I'm excited to begin our first series here at Grace For Mama. I know life gets crazy - and it seems like "busy" is a constant state of mind. Life can quickly get overwhelming. So, to manage it all - we must learn to prioritize and manage our time well.
Routines are the hallmark of me 'keeping it all together'. And at the top of every to-do list, the central aspect of every routine, has to be God. You can read my blog post about the importance of staying plugged in here:
Speaking from experience - I know I am much more equipped to handle my day when I begin it with prayer and Bible study. However, this quiet time that I so desperately need, always seems to be the first thing I can't seem to make time for in my busy day. We make time for what is truly important to us. You have to do some self-reflection and see where your priorities truly lie. Pray, ask God for direction, ask Him for the self-discipline to rise early and meet with Him.
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.”
There are a few resources I use - that make getting my prayer time and quiet time in, easier.
First is my Bible Study group, Good Morning Girls. I have been doing GMG bible studies for the past 3 years. These studies have really streamlined and simplified my Bible study experience - plus, the online community is an added accountability system where we can encourage one another to be in the Word each day.
The second resource I use is the YouVersion Bible app. With YouVersion you have instant access to the Bible, in multiple translations, and LOTS of Bible reading/devotion plans right on your smart phone or tablet. Let's be honest - we are ALWAYS on our phones. This makes getting in your Bible reading super convenient (you can even highlight text and make notes).
The third resource is the Focus on the Family; Family Talk; & Family Life Today iPhone apps. Each of these ministries have been very encouraging to me in my marriage and parenting - and with the app I have instant access to broadcasts on a wide variety of topics.
Bottom line - only you can order your life. You must make the decision to make this area of your life a priority and do it every day. Set your alarm clock, build it into your to-do list, put it on your calendar. Make your appointment with God, the most important appointment of your day.
“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”
1 Chronicles 16:11
Do you have any helpful tips to share?