Many years ago when I first became a follower of Christ I had to pray and read my bible in secret. I was in high school at the time and my mother was very hostile towards my new faith. She was so hostile at first that she wouldn't even let me have a bible. I know that may be hard for some people to believe, but it's the truth.
As a result of that, my friend Gail, who was the one who shared the gospel with me, she was able to smuggle me a bible and give it to me at school. I'll never forget that day because we met before school, in the library and her gift to me of the bible, was almost like how you may picture a secret drug deal in the underworld.
After I received the bible, I would read it every chance I got, which meant that I would read it at home where my mother was not a fan. In fact, the bible to my mother was worst than pornography. I think she would've preferred me to actually have porn over the bible...and no, I'm not kidding.
Since I couldn't freely read the bible in the open, I would get up every morning at 5 AM and have my secret quiet time before my mom woke up and anyone else in the family would be up. Fortunately, being the only girl in the home, I had my own private bedroom.
Fast forward 30 years and here I am again in the midst of trying to find the opportune time to have a devotional time. You may think it would be easy with just a husband and animals, but the truth is, it's not! LOL...
I have three very different animals who have specific needs and I'm telling you, trying to get any privacy with these animals can be difficult. It's like having a little farm inside my house and while you may think it's easy to just go in a private room and shut the door... Ah... not so much. I have a cat who meows like crazy in the morning, until he's fed. Even after he's fed, he likes to talk... A LOT...
I have one very clingy bichon (Grover) who is my shadow and wherever I am, he's there. Meanwhile I have my older bichon, (Tug) who isn't as clingy but he's still there. You may think it's easy to have one bichon in the room with the other one on the other side of the door, but it's not. It's partly pathetic and also partly humorous.
Then of course, I have my husband who will leave me alone, but I actually prefer to be in the home all alone when I have my quiet time because I like pray outloud. He's not the type that does that, but I am, so in order to have a quiet time where I can actually talk to the Lord in my prayer time, I have to whisper. I KNOW.... LOL.... it's not a horrible thing, but it's not all that natural for me.
The key to a quiet time is to remember this... it won't be quiet. I'm thinking that maybe I can just call it my time with the Lord. Because in a way, that's what it is.
It's like, "Hey Lord... psttt... here's what I'm thinking.... hold on a sec, I have to let the other dog in now..."
The good news is that God is happy regardless of the way time is spent with Him, just as long as you spend time with Him. He's always there anyway, so don't stress it. I'm telling me that, not you, as I'm sure your quiet time is perfect. ;)