Several month ago I was listening to a great podcast with Pam Barnhill interviewing Jennifer Mackintosh about her Mother’s Morning Basket. While I already had some materials I used for my morning quiet time, the idea of a basket with a variety of materials really appealed to me.
So I put together a Morning Quiet Time Basket of my own.
Hopefully seeing what is included in mine may inspire you to put a basket of your own together. My morning time using materials out of my basket has become my favorite time of day.
Here is what I have in my basket.
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- My first Bible as a young Christian was the New King James Version of the MacArthur Study Bible. It is still my Bible of choice and holds a very special place in my heart. It is the Bible I read and study daily.
- My monthly devotional book while I study the book of Philippians is Experiencing God’s Peace. This is the first of Elizabeth George’s studies I have worked through and I plan to add several more to my reading next year. They are very thorough and dip deep into the meaning of Scripture.
- My Bible copywork notebook is just a plain composition notebook where I copy down sections of the Bible I am currently studying.
- My index card books: one I use for a prayer journal and one I use for truth cards that go along with my study of Taste for Truth.
- My Taste for Truth Bible Study book that I use for days when I am struggling with food. I have gone through this Bible study and finished it, but I keep it in there for the times I need a little extra encouragement. Years of dieting has been very destructive on my relationship with food, but this Bible study has helped tremendously.
- My latest book review for the blog, 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path, also by Liz Curtis Higgs (I love her writing style- it’s like sitting back and listening to a friend tell you a story).
- My current library book to read, which is The Life Giving Home. I absolutely love this book, and have decided to actually buy it so I can work through it this upcoming year, month by month. I also purchased The Lifegiving Home Experience.
Special Christmas Books
- My favorite Christmas book, The Women of Christmas. This book always puts me in right frame of mind as the rest of the world experiences Christmas craziness.
- Last year at Christmas we read Glenn Beck’s Immortal Nicholas, which was fantastic! So this year I am reading through The Christmas Sweater. Glenn Beck never disappoints as a story-teller.
- My Christmas devotional, The Greatest Gift. No one can dive into deeply spiritual matters like Ann Voskamp. I highly recommend this book if you need a Christmas devotional.
- My reading journal, which contains my commonplace journal (my favorite quotes from books I have read) and also has my list of books I have read this year.
- My Book Darts. I can’t live without them. I use this with every book I read so that I can easily come back and copy my favorite quotes in my reading journal.
And that is about all my morning quiet time basket can hold. I love that each morning can be a little bit different depending on what I choose to read or write. The time I spend using materials out of my basket can be anywhere from 15 minutes to about an hour. There are even some evenings when I take my basket out to do some reading. It’s just so flexible and enjoyable.
After the Christmas season, I will rotate in some more educational categories for reading such as history and science. I’m also planning on working my way through The Young Wives’ Guide 2018 Christian Reading Challenge. She has some great book suggestions that will definitely find their way into my basket. It’s amazing to me how much reading I was able to accomplish this year just by making my basket of books a priority.
I highly encourage you all to pull together your favorite materials and create a basket of your very own. And I’d love to hear what you put in it if put together your own morning quiet time basket.