The alarm buzzes and you crack open one eye just long enough to hit snooze. Ah, silence.
You know you should get up. For weeks you’ve been saying you want to get intentional about a morning quiet time routine. But now the alarm is off and the pillow seems cozier than ever . . .
If you can relate to this kind of morning, don’t worry. You aren’t alone.
Most of us understand what a game-changer morning quiet time can be. It gives you joy and helps you remember God is in control of all the little details. These quiet moments in the morning can set you up for a great day, but sometimes it’s just hard to follow through—especially if you’re not a morning person.
If you need a little help getting that morning routine down, don’t sweat it. Give these tips a try and watch your dream of daily quiet time become a reality.
1. Move the alarm clock.
Moving your alarm clock seems like an insignificant piece of advice, but getting out of bed is a necessary step if you want to prioritize quiet time in the morning. Most people use their phone as an alarm, but they set it right beside their bed before they go to sleep. That makes it all too easy to hit snooze and stay buried under the covers for another thirty minutes!
Instead, set yourself up for success by moving whatever device that wakes you up out of arm’s reach. Now when your alarm goes off in the morning, you have to roll out of bed to turn it off. Once you do that, you’re already up—and more likely to stay up than if you had swatted the alarm and had the opportunity to doze off again.
2. Pick one place.
Decide where you want to have your morning quiet time. What part of your house would you be happy to see each morning when you wake up? Maybe you want to sit at the dining room table and have plenty of room for your coffee mug and your journal, or perhaps you would rather curl up on the couch with a blanket and your Bible.
The important thing here is to choose one location—and stick with it. Going to the same spot each morning will help you develop a routine, which helps you form a consistent habit. So whether you want to sit in the floor of your closet or the swing on your porch, commit to go there every morning. Just make sure the spot you choose is quiet enough for you to focus and not be distracted.
God rejoices to see new works begin—even the ones that start small.
3. Study what interests you.
Your morning quiet time is your time to be with God. It doesn’t necessarily need to follow the pattern of everyone around you. That means you can pick a study that interests you or speaks to your current season of life—and not feel guilty about it. If you’re just starting to develop this morning routine, it’s even more important you select a book or study that sparks your interest.
Try exploring books of the Bible that deal with topics relating to your life or Scripture that could help you answer questions about the current state of the world. If you want to learn more about raising Godly children, find a Bible study focused on parenting. Use this time to grow closer to God, but don’t be afraid to start with topics that are near and dear to your heart.
4. Start small.
Zechariah 4:10 (NLT) says, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” Sometimes we decide to pick up a new habit and think we need to go all in—or not at all. But if you decide to start waking up an hour early and aiming to read an entire book of the Bible every morning, you set yourself up to fail.
If you’re just now easing into this new routine, don’t be afraid to start small. God isn’t interested in grading you based on how much you read, pray or journal on any given morning. Read that verse from Zechariah again. God rejoices to see new works begin—even the ones that start small.
If you feel like you’ve had trouble keeping a morning quiet time in the past, give yourself permission to start again with a clean slate. We are all works in progress—and God knows that! Once you get into the swing of things, you will treasure your quiet time more than any other part of your day. You may even start looking forward to that early morning alarm!