We all have good intentions. We plan on spending time with God, but the daily grind just keeps us too busy. So we jump into the day full bore and fall into bed each night exhausted. We start to pray, but quickly fall asleep. How are we supposed to get some alone time with God amidst our daily tasks? How can we find time for God when our children are so demanding?
I want to share with you how to make time for God in the midst of life, Bible verses about spending time with God, as well as how you can spend time with God each day. There are so many benefits of spending time with God each day, and after reading this, I hope you will make it a priority in your life if it isn’t already.
Does God Want to Spend Time With Me?
You don’t have to wonder if God wants to spend time with you. He created you and loved you even before you were born. He designed you perfectly and He wants to spend time with you, His creation. If you don’t want to take my word for it, check out what God says about spending time with Him.
Bible verses About spending time with God
The Bible is full of verses about learning God’s Word, spending time in prayer, meditating on Scripture, etc. Our heavenly Father wants us to build a relationship with Him. As we spend time with God, we will grow more and more into who He wants us to be. I have found some favorite Scriptures about spending time with God.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8 ESV
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” 1 Chronicles 16:11
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8
How to Spend Time With God
Are you wondering how to spend time with Jesus? Is reading the Bible spending time with God? Trust me, I know how busy life can be with little ones demanding all your attention. However, there are some great ways to spend time with God daily, such as Bible reading and prayer, but you need to commit to making it happen. My prayer is that you will grow in your relationship with God, which will in turn grow you as a wife and mother.
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If you don’t prioritize your relationship with God, it’s just not going to happen. That’s all there is to it. I can’t do this for you. Make up your mind that you are going to focus more on God and spend time with Him in your day.
“We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength.”
This seems like a no-brainer. You can pray anytime, so why don’t we? I don’t know about you, but I often just forget. Here is what helps. Take a few minutes before you even get out of bed to talk to God. Tie prayer to something you’re already doing, like getting a shower or doing the dishes. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to pray throughout the day. Strive to grow in your prayer life. What tips have you found to help spend time in prayer?
This gorgeous printable Bible Study Journal is such a great tool to help you study the Bible, grow in prayer, and even make spiritual goals.
Write some verses on index cards and set them or tape them where you’ll see them. Read and meditate on them when you see them. You could write down verses that recently jumped out at you, verses that deal with a struggle you have, or just verses dealing with God’s character or promises. If you want, you can even use a computer program to make them pretty. Studying verses will help you focus more on God.
Listen to Scripture
There are many apps that will allow you to listen to the Bible. I use YouVersion, but there are many others as well. Some apps even add a little drama or music to the reading. Just having the Bible being read in the background as you go about your day will help you learn what God says.
Short devotional times
Find a short devotional to read with your kids at breakfast, or perhaps a devotional or a Bible reading plan at bedtime. We do a little bit of both at our house. There are some great devotionals out there for moms as well. YouVersion also has a ton of devotionals and Bible reading plans which are all free.
Maybe you learned verses as a kid at Awana, church, or school, but it is still a great spiritual discipline to incorporate Bible memorization as an adult as well. Your verse cards can be helpful for this or use an app such as Fighter Verses, which is my personal favorite. This app is only a couple of
Keep tools accessible
Keep your Bible, devotional, and maybe a journal with a pen easily accessible, whether it be on a table or in a basket by your favorite chair. Either make a special time to be alone with God, or fit it in as you nurse your baby. If time with God is a priority, it will work. I spent many years spending time with God while nursing a baby, but now, I spend some time after breakfast while enjoying my coffee or tea.
As moms, unless we prioritize our relationship with God, it can easily fall by the wayside. Learn more about growing closer to God. As we grow closer to Him, we become a better wife and mother as well.
Benefits of Spending Time with God
Spending time with God has many benefits. By spending time in God’s Word and in prayer, your faith will grow. You will see the miracles God has done throughout history. Spending time with God gives us peace and strength to face each day, no matter what happens. As we abide in Him, we are changed from the inside out.
As you read the Bible and pray, you draw near to God. You begin to recognize sin in your lives and then ask for forgiveness. Your mind is renewed and you will replace your negative thought patterns with who God says you are instead. Our lives begin to be filled with the joy of the Lord!
I hope these tips were helpful as you set out to spend time with God each day. It’s easy to let this time get skipped, but I pray you will make it a priority in your life. God desires this time with you each day.
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