How to Structure a Fruitful Quiet Time

    Do you find yourself nodding off during your quiet time or getting bored with the same routine? Every Christian runs into a devotional dry spell now and then. A fruitful quiet time requires attention and diligence, both of which are hard to maintain. Here are some ideas for structuring a fruitful devotional time so you get the most out of God’s Word.


    1. Set a time that works with your schedule and sleep patterns. While I do think it’s ideal to start your day in the Word—it prepares your mind for the choices and decisions ahead of you for the next 24 hours—some people just can’t keep their eyes open in the morning! If the difference between a successful and unsuccessful quiet time is changing the time of day that you study, by all means do so! Find a time in your schedule that allows you to pay full attention to the text. It doesn’t need to be the same time each day; you could do your devotions in the morning on weekends and in the evening on weekdays. It’s better to actually spend time in the Word and in prayer than to agonize about when to do it!

    2. Cater your quiet time to your learning style. Not everyone’s devotional time will look the same. If you’re an auditory learner, you may learn the Word better by listening to the Bible read aloud rather than simply reading the passage. You should never neglect reading the Bible itself, but if you’re studying a particular passage, consider rotating an audiobook of the chapter with actually reading a printed version. If you’re a visual learner, try Bible journaling or drawing in conjunction with your study time. Incorporate worship music if it helps you become more in tune with the text you’re reading. Take notes to improve retention. There are many ways you can make your quiet time productive by catering it to your personality and learning style.

    3. Keep it interesting. We tend to get into a rut with our devotions, thinking our process has to look like everyone else’s or that it has to follow a particular model. Changing up your quiet time will make you eager to get to it each day, which will in turn increase your attention span and retention. Need ideas? Try the following:

    • Make a devotional basket. My own quiet-time basket contains a Bible dictionary, a concordance, several commentaries, journals, gel pens in dozens of colors, highlighters and several different Bible versions. I loved putting it together, and I love using it even more! Put together your own basket with the things you’ll need for Bible study. Personalize it to your tastes and put it where you’ll see it each day. I like to make my coffee right before sitting down—the coffee motivates me to actually do my devotions, and the basket guarantees I’ll have everything I need on hand.
    • Change up your reading plan. If you’re locked into a chronological reading plan that is just becoming routine, it might be time to try something new. While I’m a big fan of reading through the Bible in a year (it’s what I’m currently doing!), if it’s becoming routine to you, find a different plan. Try reading a book of the Bible you’ve never read before. Do a word study. Most of all, be reading the Scripture for yourself—not just for someone else’s interpretation. This means going through a book of the Bible itself rather than depending on a devotional for your quiet time.
    • Get a commentary. Rather than using a devotional book and supplementing with Scripture, start with Scripture and supplement with a commentary. Commentaries are written by theologians. These books focus on specific books of the Bible and explain what the passages mean. This is an effective way to understand Scripture, particularly the literary and historical contexts.

    4. Find accountability. Finally, if you’re struggling to make quiet time a habit, find a friend who can hold you accountable! Meet monthly or weekly to discuss what you’re learning or text each other verses throughout the week. Going through a book of the Bible together can bring you closer as friends (or as a couple, if it’s your boyfriend) and will motivate you to do your devotions each day.


    What are your ideas for a fruitful quiet time? Tell us in the comments below!

    Phylicia Masonheimer
    Phylicia Masonheimer
    Phylicia Masonheimer is an author and speaker teaching women how to discern what is true, discuss the deep stuff, and accomplish God's will for their specific lives. She holds a B.S. in Religion from Liberty University, where she met her husband, Josh, and now lives in northern Michigan with her two daughters, Adeline and Geneva.


    1. For my quiet time, I explore and study the Bible using Logos bible sofeware. I also use the “” app on my ipad. If you choose the dramitized Bible, it will read out loud the Bible using different voices for different characters. They also add music and sound effects. It has truly brought the Bible to life for me. I love using that app so much because I understand the Bible better. But make sure you turn off notifications or else you will get distracted.

    2. I never really had a good “fruitful quiet time” before but I’m going to say what I would like to expect from it.
      1. A nice clean space that is surrounding me.
      2. Worship music or calm music in the background so I can keep my focus on the word during that time.
      3. No electronics surrounding me except for a kindle (Kindle fires have quiet time settings on the tablets so nothing will disturb you)
      4. Lastly, a cup of coffee or tea in a cheerful cup!
      Thank you for posting this, I really needed it.
      -Love Sydney

    3. While I agree that you should read the Word on its own, I wouldn’t completely do away with devotionals. I’ve read some very convicting and timely devotions throughout my life. Not everyone is at the level/in a season of doing in-depth study with a Strong’s Concordance and various commentaries. Just a thought.

    Project Inspired

    Hey there, welcome to Project Inspired. We're here to inspire you to know that God created you for a wonderful purpose. We are a community of believers who love God. You have gifts and talents from God that are unique to you, and we're here to guide you along the way.

    Read On

    4 Free Workout Apps to Help You Get Healthy From Home

    Do you want to pick up some new healthy habits but can't ever seem to find the time? You're not alone! But even if...

    How to Use Social Media for Good: 5 Tips

    Whether we want it to be or not, I would say that social media is no doubt going to continue being a part of...

    A Child’s Right to Life

    Our country is in the middle of a battle between abortion activists and the horrors of killing unborn children, and the many people and...

    Catch the Latest on TikTok and Instagram Reels!

    I’ve been having a lot of fun lately sharing videos on TikTok and Instagram Reels. There’s no doubt that social media can sometimes be...

    3 Important Lessons From Switched Every Girl Needs To Hear

    The reviews are in and Switched is a must-see movie for fall! This film is full of laughs and Freaky Friday-esque fun. But it...


    Stay connected with Project Inspired.