In my post, “How to Have Daily Devotional Time“, I share about how to create an every day, consistent devotional time. Devotional time is a huge key to growing in your faith and have a more intimate, meaningful relationship with God.
Adding another to-do item on your already filled schedule may seem impossible, but in this post, I share the simple secrets to creating a consistent routine in your devotional scripture reading. Make sure to check it out.
Okay, you’ve committed to spending time in God’s word and have decided to dedicate 10-15 minutes a day to reading and meditating on scripture, but you may feel a little lost on figuring out when to ACTUALLY have your devotional time.
Don’t worry. You are not alone!
I also struggle with scheduling in this daily task to my crazy life between working, the baby, date nights, and everything else that is demanding my energy in a given day.
You’ve also probably heard a million times that the best time to have devotional time is first thing in the morning and it’s the precedent for your day…. and blah blah blah.
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Truth be told, no set time is going to work for everyone. All of us have different schedules and demands on us. Maybe you work nights and sleep during the days. Or maybe you are so tired at night and your brain shuts off at 9 p.m.
The most important thing is spending time in God’s Word – not the time you do it at. Trust me, the Holy Spirit can show up at any time of day!
Can I get an ahem?!
I am so grateful that we serve an omnipresent, powerful God that can meet us where we are at. He cares more about your heart than at what time you are doing your devotional. All that being said, I wanted to share a couple of different times of day that are amazing opportunities to spend time in God’s word.
I know you will find one of these times the absolute BEST TIME FOR YOU to spend time in God’s word. Let’s get started.
Opportunities for Your Devotional Time
I know I just said that mornings may not be the best for everyone, but they really are for some people (not this chick, though!). If you are a stay-at-home mama or you have a very demanding day ahead, squeezing in that devotional time in the morning may be the only time you have to read your word all day.
I would recommend setting your alarm clock 30 minutes ahead of when it usually goes off- before the kids are awake or people are blowing up your phone.
Early mornings tend to be a lot quieter for most people. So if you’re an early bird, get up and start your day with God’s word.
Lunch Break or Nap time
Okay, maybe you’re like me, mornings just aren’t your thing. The whole idea of getting up any earlier sends you into a tiny little panic attack and you’re usually the person who snoozes the alarm about 3 or 4 times before actually getting up…
Your alarm list may even look like this…
Well, if that’s you- having your devotional time may be better midday. Try having your devotional time during your work lunch break or while your kids are down for a nap.
Find a quiet place where your coworkers are unlikely to walk in and just spend about 15 minutes of your lunch break digesting the word rather than your leftover pizza from last night.
Or if you’re a stay-at-home mom, try taking that opportunity during your little one’s nap to read the word and soak up as much peace as you can before you have to go back into the trenches.
Real Confession. I have tried all those other times. They kinda work for me, but I am such a night owl. My mind is so alert between the time after dinner and bed- it’s usually when I am writing these blog posts and have the absolute best concentration!
You may also be in the same boat as me. Your brain is just busy at nighttime so why not read and take in God’s word then?
I find that when I read over scripture at night, the next day I have such a better understanding of what I read. The process of actual short-term to long-term memory conversion actually happens as we rest our minds during sleep, and you’re also more likely to remember the last thing that happened during an event or day (a.k.a the recency effect). So voila! Nighttime for the win!
I hope one of these suggested times of day to have devotional time will work best for you. It definitely just takes a lot of trial and error and figuring out what works best for your learning style and journey.
But I would absolutely love to hear about your favorite time to do your devotional time or if you have a time of day that I didn’t mention in this post, feel free to share in the comments!
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