Friday, July 18, 2014

Finding time

Finding time for daily devotions . . .
"I don't have time to read the bible or do a devotion, I barely have time to get dressed!"  Ever said those words or some like it?  It's easy for us to get so involved in the world (and worldly things) that we think we can't make time for God.  Spending time in His word, studying it and praying are the most important things we can do all day.  Here are some ideas on fitting time with God into your already busy day (some of these came from Doorposts):
  1. Start with small goals (don't endeavor to read a full chapter in a book of the bible, try aiming for just a paragraph or just 5 or 6 verses).  Don't choose a long devotional, pick one that is short, meaningful and workable in 5 min.  Don't have a devotional?  Our Daily Bread ( an emailed or printed copy of their daily devotionals that include a short passage to read from the bible (you can even click to read it on the email version), plus a short devotion.
  2. Put everything you need in one place so it's ready to grab when you have 5 min.
  3. Where?  Carry a small bible with you to squeeze in a little bible reading anytime you're waiting (in line, waiting to pick someone up (or waiting to be picked up), etc.).  If you ride (instead of drive), that's a perfect time to read, pray, and do a devotional. 
  4. When?  Have a little break at work or school, there you go!  Just layed the children down for a nap, there you go!  Waiting for something, there you go!  You get the idea, there are 5 min. increments of time in our day to squeeze in anything.
  5. Can you get up 5 min. earlier?  Or, can you take 5 min. before going to bed?  How about honoring good priorities and doing a devotion before checking your email or going online?
  6. If you're a busy mama of little ones, how about starting a 30 min. quiet time in the afternoon where they can do anything quiet on their beds (play, read, nap), with no talking?  It might take a bit of time to make it work, but eventually you will all value that special 30 min. of quiet. 
  7. If your children are old enough, have them start learning to do a devotion when you do.
  8. Pray for wisdom in finding time to devote to God.  He desires that we spend time reading and studying His Word and praying, if we pray for guidance in finding time to do that, He will help us. 
  9. Something I heard a while back may help us put perspective in this . . . do you reach for your bible as often as you do your cell phone?  Do you never want to leave home without it (like you do your cell phone or purse)?  Do you spend time in prayer as often as you do on your cell phone?
May the Lord help you find time today and everyday to spend with Him!  "Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life." Proverbs 4:23 (NASB)

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