It seems these days our lives are so jammed packed with schedules it’s difficult to find time to spend with the Lord. In order for our relationship to grow deeper we must spend the time in His presence, His Word and in praise and thanksgiving.
Some days I think how in the world can I get this all in? You might be reading this thinking, are you crazy lady? I don’t have time to develop any relationships, let alone one with the Lord. Do you know what I have to do each day to make things happen? Where will I find the time for this?
Trust me, there are ways you can find the time. If we have time to sit and watch a movie, TV or find the time to spend on social media (OUCH!)….. then we can find time to develop our relationship with the Lord.
Reading a spiritual post on FB or twitter does not count towards your Bible reading for the day. Just saying. What I think those do is help us to keep our mind focused on Him throughout the day. But it should not replace intimate time in His Word and in His presence.
All of these are time suckers; I am not saying don’t do them, please hear my heart on this. What I am saying is make the Lord your first priority.
Here are a few suggestions on how to carve out time for the Lord:
- Get a good study Bible: You can use this for the days when you actually have the time to really spend in the Word. I am using a great one: “New Spirit Filled Life Bible”- New King James Version by: Jack Hayford. Psalm 119:162 says: “I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure”; Rejoice over His Word like you found a great treasure.
- Get a Bible app on your smart phone: Use this for the days when you are on the go. I use “YouVersion” app. It’s great. I need structure, so I put myself on a few reading plans. What is so cool about this is you have it with you wherever you go; most of us have our smart phones attached to our body in some way or another. So when you are at lunch, waiting in a doctor or dental office, waiting for the kids at sports practice, or in the line to pick them up from school; whenever you have a wait: pull out your phone and read the Word.
- Take advantage of car time: You can pray en route, listen to CD’s or podcasts of your favorite ministers. A few times a week I listen to a message, but most of the time I utilize it for prayer. Caution: be aware of your surroundings; don’t get so caught up in prayer you forget you’re driving. And whatever you do don’t pray with your eyes closed!
- Talk to the Lord, praise Him, and thank Him throughout your day. This keeps your mind on Him; when your mind is on Him, He will keep you in perfect peace: Isaiah 26:3
- Don’t make unrealistic demands on yourself. Sometimes we think we have to read a lot of chapters to spend time in His Word; you can do that and not even know what you’ve read. The key is putting what you read into practice in your daily walk. So read a verse or one chapter and meditate on it throughout your day, and put it into practice.
- If you miss it: Don’t let the enemy beat you up and tell you that you are no good. Just tell the Lord you are sorry and move on. This happened to me last week. My youngest daughter came for a visit; I spent my time with her and slacked on my daily reading. I ask the Lord to forgive me and I didn’t allow the enemy to make me feel guilty about it. I just picked up where I left off and moved on.