Do you ever feel too busy for prayer time? Do you ever think, “I wish I could pray more but I’m just too busy?” Or, “I wish I had more time for God in my life but I’m just so busy with XYZ.”
I was the same way. Until I found some really simple things that I could do to incorporate God and prayer into my already busy life. Believe me when I tell you, I’m busy. I’m a Registered Dental Hygienist and work a couple days a week at a private practice so that I can stay at home with my boys the rest of the week. I’m currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, and I also manage the Social Media Marketing for a small business that I’ve been involved with for almost ten years! Like I said, I’m busy. I am constantly being pulled in all directions but achieving a lifestyle balance begins with spending time with God.
(I am not affiliated with any of these products/links, these are just things that have worked for me and so I want to share them with you too!)
This app is my go-to for daily Bible verses. You can set an alarm to be sent the daily verse at the same time every day and they also create the coolest images of the verse so you can share them with your friends or on social. There are many daily Bible verse apps out there, and I’ve tried many of them. But I love the Bible App because it also has the entire Bible incorporated into the App (with numerous versions to choose from) and a multitude of Reading Plans to suit your needs! You can create an account and connect with friends, read plans together, or just enjoy the App by yourself – the possibilities are really endless with this App!
How I use it: In the notification settings in the App, I set my alarm for the daily verse at 6:20 AM. For me, 6:20 AM comes when I’m either getting ready for the day, or walking/running, or already reading or doing some form of work. When I get the alert, I stop what I’m doing to read the daily verse and reflect/meditate on it for just a moment. That’s it! If it speaks to me then I write about it or think or pray on it a little more. Super simple!
2. You are what you constantly consume
Alright, I’m going to have to credit my parents for this one. Turns out, your parents are always right (but don’t tell my parents I said that)!
You become who you are surrounded with.
I’m not saying you have to enter a convent or anything. What I’m saying is this: on your social media accounts, are you surrounding yourself with like-minded, God-fearing individuals? Are you following inspiring people who love The Word just as much as you think you should?
(Spoiler alert: I follow celebrities and meme pages too) But on Instagram, I also follow Christian authors and businesses that post inspiring stories or Bible verses. It’s no surprise that we spend a lot of time on social media, so I’ve decided to create a balance of my favorite celebrities with some inspiring/faith-filled people as well. This way when I’m mindlessly scrolling my Instagram, I come across a Bible Verse or a God-inspired story and give myself a moment to pause and breathe it in. Just create a balance, it’s that simple.
If you constantly surround yourself with positive, God-fearing individuals (on social media), you will become what you constantly consume.
3. E-mail subscriptions
Daily e-mail subscriptions are a great option for you if you wake up and check your email. There are many daily verse or inspirtational subscription options. One of my favorite ones is from CatholicMom.com – every morning they send a Daily Gospel Reflection that I read right after I wake up. It takes like one or two minutes to read through and it’s always a good way to start my day! Pastor Rick Warren also has a great daily devotional e-mail!
If e-mails aren’t your thing, I would encourage you to purchase a daily devotional from a book store or from Amazon. There are so many great options for everyone – single, married, moms/dads, etc.
I’m actually a newer fan of Podcasts but I’m falling in loving them! I bet there’s a Podcast for everyone out there! And they are so easy to incorporate into my busy life!
Here’s a list of just a few Podcasts I love! I apologize, they are all Catholic-based. But I do listen to Podcasts with other themes like Dentistry/Hygiene, Business, and Self-Help/Motivational.
I love Podcasts because they are accessible practically anywhere! I listen to Podcasts in the morning when I’m getting ready, during runs or walks with the boys, while the boys are napping, while I’m cooking dinner, or before bedtime.
5. Make time
Too many times I hear, “if I only had time to read or pray” or whatever it might be. The truth is, I don’t have time either. But I make time for these things. I enjoy reading, writing, and my prayer time – so I make time for the things that I enjoy!
For me making time looks like this: setting my alarm for 5:00 am or 5:30 am, getting ready for work or for the day and then doing what I enjoy from about 6:00 am to 7:00 am. If I want to go for a run or walk, I do that. If I want to journal, I do that. If I want to read my Bible and pray on the Word, I do that. I create time for the things that I enjoy because these things make me a better person.
For you this might mean your lunch hour, or staying up later to incorporate these things into your life. The bottom line is, make time for these things.
These are just a few things that have worked for me, that doesn’t mean that you will like or use all of them. But I encourage you to find some things that work for you!
What are some things that you’ve incorporated into your life? I’d love to hear them! I love learning what works for other people!
Here’s the takeaway:
No matter what I’m up to down here on earth, God is up to bigger things for me – bigger things for my family and for our lives. And I still must find time to spend with Him, and to be grateful for my many blessings.