If you’re anything like me, you desire a closer walk with God, but between juggling all the hats you wear and trying to get meals on the table, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. You would be amazed at how spending just five or 10 minutes with God can bless your life—and the lives of those around you.
So where do you find the time to fit God into your schedule and make your relationship with Him a priority?
Get up early
I know how much the bed may be calling you early in the morning, but I can tell you from personal experience that getting up just 15 minutes earlier and spending that time reading a Bible verse or two and praying can totally change the course of your day. It never ceases to amaze me that on the days my schedule is the craziest, how just taking those few minutes to spend time in the Word makes my day go smoother and I seem to get more done.
Use your commute
Turn off your radio or at least trade in your favorite morning show for a biblical podcast or YouTube sermon, or get your mind right with a Spotify praise-and-worship session.
Praise during practice
You know that time you normally spend talking to the other moms while your kids are at football practice or ballet? Go to your car and spend it reading your Bible, praying or listening to a podcast.
Use your break
Find a quiet spot to sip your coffee at work and study the Word, or pack your lunch, and while you are you feeding your physical body, you can also nourish your spiritual body.
Give yourself a timeout
If you are home with the kids all day, study during their nap time, or if they have outgrown naps, establish a don’t-bother-me-unless-you’re-bleeding time where you shut the door to your bedroom and pray. I heard a preacher say once that his house was so small and there were so many kids that his mother would throw her apron over her head as a sign she was having her prayer time. They knew they better not bother her, or there would be serious repercussions.
Take it to the throne
As gross as it might sound, the bathroom is a great place to get some peace and quiet and pray. Hey, you do what you have to do. (No pun intended…Well maybe it was.)
Stay up late
After everyone has gone to bed and the house is quiet, take some time to read a few passages. If you find yourself falling asleep, pray for energy to stay awake and focus.
Add it to your calendar
Just like you schedule your kids’ dentist appointments, lunch with a friend or date night with your hubby, make God a standing appointment on your schedule—and make it nonnegotiable.
Whether you spend five minutes or an hour with God, if you meet him there with a sincere desire to connect with him, He will honor that.
What ways have you found to make time to connect with God?