayers.

Remember, He knows your needs before you ask, so don’t be shy.

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Step 4: Spend Time Listening to God

After I’ve read my Bible and prayed, I spend time in silence, meditating on God’s word and attuning my heart to listen for God’s voice.

In my quiet time, I try to let go of expectations and approach the silence with an open heart, surrendering to the process. (It’s not always easy for this control freak!) ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s a practice of trust and acknowledgment that divine communication may not always be loud or dramatic but can be found in the gentle whispers of the heart.

By cultivating a still and receptive state, I create a space to discern and understand God’s messages, fostering a deeper connection and guidance in my spiritual journey.

Related: How to Know God’s Voice (coming soon!)

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Step 5: Journaling Time

Before wrapping up your quiet time with God, it’s great to take some time and journal your thoughts, concerns, prayer requests, etc.

I find immeasurable value in journaling my thoughts, insights, and any messages received during my quiet time.

Over the years, journaling has become a meaningful extension of my quiet time.

There is no right or wrong way to journal. Journaling during quiet time can take various forms, each offering a unique way to deepen your spiritual connection and reflect on different aspects of your life.

Here are some types of journaling you can explore during your quiet time with God:

Prayer Journaling

Record your prayers, conversations, and thoughts during your quiet time with God. Prayer journaling helps us to express our deepest concerns and feelings, seek guidance, and reflect on our spiritual journey.

Gratitude Journaling

Gratitude journaling cultivates a positive mindset by jotting down things you’re grateful for.

Reflecting on blessings, no matter how small can bring joy and appreciation, enhancing your overall well-being.

Related: How to Practice Gratitude Daily

Morning Pages Journaling

Popularized by Julia Cameron, morning pages involve writing three pages of stream-of-consciousness thoughts as soon as you wake up.

It’s a way to clear your mind, process emotions, and tap into your creativity.

If my mind feels chaotic and cluttered, I like to journal my morning pages before starting my quiet time routine. ๐Ÿ™‚

Related: How to Get Started with Morning Pages Journaling

Reflection Journaling

Reflect on your experiences, emotions, and any insights gained during your quiet time. Use your journal to explore how your spiritual practice influences your daily life.

Scripture Journaling

Write down passages from your sacred texts that resonate with you. Reflect on their meanings, how they apply to your life, and any insights or inspirations you receive.

Dream Journaling

If you wonder what your dreams mean (if anything) or what insight you can learn through your dreams, keep a journal by your bedside.

Write down your dreams and any spiritual or symbolic meanings you may discern.

Goal Setting Journaling

Use your quiet time to set spiritual and personal goals. Record your aspirations, break them into actionable steps, and reflect on your progress.

Mindfulness Journaling

Document your experiences with mindfulness and meditation. Record any challenges, breakthroughs, or observations about your mental and emotional state during these practices.

Affirmation Journaling

Write down positive affirmations that align with your spiritual goals.

Regularly affirming these statements can help reinforce a positive mindset and deepen your connection with God.

Related: Articles about Positive Affirmations

Art Journaling

Art Journaling can be a powerful way to connect with your spirituality.

Incorporate creativity into your journaling by sketching, doodling, collating, or painting your feelings, concerns, and prayer requests.

Learn more: How to Start an Art Journal

FAQs: How to Spend Quiet Time With God

How long should my quiet time with God be?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Start with a duration that feels comfortable for you, whether it’s 5 minutes or 30 minutes. The key is consistency and the quality of your connection.

Can I have quiet time with God anywhere?

Absolutely! Your sacred space could be at home, in nature, or even during a quiet lunch break. Find a place where you can be present and undisturbed.

Do I need special tools or materials to have quiet time with God?

Not necessarily. A Bible, a comfortable space, and an open heart are all you need. Feel free to add elements like candles or music if they enhance your experience.

What if I struggle with staying focused during quiet time?

It’s normal to get distracted.

If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the present moment. Experiment with mindfulness techniques and find what works best for you.

How can I incorporate quiet time into a busy schedule?

Schedule it like any other important task. Whether it’s in the morning, during lunch, or before bed, making it a routine will help it become a natural part of your day.

Conclusion: How to Spend Time With God

In conclusion, establishing a daily practice of quiet time with God is a transformative journey that brings serenity, connection, and purpose to our lives.

Spending quiet time with the Lord always helps me navigate the ebb and flow of life with a grounded and uplifted spirit, and I hope it does the same for you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

In His Love,

XO, Christine

christine mathews

I’ve been keeping it real since 1963. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m a child of God, a wifey, mama, grandma, full-time creative, domestic engineer, and self-care enthusiast.

I am obsessed with all things makeup and skincare and love getting my hands dirty out in the garden, my art room, or in the kitchen, whipping up something yummy for the fam.

Iโ€™m always down to chat and love collaborating with other creatives and brands alike!

Feel free to reach out anytime!

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