Thursday, February 7, 2013

Time With God

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.
Mark 1:35 NLT

When we set aside a specific time to get quiet and focus on God, we are setting Him as our priority. We are honoring Him as Lord of our life and we are connecting with Him. If you have recently become a Christian, let me assure you that you will hear much on this subject from teachers and leaders.

So what's the big deal about quiet time with God?  Is it important? Yes. Is it biblical? Yes. Are there hard and fast rules to follow? No.

Most of us lead very busy lives. Our days and weeks are filled with family, home and work responsibilities. Women often tell me that they simply can’t fit devotional time into their schedule. It just seems impossible to add one more thing to the calendar. One of the main reasons this sounds impossible is the misconception that there are certain rules we must follow. The desire to “do it right” often keeps us from trying. The most important step is to start somewhere!

  1. Set an appointment with God, even if it is only a 15 minute time slot.  The more time you spend with Him, the more time you will want to spend with Him.  
  1. Remove yourself from chaos and activity. Here are just a few practical ideas. (Get creative to fit your particular life schedule) 
·         Set aside devotional time in your car on your lunch hour from work.
·         Read passages of scripture during children’s naptime.
·         Listen to worship music/read scripture early in the morning before anyone else is up.
·         Use a devotional book to guide you and structure your time.
·         Build a habit by scheduling your God time at the same time every day.
3.     Listen to praise and worship music to still your mind and quiet your thoughts.
Our daily appointment with God is so important that we must make a conscious effort every day to spend time with Him.
Everything works better once we get our priorities straight-and our relationship with Him should be our first priority.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

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