I think one of the hardest things to do these days is making time for God. We are all so busy with work, family, kids, social media, dreams and the like that it sometimes just feels impossible to squeeze one more thing in.
I recently had someone ask me to pray for her for this very thing. So, I delayed what I was going to write originally to address this issue because I felt it was important.
He is the Source of Life
Let me start off by saying that this is something that I know I deal with everyday as well. As do many of you as well.
We have the “want to” but it just never quite happens.
In my opinion, I can never spend enough time with my Lord. After all, that’s where I get new life, rejuvenation, inspiration, strength and so much more.
However, I never quite feel like I’ve been able to take enough time with him without any distractions.
God loves me so much that He died for me. He has a purpose for me and I can’t seem to make the time for him? I love spending time with God. I love him with all my heart and am so grateful for all that He has done for me and continues to do. It never seems like I can spend enough time with Him.
Salvation is Only the Beginning
One thing I am learning, however, is that He is with me all the time no matter what I am doing. I have learned and continue to learn that God wants access to every part of my life- my work, hobbies, bedroom, what I eat and put into my body. Everything.
It’s a gradual process that begins with inviting Him into your heart. But, it doesn’t stop there. That is only the beginning.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I used to think that I had to work FOR God and that I had to sacrifice for him. This isn’t true. He wants to work in partnership WITH us in all that we do. He doesn’t want us to strive but to thrive in relation with Him.
He wants to be with you when you are teaching your children, writing that book, or making that piece of art, or at the hospital. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, He wants to be a part of it.
How I Am Making Time For God
Some of the ways I am learning to connect with God are:
My Morning Devotional
Usually, in the morning before I even get up out of bed I read my devotional. Most of time I use the Bible App (which you can get in the Google Play Store for free). It has all kinds of great devotions on all sorts of topics. Also, you can compare different translations and so much more. It is a great free resource for you.
Praise and Worship
Sometimes I will just turn on the music while I am doing the dishes or cleaning the house and crank it up and worship God. This is one of my favorite ways to connect with Him. I find as I worship Him, a lot of my stress and worries disappear. I believe it also opens the doors of my heart and mind to hear Him better.
While I Am Writing
Additionally, I find that when I am writing, whether I am writing in my journal, an email or blog post, or a poem, that’s one of the ways that I am able to connect with God on a deeper level. It is teaching me how to listen for his voice. Learning to discern His voice from my own and all the other competing voices, is key to finding peace in Jesus.
It Doesn’t Have to Be Another Chore
So, this year, while I am determined to spend more quality time with God in prayer, reading his Word and in worship. I also intend to listen for his voice and worship him throughout my day in all that I do.
Making time God for doesn’t have to be one more chore to put on our schedules. He wants to work in us and through us. As a team.
All you have to do is ask. Start a conversation with him. Listen to that still small voice. He is waiting for you. He’s ready for you to come to Him so that He can tell you “great and unsearchable things that you do not understand”.
He wants to fill you with His joy and peace and give you strength. He’s waiting to hear from you.
If you have a pile of dishes to get done or papers to grade, invite him into your work. Let Him be a part of what you are doing.
Whatever you are doing, invite him in. He doesn’t want to just save you. He wants a relationship with you. He wants to be a part of every part of your life. So, be encouraged. He loves you more than you could ever imagine.
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