What I Won’t Give Up During My Quiet Time

I wake up, stumble around for a cup of coffee, and land on the couch. Immediately I pull out my Bible and begin with prayer and Scripture reading.

Then, I wait.

This has become my morning routine and I am beginning to fall in love with the early hours of the day.

But my favorite part?

It’s become the waiting.

During my quiet time with God, I will NOT give up this one key part of my routine. Are you wondering how to have a quiet time, what to do during your Bible study, or how to strengthen your daily morning devotion? Maybe this ONE thing that I won't give up is just what you need! Find out why I won't give it up here!

Waiting on the Lord to stir something in my heart, to touch a tender place that needs touching, and to feel His presence.

But I guess I should start from the beginning and admit that I haven’t always enjoyed the waiting.

I would pray – with a selfish heart – and expect an answer right away.

I read my Bible and thought I’d get something out of it just for opening the pages.

I would listen to worship music and hope that God would talk to me through the words.

And I don’t think these things are bad. I think that anticipating the Lord and His work in our lives is important.

But I wasn’t waiting.

Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength…”

Lamentations 3:25 tells us, “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks Him.”

Micah 7:7 says, “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”

We must wait on our God – looking forward to those moments when He will speak, stir, calm, and correct.

But friend?

Waiting means being still and quiet and patient.

Waiting means closing the laptop and closing your eyes – silent before the Lord.

Waiting means placing yourself in a physical position of reverence and awe for God.

Waiting means staying still for longer than a few moments, because sometimes the Lord may be ready to speak when you’re ready to move.

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I have decided that I will not give up waiting on the Lord during my quiet time. And I’d encourage you to do the same!

Waiting on the Lord will…

  1. Strengthen your faith.

Isn’t it incredible to watch the Lord work & move & fulfill His plans? But in order to watch these things – to really sit back and observe God’s work – we must be still enough to notice.

There are many moments in my life when I know God was working. However, looking back, I question whether or not I stopped long enough to savor those moments. Did I thank God? Did I praise Him for answering prayer? Was I still enough to experience His work?

When we take the time to be still before the Lord, we will regularly be looking for the ways in which He is working. And this, my friend, will strengthen your faith.

  1. Encourage further listening.

Like I said earlier in the post, I have not always waited on the Lord. There have been many seasons of my life that caused me to rush through my Scripture reading.

But now that I am regularly submitting myself to waiting on God, I find myself listening for His voice throughout other parts of my day.

For example, I now listen and pray when I’m cleaning, driving, and singing worship songs. Taking the time to wait on the Father in the mornings has encouraged even more desire to listen for His voice throughout my day.

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  1. Challenge your growth.

When you decide to begin waiting on the Lord, He will begin speaking to you. Whether through Scripture, people around you, sermons, the Holy Spirit, or music, God will talk.

And when God talks, we are called to listen and obey.

As you wait on the Lord and hear from Him, you will be challenged to grow through your own refinement. We are on a journey to become more and more Christ-like, and listening to God’s lead will encourage this process of growth in you.

But friend, you must be willing to submit.

So, yeah. I’m on fire about this waiting thing, because I believe we serve a God who longs to connect to His children on deeper and more intimate levels.

When you decide to add waiting to your Bible study time, your faith will strengthen, you will be encouraged to listen more often, and you will grow to be more like Christ.

I encourage you to spend ten or fifteen minutes each morning waiting. Turn on some soft worship music, get down on your knees, and spend time with the Creator of you and me.

Your soul will grow.

And I bet you won’t want to give up waiting during your quiet time either.

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25 thoughts on “What I Won’t Give Up During My Quiet Time

  1. Hey Alison,
    To be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for Him to act. This is both a challenge and a goal for my life!
    Thanks for the reminder of all of the benefits of waiting in His presence!
    I’m sharing this one all over today~

    1. Oh, Melanie, I do appreciate you sharing my post! You are a constant encourager. Waiting on the Lord is a goal for my life as well. Let’s fight this good fight together! <3

  2. We live such a face paced life, that sometimes it can invade even the quiet moments we have set aside for the Lord. The distraction of emails and FB can often lead us down rabbit trails until our time is gone. I appreciate this beautiful reminder to be still AND wait. And the reminder to set aside those distractions. Thank you friend!

    1. It is so true. Rabbit trails easily lead into hour-long Facebook scrolling and Pinterest fun. But waiting on the Lord is one of the sweetest ways we can spend our time, and after learning that, Facebook and Pinterest dwindle in comparison. 🙂
      Thanks for commenting, Valerie.

