sshhBefore daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Mark 1:35 NLT

When we set aside a specific time to get quiet and focus on God, we are setting Him as our priority. We are honoring Him as Lord of our life. If you have recently become a Christian, let me assure you that you will hear much on this subject from teachers and leaders.

Perhaps you have created this habit, and already spend time with God each day. Or, the thought of “quiet time” is a new concept to you.

Maybe you are reading this right now and thinking “Right….like that’s going to happen!”

In this devotional, we will explore a few options for creating that wonderful time with Jesus on a daily basis.

Most of us lead very busy lives. Our days and weeks are filled with family, home and work responsibilities. Women often tell me that they simply can’t fit devotional time into their schedule. It just seems impossible to add one more thing to the calendar.

One of the main reasons this sounds impossible is the misconception that there are certain rules we must follow. The desire to “do it right” often keeps us from trying.

So what’s the big deal about quiet time with God? Is it important? Yes. Is it biblical? Yes. Are there hard and fast rules to follow? No.

Why:

  1. It is biblical. In Mark 1:35, the scripture tells us that Jesus went to an isolated place to pray. He removed Himself from activity to talk with God. Jesus is our example. Let’s look to Him for guidance.
  1. Simply said, our days will go better! Time with the Lord helps us to deal with chaotic and stressful times. Once you’ve established this habit you will notice an immediate difference.
  1. This discipline will set an example for your children (and others).

How:

The most important step is to start somewhere! Customize this time to fit your personal schedule and personality. There is no right or wrong way.

  1. Set an appointment with God, even if it is only a 15 minute time slot. The more time you spend with Him, the more time you will want to spend with Him. Set an alarm on your phone.
  1. Create a prayer/devotional basket. Include your Bible, devotional, pen, marker, journal, note cards, candle…whatever works for you.
  1. Remove yourself from chaos and activity. Here are just a few practical ideas. (Get creative to fit your particular life schedule)
  • Set aside devotional time in your car on your lunch hour from work.
  • Keep a prayer journal: Record prayers and answers to prayer.
  • Pray in the shower or while you are getting ready.
  • Keep sticky notes scripture reminders where you will see them, when you most need them.
  • Read passages of scripture during children’s naptime.
  • Listen to worship music/read scripture early in the morning before anyone else is up.
  • Pray or read while you are waiting to pick up kids from school.
  • Use a devotional book to guide you and structure your time.
  • Build a habit by scheduling your God time at the same time every day.

Do what you can!

Our daily appointment with God is so important that we must make a conscious effort every day to spend time with Him. Everything works once we get our priorities straight! Our relationship with Him should be our first priority.

Sherry Poundstone

Christian Communicators Co-Director, Speaker, Author

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

sherry-headshotGod has allowed Sherry to touch the lives of hundreds of women through conference speaking, teaching bible studies, writing, and mentoring. She is the author of Becoming a Woman of Character, and Becoming a Woman of Power with God.

Sherry is co-owner of Christian Communicators, as well as a member of Christian Women in Media, Christian Women Alive and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Above all else, Sherry’s most valued role is that of wife to her husband John. Together, they are the founders of Bethesda Reno-Tahoe Ministry and John currently serves as Pastor of Restoration Church in Fernley, Nevada.

Website:  SherryPoundstone.com

Email:  sherry@sherrypoundstone.com