I could work all day and still not check off all the items on my to-do list. I didn’t think I had time to spend with God. I had deadlines to meet. Taking time for devotions seemed unproductive.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22–23 (NRSV)
I discovered, however, that not spending time with God left me feeling more stressed out, more overwhelmed, and less productive. When I carved out time for God, my priorities were clearer and somehow I accomplished the things I needed to get done. I was also less stressed because I felt God’s peace. So I decided to make time with God a daily practice.
I tried doing devotions in the middle of the day; but with so many activities, I forgot. I tried doing them at night, but I was often too tired to give God my complete attention. The best time for me has been in the morning. Beginning my day with God helps to focus my heart, and I’m more inclined to be prayerful throughout the day as a way to continue my conversation with the Lord.
TAKE TIME FOR DAILY DEVOS: When we think we’re too busy to spend time with God, that’s when we need it most. Find a time that works for you, and make it a habit. Your time with God will help shape your entire day.