Thursday, April 12, 2012

Putting God in a Box

Sometimes it feels like there is just not enough time to get everything done.  When you have a house-full of people who constantly needs you, how do you make time for God each day?

I remember waking up early one morning, craving some alone time with God.  I knew I needed this time to spend reading His Word so that I could make it through the day.  I sat down in my chair and opened up my Bible.  But, before I could even start reading, I heard the pitter-patter of little feet above my head.  A few seconds later, our toddler-aged son was at the bottom of the stairs, ready to begin the day.  Frustrated and annoyed, I remember thinking: “God, you know I need this time…why couldn’t I just have a few minutes alone with You?” So, instead of feeling refreshed and motivated, I felt like I had just missed my time with God for the day.

As I look back to that day, I realize that I missed the point. Too many times I try to put God in a box.  I come to Him at a certain time each day to read my Bible.  Then, I can “check that off my list” and continue on with the day.  But, that’s not what God wants. He wants to be with us throughout our entire day.  So, if our quite time is interrupted, it’s ok.  We still have the whole day ahead of us to talk to God and to meditate on His Word.  We don’t have to just meet with Him once during the day: we can meet with Him throughout our entire day.  So, I challenge you to think of some creative ways to remind yourself that you can meet with God all day, every day.

  • Print out some Bible verses and put them places where you will see them throughout your day.  As you glance at them, spend time praying the verses back to God and meditating on them.
  • Talk with your children about how we can pray to God throughout our entire day.  Model this for them by praying aloud with them as God brings things to your mind.
  • Listen to praise songs.  You’ll be surprised at how the songs help re-shape your attitude and make an impact on your children as well. 
  • Read Bible stories to your children and explain to them why these stories are different from all other stories.

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