I don’t care how many times I hit the snooze button, some mornings I just can’t wake up. Then reality hits me, I see what time it is and rush to get ready, racing out the door, wishing I had more time for my quiet time with God. You know what I mean?
For those of us who normally have a morning quiet time but don’t always wake up when we should, here are some things we can do to keep our hearts close to God all day long. Try one—or all—of these ideas.
Sing praise songs out loud or to yourself.
If you normally like to listen to the radio on the way to school or work, sing praise songs instead. Remember to keep both hands on the wheel and both eyes open! If you are always around people during your day, sing praise songs in your head as you go to class or when you’re doing something routine. Praise music will become the background track of life.
Listen to the Bible or messages.
My friend likes to listen to sermons when he works out. Use an app like the free one from Bible Gateway to listen to the Word of God being spoken, or use oneplace.com to find meaningful messages to listen to as you ride in the car or go about your day.
Read a devotion or two when you have a break.
Take out your phone or devotional book, and read something for five minutes to keep your mind focused on God. If friends join you unexpectedly, talk to them about what you’re reading.
Talk to God throughout the day.
If a need comes up, pray. If something good happens, thank God for it. If a friend needs prayer, ask God to help them. Talking to God all day long shows that we’re depending on Him to be the best we can be, and that we need Him to help those we care about.
Keep Scripture cards in your purse or wallet … and use them!
Write Bible verses that you want to memorize on index cards, and keep them with you wherever you go. When you have a free minute, whip them out and learn verses one phrase at a time. Keep saying the phrase to yourself and then add one more phrase, and one more. Picture the reference in your head. Pretty soon, Scripture won’t be on paper only, but in your heart.
End your day with a quiet time.
Of course, this is the most obvious solution, but if we’re able to do some of the other 5 things, then ending your day with a quiet time will be the icing on the cake, and hopefully lead you to a more peaceful rest. Talk to God about what happened during the day, and seek Him in His Word.
When you miss a quiet time—either in the morning or at night—what do you like to do to make up for it? Tell us in the comments below, and may each day be a journey that you spend with God.
Katy Kauffman – Quiet Time Tips: Delighting in God and His Word