I am not a morning person. I never have been and likely never will be. In fact, I regularly joke that I come alive at 8pm. It is my primetime.

Just this week I Instagrammed this:

I share this with you to say that having a morning devotional time or quiet time has never been ‘easy’ for me. Because, well, morning.

But recently I discovered that I was going all day consuming words online, reading encouragement and verses and all this great stuff, but never once opening His Word and reading the Bible for myself.

Maybe you can relate? It wasn’t an issue of His words not pouring in. But I’d go through my day and never once sit down and sit still, asking Him to be the One pouring. Instead I was filling up from tweets and lettered verses on my Instagram feed.

I’m a visual learner and so I figured I’d try something super simple, never planning to share it anywhere because who likes to embarrassingly admit that they’ve been struggling to sit down and have time with Jesus?

one super simple and easy way to remember to read the Bible every day ... why have I never thought of this?

But it worked. That one simple little change totally worked. So I figured if there’s any place I could share and risk embarrassment online, it would be with my Table friends. I wasn’t planning to share anywhere else, but I received so many responses commenting how easy (!) and simple (!) and game changing (!) that one change could be for those emailing…  and so hey, here I am embarrassing myself all over again:

“Okay. So I have something to share that is so simple you will once and for all think I’m dumb. But I don’t even care because IT IS GAME CHANGING for me.

Here’s the thing about the Internet – it never sleeps.

Here’s the thing about my job – it revolves around the Internet.

And so it’s really easy for me to open my eyes in the morning and then immediately open up my computer. But I found myself consistently getting to the end of my day and finding that although I had read countless verses in blog posts and on social media, I hadn’t actually opened my Bible.

one super simple and easy way to remember to read the Bible every day ... why have I never thought of this?

So I started doing this thing. It is so simple I’m actually embarrassed to tell you.

Right before going to sleep at night, I place my Bible on top of my closed laptop.

That’s it. That’s the trick. And it totally works. For me to do any of my work for the day, I have to literally set the Bible aside. I’m a visual learner, and when I actually see what I’m doing – choosing work over time with Him – it plain stops me in my tracks.

I don’t know if that’s something you struggle with in the morning, and I don’t have any sort of pretty graphic to go with this little blurb, but I’m telling you – it works for me.

Some actual resources that might help that I really enjoy are She Reads Truth and IF:Equip. I love that when I open up my email after opening up the Word, I find the Word there, too.

Alright. Embarrassing little tidbit over.”

Yep. That’s it.

Just… that. Placing my Bible on top of my computer. I have to literally go through the Word to get to my job. I’ve switched to removing my computer from my desk and replacing it with my Bible each night. It’s one of the last things I do before bed.

Maybe for you it looks like memorizing Bible verses taped to your mirror as you get ready in the morning. Maybe it means listening to the Bible on audio as you drive to work or placing the Bible in front of your bedroom door so you can’t leave without picking it up. I don’t know. All I can tell you is that this – it works for me. I’d love to hear what works for you if you’d share with me in the comments? If you haven’t looked into SRT or IF:Equip, I’d highly recommend those. The First5 app from Proverbs31 is also a great resource!

Your quiet time doesn’t have to be fancy or Instagrammable. But we need to make sure that it happens.

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