Sunday, 20 September 2015

The Quiet Time Basket

So many things have been changing and happening around here lately, that I haven't found the time to be able to sit down and write a single thing! I've missed you all and missed writing here in this little space! With that being said, I would like to share with you a little something practical that has given me a 'boost' in my times with the Lord. 

My husband and I enjoyed a lengthy conversation the other night about habits. We talked about healthy ones, unhealthy ones and new ones that we would like to create. We realised that we're all creating habits each and every day, whether we notice them or not, and whether we intentionally choose to or not.

So, if habits are formed regardless, isn't is much wiser to choose healthy ones in the first place? 
To focus on what we spend our time on, what we read, listen to etc, and make sure that we are choosing that which is good? Time is being spent every second of every day; time that is irreplaceable. Habits are formed each day, and unhealthy ones are hard to break.

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. Duet 30:19

I want to choose life. We must choose life!

In my day to day life I want to deliberately choose the healthy habit of spending time with the Lord. Of praying, giving thanks, reading His word, journaling, keeping a thankful list and so on. Putting all the materials together for these activities makes it so much easier for me to keep this healthy habit. Anything to make habit forming easier, right?

Enter the Quiet Time Basket.

What is that you ask? It's very simple. It's a basket that I picked up from a local garage sale (for 50c) that I have filled with all my essential quiet time materials so that it's really easy to grab it in the morning (with my cup of coffee of course) and head outside for some time with my precious Saviour.

Here's what's in my Quiet Time Basket ...

  • My Bible
  • Highlighters
  • Pens
  • Lead Pencils and colouring pencils
  • My journal
  • My thankful journal
  • a small tin of solid watercolour paints and brushes
  • rubber and sharpener
  • fine tip coloured felt pens
  • the book that I'm currently reading

What I really enjoy about this is that it's something that's so simple, but it's effects are so good for the soul! And if I have a spare few minutes throughout the day, I can just grab it again and off I go! How easy is that?!

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Phil 4:8.

I pray you all have a beautiful week choosing to spend time with the Lord!


  1. Good on you. I was in a good habit a few weeks ago, but a few days of business and suddenly all my good habit forming seems to have fallen to the wayside. And with holidays coming up, getting quiet time is going to be even harder. I shall persevere though! :)
    Also, just a gentle reminder to link a new post to IBOT :)

    1. Thanks Jess, good habits are hard to stick to that's for sure! I hope you have some beautiful quiet times, even during the holidays! :)

  2. Good idea. I just use my bible holder.

  3. This is a lovely idea! I really like baskets anyway, and it would be nice to have a separate one to put my quiet time things in, as I have been getting into the habit of having mine first thing in the living room, before the children are up. Thank you for sharing this :-)

    1. Hi Gwen! It is really handy to have it all in one easy carry basket. I hope you keep enjoying your quiet times, thanks for visiting! :)

  4. Great idea!! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  5. Hello, and thank you for linking up at The Loft. We are so glad you joined us. I love your idea of a Quiet Time Basket. To have everything you need for your quiet time in one beautiful basket is awesome. Thank you so much for the idea. Hope you can join us again.

    1. Hi Leah, thanks so much for visiting and I'm glad you found this post helpful. Have a great week!


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