Women Wielding The Word: Heather Pace

I have a tendency to complicate things. My devotional life is no exception. Sometimes I just need a good reminder of what matters most to bring me back to the basics.

Women Wielding The Word

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Heather Pace strips away the complexities of daily devotions with 4 practical tips to keep in mind. Don’t complicate it. Just do it.

4 Simple Tips for Daily Devotions

Bible reading and prayer… it’s the meat and potatoes of the Christian life. Although honestly, I don’t eat a lot of meat and potatoes, so maybe that’s a bad analogy. The point is: A daily devotion time is a basic necessity for a healthy Christian life. It’s the backbone of spiritual growth. It’s what grounds our daily perspective, and keeps our eyes fixed on eternal things (Psalm 119:36-37). I need it, you need it, we all need it.

I am sure you’ve found methods and tools to help your quiet time (as we often call it); here are 4 simple thoughts that have helped mine:

# 1 Fight for it!

There’s always a reason to push aside quality prayer and Bible time. If it’s not school and homework, it’s a busy work season, or a demanding ministry schedule, or the craziness of raising children, or a tired body, or just a lack in discipline. How often we’ve all thought, “In the near future, it will get easier, and then I will prioritize my spiritual disciplines.” And I imagine we’ve all realized that the magical season never arrives.

When it comes down to it, if we want to have good daily quiet times, we have to buckle down and fight for it! Of course, we rely on God’s strength to do so, but still, we’ve got to decide that today is the day our time with God will become the priority it should be.

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#2 Get accountability.

Accountability is key. We might have good intentions but following through is another story. I know for me accountability is especially crucial for the long haul! There may be a season in which I’m able to maintain a good routine, but eventually it gets harder, and that’s when the benefit of accountability kicks in. That’s when iron really sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17).

Practically speaking, I have found it extremely helpful to have a friend (or 2) that I text each day. I don’t give a minute-by-minute report of my quiet time. I just check in to let them know I accomplished my goals for the day. (Sometimes it’s as simple as sending a particular emoji that’s code for “I did it!”). And I expect my friend to lovingly nudge me when those texts don’t keep coming in.

#3 Switch it up.

Getting in a routine rut is never helpful for quiet times, so I like to switch things up. The switch can be as simple as a different room or chair. Sometimes I like to read my Bible on a phone app so I can digitally highlight and organize my highlights into categories. But then again sometimes I like the old-school hard copy Bible. I often use a Bible memorization app, as well as an app that organizes prayers. But writing things out is often helpful too. I like prayer walks, or I like typing up my prayers. Basically, it’s all good stuff.

Find what works well, get creative when you aren’t as fully engaged as you should be, and keep going one way or another!

#4 Be actively involved in ministry.

Initially ministry might sound unrelated to devotion time. However, ministry is one of the most powerful motivations for staying grounded in spiritual disciplines. When you know someone is looking to you, learning from you, being held accountable by you, you’ll want to stay a couple of spiritual steps ahead. Ministry forces you to know God’s word better and to live it out more. Not to mention, teaching God’s word in any capacity will get you in your Bible more and get you to depend on prayer more.

All that to say, if you want a good quiet time, meaningful ministry at your church will benefit your quiet time. I know it has for mine.

Whether you think of your devotion time as the meat and potatoes of the Christian life, or maybe you’ll join me in thinking of it as the necessary coffee and chocolate of life, either way, let’s keep prioritizing this daily and essential habit!

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Heather Pace

Heather Pace has been married to her favorite person since 2004, and has been a pastor’s wife since 2005. She lives in Southern California where she spends her days partnering with her husband in ministry, raising her 4 daughters, and doing lots of domestic stuff. She loves God’s word, she loves teaching God’s word, and she loves writing about the practical matters of Christian living. You can connect with Heather on her blog: Truth4Women.com. Or you can find her on FacebookInstagram, or Pinterest

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24 thoughts on “Women Wielding The Word: Heather Pace”

  1. These are great ideas for establishing a daily time in God’s word, Heather! Most days I stick to one particular routine and setting, but I will say, I love going for a walk in the woods to pray. That’s something that really helps me to feel close to God and, like you’ve said, keeps my routine from getting into a rut. Thank you, Jana, for sharing Heather’s helpful insights with us! I’ll be pinning it for sure!

    • Thanks Beth! (And thanks Jana for allowing me to be a part of your sweet blog). A prayer walk in the woods sounds wonderful—nothing like being in creation to get our eyes more fixed on how big the God we’re talking to really is!

    • I can totally relate to you, Beth. Being out in nature always brings me to a place of heartfelt worship as I stand in wonder at God’s gorgeous creation. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hey Heather!
    You mentioned an “app” for “organizing prayers.” Would you mind sharing that with me, please and thank you!

  3. I love these suggestions. When I know I am going to be in an especially busy time, I schedule some time for prayer and meditation on my phone calendar. If it’s there, I do it!

    • I totally get that, Laurie. For many seasons of my life, I’ve found it extremely helpful to actually put it into the calendar. It might not work well for everyone, but it certainly does for me! Thanks for adding to this conversation!

  4. Heather thank you for this encouraging post! I especially love your 4 points and accountability is tops for me! It’s so helpful to have someone point-blank ask how your daily walk with God is going! Tweeted and pinned. Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

  5. Great post and suggestions. I especially related to this: “However, ministry is one of the most powerful motivations for staying grounded in spiritual disciplines.” When I became an adult bible study teacher, I really amped up being in the word consistently. Like you said, there’s nothing like knowing people are looking up to you to set the pace to keep you on track.

    I also agree wholeheartedly that you have to FIGHT for prayer and bible reading time. The enemy likes nothing better than to make us believe skipping today won’t hurt!

    • Thanks Jerralea! Yes, good point, it’s far too easy to think just skipping “today” won’t hurt… but how slippery that slope gets in the days to follow when we don’t fight for it each day.

  6. Heather, thanks for sharing such a powerful and encouraging post. I just finished writing “Principles of Spiritual Warfare” and it simply starts and ends in the Secret Place (behind closed doors). So your post is “stop on”. Again thank you.

  7. Very helpful tips! I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, as I am in the process of “switching it up” myself! I resonate most with the encouragement to Fight for it! It IS a battle. MAKING the time for what’s important is key, but it sure doesn’t come easily.. Thank you for these practical tools. 🙂

  8. Really enjoyed this Heather and Jana! Especially loved your first tip- fight for it. That is so accurate. It seems difficult to begin a consistent devotional time but once that happens, few would ever give it up. Well done! Happy to share on facebook and twitter!


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