We all live such busy and noisy lives. Being married adds a certain amount of busyness and noise to our lives. Making sure we are taking care of ourselves and those of our husbands’. Then when you add kids to the mix, our busyness and the noise levels go up a few notches. I know in my house the only time it is quiet is when my girls are asleep or not home. In addition to our personal lives, we also live in a very busy and noisy world. With so much going on in our lives and in the world around us, it is so important to make sure we are getting some time away from all the busyness and noise. Getting away from the noise allows us to not only practice better self-care, but also allows us to clear our minds. We often need to tidy our minds of clutter as much, if not more, than our homes. I have discovered three very important reasons why we all need quiet time.
1) Quiet Time Allows You To Just Be Still
I don’t know about you, but there are days when I feel like from the minute my feet touch the ground in the morning I am on the go. Whether it is taking my girls to school, one of many practices, running errands, going to the gym, church, and the list could go on and on. Then by the time the day is over and my girls are in bed, I’m exhausted. God wants us to live abundant lives, not exhausted ones.
Being still is not only important for our mental and physical well-being, but also our relationship with God. When we are still, we can reflect on all the blessings God has bestowed on us. We have the time and opportunity to be grateful and thankful to God for it all. We are also able to not focus so much on our next to-do, but be grateful for the here and now. Our to-dos may be important, but so is the here and now.
2) Quiet Time Helps To Build Your Relationship with God
A relationship is a two-way street. God wants us to seek Him, pray to Him, and worship Him. Yet that is not all, He also wants us to listen to Him.
Having quiet time allows us to hear from Him. God can speak to us in so many ways, yet one of the most powerful ways is through His Word. Taking the time daily to have quiet time with God and His Word will grow your relationship with Him. We all want to hear from God more, yet it is up to us most of the time to just listen.
3) Quiet Time Helps You To Find Clarity
This goes hand in hand with building your relationship with God.
We are so often, for me daily, seeking God for clarity, discernment, wisdom, and understanding on different things and in different areas of our lives. The answers to many of our prayers can be found by just sitting down and having quiet time with God and His Word. We often make things more complicated then they need to be. Allowing God and His Word to shine light on the different things and areas of our lives, can often take the complex and make it simple. Providing the clarity were are seeking.
When you choose to have your quiet time is totally up to you. I prefer early in the morning while my girls are still sleeping and the house is quiet. Yet the time you do is not as important as just finding the time have it. Having quiet time so you can be still, draw closer to God, and to find clarity are three awesome reasons to clear some time on your schedule. Clearing this time so you can have time to clear your mind is tidying at it’s finest.
I’d love to know how you spend your quiet time in the comments!