How To Begin a Daily Quiet Time

I often encounter women who want to begin a daily quiet time, but they aren’t sure how or what devotion to use. It’s not complicated but it does require discipline. The main thing is simply to begin a quiet time.

How To Begin a Daily Quiet Time

Here are some tips that will help you get started.

1. Find a Place-Pick a specific spot in your home that is comfortable and free from distractions. Make this your special place.

2. Pick a time of day-I’m a morning person and I like to begin my day in God’s word. It’s the first thing I do every morning. I grab my cup of coffee and spend time reading His word and praying. The time of day is not important but just find a time that works for you.

3. Use a Study BibleA study Bible has application notes, personality profiles, and charts. For everyday reading I use the New Living Translation.

4. Use a Devotional Guide-I like the structure of using a devotional guide but I like one that encourages me to read more than one verse. It’s important that we READ scripture. I like the First 5 Bible App. I also love Katie Orr’s Bible Studies. She had Everyday Hope, Everyday Peace, Everyday Love, and Everyday Faith. She has a new one coming out in April called Everyday Obedience and I can’t wait!

5. Discipline-Commit to doing your quiet time consistently for at least 30 days. Try it every day without exception whether you feel like it or not. It will require sacrifice but the more you do it, the more it will become a part of your daily schedule.

Having a daily quiet time will not be easy. There will be a million things that get in your way of spending time with God.

I used this quote on Friday but it’s so true “When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles. When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy.” -Corrie Ten Boom

I love this song because it reminds how lost I would be without grace!

Have a blessed Sunday!

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  1. I have been using the First 5 app and it has been such a great way to dig deeper into scripture. I’m going to check out Katie Orr, thank you for mentioning that. I find that while I start my morning with First 5, I need more through the day to help keep my focus where it needs to be! I like to work with several devotionals through the day.

  2. These are great tips, Cyndi. I do have a daily quiet time. I have ever since I became a Jesus follower when I was nine! And this is indeed the best part of my day. You are so wise to encourage women to “not beat yourself up” if you miss a day and just move on. I think that is one of Satan’s most effective weapons: guilt. Our time with the Lord is meant to be a pleasure. But it does indeed take some discipline to get it to that point. I love that you don’t shy away from talking both fashion and faith! Thank you for that.

    I use the First 5 app, too, and love it. But I’m going to check out the ones you mentioned by Katie Orr. I also am one who likes to read more than one verse. Thanks so much for this sweet, encouraging post!

    PS – I read your blog every day, not just Sundays 🙂 Just wanted you to know.

  3. Hi Cindi-
    I just purchased Everyday Peace :)…I hope to begin this devotional time as a way to connect with Christ and to redirect my focus (especially as Lent approaches). Thank you for sharing and providing resource ideas. I wouldn’t have known which way to begin :).

  4. Thanks Cyndi. I’m so glad you are encouraging woman to be with HIM everyday. I usually do mornings, and usually use my bible study lessons of the bible study I attend with woman, but also have used daily devotionals too. I am anxious to look up the ones you’ve recommended. 🙂 If you are just getting started, the Jesus Calling by Sarah Young is good. I see she has another one out too. Its half the price at Costco.

  5. Thanks so much for this post. It is timely with the beginning of Lent. These tips are great to get me started back to a morning devotional. I loved the Corrie ten Boom quote also. Jo-Lynne mentioned for a devotional earlier this year.

  6. My dear G & B Friends, Thank you, Cyndi, for encouraging all women today to have time with Jesus everyday. He changes us from the inside out, and renews our hearts and minds in Him, (Romans 12:2), so what a precious privilege we have. I am now 68, so have been studying the Word for many years. I’ve done many great Bible studies, but always have come back to cherishing time alone in His Word, even for a few moments. The book of John, Psalms, reading through the New Testament, or I’m reading the One Year Bible again, are good starting places, and Cyndi gave great ideas, and all are of great encouragement. I think it’s important to know that God is speaking to us, which He is!!! Much love to you all, with blessings in Jesus Christ!

    1. Beautiful comment. Thank you Cyndi and Carol. This is a good week to make changes in our life to create the best version of ourself. Prayer, fasting, alms giving.

  7. I love the First 5 app! When I grab my phone to turn off my alarm in the morning, instead of checking Facebook or reading the news headlines, I’ve been starting the day with First 5 for the past month. A MUCH better way to start my day and I am so amazed and awestruck at how much God has been revealing to me from his Word each day through these readings.

  8. Thank you so much for your encouragement to bring us closer to God. I ask for prayer for my son he has been sick since he was sixteen and now he is eighteen. The doctor’s can’t figure out whats wrong with him. My heart hurts for him being his mom. I love God and continue to pray for him. I love Hillsong and thanks for posting the music video.

  9. I read my Bible every morning with a cup of coffee. If I don’t my day just doesn’t seem to go well. We need to always remember to put God first and everything else will fall into place.

  10. Cyndi,
    Thank you for your encouragement! I use many of your videos on Sundays to open our Tuesday morning Bible study. Keep them coming. Looking forward to seeing what you and JoLynne came up with for your Spring looks. Be blessed!
    Kelly Rogers

  11. Thank you for your encouragement. Quiet time is so important! You are an inspiration! Have a wonderful week! God Bless you! Julie L

  12. I am challenging myself to do a quiet time every single day during Lent. I am so easily distracted by life’s demands. I do have to admit if I do my quiet time first thing in the morning I feel like my day isn’t as stressful because I have taken care of the most important thing first.

    I usually go to” She Reads the Truth” for my devotions.I highly recommend their studies. They started a new Lenten study today. It is going to center around the book of Isaiah.

    1. This sounds nice! I also celebrate Lent. Instead of always thinking of something to give up, I am going to use your idea about devotions. Thanks for that!

  13. Hello Cyndi
    Thank you so much for your encouragement to have a daily quiet time. I made a new resolution today to be more diligent to seek the Lord each morning. I had a wonderful time of Bible study and prayer this morning. I love your website. Thank you for always being so encouraging!