I know you’ve seen it on Instagram or Facebook.
A picture of someone with her Bible, prayer journal, and beautiful mug of (probably hot) coffee. Yup…she’s having the perfect morning quiet time.
And you? Well, maybe you’re like a lot of women I talk to. They don’t share this with everyone, but…they don’t have a regular morning quiet time (cue record scratch).
Some are ashamed. Others are simply frustrated that it’s so hard to maintain this practice given their other responsibilities.
If you struggle to consistently have a morning quiet time too, then I need you to hear this:
A quiet time is a spiritual habit, not your spiritual life.
You can worship, love, and honor God regularly with other spiritual practices.
Quiet times are awesome. They can fill us up and point us toward God as we start the day. But we also need habits that keep us connected to God throughout the day. For that reason, it’s important not to elevate quiet times over other practices.
Ready to consider other spiritual habits? Here are three that are perfect for women with full plates.
HABIT #1: REDEEMING DEAD TIME
Redeeming time is taking moments that usually get filled with non-essentials and turning them into God encounters.
You may have known dead time in your day, like when you wait in rush hour traffic. You might also have unexpected dead time when a meeting gets cancelled, or a doctor’s office wait is long.
The key to transforming dead time into spiritual time is preparation. Travel with a prayer journal, Bible app, or Christian book. This makes it easier to turn to God instead of social media scrolling.
I love this practice because it truly transforms the mundane into something inspiring, encouraging, or life changing.
HABIT #2: FASTING
A fast is removing something you have an appetite for so that you can see that God is what you really need. Biblical fasting is typically from food to devote time to prayer. That obviously a good model for our fasts.
However, Western culture is full of comforts we seek instead of God. So, you can fast by removing anything that takes over your thoughts and time (chocolate, online shopping, etc.).
Fasting keep us constantly connected to God. Each time we get a craving for the comfort we’re abstaining from, we can acknowledge God and pray.
There’s no right length for a fast. You could fast a few hours, a day, or multiple days.
I’ve had seasons where I’ve fasted from sweets one day a week. I’ve also seen people abstain from tech devices on weeknights to create space for God.
The key is finding a rhythm for fasting that keeps you focused on God, not rules or the thing you’re fasting from.
HABIT #3: BUILDING A FIXED “HOUR” PRACTICE
A fixed “hour” practice is similar to a quiet time in that it’s a planned moment in your day. But, it can happen at anytime and be done in as little as one minute. That one minute thing makes it simple to adopt.
To begin, choose something that opens you up to God. It could be prayer, silence, or maybe Scripture reading. Then look at the typical pattern of your day. Ask, where can I pause and invest a few moments in my relationship with God?
It might be an actual time like 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Or it might be at rhythmic time of day like after you pour milk on your cereal or put your toddler down for a nap.
The point is to simply create a regular rhythm for noticing God in a busy day.
I’ve applied this practice by taking what I call mug pause. Each morning, I sit on my couch with a mug of (sometimes hot) coffee. I don’t do this at a specific time on the clock. I do it right after my husband and kids leave for school. I simply breath and connect with God. Sometimes I pray. Sometimes I’m quiet. Either way, it reminds me that life is not always about doing. I can just be with God.
There are hundreds of ways to connect with God. Instead of worrying about one that isn’t working in this season, find a practice that does work. We’d love to help. Just download our Spiritual Habits Builder below.
Your time with God doesn’t have to be Instagram worthy to count. So just connect with him!