DON'T SCHEDULE GOD, ENJOY HIM

 

If you're like me, you want your time with God to look a certain way: an undisturbed hour, a blank journal page, a cup of colored pens, a devotional or passage of Scripture waiting to change your life, and a freshly brewed pot of coffee.

But, if I’m being honest… the above scenario is a rare occasion. 

The truth is that with how busy our schedules are, it's not likely for us to have moments like that every day. 

Let me share with you something impactful that was shared with me. This advice changed my perspective on communion with the Lord.  

Don't schedule God, enjoy Him.

I can sometimes be so focused on not having the time or energy to have a quiet time in the way I would prefer, so I put it off. I decided to wait until I have a perfect moment.
 
Your quiet times with the Lord don’t have to look a certain way. Take that pressure off of yourself. There are no rules or requirements when it comes to spending time with the Father. 

Now, this doesn't mean that you shouldn't plan to spend time with God on a daily basis. You may have to choose time(s) to spend with Him throughout the day. But those are the 3 key words: throughout the day. The goal is to enjoy Him, all day long. Your time with God doesn't have to stop after your hour-long morning devotional. It also doesn’t have to start when you do a 15-minute quiet time before bed. That’s the beauty of God

He is everywhere.

We have access to Him at all times. Rather than focusing on penciling God into our schedule, focus on simply enjoying Him.

Allow the Lord’s presence to permeate throughout your day. This can change everything: your mood, your perspective, your influence. 

HOW TO ENJOY GOD ALL DAY LONG

  • Listen to worship music. This might sound simple, but it’s very effective. I feel much more at peace, happy and in communion with the Lord when I have worship music on during the day. Whether it’s in the car, at work, on a road trip, or at the gym, there’s just something about hearing the lyrics of praise in beautiful melodies.

  • Make a prayer list. This can be a mental list or a physical list, but list out the things you want to be in prayer about that day. I find that when I begin praying, the list grows. There are so many people around us in need, there are so many things we can praise Him for.

  • Talk to Him. Let your prayers be an ongoing conversation with Him throughout your day. When something wonderful happens, thank Him. When you’re frustrated or confused, stop and pray and allow His peace to comfort you. When you’re excited about something, tell Him. He is our Father, our Creator. He wants us to come to Him. He knows us better than anyone. We have a direct line of communication to Him always.

  • Memorize Scripture. Select a passage of Scripture that you need to hear, that reminds you of God’s goodness, His greatness, His faithfulness. Then memorize it and practice reciting it throughout the day. Colossians 3:16 says, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God."

  • Have a thankful heart. I notice that I feel closer to God when I have a spirit of thankfulness. After all, I don't deserve anything and He has blessed me with so much. Pray for a grateful heart throughout the day and your eyes will be opened to the blessings, big and small, that God gives you day-to-day.

I challenge you to focus less on squeezing God into your daily schedule and focus more on enjoying His presence throughout the day.