As a full-time, work-at-home mom of two children under five, my life does not stop. My day starts at seven in the morning, often earlier if I try to do something aerobic before the kids wake up, and I finally rest my head around midnight.
This non-stop life is one that I’m strangely used to, yet it never becomes any easier, either.
My mom always told me that we make time for what’s important to us, and our relationship with God is certainly no different. No matter how busy life becomes, there’s always time for the One who is always available to us.
I make time to cook, clean, work, spend time with my husband and children, exercise and even sneak in time for creative hobbies, and yet there was a period of time when my days would fly by and I wouldn’t prioritize time with God in the same fashion.
If I’m being totally transparent, my relationship with God became non-existent. My prayer life was reduced to but a minute a day and I stopped reading my daily devotional, too.
There I was, constantly on the move, clearly able to juggle life thanks to God’s grace and mercy, yet I was carelessly allowing my relationship with the Lord to take a backseat.
I knew I needed to make a change.
In fact, my spirit was growing tired, and it wasn’t on account of my less than stellar sleep schedule.
My mom always told me that we make time for what’s important to us, and our relationship with God is certainly no different.
No matter how busy life becomes, there’s always time for the One who is always available to us.
As I began to evaluate the ways in which I spend my time, I realized I needed to face the truth—I could be praying and worshiping rather than scrolling down my timeline or making excuses for my busyness. I knew that if I make time to post photos, catching up with loved ones via social media and watch television, then I certainly have time to give thanks and praise to the Most High.
The great news is that worship and prayer are not a one-size-fits-all practice, meaning that your time with God can come in the form of several different activities such as a simple “thank you” for your blessings, a daily devotional or reading the Bible. Thankfully, I reminded myself of that and decided to go forward with what feels natural, and that’s a good ol’ fashion conversation with God.
Since realizing that I was putting God on the back burner, I told myself that I would wake up each day with intentionality and thank God for whatever came to mind. So, every morning, before reaching for my phone to check my email or playing with my kids, I have a very natural conversation with God, thanking Him for my life, my shelter, my family and anything else that comes to mind, big and small. Beginning my day with a grateful heart then spills into the rest of my day, leading me to live with a joyful spirit and positive attitude as well as the motivation and desire to praise His name.
My time may be scarce, but it’s never too scarce for the One who always makes time for me.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1-2).