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Making Time for God

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 If you are like most women, you probably begin your day early, rushing to get your family fed, dressed, and out the door. You probably have a list of chores and errands that must be completed before supper time. After your evening meal, you might spend some time catching up on chores that went neglected during the day and bathing children. By the time your head hits the pillow you are sound asleep, only to wake up in a few hours to do it all over again.
So where does God fit in? You know you should spend more time praying, but you are already pressed for time. You think, ‘God understands. He knows how I struggle just to get the laundry done.’
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Yes, God does know. He understands each and every struggle of your day. And He wishes you would tell Him about your day.
Have you ever thought that perhaps your daily struggles would lessen if you simply began your day in conversation with God? If you made a small commitment to rise a little earlier, you could ask God to take the cares of your day and make them His own.When you first make that decision to spend the first moments of your day in prayer, it may be difficult to get up earlier. It may be difficult to stick to it. But I guarantee the rewards will out weigh the costs. You will begin to see incredible changes in your life. The blessings will abound and you will have an inner peace that you have never known.

To set aside the first part of your day and give it to God, set your alarm earlier than normal. Thirty minutes to an hour should allow you enough time to pray and read the Bible and/ or read an inspirational book.

The night before you begin, it would be nice to gather a few special “ingredients” for your devotional prayer time. For instance, you might want to choose a pretty basket and fill it with your Bible, a good ink pen, pretty note cards, a blank prayer journal, and any religious books you are reading. Choose a favorite spot in your house. The chair should be comfortable, but not so comfortable that you go back to sleep. You will need good lighting to read by. You might also wish to place candles on a nearby table to light during your time. A soft blanket for those cool morning hours is comforting as well.

You may be wondering if you could possibly spend an hour in prayer and devotion. After making this time a habit, I suspect you will find that an hour is not always long enough.

Pray for your husband, your children, your extended family, your church and church members, your neighbors, your enemies, your time, your day, your attitude. Once you begin praying earnestly each and every day, you will realize just how many people are in need of your prayers. Using the prayer journal can help you focus your prayers and revisit them often. Make notes of answered prayers and other thoughts about your day. You will treasure the words of love in years to come. What a sweet reminder of the care and concern you shared with the Lord in times of need, sorrow, and thankfulness.

After you have spent time in prayer, you may want to read the Bible or a religious book to increase your knowledge and your faith. You may want to read the Bible through in a year. You could read inspirational books to help you manage your time, your home, or family related issues. You may want to read books on your beliefs or doctrines. Whatever you choose to read, read with a prayerful heart, that God will open your heart to His words whether they come from the Bible or a faithful servant who has written as well thought out book. Ask God to inspire your days, fill you with His spirit and help you to be a blessing to everyone around you.

Before you get up to meet the day with a renewed spirit, you could write a short note to a friend or family member, or someone on your prayer list. Everyone enjoys getting a card or letter in the mail. It represents time spent thinking of the other person. It shows you care.

In the days to follow, you will find that your days become His and your problems don’t seem so big. You will begin to treasure that part of your day like none other. You will find yourself craving that time, needing those prayers. Make time for God today.

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23 Comments

  1. Since I found your blog, God has spoken to me through your words so many times! <3 Thank you so much for sharing, what it really means to be a virtuous woman! The world wants to tell us something different but God has other plans! Making time in the morning is one thing I really want to have! It's not easy for me cause my kids (3 an 1) are awake at 6 or sometimes at 5 ... so I don't really know how I could make that time befor they get up! But this post was really encouraging to make that quiet time! Most days I use the time while they are slepping (when they slpee at the same time..) God bless you! Greetings from Germany, Marion
  2. Hey there!! I started getting up an hour earlier to seek the Lord and have definitely seen a huge change in my life! I wake up loving that everyone is asleep (I have 3 girls 6,4,2) and loving that I have that time to talk to my Father about anything and most of all show my love, praise, and gratitude for everything he has done in my life.Thank you Melissa! You are such a blessing!!
  3. I enjoy mediation as s daily part of my day. I didn't have the organized basket , so I love that idea and will start as of tomorrow. Thank you so much. Karen
  4. I so needed this today. I hardly ever set aside time for God even though I know I should. I feel bad about it to.
  5. This is such a fantastic post! I'm visiting from Happiness is Homemade blog hop. Thanks Angie PS - I also wanted to invite you to hop on board the GreatBlogTrain (blog hop) - we are traveling to Arizona this month!: http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/2015/05/the-great-blog-train-29-giveaway.html
  6. Thanks for the post! I always find when I start the day with God, I am refreshed and even more productive during the day. I liked the idea of the basket filled with inspirational "ingredients." Thanks again! --Jennifer
  7. I saw your link from the Weekend re-Treat Link Party and had to stop in. I totally believe prayer is the most important thing we can do in our day. While I have had my share of ebbs and flows, for almost 18 years I have spent my mornings in a quiet time with God before I start my day. They are the most important appointments! I even try to make it my goal that before I look at email, Facebook or anything else, I meet with God first. Thank you for encouraging others to do the same!
  8. I love this post, I recently wrote a blogpost on a similar topic. I find that the day is just never long enough. And though I am not yet a mother just being a teacher, grad student, and holding tons of positions in the church (along with everyday tasks) is enough to keep me busy. So I appreciate post like this that shed some light on ways to fit time with the Lord into the schedule. Thank you! :)
  9. Melissa, Thank you so much for this site! My life has been changed because of it. I tell everyone about it. I feel so good and at peace when I get my free time with Him. I call it free time because it's freeing, not because he's last on my list anymore!
  10. Thank you for the inspiration. I read Proverbs 31 about a year ago and since then, I've been trying to figure out just how to be just like her.
  11. Morning Melissa, Such a timely post for me today, as I woke up this morning with the weight of the '101 things that I have to do' but soon after reading your article ''Making Time with God' and being reminded that God wants to hear all our struggles my mind was put at ease . Thank you Melissa for allowing God to use you in a mighty way. P.s I think the devotional basket is a great idea, truly inspirational . Love Rachel xx
  12. Since I started my day with quiet time (Bible study and prayers) every morning my life has changed. I feel an inner peace and I know God helps me through any difficulty the day might bring.
  13. What a great reminder! Thank you! I like the ideas on how to make your quiet spot cozy and inviting. I will be putting those into practice.
  14. Hey there, I came across your blog post while looking for posts about making time for God. I also have a post similar to this subject, feel free to read it and let me know what you think – you can find it here http://icametoworship.com/making-time-for-god/ -I can’t wait to share your post with some members in my church! I'm new to this whole thing, so I would love some advice if you have some! :) Thank you so much... This post was amazing
  15. Melissa, God bless you for organizing a well thought out site and meaningful articles. I have read your pieces on and off for a few years now. I participate actively with a different organized religion, but am of the same faith as you: that of Christ. I appreciate hearing your insights worded differently than I am used to hearing. It helps to bring a new perspective and opens my heart to a deeper worship. I already arise early to have personal prayer and study time most days, but I may organize my efforts a little differently after reading this article. I'm concerned about the rolls of woman and mother being thwarted. Truly the greatest work we can do is within the walls of our own home. Thank you, beautiful sister. Til next time <3

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