Finding Time for God when Your Schedule is Overwhelming
These days it’s easy to feel like your schedule is overwhelming. There’s kids to take care of, houses to clean, dinners to cook, work to get done, cars to fix, errands to run, jobs at church, sports for the kids, homework to help with ….
The list goes on and on, am I right?
And somewhere in that busy schedule you’re supposed to find time for God.
(Also don’t forget, taking time to do something for yourself is so important too. When you’re schedule is overwhelming, it’s easy to feel stressed and eventually burn out. Stress can have terrible effects on the body – you can read about them here.)
Spending time with God must be priority even when you have a hectic schedule. With His help and comfort, it’s easier to work through your busy schedule with peace and confidence.
Wake up 10 minutes earlier
The first step to finding time for God when your schedule is overwhelming is making time. An easy way to do this is to wake up 10 minutes earlier than you’re used to.
After getting up, spend a minute in prayer and then read a daily devotion, as well as, a section in the Bible. After that, begin your morning routine as usual.
Have a Christian music station preset on your car radio
The Message (ch. 63) is the #1 preset on my car radio.
So no matter if I’m running around doing errands, or driving my son to karate lessons, we can listen to God’s love for us through the music we hear.
We can be reminded of His power and mercy; and enjoy that time praising the Lord even while we’re busy.
The app on my phone is called “Bible” (pretty straight forward, right?). I can have it display the “Verse of the Day” on my screen which provides an easy way of reading Gods word quickly each day.
After you read the verse, spend a few minutes meditating on the meaning and how it applies to your life. This is a simple way to make time for God.
Write a Bible verse on each month’s picture of your calendar (or buy one that has Bible verses already in it)
Personally, I purchase calendars that already have Bible verses on them, like the one to the right (you can click on the picture to view them on Amazon.com). If you purchase a calendar that has Bible verses in it, they’ll either be in the main picture of each month (like the one to the right) or on the bottom right or left hand side.
If you don’t have one like that, you can write one of your favorite verses, using a permanent sharpie, over each month’s picture.
Find 3-5 minutes during lunch
This is a quick and easy way to find time for God. At work, during your lunch break, spend the last 5 minutes thanking God for the day, your job, your family, co-workers, etc. It will set a positive tone for the remainder of the work day.
If you stay at home with the kids, after lunch is on the table, take a few minutes to pray before everyone begins to eat. Thank God for the food on the table, for each other and the love you all have, pray for your husband (or wife) who is at work, your neighbors, etc.
Pray as a family before dinner
After your husband (or wife) gets home from work, and dinner is ready, sit down at the table as a family and pray for each other.
This will not only strengthen your bond as a family but will also bring your children closer to God.
Write your favorite Bible verse on a sticky note
You can keep it at your desk (or wherever that is convenient) at work or even on a mirror at home. And you can change them each week so you have a new Bible verses to study over.
If you have children, you could put a Bible verse like, “She is clothed in strength and dignity; she can laugh at the future to come” (Proverbs 31:25) or “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her” (Luke 1:45) on the mirrors of your girls’ bathroom/bedroom.
Here are a couple of ideas if you have boys: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9) or (1 Corinthians 16:13) “Be on your guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be men of courage. Be strong.”
Review the story of Mary and Martha
(Luke 10:38-42) As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Don’t look at your schedule and feel stressed by how daunting it is. Look to God and remember how big He is!
And remind yourself of the big picture: living a happy life, appreciating the blessings God has given you, and being thankful for the love around you
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