Drop off kids at school, come home and do the laundry, clean the house, go to meetings, got to doctor appointments, pick up kids, go to three different practices, drop off kids, pick up kids, make dinner, tuck in kids, fall on my bed. Wow. As I am typing this all out, I cannot believe my days look like this. Crazy right? Sound familiar?
Life is hectic and busy and chaotic and constantly changing. Finding time with God is essential.
Acts 1:14 These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
Acts 6:4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word
Ephesians 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father
I Samuel 12:24 Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you
I Thessalonians 3:10 as we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face
John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”
In all of these scriptures, we read about praying, fasting, ministry, and the gift of Christ. If I am not spending time with God, if I am not truly making a relationship exist between the two of us, how can I possibly be doing His work and living like he is the “bread of my life?”
If I want to finish my day by thanking God for giving me all the “bread” that I need, I must form a relationship with Him. By bread I mean not only nourishment for the day, but strength, perseverance, faith, and joy. God is my “bread.” God is my lifeline. God is the only one who can truly help me get through this day and to the next.
Spending time with Him every morning and I mean EVERY morning, opens my eyes to just how much I need Him. It creates this bond between the two of us that no one can break. It starts my day identifying who I am – a child of God. Without that time, I am nothing. I am open to evil. I am leaving my army of angels (that are standing behind me) unarmed.
My family loves to play laser tag. It is one of our favorite holiday spectacles. All of my siblings and our children gear up and go into that blackened room armed and ready for battle. If you have never played before (you need to), then you should know that there is a “recharging station” in the center of the blackened arena where you will need to go continuously to recharge your gun. Without a recharge, you are leaving yourself susceptible to being shot without anyway to fire back.
This picture goes right along with what happens when in life you don’t “recharge” yourself with God. By choosing to stay busy with your life activities, and pushing God to the side, you are leaving yourself uncharged. You will be open to all kinds of “shots” at you with no way to shoot back. Now, is it possible to fight a battle unarmed? Sure. Is it better to be armed and ready to go? Absolutely! God will provide you with that “recharge” if you just allow Him a little time into your soul.
Maybe you can start with a devotion that you read, or a quick prayer for your family. I love to sit in my favorite chair, looking out my picture window, and sitting still and listening. Sometimes I read God’s word, sometimes I read devotions, sometimes I just reflect on my day ahead. I lift up my prayers to Him and ask Him for my assignment for the day. Since, I love to incorporate “doing” for God each day into my prayer time; I have found this “assignment” very helpful. Lysa TerKeurst suggested this at a recent conference that I attended. She said everyday she asks God for a ministry assignment. Whatever that assignment is, she budgets time out of her day to accomplish it. I love that!
Sometimes my assignment is just doing my chores, sometimes it is writing, and sometimes it is just praying. Whatever it is, I am open to God letting me know what He needs me to accomplish for the day.
Don’t be too busy for God. Arm yourself for your day ahead. Sit and listen to Him. Create a relationship with Him. Seize the day with Him at your side and keep your army of angels locked and loaded.