By Ashtyn Washington
In 2019, I published a blog post about my morning routine and how I spend more time with Jesus while balancing being a full-time college student, having an internship, writing for my blog, and trying to maintain a social life. That has been one of my most popular blog posts to date.
Now that I have graduated from college, and work from home, I thought that I should update you guys and share what my quiet time routine looks like now.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below! I would love to hear what you guys include in your morning routine as well!
My 2020 Morning + Quiet Time Routine
WAKE UP - 8:00 AMSHOWER + MAKE COFFEEBIBLE STUDY - 8:30 AM
By 8:30 AM, I am usually ready to start my quiet time. I think it’s important that you are fully awake when you are getting ready to spend time with God, which is why I try . to wake myself up by showering, brushing my teeth, and getting my coffee before I start my quiet time. I like to also set the atmosphere before I open my Bible. So I usually light a candle, turn on my gospel playlist, and say a quick prayer.
Usually, my bible study consists of reading one to two chapters of whatever book of the bible I’m in. I’m currently reading Numbers. I read the chapter a few times, and highlight and jot down notes in my Bible. After I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of what I’ve read, I then pull out my Bible Study Journal and write down a quick summary of the chapter, as well as the things I learned and how I’m going to apply them to my daily life.
Then, I try to remember to read my bible study plans in the Youversion bible app. I don’t get to these every single day, but I do make sure to read my actual Bible every day. The plans I’m currently reading are Dangerous Prayers and Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional.
PRAYER + WORSHIP - 9:30 AM
Typically, I spend about an hour just studying the Bible and really trying to walk away with a firm understanding of what I have read in the chapter for that day. After my bible study time, I then spend time in praise and worship. Lastly, I pray over my day and over what I read for that day. I usually write down my prayers in my prayer journal, but I have also been trying to get used to praying aloud, so sometimes I walk throughout my house praying as well. I usually pray and worship God for about 30 minutes.
So my quiet time generally lasts from 8:30 to 10 am. I didn’t want this post to just be about me and my morning routine, so I wanted to share some tips to help you develop your morning routine!
Tips for a Successful Morning Routine
COMMIT TO YOUR MORNING ROUTINE BEFORE YOU START
My number one tip for developing a morning routine is actually committing to the carrying out of your morning routine. It can be hard to go from rolling out of the bed at the last minute to waking up hours before you need to. The only way that you’re going to be successful in your routine is to make a decision from the beginning that you’re going to stick to it.
CHARGE YOUR PHONE AWAY FROM YOU OR USE AN ALARM CLOCK
Another tip for a successful morning routine is to charge your phone away from you or use an alarm clock. I suggest this because it can be easy to press snooze when your phone or alarm clock is right next to you. If you have to get up to turn off your alarm you are less likely to get back in bed. Secondly, if you use an alarm clock you can jump right into your morning routine without being tempted to spend time scrolling on social media, checking emails, or responding to messages.
MAKE PRAYER AN INTENTIONAL PART OF YOUR ROUTINE
I mention this as a tip because it can be so easy to pray as you’re running out of the door or on your morning commute, but it’s important to be intentional about prayer. Make time to actually sit down and converse with God so that you can hear from Him.