As Christians we know how important it is to have a daily walk with God.
But just like anything else in our lives, making time for God can be a struggle. We know how important it is – and yet when we work all day – at home or on the job – it’s easy to keep putting our time with Him off for “later.”
We run the kids to all their activities, make dinner, and do the laundry. That doesn’t include trying to have a home business, house cleaning, other appointments that we have during the week, time with friends, church and more.
One of the best ways to manage everything you have and make sure you have time for God is to use basic time management principles.
The best way to get started is to use a practical system. Whether you use an online schedule or a paper planner – whether you like to use an hourly format or a printed one-page-per-day system, you need to make sure you have enough room on each day to record all of your necessary details: schedule, appointments, household responsibilities, etc.
It is essential to begin your time management planning with prayer. Pray about your day – the day that your children and spouse will have – and pray for the health and safety of everyone in your family. Ask God’s guidance as you plan your days and for the ability to be wise in your decisions.
Invite God to be part of your marriage today. Ask Him to guide you as you interact with your children. Ask Him for direction as you work and play. You may find that starting your day with prayer seems to make it easier to continue to pray throughout the day!
Once you have done this, you are ready to start your day.
To get started, choose a day and make a list of all the things you have to do. Make sure you add at least one time during the day for Bible study and one time for prayer.
After you do this, put a number beside each item indicating the order of priority – so you know when and how they need to be done. Then add a time allotment to complete each item. Make sure you give yourself enough time in between each item so you can get it done.
Setting this schedule and working it may be hard at first. Be realistic and don’t expect to accomplish 50 things in one day every day. Take time to review your schedule with your family and explain the reasons why it needs to happen, and let them know where they can pitch in and help you work toward your goals as a family.
When you start the day, get out your planner and keep it in a place where you can have access to it at all times. As your day goes along, make sure you cross off or check off the items you complete.
Now that you have this all set up and you are ready to go, make sure you stay positive throughout the day. Focus on Scripture that motivates you and reminds you to lean on God in every decision. (Jeremiah 29:11 is a great daily Scripture!) Play worship music in the background. It’s really hard to get negative when you’re humming “I Will Rise” as you’re washing dishes.
Half way through your day, why not plan to take 15 to 30 minutes for Bible study and prayer? If you have a busy day planned, you can do this while you eat your lunch or after the kids go down for a nap. This will help you get through the rest of your day feeling great.
Sometime during the evening, right before bed or before you get dinner started, I recommend you pray again. Pray for a great day tomorrow, pray that your family will have a good night sleep, and thank God for the health and safety of all of your family members.
Making time for God is so important and it’s a must for anyone who wants to have a real relationship with God and keep Him at the center of one’s life. When you follow these tips and incorporate some of your own, you will find it easier to make time for God.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Deuteronomy 6 : 4-9