Spending Quiet Time With God

During a women’s Bible study I used to be a part of we talked at one gathering about intentionally spending more quiet time connecting with God. Some women were already making this happen daily but many others admitted they were struggling to make it happen at all and they longed to make a change in this area.

Daily time with God (and honestly all-day-long connection with Him) is something I crave otherwise if I skip out I’m a bigger mess than I am naturally, my day feels unorderly, and the people I interact with probably question my desire of love and care.

This wasn’t something I was always great with but like my post from last week about habits, this is one of those habits I’m sooo thankful I started!

There’s a verse that reminds me just how beneficial it is to seek God from the start of the day—in the early waking moments.

Psalm 90:14 says this—

“O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”

Pic from YouVersion app

That word ‘satisfy’ catches my attention. The Hebrew translation reads it as saga and it means ‘to be fulfilled.’

I think if we’re honest we all long for fulfillment. Often times though we’re guilty of looking for it where it was never meant to be found—through bank accounts, exercise plans, food, relationships, and so on.

But through God’s word we learn that genuine fulfillment comes through Him, and by digging into His word. This is where our mind and heart’s satisfaction becomes truly fulfilled and in return we express an outward joy.

And notice that verse includes ‘morning’ as a time reference…the thing is when we kick off our morning with God (even just a small heartfelt prayer, a devotion, time reading His word) then we set our day up with hope, encouragement, and Jesus to get us through the rest of the day…all our days!! There’s still a good chance we’ll encounter problems throughout our day but when (or if we do) we’re more likely to reflect on Jesus and handle those curve balls with a better outlook.

Here are some ways to begin and run the day with Jesus (I’m preaching to myself here too because these ideas are just as much meant for my motivation as they are for the next person).

  • Wake up just a little earlier, before distractions undoubtedly slip in and get into God’s word! We will feel much more refreshed from this act, over a few more moments of sleep!
  • Spend time quietly in prayer and praise while waking and when getting ready for the day.
  • Begin a Bible reading plan from the You Version app or use a physical Bible. The You Version app always includes a verse of the day and I love if I’m in a hurry and need some reflection and inspiration to check out the verse because it’s so quick and convenient but incredibly helpful!
  • Subscribe to a daily email devotion: thelife.com this one my husband uses or Proverbs31.org is the one I use.
  • Turn on worship music while getting ready for the day, while driving, or at work, etc.

These things have helped me so much in my faith and growing closer to God, along with writing and blogging. Some days I have more time than other days to spend in quiet time with God or studying scripture but even a little bit makes a huge difference.

God gives us an abundance of resources to draw closer to Him and feel His presence but we have to choose to make it happen!

I would love to know if you have other ways of connecting with God, leave a comment… and as always sweet weekend blessings!!

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by forhispurpose.blog and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

28 thoughts on “Spending Quiet Time With God”

  1. Alicia, this was so good! I agree, if we can just steal away and pray and set aside time to marinate in God’s Word, we are so much the better for it! Thanks for sharing your heart here. 💜🙏🏼🌻

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    1. Ahh yes I love that you used the word ‘marinate’ that’s soooo good…and when you think of something marinating the purpose is to add flavor and tenderize, kind of awesome when we compare that to our time in God’s word and how it can impact us. Good stuff!!

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  2. This is how I start my day! I love to greet the Lord with my song. So thankful that He never slumbers or sleeps, He is always awake and ready to meet with us when we go to spend time with Him, whenever that is! Thanks for this uplifting post!

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  3. I so needed this today! We have been moving and my time with God has suffered. As a result I was a bit rough around the edges this morning, if you know what I mean! Thank you for this gentle reminder. I definitely see a difference in my life when I take time to spend with God and soak up His presence. 🙏✝️🙌

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    1. Oh I know exactly what you mean, and obviously even if we’re in the word or have had to miss, we’re gonna have slip ups either way but I think we’re quicker to get back on track when we’ve made a habit of going to Him versus someone who never does or is very hit and miss, if that makes sense.

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  4. Much or most of my prayer time takes place when I’m walking my dog. Lately I was back in Louisville without him, and I felt too busy to walk by myself. It seemed like the rest of the day was spent playing “catch up” with all I had wanted to pray about. :/

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    1. Yes!!! I love prayer walks.❤️ I about wrote that one down as well but it’s not one I do often so I didn’t include it but boy is it ever refreshing!

      Isn’t it interesting how if we miss that prayer time that we had looked forward to then we feel a bit disordered..but God is still right there to get us on track again even if!!

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  5. Spending time with God in the morning is something I truly look forward to. There’s no better way to start the day than with Jesus and coffee! Two things I need to work on are an updated prayer list/journal, and to start walking again while using that time to pray. I love that verse you shared. Blessings, Alicia!

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    1. The prayer list/journal is definitely something I want to do!! Thank you for mentioning it Patty!
      We’ve been busy with these house projects still, but I can’t wait to get back into prayer walks also!!
      Have a great weekend!❤️

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  6. “God gives us an abundance of resources to draw closer to Him and feel His presence but we have to choose to make it happen!” – I love this! It’s up to us! He’s always there and He’s not going anywhere. ❤️ The pastor at the church we used to go to said he woke up talking to God every morning and went to bed talking to Him at night. I always try to do that now, too.

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  7. Yes, getting up earlier may be difficult at first; a bit of schedule-shifting may be needed to make it happen. (Packing that sack-lunch the night before, for example.) A person might begin with just fifteen minutes, but will soon crave more. It’s the best time of day!

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