Your morning quiet time isn’t enough

I thought I was doing well with my morning quiet time until I read this quote:

“Today we teach young Christians . . . to have devotions or quiet time. Normally this consists of ten to thirty minutes a day spent reading the Bible, praying, and perhaps reading something from a devotional book. Along with church on Sundays and perhaps involvement in a small group, we hope this will enable them to withstand the blizzard swirling around them.

“It won’t.

“Within a couple of hours after being with God in the morning, I easily forgot God was active in my everyday affairs.”–Peter Scazzero, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

My copy of this book has this section underlined, with an honest admission scribbled in the margin next to that last sentence: “Yes. This happens to me too easily.” 

It was an aha moment for sure; I thought I was doing well! After all, I was spending about an hour of “quiet time” with the Lord each morning and checking it off my list. (Literally. It was actually on my to-do list.)

It’s embarrassing to admit that some days I was more focused on accomplishing and completing the activity of quiet time than I was on the actual fruit of that time.

This author was spot-on. 

I was in a habit of being with the Lord each day, but then quickly parting ways with him to get on with my life.

This book was the first time I encountered the concept of “communing with God” throughout my day.

It was a palm-to-face kind of moment, where I realized that my God is too gracious, loving, and wonderful to merely check in with him in the morning. 

I wanted to incorporate specific check-ins with him and walk with him during the course of the entire day. 

It was something I’d been craving, but I didn’t even know it.

I know this comes very naturally for some of you—this constant communion with God. But I’ve honestly had to work at it and pray for God to help me.

And it’s soooo worth it.

We can’t honestly say that God is the center of our lives when we’re giving him only a few minutes of our time at the beginning of the day.

If you’re in the same place I was, here’s some encouragement and specific tips you can implement.

  1. Pray about this. Start here, with prayer. Express to God that you want to make him more than your morning quiet time buddy but truly the God of your entire day and life. Ask him for help, ask him for ideas, ask him for mercy for the times you’ve lost sight of the bigger picture.
  2. Identify specific opportunities to incorporate the Lord into your day. If you get creative, you have lots of chances to pray, read your Bible, listen to your Bible, listen to a sermon, etc. over the course of a day. (Your Time of Grace videos or Grace Moments devotions are a great, short option you can definitely make time for at some point during the day. You can also check out my blog post on “27 tips to squeeze in more God time during your busy day if becoming a nun isn’t an option.” 
  3. Create triggers to encourage you and remind you to take action. Put a Post-it up in your car or on your bathroom mirror to remind you to listen to a sermon podcast. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to pray during your lunch break. Eventually, these things will come more naturally, but for now, you might have to encourage the behavior until it becomes more habitual. 

Think you’re too busy to include God throughout your entire day? The busier we are, the more we need him. (I certainly derail quickly if I’m not solidly clinging to the Vine.) Martin Luther is famous for saying, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”

Diana Kerr is a certified professional life coach for go-getter Christian women. For a FREE workbook from Diana related to this blog post and to receive weekly emails with practical tips grounded in faith, click here to download “3 Lies about Time Christian Women Tell Themselves & 3 Truths That Will Set You Free.”