As a Christian, the single most important, most life-giving part of my day is the time I spend in solitude with God. Do you want to know what’s sad? It rarely happens. Just like all the other well intended plans of my day, somehow the most important things get pushed aside by all of the most urgent issues (such as crying babies, hungry toddlers, grocery trips, cleaning messes, etc.). So maybe you’re like me: the desire to be with God and develop a more intimate relationship with him is there, but it still doesn’t happen. This is the reason I am writing this post! To help you and me discover a simple, practical way to make time for God every single day. This is titled “5 minute Devotions” but God certainly deserves more of your time. Even 10-15 minutes can make a vast difference in the quality of the time you spend in quiet reflection. However, I’m going with 5 minute devotions so that we can see them as attainable. We can always find 5 minutes, right? Here are a few different ways to ensure that we make that time.
1. Scripture Memory – Grab some index cards & write out a favorite or meaningful scripture. Keep it in your pocket and read it multiple times a day, say it out loud. You can even involve the kids with this! Write the scripture on your mirror with a dry erase marker, and post it on the refrigerator. Keeping God’s word in front of you and putting it to memory will keep it at the forefront of your mind when you face trials & frustrations. Out of the content of the heart, the mouth speaks. What better way to put good stuff in than to memorize God’s word? We also have some inspirational lock screens on our Pinterest board that you can download to your phone. It’s one of our favorite ways to commit scripture to memory!
2. Psalms & Proverbs – Not sure what to read when you open your Bible? A great daily reading is one Psalm & one Proverb, chapters corresponding to the date. So today, on September 13, you would read Psalm chapter 13 & Proverbs chapter 13. Try keeping your Bible on the dining room table and read it while you have your breakfast & morning coffee. Or keep it on the coffee table & have a read once the kids are in bed for naps or bedtime. Read together with your spouse and follow it up by praying together. There is no spiritual bond more powerful than that of a husband & wife when they pray together. The Enemy knows that a couple in agreement is a powerful force to be reckoned with.
3. SheReadsTruth.com – If you haven’t heard of this amazing website, I am so glad to be the one to share it with you. There are several studies available on this website updated daily, including the current study from Hosea. Each day includes several passages of Scripture as well as a devotional thought for each day of every study. There’s even an app for your phone! At the end of each day’s reading, there is a gorgeous lock screen with a significant verse to download for your phone. Just another way to keep God’s word in front of you throughout the day. It’s a great way to have your 5 minutes with God no matter where you are.
4. The “Throne” Room – The porcelain throne that is! Let’s face it, some times that’s all the alone time you get & those moments are precious. I’ve been known to keep a little devotional book in a basket on the back of the toilet for a little reading material. You can even post a scripture passage where you can easily see it from your “throne.” You will find yourself reading it every time you see it. On the rare occasion you get to take a bubble bath, that’s a great opportunity as well to meditate on God’s word and simply be still, listening. Our hamster wheel of a mind keeps itself SO busy with endless thoughts. It’s good to clear your mind of those for at least those 5 minutes and let God speak to your heart.
5. Worship Music – There is something about music that ushers us straight into the presence of God. Music connects to our very souls through our emotions and our senses. Five minutes is just enough time to stick in some ear buds or turn up the radio and let the lyrics of your favorite worship song wash over you. Focus on the words and sing them like they are your prayer. God will meet you where you are and minister to your spirit as you worship him. You will find yourself refreshed more than you ever thought possible in a 5 minute time span.
Here are some of our favorites!
6. Prayer Journaling – Did you ever keep a diary as a kid? Or write in a journal? It’s probably been awhile, huh? What a luxury to have time and clarity of thought to record your daily events and thoughts each day. I would challenge you to get a journal. It can be a pretty, leather-bound one or just a twenty cent notebook of lined paper. All you need to do to have a prayer journal is jot down a few requests or whatever few lines of thought you can get down on a page. Maybe take a verse that stuck out to you in your daily reading and copy that down along with a few notes on why it means something to you. You don’t have to get deep, just write what’s on your mind. The amazing thing about a prayer journal is looking back on it and seeing how God answered your requests or taught you certain things that you didn’t even realize were happening in that moment. It’s a great testament to God’s faithfulness. And if he’s been faithful in the past, he will be faithful in the future, because he does not change. And that, my friends, is worth remembering!
7. Walking with God – Ok, so literally walking. Put on your cross trainers and go for a walk with God. Or a run! It is literally the best way to clear your head and put all your focus on HIM. Pray as you walk and notice his fingerprints all over his creation. If you open your eyes to see it, you cannot ignore his existence when you are surrounded by his creation. I’ve had some of my best quiet moments with him when I am silent in nature and I simply listen. It’s peaceful. Plus, you’re also getting in some cardio so that’s a double use of your time and I know God doesn’t mind if you wanna do both. Lol. Just make sure you’re focused more on the condition of your heart towards him than your heart rate, right?
Well, I pray you are filled with hope and a renewed sense of purpose as you finish reading this post. Spending time with God doesn’t have to mean hours pouring over an open Bible with study guides and eloquent prayers. All he wants is acknowledgement and a chance to speak to us. It’s what any parent would want. I’m humbled by the fact that it truly takes so little time and yet makes such a huge difference in my day to day life. I hope you will join me in this effort to invite God into our daily lives in whatever ways, large or small, that we can. Life can be crazy and time can seem fleeting. Do your best to control your time and not let it control you. Even on those days when it does, give yourself some grace, listen to that worship song and let God tell you how precious and loved you are. No matter how much you fail and even because you fail, He loves you. He wants to be needed, to be able to show his strength in our weakness. As independent as we like to be, it’s foolish to believe that we can make it a day without his input.
“Holy Spirit you are welcome here. Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere. Your glory God is what our hearts long for, to be overcome by your presence, Lord.”