Today is Day 3 of the 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life Challenge. If you want to jump in, go get the book at Amazon, Simple Living – 30 days to less stuff and more life.
Today, Lorilee encourages finding 10-20 minutes in your day to be quiet. I know that’s harder for some of us than others. It’s not just you being quiet, but actually finding a quiet place and being contemplative. That borders on impossible in our current living situation. However, I find quiet time even more necessary when I am going through a stressful or otherwise difficult time.
What does quiet time have to do with simple living? Everything! Minimalism, or simplicity, or whatever you want to call it, isn’t about living with the least amount of stuff possible. It’s about reducing the clutter of un-necessary stuff to give you a chance at living a fulfilling life. That looks different for everyone, and we’ll talk about that more over the next 27 days. A time of quiet gives you at least a few minutes to deflect all the incoming noise and just be alone with yourself.
Many Christians use the term “quiet time” to lump together prayer and Bible study, most often first thing in the morning. I think quiet time should be a separate discipline. Bible study involves reading, interpretation, and application. Prayer can be different depending on circumstance, but usually includes worship, requests, thanksgiving, complaining, nagging…like I said, depends on circumstances. Both prayer and Bible study are activities, and important ones that every Christian should do regularly.
However, quiet time is when you try to stop the merry-go-round of thoughts, worries, plans, arguments, etc. and just be quiet. Listen to God. He might actually have an answer to all that nagging, I mean prayer, you’ve been doing. The fog surrounding a particular situation may suddenly clear, leaving a sense of peace. Quiet time can energize your spirit when it’s running on empty.
But how do you get quiet time in a loud and busy world?
- Well, you can get up earlier than the rest of the family. The challenge is not falling back to sleep, which I have been known to do.
- Lunch is another great opportunity. As a stay-at-home, work-at-home, homeschool mom, I sometimes eat lunch alone in my room to get a few deep breaths. I often institute a mandatory 30-minute household quiet time. Everyone finds a solitary corner and rests. Toddlers who have outgrown naps don’t rest well, so I bend the rule slightly and allow coloring or a small toy.
- My favorite quiet time at the end of a crazy day is to take a hot bath with the door locked. I have trained my older kids that obnoxious knocking or pleading at the door will result in severe retribution when I emerge from my place of quiet. I ignore the little hands under the door waving at me by pulling the shower curtain closed. So, unless someone is bleeding, I can usually get about 10 minutes.
How do you practice quiet time or how do you plan to incorporate a few minutes of solitude in your day?