When life gets busy, what is the first thing you cut out of your routine? It can be hard to notice at first, but oftentimes our priorities begin to morph when our schedules fill up. One of the easiest things to replace is the practice of daily devotions, or “quiet time” with God. I often find myself forgetting to read a few verses and spend time in prayer when I’m traveling or have other tasks weighing on my mind.
However, there can be easy ways to fit in a daily devotion—especially with all the technology that is readily available today. The best way to make this a successful habit is to find out what works best for you—and what is realistic. When people set out to complete fitness goals, health experts often tell them to set objectives that are achievable instead of daunting. If you haven’t opened your Bible in a few months except on Sunday mornings, setting a goal to read the New Testament in a month may be impractical. Instead, try out a few different styles of devotions.
There are many ways to do this. You can buy a new physical Bible – maybe one that has devotions and study guides worked into it, such as these. Alternatively, getting a group to read through a book together is a good way to have people that will hold you accountable. She Reads Truth and Propel have great options for this style of study. If you find yourself driving long distances, listening to a sermon or a podcast teaching is a great habit. Also, the Bible app has the option to listen to the Bible read aloud so you can “read” the scripture while on the road. Another quick way to fit a passage into your day is to read the Psalm or Proverb of the day of the month. For example, if you forget to set aside time for devotions, you can still take a moment to stop and read Psalm 5 or Proverbs 5 on the 5th of the month.
Doing this each day – and repeating it monthly – is a way to gain some encouragement and seek connection with God in our daily lives.
We shouldn’t just “fit [God] in” whenever we have a spare moment or multi-task His presence into our routine. Instead, we have to learn to prioritize Him and seek Him throughout the day.”
While these are all helpful ways to make sure we fit a relationship with God into our schedules, it’s also important to be mindful of what this means. We shouldn’t just “fit Him in” whenever we have a spare moment or multi-task His presence into our routine. Instead, we have to learn to prioritize Him and seek Him throughout the day. If this is exceedingly difficult to do, we may need to take a look at what is taking up our time and cut back on the things that push God to the outside of our schedules.