The coffee is hot, the house is quiet, you open your Bible and the words just seem to speak right to what’s going on in your life, you pray and sing and connect with God on a deep level uninterrupted–while those moments of spending time with God are amazing, it’s not always going to unfold seamlessly. Spending time with God during busy seasons takes practice, intentionality and grace. Let’s learn together today how to do it better.
How do you start spending time with God?
First off, how do you even begin to spend time with God? Check out this post filled with quiet time and devotions examples but these three simple steps always work for me.
- Get your Bible.
- Get alone.
- Respond to God.
Truly do not make it more complicated than it needs to be.
You may not always get all three of these things–I definitely spend time with God without my Bible sometimes and with my kids around (thank you screen time!), but make an effort to establish your quiet time with God using these three steps.
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Tips for prioritizing your time with God
You KNOW going to the gym is good for you, but you still never make it. You KNOW date night would make you a better spouse, but it’s still a struggle to schedule it. You KNOW you should budget, but you rarely actually write it down.
Like any relationship in your life you need to make your time with God a priority. This is absolutely hard to do in certain seasons of life (definitely when my kids were all newborns/toddlers and I was barely sleeping… it was hard!). But God will honor and bless any effort do draw close to Him.
James 4:8 says “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.”
- Make it a rhythm
Begin to have your time with God at the same time everyday, whether that’s in the morning or right before bed or some other time during the day. Much like any other habit, spending time with God can become a life-giving rhythm that is as second nature as brushing your teeth.
- Allow it to be imperfect
Here’s the thing: if you expect that “perfect quiet time” every time–you will probably be disappointed or feel guilty that you are doing something “wrong”. You’re not. Allow your time with God to be imperfect. Allow it to include your children. Allow it to be short. Release your expectations of how God may speak to you and you’ll begin to hear and see Him moving in fresh ways all day long.
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- Attach something pleasurable alongside it.
This is a tip I gained from the book Atomic Habits, and is perfect for those who don’t enjoy reading their Bible and feel a bit disconnected– attach something pleasurable alongside your time with God. For me, it’s a cup of coffee. It could be a relaxing playlist or a cozy blanket for you. Let the joy of the little thing come alongside and add extra pleasure to your time with God.
How do you spend time with God all day long?
Some days you just won’t be able to have a set aside time with God. These tips and practices are perfect for connecting with God all day long on those days.
I also find I can sometimes treat my time with God like an item on my checklist. I just want to cross it off, give myself a pat on the back, and move on with my day.
But that’s not a relationship.
If I want a vibrant relationship with Jesus, a faith that fuels every SECOND of my life–I can’t stop connecting with God when my “devotions” are over. I do this by embracing these 5 practices all day long.
- Constant prayer
I cry out to God all day long. I don’t wait for my prayer time–when I see a friend asking for prayer on social media: I pray right away for them. When I feel impatience taking over, I stop and pray aloud asking God to help me. When I feel worried I pray Scripture over myself right in the moment.
- Worship music
I love worshipping God! Whether your playlist is full of old hymns or the latest praise and worship song–music is an incredible way to worship and connect with God all day long. Here’s my mega-long Worship Playlist filled with songs I love.
- Place Scripture around you
Now this doesn’t have to look like Hobby Lobby exploded all over your house, but place God’s Word where you can see it often. Take a Bible verse you’ve written out on a note card and place it by your desk or kitchen sink or above your dryer. Make a challenging Bible verse or one you want to meditate on the photo on your phone’s lock screen. Fill your eyes with God’s Word.
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- Notice God in His creation
Connecting with God in nature is one of my favorite things to do. When I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, a quiet walk with my Father is often exactly what I need. In nature I see God’s beauty, order, creativity and design and I worship Him.
I also notice God in His creation of people. I see and name when I see God’s traits in others–from my kids to my spouse to a fellow Jesus follower to a Walmart cashier–people reflect God!
- Practice of thanksgiving
Finally, I practice being thankful and writing down my daily things I am thankful for. This helps me notices God’s goodness and work He is doing all around me.
One of my favorite songs right now is Million Little Miracles by Maverick City Music, the words go like this:
It’s not coincidence and it’s not luck
I know it comes from above
I’ve got miracles on miracles
A million little miracles
Miracles on miracles
Count your miracles
One, two, three, four, I can’t even count ’em all.
Counting God’s grace to me is such a life-giving habit and helps me spend time with Him all day long.
BONUS TIP: Read your kids Christian books and stories from the Bible.
Here’s a short list of children’s books that really bless MY faith!
- The Jesus Storybook Bible
- Tales That Tell the Truth – Specifically The Friend Who Forgives (the whole series is great though!)
- A Brave Big Sister – Another great series about female leaders in the Bible! They have Deborah and Rahab too.
- Creative God, Colorful Us
- Jesus Calling Bible Storybook
Connecting with God isn’t just a one-time act we do on Sundays or even confined to a certain time of day, but something we embrace as a life-long, all-day-long, every moment holy pursuit of knowing our great and gracious God.
How do you spend time with God in busy seasons of life?