From Psalm 1:2, which says: “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night,” to Hebrews 12:2, which says “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,” to 1 Thessalonians 5:17, which says “pray without ceasing,” the Bible makes it pretty clear that Jesus is supposed to be on our minds 24/7, all day and night.
Well, I don’t know about you, but half the time I have trouble even remembering to go pee on days when my little ones are extra fussy or when I am really busy with work or blogging. How can I make time for God when I barely have time to pee? If you’ve ever felt the same way–that’d you’d like to spend more time with God, but you just don’t see how that is possible–here are five tips for you.
1. Post Bible Verses Around Your Home
Keep a small stack of index cards and a pen next to your Bible. Whenever you come across an especially excellent verse, jot it down and hang it up somewhere. Great places to display these cards include: in the bathroom, on the fridge, on your mirror, over the stove, or above your bedside table. Every time you see the cards, it will prompt you to think about the verse and what it means for your life.
2. Turn on Christian Radio
Something as simple as turning on some uplifting and encouraging music really can make all the difference in your day. Personally, I love turning on a Christian station on Pandora while I’m doing the dishes or cleaning the bedrooms. It turns something as boring as cleaning into a truly worshipful experience. You could also create a Christian music playlist on Youtube if you want to go that route.
3. Go for a Walk and Pray
Whenever my little ones get fussy, one of my favorite tactics to get some peace and quiet is to strap them into the stroller or the bike seat and go for a walk or ride. They sit quietly and enjoy the ride, and I get some uninterrupted time alone with God as I enjoy His beautiful creation.
4. Host a Fellowship Play Date
In addition to spending one-on-one time with God, set aside time specifically for developing friendships with other Godly women. Even if you don’t spend the entire time talking about God, developing these intentional friendships will still help you grow in your relationship with God as your friends challenge you, counsel you and pray for you. You may not be able to get away for long retreats or spas days, but have a friend bring her kids for an afternoon. The kids can entertain themselves while you talk.
5. Invite God to Share In Your Day
While having time set aside specifically for God and nothing else is nice, finding uninterrupted time isn’t always practical with young children at home. Eventually your kids will start breaking things, or they’ll get hungry and come find you. Instead of saving God for when you have uninterrupted time, invite Him to be a part of your everyday life. Chat with Him as you get your kids ready for school; listen for His voice as you do the dishes. God isn’t interested in just being involved in the highlights of your life; invite Him in to the entire thing, even the boring parts.
If you are married, do you remember those days when you were dating your now-husband? Remember how He was on your mind all day and night, and you couldn’t wait to spend time with him, even if it was just a quick phone call? You can have that with God too.
Don’t be content to just leave God in a neat Sunday morning box. Use these five tips to make time for God and to keep Him an ever-present part of your life all week long, even when you barely have time to pee.
Do you find it easy or difficult to make time for God? How do you manage to make time for Him?