Bible Verse: “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10a
When’s the last time you spent some quality one-on-one time with Jesus? If you had to really think about it, maybe the better question is, “Are you too busy for Jesus?” Between work and school, family and friends, to-do lists that never seem to get done and desperately craving more sleep, we are busy people. But, if we can’t seem to daily sit down with God, we may need to reevaluate our day-to-day and decide to readjust our lives so that things revolve around Jesus and not the other way around.
Here are few questions to ask yourself:
· Do you want to hear God’s voice?
· Do you wish you had more peace, hope, and/or purpose in your life?
· Do you desire to grow spiritually?
· Do you want a closer walk with Jesus?
If you said yes to any of the above questions, then being intentional to be in God’s presence is a great place to begin. Here are a few tips to get started:
1. Make Time
“I just don’t have time today.” I find myself using those words often. I can be on time for work, for school, for dinner with friends, but I can’t seem to be on time with Jesus (or even show up), sound familiar? We have to be intentional and choose to spend time with Jesus. Choose to make time in our schedules, to carve out time away from the busyness and be in His presence. That time can be in the morning when you first get up, on your break at work, during your child’s nap time, right before bed, or whenever else in your day that you have a block of time. And once you’ve chosen a time, guard it, it’s sacred and any and everything will try to get in the way, don’t let it. Choose a time you can consistently make happen and ask God to help you be intentional to show up each day.
2. Create a Space for You & Jesus
The kitchen is where we cook, the living room is where we chill, the bedroom is where we sleep, but where do we spend time with Jesus? When you walk into any of the above-mentioned spaces, you know why you’re there. When you create a space where you spend time with Jesus, your mind begins to adapt to why you’re there. When you enter into that space, it will help you develop a routine. So, what place can you go to that you can have a comfy space with Jesus? For me, it’s a small desk in the hallway. When I sit down at that desk, I’m going to be with Jesus. I have my Bible, my notebook, a devotional, and a candle. It’s simple, but it’s the space I’ve made for my time with Jesus. Yours can be anywhere. It can be at a table, in your favorite chair, a nook, your porch, a closet, get creative! It doesn’t matter where you spend time with Jesus, just that you purposefully create a space where you sit down with Him. A place where the noise of the world won’t distract you. A place where other people won’t distract you, it’s just you and God. Think of it as a date with Jesus, not everyone is welcome on a date, just the two people in a relationship. If you want your relationship with Jesus to grow, spend some time together, just the two of you.
3. “Okay, I’m here. Now what?”
Once you’ve made time and created a space to be with God, what do you do? There are endless possibilities, it doesn’t need to be a drag, here are some options that I enjoy:
· Listen to music
· Read/Listen to the Bible
· Follow along with a bible reading plan in the Bible App
· Read a devotional
· Write a list of things I’m thankful for
· Art (draw/paint/color/etc.)
You cannot come into the presence of God and not be changed. He’s too powerful, too strong, too faithful to not show up. It’s not about the knowledge you’re gaining, it’s about the relationship you’re growing. So, are you too busy for Jesus?