Do you ever have days when you’re so busy you barely have time to pee, much less make time for God?
With three little ones seven and younger, I’m definitely no stranger to days like that.
Some days it seems like every time I turn around, someone needs something, and it’s all I can do just to keep up.
Red cup, blues cup, speaking kindly to each other, whose turn it is to play with a beloved toy… it’s a lot to juggle!
Don’t get me wrong – I love it – but it can really take a toll… physically, mentally, emotionally AND spiritually.
The good news is, no matter how busy your life is right now (and no matter what’s making it so busy), there’s no reason God has to take a backseat.
Even if you only have five minutes a day (that you normally spend checking Facebook, Instagram, or even catching up on your favorite websites for Christian women or your favorite Christian blogs for women), you have time for God!
Here are five things you can do to make time for God a priority — even when you barely have time to pee.
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1. Make Time for God a Non-Negotiable Part of Your Daily Routine
Several places in the Bible, the Lord commands His people to bring Him their “firstfruits” as an offering. (Deut 18:4 and Ex 23:19 are two examples.) While these verses typically refer to food offerings, the same concept applies to how we spend our time as well.
God is not satisfied with our leftovers. He wants to be our #1 priority.
Don’t aim to fit in time with God “when you have a chance” or “when you get around to it.” You’ll get busy. You’ll get distracted. You’ll forget. Ask me how I know…
Instead, look over your day in advance. Figure out when the BEST time to read your Bible/pray would be, and choose to set that time aside for God. Set it aside. Guard it. Treat it like an unbreakable appointment — even when you don’t feel like it.
Your time slot could be early in the morning, over your lunch break, in the afternoons when the kids are napping… it’s completely up to you. Just choose wisely.
Don’t give God your leftovers. Don’t choose 10 pm if you know you’re going to be brain dead by then or 6 am if you know you won’t get up. Give God the best spot.
I actually did this myself lately, and it was really beneficial.
One by one, I listed out my priorities — or at least, what I knew my priorities should be. Then, I scheduled them in – in order. I didn’t worry about priority #4 when I was on #2. I just went down the line.
Miraculously – there was plenty of time for everything. But even if there wasn’t, my top priorities deserved the best time slots, and I made sure they got them.
Yes, I had to move some things around, but that’s okay. My schedule now reflects what I want my heart to reflect.