My time with our Father has changed many times over the years due to different scheduling challenges. Life gets so crazy busy, but we must find time for Him if we are to continue to learn who He is, love Him more deeply, and bring Him glory. So what’s a girl to do; how can we fit the most important part of our day into our hectic lives?
I have what I call my “formal” time with our Lord. It consists of sitting down and being with Him in the form of reading my bible using some type of reading plan and prayer. This time with Him started out being first thing in the morning the way it’s “supposed” to be done. Sometimes it would be on the bus on the way to work or at lunch if I got up late. This worked very well until I had our first child. I was tired due to sleepless nights and wanted to sleep in until I had to get up. Which meant sleeping until a hungry baby woke me! I first took care of our Nichole and various other necessary chores and then had my time with Him. No big deal — still in the morning. Then I had more kids, more chores, and home school. So when I put the kids down for a nap with strict instructions, something like, “you will be disciplined if you don’t stay in your bed until I tell you it’s time to get up,” I had my time with our Lord. I began to break the “morning rule” but it worked with my new schedule. Then the kids grew and somewhere along the way my time with Him changed again — it was at night. I really began to push the envelope with that morning rule. The point is that what really matters is making sure that you have time with our Father.
I also have what I call informal time with our Lord. It consists of taking a peek at a memory verse, so that while I’m doing something that doesn’t involve thought, I can work on my verse. This is a great way to bring your focus back to Him when you need an attitude adjustment. This took place in the car when my home schooled kids were taking a couple of classes at local high schools. It ended up being the only time I had to work on my verses during that time in my life. Other examples of informal time would include listening to a sermon or praying, especially asking our gracious Father about things causing us to be anxious through out the day.
Now, I’m back to first thing in the morning for my formal time with Him, listening to sermons while I get ready to go out, and studying at various times between appointments three days a week. The rest of the week I have exercise class, so my time with Him looks a little different depending on what I have scheduled for the day. I work on my memory verses anytime that I have a few minutes and before bed. I pray informally throughout the day and night, which, by the way, is a great way to spend your time when you can’t sleep!
I have a friend who taped her memory verse on notebook paper (not laminated) to the bathroom wall so that she could work on it while she showered. Another friend has her memory verse come to her via email reminder from her goggle calendar each day. The point being that we have to be creative — where there’s a will, there’s a way!
I’d love to hear how you have fit your time with our infinitely loving Father into your crazy busy life. Please comment and share your ideas with the rest of us. Perhaps what works for you could help a sister fit her time in with the most important One in her life.