How To Make Your Quiet Time Meaningful

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Make your quiet time meaningful with these 5 tips

Sometimes when we set out to have a quiet time with the Lord, things don’t go as planned and we’re left feeling empty. We didn’t get out of it what we thought we would.

This is a good time to evaluate what you’re doing during your quiet time. Sometimes all God asks is that we show up. So, if we’re not meeting Him there, it won’t be fulfilling.

How do we meet Him in our secret place? What elements make it meaningful?

Obviously there are some things we need to take action on. But God is quite simple. Just show up. By showing up, I don’t mean to only get up early for God. You need to actually meet with Him. Don’t grab a book or hop on the computer and call that your quiet time.

Meeting with God requires that you bring your mind into submission to focus that time with Him. So, you could have all the “right plans” to get up, get coffee, journal, and pray out–yet your heart still be far from Him. All because you didn’t bring your heart and mind into submission to focus on Him.

We could read the Bible, pray, worship and still be far from God. If we only focus on the words we say, not the words He says, we miss Him. If we focus on all our wants and not His desires, we miss Him. If we focus on all the things we’re doing and not what He did, we completely miss Him.

He has created us all unique and sometimes this plays a factor into how we connect with Him. For some it’s done best through song. For others, they connect with Him through writing or painting or running. But these are merely tools, and not required to meet with God. Take all these away and God still remains.

The question is – will we continue seeking Him without the comforts of our gifts? We must understand what it means to connect with God. And at times that requires laying everything aside and it just being us and Him.

So, if your goal is to always meet with Him on your terms, you’re going to have some rare, less than meaningful times with Jesus.

When we miss our “planned/scheduled” time with Him in the morning, do we just leave it at that? Or do we rearrange our agenda to make up that missed time?

If this scenario happens consistently, and we consistently miss time with Jesus and are rarely filled to full,  it’s harder to come to Jesus when we’re emptied. Often, that emptiness fills up with shame. The goal is to not allow ourselves to become that empty.

So, how do you make your quiet time meaningful?

1. Have a plan.

You will get nowhere if you don’t have some kind of direction. However, be prepared for the Holy Spirit to lead you away from your plan. But if we aim for nothing, we’ll hit it every time.

2. Have all your tools in one place.

Your Bible, journal, highlighter, pencil/pen, and anything else you will need during this time. You don’t want to be constantly getting up to find items and waste this precious time with the Lord.

3. Focus more in His word than in the wisdom of men (or other books).

That’s not to say other books or men don’t carry wisdom beyond our own understanding. But we should always go to His word first and pray for understanding and discernment. Discernment is just a fancy word for

4. Submit your mind and emotions to God.

Don’t just ask for a bunch of things. I mean, I know we all need strength and wisdom from God. But, sometimes our quiet time needs to be a place to empty ourselves so He can fill us. Sometimes, this requires that we be still and just wait on Him.

5. Walk away with something to meditate on.

When we take a truth away from our time and carry it with us throughout the day, turning it over in our head and praying it into our heart, it helps us believe and understand that truth and make it grow into fruition in our lives.


  1. I can totally relate with this.  I meet with God ever morning, yet more than once I’ve felt like He wasn’t really there with me.  He was, of course, but I think it’s that I didn’t enter into our time together with my mind and heart focused on Him.  I was tired and stressing about my busy schedule for the day.  The truth is none of that matters.  God is all I need and the sooner I surrender myself (body and mind) to Him when I’m seeking His presence, the more powerfully I’ll feel it.   Thanks for the beautiful reminder.  :)


  2. Thank you for sharing this. Sometimes I don’t submit my whole self because I feel I really don’t have the time. I’m always rushed it seems no matter what time I get up. Things are starting to get better in that area a little bit because my children are getting a little more responsible around the house, thank Jesus. I really appreciated what you said. Thanks.

  3. Anonymous says:

    we do a lot of family devotions here, we read from the bible after each meal, we pray and sing together… our quiet  time is no so quiet, we love to share and talk about what we have read… try to learn how to apply it to our life etc :-)

    • Yep, we do all of those things, too and they are so important. But that time for myself and God alone is soo important too.
      Funny, yesterday I wrote about living out loud. Today–the secret place. :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’ll be sharing this with my Bible study group, thanks! This last year I have truly come to a place of craving my time in the Word…I know when I haven’t stopped long enough to listen to Him.

  5. Chelsey Hall says:

    Christin – what a great reminder. I love this. I’ve been asking myself these questions for a while. I have a  study I am going through as part of my quiet time, but I realized that it was only “part”. And that the other part – I dare say the most important part – was making sure to spend time in prayer and lots of it and reading His Word – not as part of a study, but just reading it to really hear if He had anything He wanted to say to me or learn. And sometime He’s quiet and doesn’t show me anything new, but those are the days, when I just drink Him in even more.   Beautiful words to today!

    Thanks, too, for linking up with me at Koinonia Thursday’s!!!

    • Amen Chelsey. One reason I struggle with getting into studies that aren’t simply reading the Bible is because I feel like sometimes it’s such a reduction of what God has for me. Like it puts Him in a box. I would rather drink in His word and learn that way.

      And I know everyone is different on how they learn. I just like to soak up God’s Word rather than read what someone else has gleaned from it and try to apply that to MY life.
      It won’t mean the same thing to me as it did to the person writing the study simply because our experiences and needs are so different. Does that make sense? LOL

      Good thoughts and thank you so much for stopping by!


  6. I so appreciate your post today.  I’ve been desiring to have meaningful quiet time and more often than not, fall short (not getting up early enough, only coming to Him with my list, etc etc).  Thanks for sharing… ;-)

  7. Tonight for date night my husband and I started with quiet time together!  We find that this time along and together with God is so powerful! 

  8. Great points! Thank you for sharing. What a great reminder. It’s easy to “go through the motions,” but we should remember to focus on Him! <3

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