Experiencing God on the Go
Every spring I go into the “spring-cleaning” mode at my house. We pull out the clear, plastic tubs full of old, worn, and too-small clothes. I pick out the sentimental pieces of clothing and toss the rest in garbage bags for the local mission.
Next I might tackle the toys. But only on a day when the children are sleeping or at school. We can’t have little hands digging through the donation pile to reclaim a lost toy they magically love again. Discarding the broken toys, packing up the toys they no longer play with, and rearranging the toys to keep is a job that takes at least a week to accomplish!
My planner/organized heart loves the challenge. Each week I pick a closet or a room to focus on for the week. I spend an hour each day working. Hopefully by the end of the week we have a neater towel closet or less toys in the kid’s rooms.
In our family most of the kids birthdays are from April-July. So spring is the perfect time to go through and get rid of the extra toys. Bringing in new toys is such a fun time for both the kids and myself. Mostly because they play much better with new toys; but also because I feel like I can start over. Cleaning out and making room for new things is one of my love languages!
Spring has that feeling doesn’t; a feeling of starting over? Getting rid of junk and chaos from clothes and toys is easy. What about in my spiritual life? Spring is also a time I like to start again with God. I might start a new Bible study or choose a new prayer journal. Either way, I’m convicted during this time of the year to get better at experiencing God in my daily life.
Don’t get me wrong, I want to have a better prayer life. I long to be more diligent in studying the Bible and getting up early. But life happens. The laundry begins to pile up and I notice I haven’t vacuumed in a few days. So my physical home takes precedent over my spiritual one. I struggle with being organized in my daily devotional time with God and my soul feels so cluttered.
Having a less-cluttered home is one thing. Creating a clutter-free soul is a whole different thing. My friends say I have the gift of organization; but in reality I have struggled to be organized, especially in my spiritual life. I have had to work on it and it doesn’t come naturally to me.
One of the things I really want to do is get up early. The time changes in the spring and fall mess with my sleep schedule. Making a habit of getting to bed early so I can get up early doesn’t aways happen.
Instead, I’ve had to learn how to be creative when it comes to organizing my Bible time. At first I bought every single journal I could get my hands on. Guided Bible reading journals, prayer notebooks, special pens with words of inspiration on them like : peace, joy, and love.
Next I set them all neatly stacked on my desk; ready for each morning. Because of life (and having five kids), I didn’t find that my mornings very peaceful. How can I meet with God if my desk is messy, the kids are running around getting ready for school, and my husband is failing miserably at fixing everyone breakfast?
Frozen waffles are not that hard to make.
How could I make God a priority in my life each day if my life would not get its act together and let me do it? For so long I blamed my disorganized spiritual life on my kids, my home, or my life’s circumstances. Until I realized I couldn’t wait until my life was “put together” to meet with God. I needed Him most desperately in the mess right now!
My mind shift one day when I realized my “plan” to meet with God needed to be firm and flexible. Firm because I needed to set aside time with God – no matter life’s circumstances. I also needed to be flexible because I might have twenty minutes to spend time with God or I might have five minutes. Mornings might be my favorite and best time to pray and read God’s word, but my life was much quieter at nap time.
Adjusting my expectations was the key to experiencing God on the go.
Expecting to have an hour of uninterrupted time in prayer isn’t possible for me in this season. I have to be ok with that. Just because I can’t do an hour, doesn’t mean I can’t give God maybe ten or fifteen minutes. The best place to be with God is one where we will go to daily. Pick a place, time, and avenue and as the shoe commercial says: Just do it!
Can I offer just some very practical steps to help you get the most of your time with God each morning? These are things I will do in an extra-busy season. They might seem simple and you might already do some of these! That’s ok. Being with God is more about the quality of time spent, not the quantity.
10 Ways to Be With God on the Go
1. Put in your earbuds to help drown out sound.
2. Find a Bible-app on your phone to read in the carline or other times you are waiting.
3. Keep a plain journal to jot down a quick five-minute prayer to God before heading out the door.
4. Keep notecards in your purse with Bible verses on them.
5. Listen to someone read the Bible to you while you put on make-up, while you fix lunches, or while driving in the car.
6. Get up ten minutes earlier than normal.
7. Read and pray during your lunch break.
8. Read a psalm before bed each night. It takes less than five minutes.
9. Find an accountability partner who you can text/message every day with this question: What did you read in the Bible today?
10. Pray while you do dishes, fold laundry, or iron shirts.