Friday, January 14, 2011

This Year, Spend Time with Him

With the New Year comes hope of things being better and life getting a little easier. But in many ways this depends on our own decisions and choices. But we don’t have to do this alone. While there are so many things to do and our lives are so full of obligations, take a moment each day to ask God for guidance. It doesn’t have to be much. Even a few minutes will work.
You may be asking how do I do this? I can’t just pick up the phone and make an appointment with Him. What would I do and what would I say?
Well, there’s no right or wrong way on how to do this. What works for one person may not work for another. But even so, here are four simple things you can do to help spend a more meaningful time with Him:
  • Go ahead and make that appointment with Him. Put it on your phone or calendar as a daily reminder. Realistically, things will always pop up so it’s good to set a time and stick to it. Soon it’ll become a habit.
  • Try making a prayer list. Just like when we go to the grocery store, if we don’t have a list we tend to lose focus and end up buying things we didn’t mean to. So if you notice your mind’s drifting, look down at your list.
  • Say Thanks. Sometimes we forget about all the simple wonderful things from our day. Reflect on what God has done for you and those around you.
  • Read Scripture. It’s a perfect time to read the Bible. Consider going to a Bible Study, which can help with reflections.
Make it a point in 2011 to spend time each day nourishing your relationship with the one who made you and loves you. One great thing about God is that He doesn’t really take appointments. He is available anywhere and anytime.
Adapted from "How to Spend Time with God" by Robyn Adams
Lighthouse Newsletter, January 2011
Holy Name of Mary Young Adult Ministry
San Dimas, CA

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