    1. “…blame it on being a busy Mommy.” YES! Okay, well I’m not a mommy yet, but I blame it on being a busy person. 😉 Thanks for commenting, Stefani! I appreciate you!

  3. Ooohh… I just saw a funny quote from our friend Dawn Klinge which joked about us wanting patience now. The truth is, I’ve never been a fan of waiting and I felt a little twinge when I read this. Could it possibly be that God is calling me to wait?! Boy do I have a lot of growing and stretching to do.

    1. I saw that same quote! Maybe the Lord is prompting us both to be encouraged and challenged to WAIT in His presence. It’s sweet when we listen for His prompting, isn’t it?
      Love you, Marva. Thanks for commenting. <3

  4. Alison, I really do appreciate this encouragement to wait on the Lord. We read so many verses in the Bible about waiting on the Lord, like the ones you mention, but we rarely stop to think about how to do that in practical terms. Thanks.

    1. There are SO many verses! As I was studying the Word for this post, I came across many verses about waiting on the Lord – some I had never read before. That would be an interesting topical Bible study. Hmmm. 😉

  5. I love waiting for God to move. I have seen Him move this morning as I shared my story with a group of ladies. I have to wait for Him to do His work…and allow Him to use me. Thanks for sharing this on Grace and Truth…another fantastic post!

    1. Aimee, thanks so much for your words of encouragement. How sweet that you witnessed God working just this morning! Amazing things happen when we wait on Him, don’t you think? 🙂

  6. That is my favorite time of the day, too, Alison, and like you it is not something I am willing to give up. Actually, if I don’t have that time my day just doesn’t go quite right.

    Thanks for sharing this post at the #GraceMoments Link up!

    1. I’m with you, Dawn. My day always feels a bit ‘off’ if I haven’t spent time waiting and listening for the Lord!

  7. BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you for this!! So perfect and right on time.
    I will read this each day as a reminder! Keep growing closer to him!

  8. Great post Allison! This is definitely something I’m working on adding to my time with the Lord and I love the tips you’ve shared here. So encouraging.

  9. This is absolutely something I want and need to do more. I have been able to develop the habit of getting up earlier and having my quiet time, which I love. But I still struggle with just waiting on God. I want to be reading or praying or listening, as you said. Thanks for this encouragement.

    1. Thanks, Ester. I think it’s a continual process for the rest of our time here on earth. I still haven’t “arrived” in this area yet, but the daily process of waiting on the Lord brings such a sense of peace and His presence. Keep on waiting! 🙂

  10. Thank you so much for this reminder!
    For a while now, I’ve wondered why I feel extremely antsy or unsatisfied by the time I finish my quiet time with God.
    You helped me realize that I’ve skipped the “be still” part. I haven’t been patient or waited for God to have His say in my quiet time.
    I know now what I need to work on!
    Thanks for posting 🙂 Your blog is so encouraging to me, and I always have something new to ponder when I’m done reading 🙂

    1. Thanks, Abigail, for such a nice comment. The being still part of my morning devotions doesn’t always come easily, but I do love sitting in the presence of God. I hope being patient & still blesses your quiet times as well.

  11. I am really trying to have quiet time with God and waiting on Him, but I find my mind wandering to a variety of things. Do you completely empty your mind when having quiet time and any tips on how to accomplish that? I am also finding it hard determining how to receive messages from God. As soon as I feel I am led to a scripture I start doubting whether it is from God or a coincidence. Also determining whether God really sent someone or whether it is a false prophet. I am going through a tough time at the moment and there is one person who claims God placed it in his heart to speak to me. He seems to have good intentions, but keeps putting down anything that I feel was a message from God that is in line with what I am praying for. It is like he is promoting the exact opposite that I am praying about and telling me that God won’t answer me because I am praying wrong. It is actually causing me lots of confusion and stress that I am not a good enough Christian as God is speaking to him and not to me.

    1. These are deep thoughts and questions, my friend! I will say that it is incredibly difficult to empty my mind completely during my Bible-reading. I would love to be totally focused all of the time, but that’s not a reality – definitely not in this world! I do my best by turning off electronics, ignoring calls or texts, and sitting in a comfortable place. And I also pray for a focused, clear, present mind.

      As for the questions about the person speaking into your life, I believe that you know your situation and your relationship with God best. It’s not wrong to listen to the opinions of others – and God does use people to speak to us, I believe. But God is not the author of confusion, so if you feel confused, maybe it’s time to shut out all voices and spend time alone with the Lord for a while. 🙂

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