Some of the best advice I have ever received was to trust God with my heart in my relationship with Him. He knows better than me of what each chapter of my life brings. Everything from schedule changes to life changes can alter what my personal time with Him looks like. This isn’t something that should be a cause of guilt. He causes things to ebb and flow. God prizes our pennies when that is what we have to offer. Here are some of the ways I’ve learned to maintain my personal relationship with God, even when I can’t think straight.
Give God the Best of your Day
Are you an early bird or a night owl? Maybe you are more of an early afternoon person? Schedule a time slot during that point of the day if possible. If all you have is 3 minutes, you’ll get more out of it if you are at your best even if it’s only five minutes. At times my five minutes happen after the baby has fallen asleep while nursing before I place him in the crib. Take what you can get, sitting in semi-silence while snuggling a sleeping baby is heaven.
As a Catholic we have a TON of tools available for prayer, and it can be intimidating. So just start with you are and keep it simple. My dad started me out with a simple acronym of ACTS when I first expressed a desire to deepen my prayer life as a child. This helped me get out of the rut of Christmas list prayers. ACTS means:
Smart phone to the rescue! While nothing will ever be able to replace my physical Bible, let’s face it, our phones are basically always on us, so let’s make it a tool for a Godly purpose. I have daily readings and reading plans sent to my email and/or various apps that if I find myself in a line or waiting room or simply nursing after the baby has fallen asleep, I can pull out my phone and have the readings available one-handed. Verses I am working on memorizing I find in an image I can save as my phone wallpaper, screen saver or set as an attractive image so I am less likely to overlook it. You can also program alarms to go off with a specific short scripture set as the name. Even if all you do is turn it off, that scripture was in your face for a few seconds!
Some of us love journaling. We can write pages and pages and pages if given the time. But it doesn’t need to be so daunting. If all you have time for is to write down weekly prayer intentions, do it (be sure to date them and leave a space between intentions to write down when and how they were answered!). If you want to do a little more, write down what God seems to be showing you, asking of you, or simply teaching you. If you can do pages and pages great, but even if you just write three sentences about your weeks worth of devotions, this will be a treasured record of your relationship that you will always have.