I talk to women all the time who are juggling so much in their daily lives. They have small children who do not allow them time to visit the bathroom let alone spend moments with God. They have demanding jobs that drain them daily of whatever energy is left and then it is just so easy to use up time with escapism. They are busy with grandkids, sports, life. I truly understand. I have been there and in addition, I am a person who loves “busy”, so I search out ‘busy” whenever I can. However, I believe that no matter how much of our 24 hours a day is occupied, we can challenge ourselves to find ways to increase the time we are spending to grow our relationship with the Lord. I have even found that when I make this time available things go smoother and more productive throughout the day.
Here are just a few of the strategies I have found helpful to increase my “Lord time” :
- Decide on a designated time and place to spend whatever time you can reading and praying.
He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Matthew 14:23 NIV
- Get up a few minutes early in the morning.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 NIV
- Listen to praise music in the car. You can even sing along. The Lord says “Make a joyful noise unto Him”. Psalm 98:4
I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:6
- Start an answered prayer or gratitude journal to document your thankfulness.
I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30
- Listen to an online sermon or scriptural talk as you clean the house or put on your makeup. You can also join a Bible study group.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:4
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16
- Make it a priority to allocate some quiet time to commune with the Lord.
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 NIV
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
I know this is a short list and not at all comprehensive concerning scripture. It is just a brief taste of ideas. I would love to hear what you do to find time to spend with the Lord. If you would like please comment your strategies below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great week.