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If you need help having a quiet time with God, then you’ll want to check out this article.
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How to Make Time for God
If I were to ask you why you don’t spend time reading God’s Word, I can almost guarantee that you would tell me you don’t have time.
How do I know?
Because I’ve given the same reason.
“I’m too busy!” I’ve said.
Coincidentally, an acronym for BUSY that I heard years ago is:
- B – Being
- U – Under
- S – Satan’s
- Y – Yoke
I don’t want to be there! That’s for sure! (Under Satan’s yoke, that is!)
I somehow manage to feed myself every day and take care of my basic necessities. In fact, I actually spend time doing other things I enjoy as well.
It’s funny how busyness tends to be my first excuse for not spending time in God’s Word, and yet it’s probably the most easily fixed issue.
Because the key to making time for God is really in identifying and then setting your priorities.
If you desire to spend time with God, then you should be able to find some time in your schedule each day.
The benefits of a quiet time with God are well worth it.
Join me as we find the way to make time for God.
Take a Good Hard Look at Your Schedule
The truth is, there’s probably time in your schedule to carve out at least half an hour to make time for God.
Time is sort of like money. You spend it on what you value the most.
I’m almost certain that we all have a few hours in our day that we could recover if we were intentional about the way we spend our time.
Track Your Time for a Week
After taking a good and honest look at your schedule, now it’s time to act. This will require a little bit of effort but will be well worth it.
Find a good notebook. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Or if you prefer, you can use a time tracking app on your phone.
Then start tracking!
Write down everything you do and how much time you spend doing it. Don’t skimp or cheat! You’ll want to find a good overview of how and where you’re spending your time.
After tracking your schedule for a week, you should be able to get a pretty good idea of where you spend your time.
- Did you notice any patterns?
- Did you spend a lot of time on Facebook or Pinterest?
- How about watching TV?
- Did you spend time with your husband or your kids?
- Did you waste any time?
Figure Out Which Things Are Stealing Your Time
After paying close attention to where I spend my time, I’ve been amazed to discover that I waste an awful lot of time doing things that don’t really matter.
As much as I love my smartphone and social media, unfortunately, much of my time is wasted there.
Could that be the case for you as well?
Now does that mean I want you to quit spending time online?
By all means, no!
I just want you to be aware of how you’re spending your time and which things may be preventing you from spending time with God.
It takes work to quiet your mind to hear God and spend time in His Word.
Where Can You Pull Ten Minutes From?
Since you did the hard work of tracking your time, now it should be easy to find out where you can pull time from in order to make time for God.
Could you get up 10 minutes earlier? And go to bed 10 minutes later than usual?
Which things from your schedule could you let go of? Even just eliminating a few check-ins on Facebook could create enough time for you to make time for God.
Isn’t that crazy?
And maybe social media isn’t your thing and you aren’t wasting a lot of time scrolling through endless news feeds. But I can almost guarantee you that there is somewhere in your daily schedule that you could recover an extra 10 or 15 minutes.
Can you identify where that is?
Rearrange Your Schedule to Make Time for God
The fun part comes in actually rearranging your schedule to make time for God. Once you have it on paper it should be pretty easy to figure it out.
However, having said that, I don’t want you to let perfection get in the way of execution.
In other words, if you have a day that doesn’t go exactly like you planned, don’t fret it!
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Make it a point to have a quiet time once a day, but don’t worry if something happens and your schedule doesn’t look exactly like you planned.
The key is finding a way to make time for God, and occasionally that means giving yourself a little grace.
Ultimately, you’re looking for a way to rearrange your schedule so that you can have a pretty dependable daily time to spend in the Word.
Commit to It
Once you’ve prayed about it and figured out how you want to make time for God, then commit to it and go with it.
Write it down, or tell a friend.
Do whatever it takes to make sure you make time for God.
Before you spend time on other less important things, make sure you spend time reading the Word and praying.
Spending time with God has many benefits. You don’t want to miss out on them! By making time for God, you’ll be sure not to miss out!
Set Good Boundaries
Don’t be afraid to let your friends and family know that you’re committed to spending time with God.
Don’t answer your phone while you’re doing your quiet time.
In fact, consider setting your phone on airplane mode for just a few minutes. If that’s not feasible for you, then do your best not to check notifications or answer the phone unless it’s an absolute emergency.
If necessary, tell your kids that you’re spending quiet time with God and you aren’t available for a few minutes.
Setting good boundaries will help make sure you set aside time for God.
Once You Learn How to Make Time For God, You’ll Realize It’s Not Hard
Sure, it takes some effort, but it’s well worth it to know that you’re increasing your faith and spending time with the One who loves you most!
Have you wondered how to make time for God? Has it been difficult for you? Do you find your quiet time is the lowest thing on your priority list? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.
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