It can be difficult to know how to have a quiet time with God when there’s no quiet or limited space.
What do you do when you have no space of your own or you have no quiet in order to have that time with God that you want? How can you be consistent in your Bible study and your prayer? How can you continue to grow closer to God when you really don’t have the space for it?
Recently, somebody in our community shared that they were really struggling to have time with God. Her reason was because she didn’t have her own space to feel comfortable, or to spread out and spend time with God. She didn’t have any space. It was really loud and crowded where she lived and she wasn’t sure what to do.
This is something that I am figuring out too, because we recently moved out of our apartment and in with family. We are sharing a small space and I’m having to figure this out for myself. Today I will share some of the tips that are helping me in hopes that they help you as well.
How to Have Quiet Time with God Tip #1: Embrace This Season of Life
Tip number one for finding time for quiet time with God without the quiet is to embrace this as your current season of life. Often what I find when I’m working with ladies is that you really struggle with where you’re at right now because you don’t make peace with it.
Whatever is going on with your life is what is going on with your life right now, and you need to embrace that instead of bucking and pushing against it. If you want to be able to have a routine or a plan in place, it needs to work for you. Just embrace it.
This is your current season in life, and these are your limitations, but you don’t have to let those things stop you. You can find ways to spend time with God, grow your faith, and do the things that you want and need to do. You can find those things.
You just have to work with what you have and that’s okay. It’s a season, it’s probably not going to be forever. When your season changes or your circumstances change, then you can make adjustments and go back to what you were doing, or maybe you will have found something that you really liked during this season that you will take with you into future seasons.
How to Have Quiet Time with God Tip #2: Change Your Routine
The second tip is to change up your routine. Sometimes simply making adjustments to your current routine is going to be enough to help you get that time that you’re looking for when you don’t have space or when you don’t have quiet. If your current routine is that you have an hour where you pray, then listen to worship music, and study and journal change your routine up a little bit.
Maybe you make it shorter, 15 minutes every day instead of an hour. Or you could chunk it up, and pray in the morning while you’re getting ready, then listen to something in the car on the way, and then dig deeper on your lunch break. Don’t be afraid to change your routine because your routine should change when your life changes.
That’s what will help you not be frustrated, not feel like a failure, and help you continue to be consistent by making subtle changes. Think about what changes you need to make. Is there a certain time where you’re at in your house that’s more quiet than others? If you’re used to doing it during the day, can you change your routine and then move it to the evening for this season?
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How to Have Quiet Time with God Tip #3: Take it Outside
Tip number three is to go outside or go somewhere else. This is what I am doing for my season right now and I’m finding the most consistency when I simply go somewhere else for my time. It’s actually killing two birds with one stone.
I’m getting some time away by myself and I’m getting some time outside in the fresh air which is always calming and soothing. Plus, I’m still getting that time in with God. You can grab your Bible, and your supplies throw them in a bag, and go for a walk. You can go for a walk and pray while you walk or listen to worship.
Maybe you go to a coffee shop or the library. Is there somewhere that you can go that’s going to fit into your routine or your day, where you can have your quiet time? It might look different than if you were in your own house, of course, but it is a viable option.
Be creative and think about the other places that you can go to have that time with God because it does not have to be in your home. It doesn’t have to be in your bed or at your table or on the sofa. It can be anywhere that works for you. I have done quiet time in the car before because it was the only place that I could go to get some time away and that quiet that I wanted.
How to Have Quiet Time with God Tip #4: Try Something New
Number four is to try something new. I alluded to this in the last point, but when seasons of life change and you get hit with a curveball, it can always be a great time to try something new. Is there something that you’ve had in the back of your mind that you wanted to implement into your routine, but you haven’t yet?
Do that thing, try it. Try something new. Your quiet time does not have to look the same from now until Jesus comes back. It can change and it can be different. Actually doing new things can really breathe new life into your faith, and your relationship with God. Honestly, doing the same thing over and over again can get boring.
I have a whole podcast where I share 16 creative ways to connect with God. I have another podcast where I share 15 ways to strengthen your faith as an introvert. There are great ideas like painting, music, art study, and nature. There are all kinds of ways that you can connect with God, and when your situation is less than ideal it’s a great time to try something new.
Final Thoughts on How to Have Quiet Time with God
Embrace the season of life, change up your routine, go outside right or go somewhere new and try some new things. It can be really hard when you don’t have the quiet that you want and when you don’t have your own space to connect with God.
Not having all of your tools and all of your materials spread out the way you’re used to can be so difficult and it can be really discouraging. I want to implore you not to get stuck there. Don’t let that keep you from doing the things that you need to do to grow your faith and to grow closer to God. It’s going to bring you peace during whatever you’re going through right now if you can find that time.
Be creative. God is a creative God and there is more than just one way to connect with Him. You can find those things that will work for you and see that you can still have that time, no matter what it looks like in your life right now.
Are you struggling with consistency when it comes to your quiet time with God? Trying to figure out what to do and when to do it? What’s it going to look like? What kind of supplies that you need? Well, I have a Consistent Quiet Time planner that address exactly this.
It will help you figure out what you want to do, what’s not working, and what is working. You’ll also walk through how you can create a routine that’s easy to follow, because it is going to work for your current season, for your current circumstances, for your current life. You’re going to be able to change and pivot and be flexible when you need to.
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